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New SiteCDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children (from NPR) Asthmatics are especially at risk from Enterovirus D68 (or EV-68, or EV D-68). It starts out with common cold-like symptoms, then suddenly the child can't breathe. "The sick patients have all been children and teenagers, and 68 percent have a history of asthma or wheezing." (NPR). A Denver Post article stated over 900 patients (ages newborn to 21) have been seen in hospitals there. The CDC's page of Enterovirus D68 facts has a great deal of information, (1) For General Public and (2) specific advice For Healthcare Professionals. CDC also gives some advice on prevention:

"You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick"

  • Impact of vaccines The Unbelievable Impact of Vaccines "With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction," declared the WHO and UNICEF report on The State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization. Don't believe it? Think again." See this fact-filled infographic at 100% by clicking on it. Safe water? It's true. That's for another entry, though.

     

     

     

    Here are FIVE "good sites" from our Health section that can help fight germs! (Wash your hands and cough into your elbow.)

     

    Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode." This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of flu epidemics and MRSA, this site is a powerful tool against disease.

     

    Infection Detection Protection from the American Museum of Natural History.  Meet the Microbes, Bacteria in the Cafeteria game, Infection ("The Game where YOU Are the Germ!"), and How Lou Got the Flu. A fun way for kids to learn some disease vector basics.

     

    Flu "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and older. If you're a kid, that means you!" Find out all sorts of things about influenza, innoculation*, and prevention at this site. From KidsHealth.

     

    Flu.gov Lots of good info about avian influenza A (H7N9) and influenza in general. Check out the videos for kids, too.

     

    Flu Trends from Google. Use this interactive Google world map to see, country by country, where the flu is bad, where it's absent, and anything in between. Not just countries, either: for many countries you can check by state or province! You could check on Alberta, Aragon, Arequipa, Buenos Aires, Franche-Compte, Hessen, Illinois, Kwazulu-Natal, Minas Gerais, or Western Australia, and lots more. This was a Kim Komando Cool Site of the Day.


    Back to School—Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated? "As you help your kids get ready for school, make sure they're fully vaccinated. Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children's long-term health as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community." Diptheria, measles, and especially whooping cough are making a comeback. Any of them can kill a baby or small child. This site has vaccination schedules for different ages up through teenagers and lots of other vital information.

     

    Female Skeleton with major bones labelledBest Bones Forever! (BFF) "A bone health campaign for girls and their BFFs to 'grow strong together and stay strong forever!' "

    Learn the hottest new dance moves—the BBF! Dance!

    First Lady does the BFF DanceAs demonstrated by First Lady Michelle Obama.

    There's a whole section on bones: anatomy, good nutrition for bones, bad nutrition, and a dictionary. There's another section on good sources of calcium, one about exercise, one for recipes, and fun girl quizzes, interviews with girl celebs, and contests!

     

     

     

    Brittany_WengerHer project name is Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer. Here is the input form for biopsies. "The current network is 99.11% sensitive to malignancy (after) 7.6 million trials." Ms. Wenger wants to improve upon this 99.1% accuracy.

     

    Wonderful! GSFK will always proud to feature the stories of students like her! Going in Challenges, Health, andTechnology.

     

     

     

    Bugs That Live on You from PBS/NOVA. "From your head to your toes, your body is a veritable jungle of flora and fauna. Like or not, our bodies are perfect environments for the creepy and crawly. For hundreds of thousands of years, these animals have called our bodies home—or at least food." Watch the slideshow or scroll though the printable version.

     

    Center for Young Women's Health, Boston Children's Hospital. Huge site for adolescent girls covers everything about their lives and bodies in a friendly way. Includes peer advice, explanations, intimate medical Q&A, first person blog stories from surgery, hygiene, sanitation, healthy foods, emotions, anatomy, pretty much anything else you can think of! A good resource for girls.

     

    Color Vision and Art This site covers the science behind our color vision as it effects art. (If we did not have color vision, all our art would be grayscale. Ugh.) Interactives and a lot of new-to-us art concepts make this a very enlightening site. Use sliding color bars to see what great paintings look like at different color levels. See how the difference between older and newer parts of the human brain affect how we see Monet's painting. Technical terms explained, too. Learn the technicalities of Peripheral Vision. Decide if Mona Lisa is smiling or not. One of many sites at WebExhibits

     

    Choosy Kids "The mission of Choosy Kids, LLC is to promote the development of healthy preferences. We are committed to providing products and services that promote healthy decision making and healthy, active lifestyles. We recognize that the first five years of life lay the foundation for learning and behavior preferences that may last a life- time; therefore we focus primarily on young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf." All kinds of good things and activities for children and parents. We love their music and videos!

     

    CoolSchool logo Cool School Now an online game!"Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation." Lots more at their web page. We played this and it was great. The download version is not available anymore - if you still have yours, make a backup!

     

    Netherlands flag Cyberkidz "is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practise subjects they learn in elementary school (PK-5)." The games are sorted by year from age 4 to 12, using a sliding bar. There are dozens of fun, playable games in every curriculum category, with new ones being added. This is an excellent site from the Netherlands.

     

    DragonflyTV Kids Do Science - Glo Germ with Jordan and Sydney. "As the weather gets colder, kids seem to share a lot more germs. As busy scientists, we don't have time to get sick. Our DFTV question: how can we avoid spreading germs and viruses to our friends and families? Does it make a difference whether we sneeze into our hands or into our elbows?" Great kid video with kid humor and real experimenting! "A nice video for parents and teachers to show children how easily germs spread to others. This video would complement discussions on hand washing and staying healthy." Thanks Lin Kate.

     

    Dust Mites

     

     

    FEMA Games for Kids from Federal Emergency Management Agency, has educational and didaster preparedness games. Many require Shockwave. Fun to play. Thanks, Jess.

     

    Flu.gov Lots of good info about Swine Flu and influenza in general. Check out the Elmo videos for kids, too.

     

    Flu Trends from Google. Use this interactive Google world map to see, country by country, where the flu is bad, where it's absent, and anything in between. Not just countries, either: for many countries you can check by state or province! If you want to check on Alberta, Aragon, Arequipa, Buenos Aires Province, Franche-Compte, Hessen, Illinois, Kwazulu-Natal, Minas Gerais, or Western Australia, and lots more. This was a Kim Komando Cool Site of the Day.

     

    Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge How to build an around the year program to educate kids in nutrition, health and physical education before, during, and after school. Includes ideas, activities, and how to set up challenges for kids. This is from Action for Healthy Kids of Skokie, Illinois, USA. Their mission statement and program layout explains it all in detail. We need this sort of site. Thanks for another one, Shelly.

     

    Gardening - Classroom Projects from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 gardening projects for school kids, with lesson layouts and notes. Nice for cross-curriculum springtime activities.

     

    Gardening - Thematic Explorations Library from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 thematic units, most with Lessons & Activities and Resources sections. There is a lot of good resources and planning material in here.

     

    Germ Hunter "Do you know where the hygiene hotspots are in your home? The creeping, crawling army of germs is slowly taking over your house. Grab your trusty cloth and spray, hunt down your home's hygiene hotspots and eliminate your unwanted invaders!"

     

    Happy Healthy Songs from Sesame Street. "Listen to these great songs about eating healthy foods and keeping your body fit." Five songs (with lyrics) to reinforce the idea of eating healthy.

     

    Health and Growth, Keeping Healthy, and Teeth and Eating are three great kid health sites from the BBC.  Each has a Revise Bite (online textbook), a good Activity to keep kids engaged, followed by a Quiz. We linked to the Revise Bites, and links to the activities and quizzes are on each page at the bottom. See if kids can keep Ben healthy in a Neo-Pet type activity! Quick clicking is called for!

     

    Health and Medicine from Kids' World. Quite a few links to various kid and kid-related health sites.

     

    Healthfinder US government site. Lists of links to other government health-related education sites. We've used the Cool and Uncool Stuff section to help teach alcohol and drug abuse facts. Other sections may be OK, too.

     

    The Heart: An Online Exploration from The Franklin Institute. "Explore the heart. Discover the complexities of its development and structure. Follow the blood through the blood vessels. Wander through the weblike body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to monitor your heart's health. Look back at the history of heart science." Links to excellent explorations of all the above areas, with an exceptional section on blood. For upper elementary through high school.

     

    How do we smell? How smelling works, not what we smell like! A 4:20 video from TED-Ed. "An adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 odors." Kids can't do as well, because of lack of experience. "You use your nose to figure out what to eat, what to buy and even when it’s time to take a shower. But how do the molecules in the air get translated into smells in your brain? Rose Eveleth charts the smelly journey through your olfactory epithelium and explains why scent can be so subjective." She also explains what your "olfactory epithelium" is. Easy to understand and you can even "Flip This Lesson", (customize and share your lesson). Rose Eveleth comes out smelling like a rose for this video!

     

    Human Biology section of KidsKnowIt. Good and simple explanations.

     

    I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) "is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day. Take a journey through IMIL by reviewing the research, video clip, testimonials, and Choosy Kids, LLC for further information."

     

    Infection Detection Protection from the American Museum of Natural History.  Meet the Microbes, Bacteria in the Cafeteria game, Infection ("The Game where YOU Are the Germ!"),  and How Lou Got the Flu. A fun way for kids to learn some disease vector basics.

     

    Just Say No Anti-drug site from Thinkquest. Rich source of information for teaching kids about drugs of all types. Includes games, both online and printable. Check the red circles on the left side of the page to access the menus. Thanks to Terri T. for finding this site.

     

    New SiteKid's Air from the EPA (The United States Environmental Protection Agency) This site has simple educational online activities about air quality for kids. There are two sections. There's a colorful and easy to understand section for K-1s (5 - 7 years). It explains the different air quality colors with the help of Buster the Butterfly. There are three easy games to play.
    The other section is for ages 7-10. "What should you do when the Air Quality Index is orange? Let the chameleons K.C., Koko, and Kool, show you how EPA measures pollution in the air." Koko is asthmatic and sensitive to air quality. There are five activities that explain that air can be clean or dirty, the air quality color codes, air pollution and health, what to do on bad air days, and some games. The games are actually informal quizzes on the material.
    Both sections have areas for teachers and other adults. This is a well done and age appropriate site.

     

    KidsHealth Kids learn about health and their bodies. Good, interactive site. Really good section on body changes during adolescence, too.

     

    KidsHealth in the Classroom is a new part of the popular KidsHealth site. "Get on board with KidsHealth's new online resource for educators! KidsHealth in the Classroom offers free health curriculum materials for all grades and subject areas. Each teacher's guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes - all aligned to recently updated national health education standards." Excellent material.

     

    Kids Running "is a site about kids running for kids of all ages. Inspire your kids to embrace fitness, physical activity and exercise. Hello and welcome to KidsRunning.Com. It won't take you more than a few moments of browsing the site, to see that we are building a Web site devoted to promoting the sport of running for kids so that they can enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle both at school and home. We integrate academics when we can. It seems that both learning and running are more fun for kids when they are combined." Owned and operated by working teachers.

     

    Let's Move is a website "which features many tips for making simple changes in the areas of nutrition and physical activity as a way of living a healthier life. The website also includes useful information such as the food pyramid, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and recommended levels of physical activity for adults and youth."

     

    McGruff.org Crime prevention for kids, starring McGruff the Crime Dog. Designed to help teach children how to protect themselves from bullies, vandalism, pedophiles, etc. Stories, advice, videos, 35 games like Shrink the Cyberbully and Adults You Can Trust.

     

    Neuroscience for Kids  "The smell of a flower - The memory of a walk in the park - The pain of stepping on a nail. These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads...the BRAIN!! Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system."  Looks like Middle School and up.

     

    NFL PLAY 60 "is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. There are many ways you can join the PLAY 60 movement. You can get involved through school programs, contests and community events. Click one of the buttons below to get started." They have ways to participate for Kids and for Adults. Part of NFL Rush, the NFL kids' site, which is already in Sports.

     

    Origin of MRSA. Simply explained by this UC Berkeley site. How did S. aureus morph from a minor skin infection into a terror?

     

    PE Central "Welcome to the premier site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students. Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth." Jobs, a store, over 1,700 lesson ideas, established PE programs, videos, lots more. A treasure for busy PE teachers! If this goes on, we'll need a Phys Ed section! Thanks go to Amanda Schlepp for the email about this site.

     

    Personal Health from Brainpop. Various aspects of personal health are addressed in these great videos. Must login or start an account.

     

    Root4Kids "Annie's Homegrown wants you to know about their Root4Kids movement that inspires kids, schools and families to eat more nutritious foods. This program created by Annie’s organic foods aims to encourage and inspire kids and families to get outside, dig into nature and eat healthier by offering recipes, gardening tips and activities." Contains recipes, how to garden advice, sign up for programs, a section for teachers, and a Play section with online and hands-on activities. Annie's makes good products and this is a great idea.

     

    New SiteSafe Food Handling Here's "... a complete resource on Safe Food Handling. This resource contains statistics and links to the best sources on the subject, and is monitored regularly for obsolete links." An institutional chef was kind enough to check this page over, and she said it's good legit info, the same rules she uses. There are more facts, tips, and stats here than we could enumerate in less than a page! A wonderful resource, emailed to GSFK by Alexis Claro for Katom.com. Thanks!

     

    Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong Australian article demolishes six urban rumours about vaccination. This article's six talking points are worth remembering, if you ever need them counter anti-vaccination hysteria.

     

    Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode."  By "kids" we mean ages 6 to 16. Teen girls giggle at the characters and then look around to see if anyone noticed.This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of colds, influenza, and MRSA, this little site is a powerful tool against disease.

     

    Sleep for Kids Teaching Kids the Importance of Sleep. "We need sleep to keep us healthy, happy, and doing our best!" Why We Sleep, How Sleep Works, insomnia, and more.

     

    Smart-Mouth is a website that has some fun games that kids might enjoy playing, and that also help kids and adults learn interesting facts about the marketing and packaging of unhealthy foods. The website also suggests healthier snack options.

     

    Download Zombie plague STEMware: Zombie Plague from the Partnership for Biotechnolgy and Genomics Education, University of California - Davis. " In STEMware: Zombie Plague, students explore a 3D world where they are responsible for identifying the pathogenic microorganism causing a deadly outbreak and implementing a cure... the science content embedded in the software deals with diagnosis, treatment strategies, and career connections that are applicable to any disease caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Interactions with characters in-game, introduce students to the variety of career pathways in modern biology along with diagnostic technologies used in the real world. Embedded assessments allow teachers to track student interactions." Kind of a mix between a James Patterson game and Edheads. Download the game here, or use the Curriki link above. It's a 305mb .zip file, so we suggest you save the file on a flash drive for installs on more machines.

     

    New Sitesugar in colas by # of cubesSugar Stacks - How Much Sugar Is in That? This site gives the amount of sugar(s) in food by measuring it in sugar cubes! " A label can tell you there are 39 grams of sugar in your soda, but what does that much sugar look like? We've used regular sugar cubes (4 grams of sugar each) to show how the sugars in your favorite foods literally stack up, gram for gram. Compare foods, find out where sugar is hiding, and see how much of the sweet stuff you're really eating." They have pages of your favorite processed food, and even fruits and vegetables, too. There's even a special section for Thanksgiving dinner! You can also view a page comparing snack foods to carrot sticks, in amounts of sugar in each. Find out more at the site.

     

    Sun Safety Alliance is dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer in America. The site has tons of information, tips, and activities for different ages of kids preschool - 18. It says "in America" but skin cancer is universal, so this site is for the world. "You may not be interested in skin cancer, but skin cancer is interested in you."

     


     

    Australian flag SunSmart Who in the world has more trouble with skin cancer and more experience dealing with it than Australians? "Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world for both males and females. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70." This site from Victoria covers skin cancer, Vitamin D, UV and sun protection, and more. "Slip, slop, slap, seek, slide!" Find out what that means. Watch the videos! Check the Sunscreen Calculator. Find out more from the pages below:

    http://www.sunsmart.com.au/skin-cancer - with video - listen to his story

    http://www.sunsmart.com.au/uv-sun-protection - with video - watch and listen!

    http://www.sunsmart.com.au/suncreen-calculator/tool.asp

    http://www.sunsmart.com.au/vitamin-d Balance your need for Vitamin D from the sun with your need to avoid cancer (from the sun).

    Australians are quite serious about the sun and cancer. There are other excellent and well-done Australian sites about sun safety. Here are some of them:

    http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/ - national organization

    http://www.sunsafety.qld.gov.au/ from Queensland.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/ Federal Dept. of Meterology, includes UV forecasts for each area of the continent, a UV index chart, and the 5 S's. Also includes more things than you can imagine about the weather.

    http://www.cancersa.org.au/cut-my-risk/sun-protection-for-secondary-schools from South Australia.

    http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/reduce-risks/sun-protection/ from New South Wales

    http://sunprotection.com.au/ This company offers essential, tailor-made sun protection clothing.

    We all owe the Australians a vote of thanks for these.


     

    Swine Flu "Swine flu is a type of flu found in pigs, but people also can get it. Find out more about this type of flu virus."

     

     

    This 15-Year-Old Kid May Have Just Saved Your Life is the name of an article on Crooks & Liars * about Jack Andraka, who has invented a new test for pancreatic cancer that is "168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive and over 400 times more sensitive. And what I found is that my sensor in a blind study it actually had a 100% correct diagnosis, in diagnosing pancreatic cancer and could diagnose the cancer before it actually became invasive." We hope this example inspires many other young people to believe in themselves, and to do some creative tinkering for the benefit of all of us. Comes with a video. (*The name of the e-zine does not reflect on the veracity of the article.)
    Addendum: "Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.
    And he did it by using Google.
    The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test." (credit: insideofiran.org)

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    You Don't Know Jack A video by Morgan Spurlock. This is a 3:34 Vimeo video about Jack Andraka, who we posted about earlier this year. "Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer." The video covers his struggles to find lab space, 199 rejection letters, a non-supportive family. The scientific establishment did't want to hear new ideas from an 8th grade. With the help of a good teacher, Jack persisted, and finally got lab space. The rest is, and will continue be, history. Give the kids a chance!

     

    vaccinate your baby Educational site for parents that explains why you need to vaccinate your babies, as well as older kids and adults. Explains why the anti-vaccination hysteria is a hoax. Links to scientific articles, when to vaccinate, history of vaccination, the Risks of Missing or Delaying Vaccines, and more.

     

    Why Vaccinate? Learn about vaccines and how they work. Learn about protecting your family from birth through old age. Get the facts here.

     

    New SiteWhy You Are Still Alive - The Immune System Explained An animation of the immune system by Kurzgesagt. "Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like (put your favorite simile here) and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome." As with all their videos, there's a great soundtrack, and a narration with a dry humor that's worthy of Hitchhiker's Guide.

     

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