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

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

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

Chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic, a chemical agent that inhibits the growth and survival of a wide range of bacteria. Bacteria that are part of the Streptomyces species that produce chloramphenicol. Currently, antibiotics successfully treat many infections that were once deadly such as pneumonia and wound infections. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chloramphenicol … 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

It seems that every week, there is a new superfood being publicized as a miracle cure-all, making it hard to distinguish what is true from what is being overly exaggerated. One such food,  Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT), has recently found its way into the spotlight. Fortunately, its health benefits do not seem exaggerated, as they are supported by … Read More

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, making those infected more susceptible to infection by other diseases. Treatment for HIV often requires the use of multiple medications. Though these medications target many different parts of the virus, most HIV drugs rely on inhibiting enzymes to prevent viral replication. Two of the six types of HIV medications target the … 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

Bacteria live on nearly every imaginable surface on Earth. Most bacteria are harmless when they do not outcompete the natural microbiome of the body. However, when bacteria move into areas they are not supposed be in, they can become a problem. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are characterized by the presence of an excessive amount of … Read More

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that compromises the immune system, making those infected more susceptible to other diseases. HIV can only be contracted by coming into direct contact with bodily fluids (such as blood or semen), which may make it seem easily avoidable. However, because of the damage it can do if left untreated, … Read More

“Toxin” is a name that frequently reminds people of death and evil. However, tetrodotoxin (TTX), a neurotoxin more potent than the chemical weapon sarin gas and the beloved murder tool cyanide, sheds light on our fight against chronic pain. Currently, opioids are the most common form of pain relief for cancer patients. However, a review of the effects of … Read More

Every year, as the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, you run the risk of getting sick with the flu or an upper respiratory infection. Oftentimes, these maladies come with a bad cough that can linger for days after the rest of your symptoms vanish. In these cases, you may opt to buy … Read More

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