Bile Away the Pounds

Is the next weight loss supplement BILE? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, what is bile, anyway? Doctors think of bile – a greenish fluid in your stomach — as the body’s detergent. It helps digest fat. Yay, that’s a good thing! What ELSE

It’s Lit

Could the light at the end of the tunnel… cure blindness? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your eyes and brain communicate in perfect harmony to let you see. But for kids with amblyopia, or “lazy eye syndrome,” this tango gets messed up. The brain

Parental Attention Deficit

Being a perfect parent. The secret is. . . what? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some kids who are raised in overcrowded institutions can have developmental issues. Attention deficit disorder, problems speaking. Lack of individual attention can really slow mental development. Charles Nelson at

How Sweet it is!

Pop quiz: how are smoggy skies and glazed jelly doughnuts alike? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dirty, polluted air can damage our health. From heart disease to cancer, those tiny particles cause big problems! Scientists wondered if air pollution could even cause… diabetes? Ziyad

Alone Again, Naturally

Is your best friend…a volleyball named Wilson? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Existential isolation is the feeling that there’s an uncomfortable gap between you and other people. Turns out, men experience existential isolation more than women. But why? Alyssa Croft at the University of

Miracle Diet

Next time you’re at the pharmacy – ask for bacon! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh down on Science. Ketogenic diets are all the rage. Who doesn’t want to eat more bacon? But slashing carbs and eating lots of fat does more than trim waistlines. Doctors have noticed

Anxiety Connection

Avoiding the dentist? Is it fear that’s keeping you away or. . . something else? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Scientists have long thought anxiety begins at the amygdala, the fear center of the brain. But a different brain part, the hippocampus, might be

Team Caffeine

Guzzle that morning latte, in the name of … teamwork? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know the coffee maker is the new watering hole. A lot of business gets done over a cup of joe. But does coffee actually help us work