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Mesentery: Four figures of the lacteals, the aorta & mesente. Image: Wellcome Images
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Scientists Identify New Organ

Scientists have identified a new organ in the human body. It’s called the mesentery (pronounced mess’-en-tair-ee). An organ is a group of tissues that has a specific function in the body. Our bodies have 79 organs, including the heart, lungs, brain, skin and stomach. The mesentery is made of fatty tissue and is shaped a bit like a fan. It is attached to the back wall of the abdomen and it helps to support the intestines and hold them in place.

Image: Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel
Health News Science

Researchers Pay People To Stay In Bed

Getting paid to stay in bed all day sounds pretty good. But what if someone offered you $23,000 to stay in bed for two months? That’s the deal that a medical research team in Toulouse, France, is offering to 24 volunteers.
Researchers at MEDES, the Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology, are looking for volunteers to help them study the effects of weightlessness on the human body by spending 60 days lying down. Lying in bed isn’t exactly the same as being weightless, but the effects on the human body are similar.

Making Glue Less Sticky
Health Science Technology

Making Glue Less Sticky

Getting that last drop of glue out of the bottle will soon be easier, thanks to a new lubricant called LiquiGlide.
A lubricant is a substance that reduces friction between two surfaces. LiquiGlide reduces the friction between the walls of a container and the liquid it holds so the contents will slide out more easily.

Sidney Crosby is the latest hockey player to come down with the mumps. Image: Wikipedia
Health News Sports

Hockey Players Coming Down With The Mumps

Lots of professional hockey players have recently come down with the mumps.
“The mumps” is an illness that makes people feel tired and sometimes achy.
People who get it usually look like they have a swollen (puffy) face and throat area. It used to be quite a common childhood disease, but then a vaccine was invented to prevent mumps and it became much less common.

A girl selling Girl Scout cookies. Image: Drmies
Health Kids News

Girl Scouts Selling Cookies Online

For the first time, Girl Scout cookies will be available to purchase over the Internet.
Most people are familiar with Girl Scouts (in the United States—”Girl Guides” in Canada) selling cookies in person.
But now in the US, they’re available online through a “Digital Cookie” website.

Like Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon (pictured here), in Yarmoth, Nova Scotia is offering health options to its students. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Not Your Typical School Cafeteria

There are moist carrot cake muffins. Subs made with homemade buns.
Fresh baked banana bread. Even the sausage on the pizza is made by hand.
And the most expensive item on the menu is $6, including tax.
Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School does not have a typical cafeteria.