Therapist Giving acupuncture Treatment To a Japanese Woman
Health And Fitness

Does Acupuncture Work?

May 10, 2019

Acupuncture is both an ancient Chinese treatment and, like a lot of Eastern medicine, a recent Western trend. But does acupuncture work as a remedy for pain? We must turn to legitimate medical trials to find the answer to that question. […]

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Health And Fitness

Does Sugar Cause Obesity?

May 3, 2019

In the 1980s and 1990s, low-fat diets were all the rage. Now the media’s tune has changed, though, and sugar is the new culprit in the obesity epidemic. But does sugar cause obesity? As with fat, the answer is more complicated than it appears to be on the surface. […]

Health And Fitness

Concussions and the Future of Football

April 29, 2019

The prevalence of concussions has caused many to be pessimistic about the future of football. Youth participation in the sport has dropped drastically since 2010, by almost 30 percent, and college and professional programs are paying attention. […]

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Health And Fitness

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

April 20, 2018

One question that comes up is whether organic produce is more nutritious than conventionally farmed produce? An organic label does not say anything directly about the final product, only about the production method. So, does that mean it is inherently healthier for us? […]

Lance Armstrong in 2005 Tour De France (Image: By Bjarte Hetland - Self-photographed/Public domain)
Health And 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 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? […]

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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? […]

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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. […]

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