Despite advances in treatment methods, disease prevention is still more of a good idea than the treatment itself. Regular diet and resting will not replace medicaments, but they can help minimise the risk and accelerate recovery.
At the stand of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw (A37), we’ll learn how to care for our brains. The scientists have prepared a number of exercises that help develop cognitive abilities, as well as a lot of useful tips regarding diets and lifestyle, which will make everyone enjoy science during a hundred more successive Science Picnics.
Meeting with the representatives of the Capital City of Warsaw (A22) is a great opportunity to find out more about the key preventive healthcare programmes, including programmes supporting healthy lifestyles and screening tests.
May is a good time to think about holidays. Going to the countryside and abroad often means getting in contact with different microorganisms. Therefore, it’s worth finding out what awaits us in a park or in the tropics. At the stand of the Chair and Department of Biology and General Parasitology at the Warsaw Medical University (F7), you will have a possibility of learning about different types of human and animal parasites.
All processes that happen in our body require energy, which is produced when oxygen combines with substances that we absorb with food. That said, we have to realise that food is much more than just a source of energy. Vitamins and minerals have an impact on all human body organs. That is why, knowledge about food and diet is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.
At the stand of the University of Physical Education (A28), we will learn about the links between human weight and physique and potential cardiovascular diseases. In addition, we will find out about typical problems related to some body shapes and learn how to read percentile norms, which make it easier to evaluate children’s weight gain.
The Scientific Association of Dieticians at the Warsaw Medical University (F13) will help you measure all key parameters related to weight. They will talk about different features of food that should be considered when choosing a diet. You’ll have a chance to see that seemingly healthy foods may also actually be caloric bombs.
The National Centre for Research and Development (A54) will present a study on bioactive foods. Visitors will have an opportunity to try products that not only nurture but also make people healthier, including cookies for persons with diabetes and kissel for overweight people.
Brain is still the least examined human organ. We know how a brain develops and we are able to analyse its parts but we still don’t know where thoughts come from and where our conscience begins. Despite these gaps in knowledge, we are getting better at linking the brain with technical systems. We are also discovering the sources of mental diseases and brain degeneration, which are problems that may affect every one of us.
The stand of the “Cerebrum” science association of the Faculty of Physiology and Pathophysiology at the Warsaw Medical University (F8) will present neuron transmission mechanisms. These seemingly simple electricity transmissions can be surprising so it’s good to learn more about them. Without them, understanding the brain is impossible.
After we find out the basic brain mechanisms, it’s worth going to the stand of the Institute of Psychology of PAS (F15) and listen about the prevention related to mental health. Just like all other body organs, sometimes our brain also falls ill. That is why it’s good to know how to take care of it and when to look for medical or psychological help.
The connection between a brain and a computer may constitute the future of neurology. At the stand of the M. Smoluchowski Scientific Consortium (E1), visitors will have a chance to test an interface linking he brain with artificial limbs and robot parts. What moves the arm of the robot is not will power or telepathy – it’s the power of science.
We all breathe the same air. Contrary to what may seem, sometimes it happens that a beautiful May weather is less healthy for us than heavy rain. Today scientists conduct researches on many different pollution types and look for ways to neutralise them.
At the stand of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw (E16) we’ll create some photochemical smog. Even though our pollution will be very small and will only fit into a box, it will give us an opportunity to examine the mechanisms of this phenomenon. We’ll also see what lasers can detect in smog – as with lasers it’s always more interesting!
The Institute of Physical Chemistry of PAS (A36) will present the development of atmospheric smog. They will also explain when ozone is beneficial for humans, and when it has a negative impact on us.
Now that we have learnt some physics and chemistry of the smog, it’s time to see how they can be applied in technology. The Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology (C54) will present ways of detecting and monitoring smog levels in cities. Visitors to the stand will be provided with a lot of reliable information about this pollution type and learn more about health problems it causes.