NUT-ricious Chocolate

Healthy milk chocolate. Sound nuts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unlike its more sophisticated cousin dark chocolate, milk chocolate isn’t known for its health benefits. But what if we could change that? Scientists at the USDA and North Carolina State University may have found

Motorized Meds

Medications, start your engines! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the last few years, scientists have developed biological micromotors for delivering drugs. They’re supposed to work like propellers, steering those healing medicinal molecules more quickly into your bloodstream. But there’s a problem. These motors

Gorilla Gourmet

Digestive health for me and you. Is the answer: gorilla POO? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science on why waste-matter…matters! For centuries, scientists have looked for answers on the evolution of human gut health. Specifically, our microbiomes – all the bacteria that make up our

Anti-Smoking Trip

Can magic mushrooms… help you quit smoking? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Go ask Alice! Or ask Matthew Johnson, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His study enrolled 15 volunteers who had been smokers for an average of 30 years. All had

Diversity from Within

Variety is the spice of life – especially in your tummy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A diverse diet is a healthy diet! But what about the health of the bacteria in our gut? At Rutgers University, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello studies lifestyle and gut

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

DVD Extras

Is a new aid in treating heart disease. . . Netflix? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Streaming movies on demand has killed the D-V-D. What to do with the old disks? You only need so many suncatchers, right? Enter Hua-Zhong Yu’s team at the

Spidery Surgery

Shooting webs! Climbing walls! What else can Spiderman do? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Broken bones are the worst! Fortunately, bone tissue can regrow. Installing metal plates can help support bone growth. But metal can be irritating – isn’t there a better way? Maybe!

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

Chef’s Secret

Baking soda – so many uses! Teeth brushing, fridge-freshening – your…spleen?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your spleen is a blood filter and infection fighter! Like a pumped-up boxer in the ring – if you’re threatened by infection, it fights back by releasing M-one