Michelle Leung is a first-year intended Integrative Biology and English double major. She enjoys ice skating and reading.

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Chlorine is used to disinfect pool water, in particular, to prevent disease-causing microorganisms from growing in pools. It exists naturally as a gas, and some natural chlorine particles may be present in the area around the swimming pool water. Swimmers often experience swollen eyes or itchy skin caused by chlorine particles in the air. In fact, according to … Read More

There’s something dangerous lurking in that cookie—something potentially more dangerous than the seven grams of fat or four grams of sugar. Researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently found that pathogens like salmonella can survive for six months in cookies and crackers. Embed from Getty Images  Certain kinds of … Read More

Chocolate is good for your soul. There is also evidence that it is good for your heart. Now, research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that cocoa flavanols in chocolate—naturally occurring compounds found in foods like apples, tea, and cocoa—could be good for kidneys, too. Researchers from the University … Read More

If your parents have ever nagged at you to get out of bed and do something productive on a Saturday morning, you can now tell them that sleeping in on weekends is a good practice, especially for those who regularly do not get enough sleep during the week. A recent study conducted by researchers at 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

Many of us have been in this scenario: you have been practicing a piece of music for months, and at this point, you could probably play it in your sleep. Or you have been rehearsing your figure skating routine for the entire season, and you haven’t fallen on a jump for months now. A soon as you step in front of the … Read More

It is not very surprising that school causes headaches. In fact, increased headaches at back-to-school time are a clear trend. Lead researcher Ann Pakalnis and a team of physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that more children had headaches in the fall, possibly because of changes in stress and changes in routines. The study, which observed 1,300 … Read More

The common cold is nothing to sneeze at. It leads to 3,000 to 49,000 US deaths a year and may be responsible for five to 20% of American’s sicknesses each year. It also has a broad presence; every child gets infected before their second birthday. Easily spread through coughs and sneezes, the virus will then infect lungs and airways, leading to … Read More

Expecting mothers are told to be especially careful during pregnancy—and not without reason. There are many foods, chemicals and activities that might harm a fetus. The science behind the restrictions that pregnant women religiously observe stems from tangible studies. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently found that traces of the mother’s … Read More

Is it possible that happiness is tangible? People often think of happiness as some abstract emotion, maybe one of those undefinable things that distinguish humans from animals. However, researchers at Kyoto University in Japan recently published a study in Scientific Reports showing a correlation between happiness and the amount of gray matter in a certain … Read More

For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it might start with repeatedly misplacing house keys and forgetting the dog’s name. Then, it might easily become wandering off and getting lost, or even, forgetting key life events. Within as little as four years after diagnosis, people with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, can die of the disease. Dementia … Read More

In Singapore, bloody images of damaged organs accompany warnings on cigarette packs. In India, 85% of the surface of a cigarette pack must contain pictorial and text warnings. In the United Kingdom, 40% of the packaging must be a large textual warning. In contrast, the United States has one of the most lenient set of … Read More

Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted to people through mosquito bites, most commonly through a mosquito called Anopheles stephensi. In many low-income countries, where people often lack access to insecticides to kill mosquitoes and drugs to treat the disease, malaria is a leading cause of death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015, about 438,000 people … Read More

At home, pets provide companionship that relaxes and comforts their owners. In fact, 62% of households in America already have pets. The value of owning a pet extends beyond casual comfort in homes. However, animal-assisted therapy harnesses the physical and emotional benefits of animal interactions to treat patients for a variety of physical and mental … Read More

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