The Terrible Reason This Girl was Barred from Her Soccer Tournament

Milagros “Mili” Hernandez has had a lot of success on the soccer field. She's so skilled, the 8-year-old girl is allowed to play on an Omaha, Nebraska club team with 11-year-olds. Unfortunately, this past weekend, it wasn’t Mili’s talent that made her part of a viral news story but the fact that she was mistaken for a boy, and then disqualified along with her entire team from their soccer tournament semifinals game because of it. While Mili’s family believes she was disqualified because officials thought she was a boy (and therefore not allowed to play on a girls team), Springfield Invitational tournament officials maintains that the reason Mili and her team got the heave-ho was because Mili was listed as a boy on their official team roster, reports WOWT. It’s unclear how this error happened. But even when Mili’s father presented tournament officials with Mili’s insurance card, which indicated that she is female, tournament brass didn’t budge. The Nebraska State Soccer Associat..

An Oregon Teenager Has The Plague. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out

Oregon health officials have confirmed this week that a teenage girl in Crook County, Oregon, has contracted the bubonic plague. The girl most likely caught the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip in northern Oregon and is currently recovering in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. The bubonic plague—yes, the same disease as the "Black Death" that crippled Europe in the Middle Ages—is an infection caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria carried by rodents like rats, squirrels, and chipmunks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Humans get it from being bitten by fleas, which contract it from feeding on infected rodents. “Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it’s still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife,” Emilio DeBess, a veterinarian in Oregon's Public Health Division, explained in a press release. “Fortunately, plague remains a rare disease, but people need to take appropr..

Your Sleep Tracker Probably Isn’t Very Good at Tracking Your Sleep

Jawbones and Fitbits are fine, but there are still some health insights that your own brain figures out better. Like this one: How did you sleep last night? In a recent Reddit AMA, Ying-Hui Fui, a sleep scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, explained that while wearables do a good job of measuring movement and heart rate while you sleep, they aren't going to provide an accurate picture of the quality of your night's rest. "To really know the quality of sleep, we have to be able to measure EEG during sleep," said Fui, meaning the brain's electrical activity. "Most EEG devices are difficult to use and expensive." In other words, they don't retail for $99 and clip neatly to your clothing. The best way to track your own sleep, then, is the old-fashioned way, Fui said. More on that: I think that right now, the best way is still to listen to your body and figure out what is the best schedule and duration for yourself. For example, when you are on vacat..

Are You an Introvert — Or Are You Maybe an Undercover Narcissist?

Something introverts really like to do, it seems, is read and talk about their own introversion. A commenter on a recent Science of Us post on the four kinds of introversion summed matters up quite nicely: "Gosh, introverts are just so FASCINATING! — Introverts." This tendency, you could argue, may arise simply because introverts like spending a lot of time in deep reflection, getting lost in their own thoughts — and some of those thoughts, naturally, are going to be about themselves. But at what point does self-reflection cross the line into self-preoccupation? As it turns out, there are some striking similarities between the popular understanding of introversion and a psychological characteristic called covert narcissism: It's all the entitlement and grandiosity most people associate with narcissism, minus the bluster. Maybe you know someone like this: They tend to believe they're being underestimated or overlooked, like their amazing qualities are forever going unnoticed b..

A Core-Strengthening Yoga Sequence

In this tutorial, John Campbell, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, and a longtime Ashtanga yoga teacher and practitioner, presents a traditional yoga practice that will help you develop a strong core. The key to this sequence is to focus on balancing the breath, flexibility, and stability in order to create a greater level of strength and well-being. Listen as Campbell explains why yoga practice provides an excellent pathway to a strong and balanced body. More from Sonima: An Expert Guide to Learn Crow Pose Try a Free Online Yoga Class at Sonima The Inquiry and Practice of Advanced Asana This article originally appeared on

What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?

When this week began, chances are high that you’d never heard of Cecil the lion, the beloved big cat of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. But by now, you’ve likely heard of his death. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, paid about $55,000 for the (illegal) privilege of lion-hunting — though, after two days of tracking Cecil, it in the end wasn’t much of a hunt: Palmer and his guides reportedly used bait to lure the 13-year-old lion a half-mile outside of the protected park area. There, Palmer shot the animal with a bow and arrow, inflicting a severe wound that would lead to the animal’s death. The New York Times reports that Palmer had planned to mount Cecil’s head upon returning home. Palmer has since expressed his regret over killing Cecil, claiming in a statement to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that he did not realize that what he had done was not legal, or that Cecil was a famous and well-loved lion, or that the animal was the subject of an ongoing research project with Oxford Univer..

How Your Feet Can Help You Sleep If you have trouble sleeping, you already know the basics: Avoid late-day caffeine, shut off the smartphone or laptop well before bedtime, keep your bedroom dark and cool — that kind of thing. But there's something you likely haven't tried, mostly because it is, frankly, a little weird. Next time you're lying awake at night, try sticking one or both feet out from under your covers. No, really — it works! It helps lower your internal temperature, which signals to your body that it's time to drift off to sleep. In the first episode of the new Science of Us video series, we explore the biology behind this unlikely sleep tip. Check it out, and come back next week for the second installment of our animated videos! By Abraham Riesman and Melissa Dahl This article originally appeared on More from Science of Us: What’s Happening in Your Brain When You Can’t Stay Awake What Exactly Is Melatonin and Can It Make You Sleep Better? T..

The Career Mistake You Don’t Realize You’re Making

Simple Steps to Avoid Outliving Your Money in Retirement This Millennial Paid Off $23,375 in Student Loan in Just 10 Months The Number of 401(k) Millionaires Has Doubled. Are You on Track to Be One? Your colleagues and bosses might think of you as the office chatterbox. When you’ve got the floor in a meeting, do you notice people looking at the clock or their phones? When you’re chatting over the water cooler, do you find yourself chiming in before your colleagues finish their sentences? Do you typically go off on tangents when you tell a story? Do people nod blankly and say “uh huh” a lot when you’re speaking? Do you notice that people at work prefer to communicate with you via email? You may be an overtalker. Most people who talk too much don’t realize they do it, says Annie Stevens, managing partner for ClearRock, a leadership development and executive coaching firm. No matter whether it’s fueled by insecurity or overconfidence, however, this quality can be deadly to one’s career—e..

The Biggest Healthcare Benefits Decision You'll Have to Make This Year

This benefits open-enrollment period, your employer may ask you—even force you—to enroll in a high-deductible health insurance plan with a health savings account. Nearly three-quarters of companies expect to offer this type of plan as an option for 2015, up from 63% in 2014. And 23% say it will be the only option, Towers Watson found.​ While premiums on high-deductible health plans are typically 10% less than those of more tradi­tional PPO plans, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, co-insurance doesn’t kick in until you’ve paid much more out of pocket. On average, you’ll foot the first $2,200 in costs as an individual, or $4,500 as a family. (Employers like the plans because they motivate you to be more discerning about your spending.) To pay the bills, you can save pretax dollars—up to $6,650 for a family—in a health savings account (HSA). Most companies throw in cash to sweeten the pot. You Can Now Buy Health Insurance at Walmart. Should You? How to Get the Same Hea..

How to Get the Same Health Care at a Quarter of the Cost

You know that visiting doctors and hospitals outside your insurer’s network is pricey. What might surprise you is how big a bill you could face even when you stay in network. In a recent analysis of 93 types of services and procedures, Change Healthcare, a company that tracks medical claims, found that in-network prices for the same service often vary by 300% and can differ by as much as 750%. Why Does an MRI Cost So Much? The Mystery Behind Your Doctor's Charges, Unveiled WATCH: The Worst Surprise I've Gotten on a Medical Bill Picking the higher-price option can cost you: You’ll typically owe full fare until you meet your ­deductible, and then usually a percentage of the bill. “Most people assume if you go in-network everyone is paid the same, so the financial implication for you will be the same,” says Douglas Ghertner, CEO at Change Healthcare. “But that is absolutely not the case.” Your insurer or employer probably has a web tool that lists what you’ll pay for certain s..