Does Cold Weather Make Us Sick? | SHE-ensya Why Series

Hello Science Fans!

Do you wear socks at night?

Do you avoid sleeping with wet hair?

Do you avoid cold drafts?

Do you do all these because you think the cold temperature can make us sick?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why Series, we look at the science behind the connection between cold weather or cold temperature and colds and flu. We discuss the primary causes for us getting sick, and the possible links these have with low temperatures. We also look at the other possibilities as to why we feel under the weather when the weather turns. And we look at the best ways to prevent us getting colds and flu!

So if you want to know if the coming cold weather is bad for you, please watch this video!

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media. 

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why can the presence of antibodies be used to detect the presence of disease?

Hello Science Fans!

The world is transitioning to the new normal, and one key procedure that must be mastered is the rapid detection of potential carriers for the Covid-19.

Rapid test kits are widely available that can give us results in a matter of minutes; but how do these kits actually work?

Would it surprise you to know that they don’t actually detect the presence of the virus in your bodies?

These test kits check for the presence of two antibodies created as a response to exposure to Covid-19: IgG and IgM.

Why these two antibodies, though?

Is testing for them enough to safely allow a person to work or travel?

Find out the answers in the latest SHE-ensya video below:

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Holy Week Special 2020: Meditation and silence

It’s almost Easter Sunday!

Unlike in previous years, a lot of us would be spending this holiday at home, stuck with fear, frustration and anxiety.

In times like this, whether it’s the Lenten Season or not, meditation, prayer and silence can help us deal with all the negative emotions and stress that we are harboring.

For this Saturday’s video, we delve into the scientific basis of the benefits of meditation. This includes:

  • Helping curb habituation, which is our tendency to ignore new information in our environment.
  • Increasing resilience to stress by dampening the activity of the amygdala, and enhancing its connection with the prefrontal cortex.
  • Reducing biases, including racism, prejudice against the poor and elderly, sunk-cost bias and negativity bias.
  • Increasing capacities for learning, retention of memory, improvement in mood regulation and immunity by increasing levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factos (BDNF)

Watch the discussion in the video below:

Thank you for dropping by!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me, your resident Filipina scientist know, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!