A sprain happens when the ligaments of the body become stretched or torn. A ligament is a fibrous band of tissue that connects the bones at a joint. This is why sprains are localized around joints such as ankles, knees and shoulders.
Causes & symptoms
Normally, the ligament can expand and snap back into place when a person moves. Sometimes, though, the ligament is pushed beyond its normal capabilities and causes a sprain. Any joint can be affected by a sprain if the ligament is suddenly ...
Humans have five basic senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. The sensing organs associated with each sense send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world around us. People also have other senses in addition to the basic five. Here's how they work.
Touch is thought to be the first sense that humans develop, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Touch consists of several distinct sensations communicated to the brain through specia...
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I'm able to go to my kid's school activities without asking for time off. I can take care of them when they are si...
If you have a lot of people in your household, or your place is just where everyone likes to hang out, then you probably need to clean your toilet often. With seven teens in and out of my house on a regular basis, I was cleaning my toilet bowl every couple days.
It was getting tedious, so I tried those little blue tablets that you put in the tank to keep the bowl clean. I couldn't find one that worked, plus my youngest said the blue water creeped her out. I tried making homemade fizzing table...
Polymers are materials made of long, repeating chains of molecules. The materials have unique properties, depending on the type of molecules being bonded and how they are bonded. Some polymers bend and stretch, like rubber and polyester. Others are hard and tough, like epoxies and glass.
Polymers touch almost every aspect of modern life. Chances are most people have been in contact with at least one polymer-containing product — from water bottles to gadgets to tires — in the last five minutes...
Synesthesia is a neurological condition that causes the brain to process data in the form of several senses at once. For example, a person with synesthesia may hear sounds while also seeing them as colorful swirls. The condition isn't fully understood, but it is thought to be genetic, and it affects more women than men.
Synesthesia is uncommon, occurring in only about 1 in 2,000 people, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). The condition is more prevalent in artists,...
Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on December 15 in most locations in the US, but tickets are available for purchase starting today, October 9. If you're movie theater is anything like mine, Star Wars tickets sell out quickly, so here's how to get yours ASAP.
When will tickets go on sale today?
The official trailer debuts during Monday Night Football -- during the halftime of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears game in Chicago -- and tickets will go on sale during the trailer, accord...
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease that kills brain cells. Though it has been linked to brain trauma and certain proteins in the brain, little is known about this disease.
CTE is thought to be caused by repetitive brain trauma. It is often found in those who are more likely to get head injuries. In fact, it was once called punch-drunk syndrome or dementia pugilistica. A 1928 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was the firs...
Samsung's assistant Bixby can do a wide range of tasks on your phone. Once you've learned the basics, here are some additional tricks that will help you get the most out of your new assistant.
1. Turn on an elusive setting
I'm horrible at remembering how to turn certain features on and off. Bixby is a lifesaver for people like me. All you need to do is tell it what setting you would like to change and it will take you to that screen and toggle the setting.
For example, I couldn't remember how...
The Apple Watch is now the number one watch in the world, according to Apple, with a 97 percent customer satisfaction rate to boot. Its latest version, available for preorder now, adds an LTE cellular connection so you can make calls and stream songs without having to be carrying your iPhone.
So you're excited for the new Apple Watch 3? Here's what you need to know and where to get your preorder.
In 2016, the Watch Series 2 ($328.99 at Amazon Marketplace) was released with a starting price of...
iOS 11 officially drops Tuesday, Sept. 19. Here are 25 features that will get you hyped for your iPhone's new operating system, including a brand-new Siri, new creative tools and awesome new photo options.
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iOS 11 on the iPad features a new dock that can hold around 13 to 15 apps, depending on your iPad screen size. The apps can also be dragged and dropped to where you need them.
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The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery lif...
Computer-optimization software is supposed to keep your computer running smoothly. Well, in this case, maybe not so much. Monday, the company that makes CCleaner, Avast's Piriform, announced that its free software was infected with malware. If you use CCleaner, here's what you need to know.
What does the malware do?
It gathers information like your IP address, computer name, a list of installed software on your computer, a list of active software and a list of network adapters and sends it to...
Whether you are a neat freak or a I'll-clean-it-when-I-get-to-it type, you probably don't know when you are actually supposed to clean things in your home. Here's a quick list of items that you may not be cleaning enough... and a few you may be cleaning too much.
Soak a kitchen sponge in lemon water. Then, place it in the microwave for 1 minute and let the steam from the sponge attack and soften the muck for 5 minutes. After that, just wipe the inside of the microwave down. So fresh. So clean.
Instagram has proven itself in the social media world as one of the big contenders. It currently has 800 million users. Out of those, 500 million use the app every day.
With these numbers comes the need to add additional safety features. As of Sept. 26, Instagram is rolling out additional comment and reporting features that will combat trolls... and may even save a life. Here's what to look for and how to use them.
Trolls got you down? Now you can easily pick and choose who gets to comment on...
Ah, football season. There's only one thing that could make it better: gadgets. Here are some tech ideas you can use to elevate a tailgate party to the next level.
1. Take advantage of Google Assistant
Google Assistant at home or on your phone can get you ready for Sunday. For example, it can help you plan what to wear to the stadium by asking it, "Will I need a jacket this Sunday?" Weather information will pop up on your screen, letting you know if you'll need your coat -- or a pair of short...