October 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurological disorder that causes memory loss and destroys important cognitive functions. It’s highly prevalent among seniors, affecting one in every nine people over the age of 65, and is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although much of Alzheimer’s remains a mystery, we do know that … Read More

While much of genetic research focuses on differences in our DNA sequences, the field of epigenetics concentrates on the variability in how those sequences are expressed, or converted into proteins which regulate our biological characteristics. This variability is mostly due to environmental factors, but certain epigenetic changes can be inherited as well. Embed from Getty Images  Genetic material is converted into proteins … Read More

Did your mother play Mozart music for you when you were a child? Have you ever wondered if listening to Mozart can actually raise a child’s IQ? Studies on what has been dubbed the “Mozart effect” have shown extremely mixed results. The truth is that there is not enough scientific evidence to determine if listening … Read More

The last time I went to see a clinician was the first time I realized that my health was connected to my experiences as a black woman. At first, I just wanted to know what I could do about the acne flare up that had come after a period of extreme stress. She asked why I was stressed. I … Read More

The symptoms of a urinary tract infection are quite distinct: Pain or a stinging sensation while urinating Cloudy or strange-smelling urine A frequent need to urinate, but only a small amount of actual urine produced Pressure in the lower belly If you’ve had any of these symptoms before, do not worry: you are not alone. Urinary … Read More

Sit up. Stand straight. Don’t slouch. These commands probably sound familiar to you, voiced many times over by a parent, guardian, or perhaps your very own mind. In that moment, you may have obliged only to sink back into your previous position soon after, if you didn’t shrug it off entirely to begin with. After … Read More

As of February 2015, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana. As overall exposure to the drug has been spreading across the country, cases of allergic reactions to marijuana have also been spreading. Embed from Getty Images  Many states now … Read More

You may have seen chia seeds floating in someone’s bottle at your yoga studio, or in a tub at Whole Foods, but do you actually know what they are? Chia seeds are the seeds of the plant Salvia Hispanica, a member of the mint plant family. It produces purple or white flowers and is native to Central … Read More

This week on ENT Weekly, we take a small break to visit the healthcare of another country half a world away. This year, I had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Taiwan on a recent trip to visit family. Taiwan is an island country home to 23 million people and is located 100 miles off … Read More

We take another break from your regularly scheduled ENT Weekly to bring you another special from the island country of Taiwan. This time we look at private pay healthcare, focusing on cosmetic medicine. After my experiences with primary care, I wanted to experience a totally different aspect of medicine, looking this time into the tantalizing world … Read More

If you live near the coast, warm weather often means heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Sandcastles, sunbathing, and for the intrepid, thrill-seeking adventurer: surfing! For the chronic beach-heads, however, surfer’s ear is a condition that merits as much attention as catching the next big wave. Surfer’s ear is … Read More

This post is part of Morning Sign Out’s Premed Advising series. To read the rest of the series, start here! Authors: Cindy Hoang-Tran, Florence Yuan Original authors: Andrew Lee, Keng Lam MD/PhD Programs Keng: MD/PhD programs are for people who want to have a research-focused career and already have a strong research background – many … Read More

One in 10 Americans suffers from a loss of hearing that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss, especially for those from ages 21 to 35. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness, can be caused by … Read More

Five minutes pass, followed by ten more minutes. A 30-minute office procedure to place an ear tube has ballooned into close to an hour without the doctor emerging. I walk around, reassuring patients that the doctor would be entering their room shortly. Another five minutes pass before the doctor walks out of the procedure room. … Read More

Today on Summit ENT, we continue with yet another tantalizing ear condition that can cause hearing loss. Repeated ear infections or retraction of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear, causing cholesteatomas. Cholesteatomas are abnormal skin growths in the middle ear, developing as cysts that shed old layers of skin. Over time, cholesteatomas … Read More

Summer is here! As a bit of an opposite to the deathly doom that faces Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones, we are quickly approaching a time of relaxation and vacation. For many travelers, this may mean visiting family or exploring the world, often via an airplane. If you ever have … Read More

The paranasal sinuses are a series of hollow chambers that surround the nasal chamber. The sinuses and the nose share a similar lining called the mucosa. This mucosa covers the entire system and consists of structural cells, mucus-producing cells, and hair cells called cilia. The cilia beat back and forth to move the mucus from the … Read More

In a prime example of censorship, the video documentary “Under the Dome” by Chai Jing was taken off the Chinese internet after a hugely successful weekend of over 200 million views, or one-third of China’s total internet viewership. To properly gauge the monumental circulation achieved, compare it to “What Does the Fox Say?” which reached … Read More

Did you know that our body shares a chemical reaction with sparkling water? Carbon dioxide’s interaction with water, which yields bicarbonate and protons, is a key element in processes such as gastric acid secretion and eye pressure maintenance. For efficiency, an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase (CA) resides in our body to speed up the reaction. However, … Read More

Have you ever considered that Veritaserum, the powerful truth serum from Harry Potter, might exist? Chemists and pharmacologists actually had Professor Snape’s potion ingenuity and synthesized amobarbital: a widely used truth serum in psychological therapy. However, amobarbital is merely a member of the barbiturates, a group of drugs famous for their depressing effects on the central nervous … Read More

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