Author: Supeding

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Organic Food & Cancer

There is a scare among consumers that contaminants in produce can increase likelihood of cancer–this drives an increasing demand for organically grown food which is thought to be healthier. Relevant peer-reviewed studies are scarce, and though...

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Effects of Fasting on Metabolism

I”ve been doing IF (intermittent fasting) for two weeks strong now, and in that time, I’ve converted at least one of my friends. He was initially concerned over what havoc IF might wreck on...

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Fasting suppresses bone growth?

In case you’ve missed my last few post, I’ve been looking into some of the physiological effects (besides intended ones eg weight loss) of intermittent fasting (IF) and caloric reduction. I was incredulous when...

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How does fasting affect brain function?

Intermittent fasting sounds like an attractive dieting scheme. A quick visit to bodybuilding forums reveals no shortage of people who will attest to its effectiveness. Yet as someone well versed in human physiology, I...

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How we learned the poppy kills cancer

Let’s take a little break from hypotheses and conclusions to take a look into how drugs are discovered. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Harish C. Joshi at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) who...

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What is glycemic index?

I’m sure we’ve all ran into these terms at some point and possibly seek out low-GI foods at the supermarket without really knowing why. I mean, what possible reason could I have for buying...

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How do I know if my food’s gone bad?

Spoiling food sucks. Finding food that expired a day or two ago is pretty close. Sometimes when whatever food product I’ve missed the expiration date by is expensive/tasty/I’m-craving-for, I’ll disregard the labeled date and...

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Food you can eat a lot of without getting fat

Part of the feedback system for appetite include volume sensory neurons lining the stomach. Such receptors are activated by higher stomach occupancy and signal the brain to feel less hunger. WiseGeek put together a...

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Do computers make physicians obsolete?

As someone employed in medical research, I’m a little bothered when my friends self-diagnose using webMD or self-medicate rather than consult physicians. I think those of us trained in health-related fields are especially prone...

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Trans Fats — are we be wrong about them?

Trans fats have been so vilified that nutritional labels list how many grams of trans fats food contains. Whatever did they do to earn criminal status in the macronutrient world? Chemistry students should recognize...

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How long is the optimal midday nap?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep daily, but for some of us with night shifts or early mornings, 7-9 is difficult to achieve. Instead we recharge our heads and our willpower...

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Hemp Hearts! A superfood review

I went Costco shopping last week, and picked up a bag of Hemp Hearts. The sample-provider was eager to tout hemp’s nutritional value and tell me just how much protein and macros I get...

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Top 200 Drugs Last Year, Part Deux

Last week Airlats brought you a list of the top 200 drugs by US prescriptions, and wow was it popular. Once again, graciously compiled by Njardarson Group is a list of the top 200 drugs by...

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What happens to humans without adrenaline

Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a catecholamine that functions as both a neurotransmitter and hormone in humans. Produced by both sympathetic neurons and chromaffin cells in the adrenal medula, adrenaline is released in...

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Sleep deprivation increases brain sensitivity

Busier folks lose a lot of sleep. Consequences include teary eyes, frequent yawning, and inattention during meetings or work. Apparently, not getting enough REM sleep also increases sensitivity to dopamine. Tufic et al. published findings...

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Dust might explain why kids are fat

We run on hormones; they make us hungry, they make us tall, and they make us fat. It’s no surprise that chemicals that mess with our endocrine systems (hormone modulation and release) also mess...

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Top 200 Drugs Last Year

Graciously compiled by Njardarson Group (The University of Arizona): Edon Vitaku, Elizabeth A. Ilardi, Jón T. Njarðarson are the top 200 drugs by total prescriptions written in the United States. Top 200 Pharmaceutical Products by...

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Lasers Create Cancer Cure!

A substantial part of what makes cancer so deadly is that the tools we have to fight specific cancers work for some cases and don’t for others. That’s why despite numerous discoveries that promise...