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Poison ivy and its pals: some common myths

Poision ivy, poision oak and poison sumac look very different, but they're all part of the same family, and they all cause an allergic reaction for most people


June 26, 2019 

Summer + outside = poison ivy

So, you wore shorts in the woods, and now your skin is itchy, red and swollen. Congratulations, you may have picked up the juice from a member of family Anacardiaceae, which include poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Walking In the Shadows of 500 Years of History

DURHAM— Bird songs and the sounds of rushing water from the Eno River are what walkers usually hear on the Eno Trail, not far from historic downtown Hillsborough. But for five weeks in the spring, the scrape of shovels and cries of discovery blended into Mother Nature’s natural chorus. Students and professors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Archaeology Department were excavating what is known as The Wall site. 

It’s Hot! It’s Summer! How Much Water Do You Need?

Whether you’re working in the yard or lying on the beach in the heat of summer, you are going to get thirsty. And while it’s tempting to reach for a cold beverage, it’s a good idea to drink just plain water first.

Dive into some water facts to find out why: The average adult human body is 50-65% water. The percentage is about 60% in men, 55% in women, 65% in children and about 75% in infants.

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