We’re all familiar with stress and the potential effects it may have on our minds and bodies. Stress can be caused by numerous factors including fatigue, depression, and fear. The effects vary in levels of intensity but often involve unusual weight changes, headaches, and irritability. Many stress-reducing techniques, such as exercise, meditation, and yoga are available to … Read More

After spending countless nights pulling all-nighters during my time at UC Berkeley, I ended my collegiate career needing 5 cups of coffee a day to stay awake. That’s right. Five. I ended up needing two cups of coffee every morning to start my day, and more to get through it. Caffeine addictions are not as detrimental as other … Read More

For many parents, their children become their whole world the minute they are born. From nurturing mothers and protective fathers, children are the joy and life of many parents. But protecting a child doesn’t just start when they take their first breath. For mothers, it starts when the baby is conceived. Pregnancy is only the first step in … Read More

Mixing caffeine and alcohol is an increasingly popular trend. One European study found that 71% of energy drink users reported mixing energy drinks with alcohol. People combine the two substances because caffeine is a stimulant—it produces a feeling of alertness and energy, which masks some of the depressant effects of alcohol, such as tiredness and relaxation. However, added … Read More

For those of you who are 21 and over, you may have heard that a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. For those who are younger, my sincerest apologies—you’ll have to settle with apples for now. It has become a well-known fact that drinking wine in moderation can keep you heart-healthy since … Read More

A traditional beverage across many countries and cultures, red wine has often been hailed as not only one of the classiest drinks, but also as one of the healthiest alcoholic options available. This claim is not without scientific evidence; compounds in wine, namely polyphenols, have displayed antioxidant effects in numerous studies. It has been shown that these … Read More

It always happens at the most inconvenient moment. One second, you’re in the middle of a conversation, and then suddenly…hic. And again. Hic. Your friend can’t help but laugh as you respond with a pointed glare. Hic. For most people, hiccups are an occasional, but incredibly irritating experience. The spasms result from an involuntary contraction of … Read More

When we think of gout, we often think of a disease associated with ruddy, rotund, and middle-aged men in the 18th century. In reality, gout is still a relevant disease that affects men and women around the world today. Chances are, you may even know someone who suffers from gout. Gout is actually a form of arthritis … Read More

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