Category: FYI

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Critique of The China Study – Part 1

  The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell examines the health impacts of plant based protein and animal based protein. He also emphasizes the point that the findings of his research are groundbreaking...

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Eat More Pizza?

  Despite the bad rep that pizza seems to have nowadays because of its relatively high caloric content (with macros consisting of relatively high saturated fat and carb content) that may be contributing to the...

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Hookah: The Unbeknownst Silent Killer

It has been brought to my attention that for some reason, people are misled to think that hookah is a “safe” alternative to cigarette smoking. Indeed, hundreds of hookah bars have already been set...

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Thymine Photodimerization: An Organic Chemist’s View

In the Diels-Alder Reaction, a landmark reaction known to any organic chemistry student, a conjugated diene can react with a compound containing a carbon-carbon double bond, dubbed the “dienophile” (and rightfully so!), with relative...

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Consistency of Calipers on Body Fat Measurements

DXA scanning is considered the gold standard for effective body fat measurements. The DXA scan is able to output decently reliable numbers, but is not absolutely precise and has been known to have error...

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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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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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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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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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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...

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Egg Shells hold key to rapid healing

Eggs are great; they’re high in protein and have loads of vitamins and minerals. A clinical study out of Taiwan suggests they just might make the ultimate bandages. Researchers from the Department of Plastic...

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Obese might face benefit cuts in the UK

It has been proposed by Westminster Council to cut benefits to obese people that refuse to exercise following a doctor’s orders. Although the initiative has not been made into law yet, I hope it...

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Cholesterol! Why you should care

Facts: One in five adults in America has cholesterol levels in the borderline high/high range (107 million above 200mg/dL). Cholesterol, as recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), should be checked once within...