Health & Fitness

How We Deal with Vitamin Deficiency and Overdose

February 22, 2019

Vitamins are crucial to a nutritional diet, but too much or too little of each can lead to serious health problems. Which foods provide the best sources of vitamins, how much is recommended of each and what happens when we stray from the recommended doses? […]

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Medicine and Disease

Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

October 24, 2018

Which hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think – but do wash your hands. […]

Health & Fitness

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

April 6, 2018

America’s most well-known cyclist of the recent past is, no doubt, Lance Armstrong. Born in Texas, Armstrong turned pro in 1992 at age 21, and within the next few years, won major competitions, including stages within the Tour de France. Few foresaw the disgraceful path his career would soon take, tainted by the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. […]

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Health & Fitness

Elderberry Extract for Influenza?

March 6, 2018

Elderberry Extract for Influenza? Dr. Roy Benaroch discusses this interesting, tasty, and possible “magic fix” for influenza. Read more on The Great Courses Daily! […]

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Health & Fitness

The Opioid Epidemic: America’s Deadly Addiction

February 9, 2018

Drug overdose is the single most common cause of death for people under 50 years old in the US. Now, due to a recent opioid epidemic, the numbers have rocketed up averaging 175 deaths per day. Watch this free lecture to hear the causes of this new epidemic and what can be done to soften the devistating effects. […]

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Health & Fitness

The Science of Addiction: Why Are Opioids So Addictive?

January 22, 2018

The opioid crisis is very real, and very deadly. And if we want to stop it, or at least reduce the damage, we need to understand how these drugs work at a biological and neural level. What Are Opioids? How do they produce the effects that they produce? Why are they so addictive? And is there anything we can do to counteract their effects? […]

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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? […]

Biology

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. […]

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