August 2016

School and work may have you resigned to a sedentary position for several hours each day. Furthermore, many other daily activities involve sitting, such as eating meals, watching television, or spending time on the computer. You are not alone. Researchers estimate that on average, Americans spend about half of their life in a seated position. … Read More

Medicine is full of uncertainties. The medical decision-making process may often figuratively resemble a tree with branches that all lead to different outcomes for a patient. But can physicians afford to look and consider the whole tree before making their decisions? Or do they often opt for a much closer look in lieu of confidence? The latter scenario, … Read More

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It acts as the control center and manages the body’s physiological systems via complex networks and pathways. As commonly shown in research, and even in popular media, the brain’s functions tend to decline with age. But what is the reason behind this? How … Read More

Kidneys are important organs that filter blood and produce urine as waste. Like all complex processes in life, the function of the kidney can easily be disrupted by seemingly minor changes. One such change is the increase in the concentration of calcium and oxalate in the urine, a precursor that can be associated with dehydration … Read More

Obesity is one of the biggest global health issues of the modern age. Over-eating and lack of exercise are common causes, and people are always searching for new ways to control excess weight gain. There are numerous diets, exercise routines, medications, and other treatments meant to curb obesity. However, new research shows that we may have … Read More

Soybeans were first domesticated in Northern China, where they were used as a staple food source. Soy can be processed from soy beans into a variety of forms including soy milk and soy protein.  Recently, soy has been appearing in various diets and healthy dietary regiments. Its many health benefits include the alleviation of diarrhea and the … Read More

Food traditionally fried in canola oil has been criticized because of studies that link consumption to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. It clogs arteries, creating problems for the heart in particular. However, there might be a way for people to have their fried food and eat it, too! Research published in Food Chemistry suggests … Read More

The phrase “Father Time is undefeated” is common in sports, especially for aging athletes. It means that age will eventually catch up with these athletes, diminishing their physical abilities. Athletes, such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, however, have received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to speed up the healing process for injuries and play longer. What is PRP, and … Read More

When we get sick, we want our bodies to mount the best possible defense against invading pathogens. The immune system is responsible for fighting infections. Researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital have discovered that oxPAPC, a chemical that naturally occurs in damaged tissues, triggers a strengthened immune response that could have useful implications for developing more effective vaccines. … Read More

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