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After the mid-1900s, many companies started producing new contraceptive methods. Some are placed inside of the uterus on a long-term basis, some are worn temporarily, and some are consumed on a daily basis. One form of birth control, the Intrauterine Device (IUD), has recently been making its way back to popularity. According to Time magazine, only nine … Read More

It’s pretty much common understanding these days that when it comes to politics, the general public is a tough nut to crack. This is especially relevant today with President Donald Trump’s recent win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, changing the White House from blue back to red for the first time in eight years. The … Read More

Headers have always been an integral and aesthetically pleasing part of soccer (or football if you’re not from the United States of America), but new research has found that the common action actually negatively affects the user’s brain. A team of researchers has recently discovered that a single session of heading practice results in temporary impairment in memory … Read More

Curry, a blend of spices used in a variety of cuisines, varies widely in composition. Many of the common ingredients include turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger, all of which provide considerable potential health benefits. The spice most-frequently noted for its anti-everything capabilities, however, is turmeric. According to a laboratory animal study published in Evidence-Based Complementary … Read More

Recently, there has been a lot of debate about exercise and pregnancy due to the rise of pregnant women staying active. When discussing this topic, many encourage women to maintain an active lifestyle while pregnant, while others criticize such women, suggesting they hurt their bodies and babies. Published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Morris … Read More

Cinnamon is most commonly used as a topping, a flavorful addition to everyday treats such as bread, lattes, and cereal. But now, scientists at Rush University Medical Center have discovered an astounding new use for America’s favorite spice. According to the new study, published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, consuming cinnamon … 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

We all know the various detrimental health effects that obesity can cause to our bodies, but a new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging reveals a new potentially serious threat: obesity can cause our brains to age faster than normal. The cross-sectional study, which was conducted by the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience, … Read More

A research team, including senior author David Glanzman of the Integrative Biology and Physiology and Neurobiology departments at UCLA, has found that early Alzheimer’s patients may be able to restore lost memories by reestablishing connections between neurons in the brain. Neurons are long cells that are essentially weaved together in a neural network. Messages are sent from … Read More

A strange new virus affecting your brain sounds like something out of science fiction. However, a research team led by Dr. Robert Yolken from Johns Hopkins University found exactly that while studying the relationship between viral infections and brain development. They examined viruses present in the throats of 33 healthy adults, and surprisingly, they detected Acanthocystis turfacea Chlorella … Read More

Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer about every three minutes in the United States. Blood cancers refer to cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic system. Well-known blood cancers include leukemia, which affects the white blood cells, and lymphoma, which affects the lymphatic system. Common treatments for blood cancers include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and, occasionally, … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is a genetic brain disorder that eventually leads to the destruction of brain cells. In the early stages of the disease, the brain’s synapses, or connections between brain cells, are destroyed. The current notion is that the elimination of these connections is what leads to memory loss in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. … Read More

Roughly a decade ago, an infectious disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS coronavirus) triggered widespread panic after spreading to 37 countries in the Middle East and infecting thousands and killing hundreds. Infected individuals exhibited flu-like symptoms in their early stage of viral contraction, which quickly escalated into atypical pneumonia and shortness of breath. Those who were severely infected experienced respiratory failure and … Read More

When you make facial expressions, use gestures, or simply write, you are using something known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to forms of communication other than oral speech that allow people to express themselves. This type of communication is especially important for people with disabilities that prevent or limit oral communication. Augmentative … Read More

Every year, there are approximately 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States. Vehicle crashes are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. The most frequent neurological damage sustained by such injuries is incomplete tetraplegia, followed by incomplete paraplegia. Tetraplegia refers to paralysis of all four limbs (arms and legs), and paraplegia refers … Read More

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is caused by undergoing a traumatic experience. Symptoms of the disorder can develop within three months of the traumatic event, but it is possible that symptoms do not manifest themselves until years later. PTSD causes symptoms that are grouped into four categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking … Read More

Cannabis has a long history of medical use, dating back from 2372 B.C. in China. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), which provides a list of acceptable medicines each year, listed cannabis among its pages from 1851-1941. However, after the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act, prescribing cannabis became more difficult, and it was removed from the USP … Read More

A recent discovery by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that skin adipocytes, or fat cells directly beneath the skin, play a role in defending the body from infection. Adipocytes release an antimicrobial substance called cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP), an important molecule in the immune system that directly kills pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Researchers … Read More

Cells contain structures, called organelles, which perform different tasks in order to allow the cell to function. Mitochondria are a type of organelle that convert the energy obtained from eating food into energy that the cell is able to use. Although the majority of a cell’s DNA is stored in an organelle called the nucleus, mitochondria also … Read More

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that causes wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing as a result of  inflamed and narrowed airways. Signs of asthma typically show up during childhood; about seven million children in the United States have asthma. People at higher risks for developing asthma include those with allergies, eczema, … Read More

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