image of poppy plant excreting opium for article on what are opiates
Health And 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? […]

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? […]

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. […]

Health And Fitness

Food Science and Nutrition Myths: How Dangerous are GMOs?

December 1, 2017

Just about all the plants and animals that you think of as food have been extensively cultivated over centuries, or even thousands of years by human ingenuity. How much cultivation is required before food no longer considered natural? Is any amount okay? […]

young boy with a migraine headache
Health And Fitness

Pediatric Migraines: Prevention and Treatment

October 17, 2017

Parents are sometimes surprised to find out that migraines are the most common cause of recurrent headaches in children. Yes, kids get migraines – and many adults who get them started getting them as children, even if they weren’t diagnosed correctly. […]

Close-up photograph of a woman putting natural remedies into a mug
Health And Fitness

Natural Remedies: Fact vs. Fiction Part II

October 11, 2017

Here’s the scoop, the insider secret you all have been waiting for: most concerns that most people bring to the doctor, most of the time, are things that will get better on their own. Your cough will get better, your fever will get better, your sprained ankle will get better. […]

close-up image of vitamin d soft gel capsules
Health And Fitness

Can Vitamin D Supplements Help Prevent Colds?

October 3, 2017

We know that vitamin D, separate from its role in calcium metabolism, has an important part to play in our immune response to infections. It supports the production of built-in antiviral and antibacterial peptides, and helps immune cells make germ-destroying oxygen and nitrogen compounds. Population studies that have shown an increased susceptibility to colds among people who are immune deficient. […]

group photo of seven physicians
Health And Fitness

The “Black Box” Warning: Online Physician Ratings

September 27, 2017

Online rating sites are here to stay, and they’ll continue to rate doctors and hospitals, and people are going to continue to use them (Google just shoves the rating down your throat when you search. There’s no avoiding this.) Just remember the Black Box warning: physician rating sites may have some use, but they can have unintended side effects. They may mislead you into making a poor decision about your doctors, and that’s not good for your health.
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European History

The Black Death: Symptoms and Diagnosis of The Plague

September 21, 2017

In the late 1800’s, multiple outbreaks of the plague popped up in China and India. What resulted was not just the horrors of disease, but also a modern understanding of what the plague is, and how it spreads. […]

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