Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

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What's the deal with fruitcake?

Food
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/24/13, 10:00 am

Johnny Carson, former host of the The Tonight Show, once joked that fruitcake is so bad that only one exists, and it just keeps getting re-gifted. But before you throw out that dreaded fruitcake from Grandma this Christmas, take a minute to appreciate its rich history, or at least subject it to some scientific investigation.

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Hearing loss takes the fun out of loud toys

Health
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/23/13, 11:35 am

It only takes 15 minutes of playtime for a loud toy—anything 100 decibels (dB) or louder, about the volume of a jackhammer—to damage a child’s hearing, according to The Sight & Hearing Association (SHA).

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How dads affect kids' brain function

Science
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/10/13, 03:05 pm

The absence of a father during childhood development may cause defects in a child’s brain structure that can lead to social and behavioral impairments, according to a new study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

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