The Orphan Trains

From 1854-1929, Orphan Trains carried orphaned and homeless children from overcrowded eastern cities, such as New York City, to foster homes in the rural midwest. Approximately 200,000 children traveled to new homes during this time. In the 1850s, there were approximately 30,000 homeless or abandoned children in New York City alone. The population of the … Continue reading The Orphan Trains

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication (or water poisoning) is caused when a person drinks too much water. The water gets into your bloodstream and dilutes electrolytes, particularly sodium. This excess water is absorbed by your cells and they swell. This is particularly dangerous in the brain. Symptoms of water intoxication include vomiting, headache, disorientation, frequent urination and fatigue. … Continue reading Water Intoxication