A new study conducted by researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health indicates that the risk for type 2 diabetes can be significantly lowered by eating homemade meals (as opposed to eating out). One reason is that restaurant food is more likely to contain highly processed ingredients and unhealthy fats. Both of these … 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

On September 28, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new recommendations on how parents can better manage technology in their children’s lives. With the understanding that mobile devices have become more accessible to children and infants, the AAP intends to help parents become more engaged with their children through the use of digital … Read More

Do you have a habit of eating sweets? Or perhaps you have to complete a certain routine before being able to leave your house? These compulsions that essentially become automatic are known as habits. Habits can be good or bad, but one thing for certain is that once formed, they are hard to break. This is problematic … Read More

The human body, unfortunately, releases unfavorable bodily smells every single day. Whether it’s from our mouths (mouth breath) or from our feet (foot odor), body odor is a very natural part of our lives, but thankfully, there are many products that serve to mask or remove these natural smells available for purchase. Embed from Getty Images  An aerosol … 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

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system, which defends the body against diseases and infections, instead attacks the body’s healthy cells. These diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, affect up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). In fact, MS alone affects around 2.5 million … Read More

Most people are able to feel pain and in most cases, they dislike it. There are currently both medical and non-medical ways by which one could relieve pain. However, the inability for one to feel pain is reserved for those with a rare genetic mutation called congenital insensitivity to pain; people with this condition are insensitive to pain, … Read More

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that hold the potential to differentiate into any type of cell. They offer a wide variety of uses in medicine from curing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, to repairing old joints/ligaments. However, the problem with stem cells and the reason why they aren’t more popular in clinical practices is their method … Read More

Did you know that ankle sprains are so common that 25,000 people experience it every day? It’s likely you’ve experienced one before; I know I have. I vividly remember being unable to put my full weight on my ankle, struggling to put my shoes on, wrapping ice around it, and limping around for a few … Read More

Our bodies change in various ways as we age—our eyes are no exception. Many, if not all, start experiencing vision problems once over 40. One common aging process that many people go through is presbyopia. Adults affected by presbyopia have difficulty seeing objects clearly at close distances. Other changes, however, aren’t so minor. One such example is … 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

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about booking a flight to anywhere, almost drowning in the desire to explore the world and have an adventure? If so, you’ve experienced the phenomenon increasingly referred to as wanderlust, and don’t worry—you’re not alone. Wanderlust, originally a German word, is typically defined as “a strong desire or impulse … Read More

The leading cause of death worldwide is not smoking, car crashes, or diabetes. It’s atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries, making it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart. Once the plaque ruptures, a clot forms and blocks the blood flow to a patient’s heart and causes heart … Read More

With the recent advancement of CRISPR-CAS9 technology made by UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, scientists are now able to genetically engineer a large range of organisms with higher efficiency and relative ease. Prior to its advent, scientists were able to cut DNA at certain points, but inserting sequences of … Read More

Doctors today are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. It is not inherently a bad thing, since with time comes change. We have seen tremendous improvements over the course of the past century that have totally altered the face of the medicine that our predecessors knew. However, at the same time, there is an increasing concern … Read More

Watching TV for hours and hours has become so prevalent that we now have a variety of words to describe the activity. “Binge-watching,” “marathon-viewing,” and “Netflixing” all describe the act of watching TV for a long period of time, whether it be finishing a whole season of a TV series or watching multiple episodes of different shows … Read More

Life in the 21st century is different from what it once was. Most of us live in contemporary homes in cozy suburban neighborhoods or stacked cities surrounded by modern technology such as the Internet, TVs or automobiles. The only plants we really see are the trees that line our neighborhoods. Only a small fraction of … Read More

Did you know that people are using a potential food poison to smooth their wrinkles? Botulinum toxin type A (Botox), a food poison found in expired canned foods, is a huge success in the wrinkle-smoothing cosmetic industry. A report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed that nearly seven million Botox cosmetic procedures were carried out in 2014, … Read More

Can being preoccupied or absorbed affect our senses? A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by UCL reports that deep attention on a visual task can momentarily make one “deaf” to normal level sound. Brain scans of 13 volunteers revealed that people engaged in a challenging visual task exhibited reduced brain responses to sound … Read More

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