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Two years ago, I met someone with a condition called dystonia. Even as someone with a science background, I had never heard of the disorder—in fact, I would not have noticed his illness without being told since the symptoms of dystonia are mostly controlled by medication. Because so much about the human brain has yet … Read More

Ever hear that faint buzzing sound or see a brown speck on the floor? Chances are a bug has snuck into your home from the outside. The most common ones seen in a household are bees, houseflies, ticks, mosquitos, and cockroaches, and all of them can deteriorate your health if not handled quickly. When dealing with pests, … Read More

How many of us have heard of the phrase “waiting for the other shoe to drop”? Many of us have experienced feeling anxiety for a possibly imminent disaster and stressing nonstop over it. Studies now suggest that uncertainty of not knowing about things to come is actually worse than knowing for sure whether a certain event … Read More

Most people take breathing for granted. After all, it is a natural, involuntary process regulated silently by the brain stem. But for individuals suffering from asthma, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath becomes a scary reality. As a chronic disease of the respiratory system, asthma can cause swelling, inflammation, and narrowing of the airways, making it harder to breathe. … Read More

The kidneys are perhaps the most complex and functionally important organs in the body. However, in chronic kidney disease, the kidneys begin to lose these functions, leading to devastating effects on the body. The kidneys are made up of units called nephrons. Each nephron has a complex architecture meant to help the kidneys achieve their main … Read More

Do you know what the most commonly dislocated joint is? Is it the ankle? No. Is it the knee? Nope! It’s the shoulder! This injury is especially relevant in sports, accounting for 48.3 percent of the dislocations. So, let’s get into the specifics. A dislocated shoulder is when the upper arm bone, called the humerus, pops out of the … Read More

It’s tough eating healthy sometimes, isn’t it? If it’s healthy for you, it’s not likely to be tasty for the untrained tongue. If it’s healthy and tasty, it’s likely to be expensive and out of your budget (think quinoa). It’s a wonderful thing that cacao exists then because, yes, it hits the perfect trifecta. Before we … Read More

In life, we always strive to become the best possible person we can be. Whether it be getting an A on the next test, becoming more fit during the summer, or simply reaching a certain quota for the day, goals drive us along the process. The textbook definition of “goal” is an object of a person’s … Read More

We live in a generation plagued by the disease of busy-ness. Constantly occupied with hectic schedules and grocery lists of tasks to accomplish, it’s no wonder that our generation suffers from high stress, insomnia, and anxiety. In Germany, one out of every five people take a sedative at least once a year. While that might … Read More

Many would say that eyes are the windows to the soul, wouldn’t you agree? But whether we believe in that or not, it is true that the eyes are the first things we see when we interact with one another. They are one of the most crucial parts of our lives, allowing us to see and interact … Read More

At this point, I’m sure you have heard of the Rio Olympics and Usain Bolt. Usain, often nicknamed “Lightning Bolt” and widely considered the fastest man to have ever lived, has had tremendous success at the Olympics. What’s often forgotten is that Bolt had a Grade 1 hamstring strain just about a month before the Olympics started. However, he recovered … Read More

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

It is well known that eating leafy greens will help you live a longer, healthier life, but what about living near them? A new study published by researchers at the Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public Health looks at the effects of the presence of vegetation on the longevity of women and shows that the impact is indeed long-lasting. The … Read More

In the name of money, large corporations commonly raise pigs, cows, and chickens in compact spaces where they are unable to move, frequently mutilated, and pumped up with hormones. As a result, many people are fighting against the mistreatment of animals by going vegetarian, abstaining from eating meat on Mondays with the widely-used hashtag #meatlessmondays, or simply buying free range meat. … Read More

Last August at the 2016 Rio Olympics, many health experts and participants alike had their eyes on the rapidly developing threat of the Zika virus. Prior to the start of the Olympics, the list of countries with active transmission included much of South and Latin America, as well as several Pacific Island nations. Some athletes took precautions; others skipped the … Read More

Have you ever noticed the huge biceps of Superman, Mike Tyson, or Dwayne Johnson? In all three cases, except for maybe Superman, these people were not born with these huge biceps – they had to hit up the gym in order to gain their big guns. This goal is very popular among young adults, but it also comes with the chance of injury. … Read More

If you were asked to think of a few adjectives to describe actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “obese” would probably not be one of them. So not surprisingly, when Yahoo! Health released an article early last year stating that Johnson was in fact “technically obese,” it took the world by storm. How could a man … Read More

Nothing ruins the gratification of clearing your bowels more than the unpleasant and painful hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids, a medical condition also known as piles, often causes bleeding from the anus or lower rectum as a result of swollen and inflamed veins in the area. Hemorrhoids often heal themselves, but the pain can be addressed by taking … Read More

When summer comes along, people instantly head to the gym in order to obtain that fantastic summer body. The moment they walk into the gym, a flurry of individuals can be seen on treadmills and cardio machines. Even though cardiovascular exercise is very beneficial to endurance and heart health, many people glance over another asset that really helps … Read More

The “five-second rule” is the popular notion that food dropped on the floor is considered safe to eat if picked up within five seconds. The logic behind this rule is that bacteria need time to transfer to the food. Although most adults (hopefully) refrain from eating off the floor, whether or not they believe in this rule, … Read More

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