Bottle of oxycodone pain medicine for article on the opioid cris
Medicine and Disease

Fentanyl and The Dangers of Synthetic Opioids

January 22, 2018

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States over the last few decades, creating what we now know as the opioid crisis. For example, in 1968, a little over 5,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. In 1990, that number had grown to about 8400. But why are opioids, like fentanyl, so dangerous? […]

image of obese man eating a hamburger
Health And Fitness

Obesity or Malnutrition: Which Kills More People?

December 1, 2017

In a landscape of poor dieting practices, most of the world’s population now lives in countries where obesity kills more people than malnutrition. Professor Alyssa Crittenden discusses the science behind this trend. […]

Biological warfare concept
Health And Fitness

Biological Warfare: Using Germs as Weapons

December 1, 2017

“Fighting in a battle, he should not kill his enemies with weapons that are concealed, barbed, or smeared with poison.” So say the Laws of Manu, an ancient Brahmin text on moral conduct. […]

Woman buying fruits and vegetables at local food market
Health And Fitness

Food Science and Nutrition Myths: Is Natural Food Better for Us?

December 1, 2017

Often, the assurance that these things are true—that our food is safe, etcetera—is covered by calling something “natural,” as if being all natural automatically comes will these virtues. But, is that true and what does it really mean to be natural? And, should we avoid food that is not natural? […]

People walking
Health And Fitness

The Many Health Benefits of Walking: The Science of Exercise

December 1, 2017

Perhaps due to its proven simplicity and comparably easy access, walking is the most undervalued exercise format that exists. As a sweeping generalization, a lot of people view it as only being suitable as a route to fitness for the elderly or the very out of shape. How wrong this statement is. […]

Image of vitamins on a spoon over a background of vegetables
Health And Fitness

Vitamins—Are They Really “One Size Fits All?”

October 24, 2017

The idea of eating healthy seems to change as often as the seasons. Concerns over fats, sugars, undercooked red meat, carbohydrates, and many others have made news at one time or another. Vitamins have always remained a constant recommendation. But how do vitamins really benefit us, and are they a “one size fits all” dosage? […]

image of pre-teen girl who appears sad or concerned possibly about bedwetting issue
Health And Fitness

Bedwetting in Older Kids

September 20, 2017

[A]bout 3% of 12 year olds still wet the bed, at least sometimes…[K]ids don’t wet the bed because they want to wet, and don’t stop wetting the bed because they want to stop. Don’t create a bigger problem by blaming or by implying that kids can solve this problem by trying harder. […]

baby with surprised expression; breath holding in babies and toddlers is often a result of shock or sudden discomfort
Health And Fitness

Breathe Easy: Breath-Holding Spells in Toddlers

September 12, 2017

Near the top of a list of super-scary things for parents to see are breath holding spells. Your kiddo, typically a toddler, bonks his head or gets really mad about something. Then he stops breathing, turns white, and collapses on the floor. And looks dead. Really. Dead. It’s quite dramatic. […]

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