Jane Zhou



Jane graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. During her free time, she enjoys eating amazing food, working on impossible puzzles, and cross-stitching.

Jane has written 33 post(s)

Chocolate, little dark brown squares of sweetness that melt in your mouth, may be a guilty pleasure or a love that people confidently declare. In fact, Jo Brand, an English comedian, once said, “anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” As it turns out, chocolate not only tastes good but is also beneficial for fetal health according … 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

Often known as “lady fingers” in the Southern states, okra is a star-shaped vegetable that has a unique texture and taste. The outside feels firm and crisp; however, one bite of the vegetable brings a sensation of chewiness and goo. In fact, it is often used in soups as a thickening agent. However, it’s known … Read More

Its signature look is an eerily bright green powder with an earthy, grassy scent: matcha, a specific type of green tea, originated in Japan. In fact, “cha” is the Japanese word for tea while “ma” means powder, literally translating to powdered green tea. In the past, matcha tea was typically served during Zen tea ceremonies, tea gatherings in Buddhism that encourage … Read More

Castanea sativa, or Sweet Chestnut, originated in Western Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe. In these regions, the nut part of the plant is often cooked as a staple food source. In many cultures, however, these plants are also used for medicinal purposes, such as for the treatment of respiratory illnesses, digestive problems, and circulation issues. The leaves of the … Read More

Sweet, tangy, and juicy, tomatoes are nutrient-packed and considered “functional foods,” meaning that they have health benefits in addition to nutritional value. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, which has shown to combat cancer-causing substances known as “free radicals.” They also possess a compound called “beta-carotene,” which gives them their red-orange color, that is … Read More

Estrogen is a well-known compound, often associated with women. Although the hormone, a chemical messenger, is also present in men, estrogen is commonly linked to women because of the role it plays in the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and features. Aside from contributing to the sexual development of women, estrogen has a … Read More

In 2010, diabetes was determined to be the seventh leading cause of death for individuals in the United States. With the prevalence of obesity due to overconsumption of fast food and sugary diets, diabetes has become a growing problem for people of all ages. For those individuals with type II diabetes, setting limits and guidelines … Read More

Comprised of over 200 species, magnolias were used thousands of years ago in Chinese medicine to cure a variety of ailments. Health benefits commonly associated with these beautiful plants include alleviating menstrual cramps, improving cognition in individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, lessening anxiety, and combating diabetes and illnesses related to the liver. However, in recent years … Read More

From liquid cleanses to calorie-counting, celebrities are known to advocate for a variety of diets. Recently, it seems as though the most popular trend is going gluten-free. Gluten is a protein composed of gliadin (a protein that helps bread dough rise while maintaining its shape) and glutenin (a protein present in all types of wheat flour). Both of these … Read More

3D movies. 3D printers. Over the years, we have seen an emergence of new technology that has made this man-made 3D world more accessible and attainable to the everyday person. As we enter into 2015, scientists have made great progress in implementing 3D technology into the medical field. Embed from Getty Images 3D printing has become a … Read More

Seventy-two million adults. This is the staggering number of adults in the US affected by an epidemic that is caused by neither a virus nor a bacterium. As many as 72 million adults in the US are affected by obesity, and the prevalence rate has been on a consistent incline since 2010. Embed from Getty Images Obesity is … Read More

Flu-like symptoms, slow deterioration of the immune system, fatal complications of a lung infection: this is the general progression of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although there is currently no cure for the disease, affected individuals can successfully slow down the progression of the virus through a combination of three different medications from two classes of anti-viral drugs. There are many different … Read More

Swelling red bumps, a difficulty in breathing, nausea, and sometimes even unconsciousness are some of the common symptoms of a bee sting. We often tend to avoid bee hives or even single bees out of the fear of being stung and injected with bee venom thanks to complications such as anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. However, there has been a … Read More

Lifestyle, dietary choices, and time dedicated to exercise are many of the contributing factors towards obesity. However, researchers have determined a new suspect that may play a role in the development of what is a called the “metabolic syndrome“. Individuals with metabolic syndrome suffer from three or more of the following conditions: obesity, type II diabetes, high blood … Read More

Aspirin is a fever reducer, pain moderator, blood thinner, and zit zapper. The earliest form of the drug was first synthesized by French scientist Frédéric Gerhardt in 1853. After many years of experimentation and trials, Bayer, a pharmaceutical company, was the first to offer aspirin to the market. Now, it is an easily accessible over-the-counter drug that has become … Read More

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), was first discovered back in the 17th and 18th centuries, with early cases reported by Guy Patin and John Freke. What exactly is this disease with such a long, convoluted name? FOP, also known as “Stone Man Disease”, causes the muscles and soft tissue to ossify over time and develop into bone. Extra … Read More

Many of us love spicy foods and associate them with our favorite regional cuisines. However, it may be surprising to know that although chili peppers emerged 100,000 years ago in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, it wasn’t until Columbus embarked on his journey around the world that chili peppers began to emerge in African, European, or Asian cuisines. Embed from Getty Images … Read More

March 24, 1822 marks the day that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) made its debut through Dr. Robert Koch. This type of bacteria typically affects the lungs, and most treatments include a mixture of drugs, including antibiotics. With approximately nine million people affected by the disease in 2013, there has been an ongoing effort to develop and explore new … Read More

From pills to intrauterine devices, women have many options available for birth control. However, for men there are very limited contraceptives on the market. The common ones, condoms or vasectomies, are either permanent or not 100% effective. Embed from Getty Images  New development of male contraceptives will yield new possibilities. That said, recent research has … Read More

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