Readers will discover the way genetics makes people, animals, and plants look the way they do in this intriguing and stimulating book! DNA, recessive and dominant traits, chromosomes, alleles, and the steps of mitosis are just some of the captivating topics that are discussed. Featuring numerous vivid, colorful images, fascinating facts, supportive text, and an accessible glossary and index, readers will be delighted from beginning to end. A helpful and interesting lab activity encourages readers to explore genetics even further!
Crystal meth is more addictive than heroin or cocaine and is widely available on the streets of North America. This helpful book looks at the use and abuse of meth, an inexpensive and accessible drug that takes an unbelievable toll on the bodies and brains of users. Special chapters on seeking help, and treatment and recovery provide accurate and useful information on meth addiction and treatment.
Did you know about one third of high school students take steroids to improve their looks, not just their athletic skills? Steroid use is becoming a major issue among 12- to 18-year-olds today. This helpful and informative book looks at the pressures young people are under to look cut and perform well in sports. Special chapters examine the effects of anabolic steroids on the developing bodies and minds of young people and how difficult it can be to quit when you've got the edge.
What was the Black Death? How many people did it kill? And how did it kill them? Find out about plagues we have now. What causes them? What can we do about them? Then read The Lost Village, a story about plagues and people. After a thousand years, who's the winner?
This appealing biography will have children engaged and inspired as they learn about Gregor Mendel and his discovery of how genetics works. The supportive text, accessible glossary, and helpful index work in conjunction with the intriguing facts and alluring images to provide readers with an interesting look at such topics as DNA, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive genes, Mendel's Law of Heredity, and more! A stimulating lab activity is featured to further excite readers about the fascinating world of genetics!
Readers will learn about the way our body works to keep us moving and healthy in this stimulating book that features a variety of colorful, vivid images, easy-to-read text, a helpful glossary and index, and fascinating facts. This book will have readers captivated as they learn about the various systems in our bodies, including the digestive system, skeletal system, circulatory system, muscular system, endocrine system, and immune system. An engaging lab activity is featured to aid in further understanding of how our bodies help us in everyday activities!
Hippocrates is often referred to as The Father of Medicine. This captivating biography highlights the life and accomplishments of Hippocrates and how he had a major impact on the world of medicine. Along with learning about his belief in the four humors, his discovery of pneumonia, and the Hippocratic Oath, readers will also learn about some other inspirational scientists who made leaps in the medical field. Featuring colorful images and easy-to-read text working in conjunction with intriguing facts and a stimulating lab activity, this book will have children eager to learn more!
Readers will get to explore the inside of a cell in this fascinating book! Using a variety of vivid images, charts and photos, easy-to-read text, intriguing facts, and sidebars, readers will learn about the various parts of animal and plant cells, including the cell membranes, cytoplasm, nucleus, chromosomes, chloroplasts, endoplasmic reticulum, vacuoles, and lysosomes. To aid in further understanding of the content and vocabulary, a glossary and index are provided, as well as an engaging, hands-on lab activity!
Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around sugar, a product with massive influence in the energy and food industries. It explores sugar’s historical influence, its use in biofuels, and its place in the modern diet. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Magic Johnson's fearlessness, courage, and determination were evident whenever he stepped on the basketball court. Those same characteristics have also served him well in his off-the-court battle with HIV. Readers will learn about how Magic Johnson has used his courage, knowledge, and wisdom to promote awareness and to help better urban communities everywhere.
In this fascinating title, readers find out about the food supply chain, fair trade, and how our eating habits affect our health. With debate boxes and contemporary case studies, readers also discover the environmental impacts their food purchases have on the planet.
A recent survey on drug use recorded 729,000 youths 12 years of age or older who had used inhalants and solvents for the first time within the past year. These substances, along with prescription and over-the-counter medications, can be found in almost every home and have become an easy-access entry point to drug use for young people. This important book carefully examines the facts and fiction about "huffing," and provides information on addiction and treatment, as well as useful alternatives to drug use.
There's no denying that marijuana use is prevalent among today's youth and that it has grown increasingly acceptable in popular culture. This informative and useful book for kids examines drug use and abuse. Topics of interest include the history of marijuana use and laws, and myths and facts about marijuana misuse and abuse. A resource section provides websites and contact information of organizations for those dependent on drugs as well as for their friends and families.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are the most commonly abused drugs by high school students after marijuana. One in five young people abuses prescription meds - cotton, rits, beans, tuss, and bricks - street names for these non-street drugs. Street Pharma looks at this growing problem and gives young readers the information they need to say no before they start using or find help to quit when they've become addicted.
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Party drugs are a group of drugs used by young people at parties, clubs, concerts, and events. From ecstasy to GHB and ketamine, party drugs have a popular reputation for not being as harmful as other hard street drugs, but they are just as dangerous and addictive. This informative book details the history of these drugs and how they became so popular. A special section provides readers with useful resources for fighting addiction and remaining drug free.
Medicine developed into a science in the 1800s, but it was a long evolution from folk remedies and superstition to a modern understanding of how the human body works and how disease is spread. Throughout much of the century, the life expectancy of the average American was decades shorter than it is now. A lack of understanding of simple hygiene contributed to the early death of many women after childbirth, and children routinely died of common childhood diseases like measles. An incorrectly treated broken arm could kill a healthy young man, and pain, disfigurement, and epidemic disease was the fate of many Americans. Traditional herbal remedies were sometimes the best treatments available, while patent medicines often contained toxic substances, and medical procedures were often painful, disgusting, and ultimately useless. The dedicated scientists and medical researchers of the 1800s made a tremendous contribution to the health and happiness of Americans.
Women have made major contributions to science throughout history, including in the field of medicine. Learn about the lives of some of the most amazing women in medicine, from Rita Levi-Montalcini to Margaret Chan, as well as their exciting and important work. Discover what it takes to be a doctor. Find out about the opportunities for women in medicine. Read Women in Medicine to see if following in the footsteps of the many brilliant women who have made their mark in medicine is something you want to do.
The Mexican cuisine of today originated thousands of years ago. The ancient Olmec and Mayan civilizations domesticated maize, beans, and chili peppers and developed the flatbread cakes known as tortillas. The Aztecs expanded the Mexican diet with other meats, fruits, and vegetables. As Spanish explorers conquered and colonized Mexico, European cooks introduced new ingredients, such as rice, wheat flour, and the meat of domestic animals like pigs, chickens, and cows. They also brought previously unknown methods of preparing food, such as frying. Today, Mexican cuisine is extremely popular far beyond the borders of the nation, and in 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Mexican cuisine to be an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This title examines an important historic event - the bubonic plague. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of the disease, how it spread, key players and happenings during the black death, and the event's effects on society up through modern times. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.