Normal Weight Obesity: When Looks Can be Deceiving

In U.S. adults alone, more than two thirds of the population is overweight or obese. With higher rates observed in African-American women than Caucasian women and in the South than the North, obesity varies among demographics but remains a public health concern nationwide. Far less known, although sharing similar concerns, is a condition called normal […]

Dogs Flu Across the County: More Than Just Under the Weather

Dogs are our best friends, they are always there for you and always want to cuddle. Anyone can tell you just how amazing a dog is and how much it takes to care for one of the furry friends. Every pet owner knows about the heart worm prevention, flea prevention, parasite prevention, annual (or every […]

Why Yoga Is Your Best Bet

Part of the problems of today’s society is that we try find ourselves being overworked and not relaxing the way we should. In fact, we’ve even changed the way we naturally breathe. We are “chest-breathers,” where our chests move with our breaths instead of our stomach. This type of breathing used  to be only reserved for […]

New Australian HIV-killing Condoms May Become a Reality Soon

As we’re all (hopefully) aware, condoms do a pretty commendable job preventing STDs and an accidental baby. However, when it comes to preventing pregnancy and sexual infections, a condom pre-coated in antiviral gel that can kill up to 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus infections sounds like a great improvement that nobody should […]

People Would Rather Shock Themselves Than be Alone With Their Thoughts

Amidst all that is our busy lives, what with all our work, family, and hobbies to attend to, it may have crossed your mind that at least you, if not everyone would like some down time to themselves, to just ponder alone in their thoughts.  However, according to a study from the University of Virginia […]

Narcolepsy Surgery

Four years of nightly seizures have driven Rachel Vella to what many people consider their last resort, brain surgery. 2 years ago up pinpointing the problem was almost impossible but now with emerging imaging technology it is possible.”the development of a world-first brain imaging analysis technique, led by Florey Professor Graeme Jackson and PhD student […]

Will Suspended Animation Become a Real Thing?

A theme common in science fiction media, suspended animation, or the indefinite suspension of human life is something that seems impossibly dangerous, fit only for books and the big screen, but this month, at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, the first human testing of suspended animation will take place on ten patients.  While the purpose of this will […]

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Genetically related to SARS virus, MERS was first discovered in Bisha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has been found in dromedary camels and bats. It has been found in following nine countries; France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, KSA, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE and the UK It has a 50% fatality rate. It is a disease which is […]

Springtime Sadness

  Spring·time sadness noun \ˈspriŋ-ˌtīm ˈsad ˈne-ss\ : allergies that occur during the season of spring Examples of SPRINGTIME SADNESS  1: Watch out for: Sneezing Runny Nose Wheezing Urticaria Excess Catarrh Anaphylactic Shock (Breathing Difficulty) Edema Heart Failure  2: AKA Allergies Used in a Sentence:     She got that Springtime Sadness! First Known Use of SPRINGTIME   […]

A Dent in America’s Dental Care

You know the drill: stay away from high fructose corn syrup, sugary drinks and too much chocolate. Too many of these certain foods, drinks and treats combined with poor dental habits, the warnings go, can have a disastrous effect on our teeth. That may be why the country’s top dentist association — the American Dental […]

A Warning Against the Gardasil Vaccine

It seems natural to believe that any vaccine recommended by doctors and marketed to girls as young as nine years old is relatively safe.  However, a case recently published in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) blows some holes in that whimsical notion.  This particular case report spotlights the story of a healthy 16-year-old Australian girl whose womanhood appears to have been stolen by Gardasil […]

Don’t “Super Size Me”

In 2004, America was hit with a very informative, and painfully truthful documentary about the health risks of fast food restaurants, and more specifically, the fast food king, McDonalds. This film was surprisingly successful making over 11.5 million dollars. Not only was this movie a financial success, but it also had a successfully lasting impact on […]

What can a Positive Attitude do for You?

Maintaining a positive attitude, in this world, can be a very difficult task to achieve. It seems as if our world falls further into despair everyday. Why is it that news stations and websites seem to thrive on murder cases, poverty issues, and horror stories, but fail to mention anything positive that is going on […]

Kellie Pickler’s Bold Move

 On Tuesday, September 4th country singer Kellie Pickler became the newest member of the “pop stars with shaved heads” club. However, unlike the other members of the club, like Brittany Spears, who’s shaved head was a result of one of many mental breakdowns, Pickler’s decision to shave her head was definitely justified.  The American Idol, […]

Woes of a Biology Major

As a biology major with a passion for learning about diseases and diagnosis (and no interest in staying in a lab all my life), applying what I learn to medicine would be a logical step. Pre-med requirements also include physics, chemistry and a wealth of other courses. Then, there’s the grueling, five-hour MCAT which has […]

Air Testing by Kite in Chinese Cities

Air pollution has been an undeniable crisis in China, with the stars hidden by layers of tainted smog in many cities. Government officials, however, have always dodged the issue. They cite the developing status of the nation as an excuse for the environmental contamination. What’s worse, they refuse to release quantified data on the air […]

By Wearing Scrubs in Public, Medical Professionals May (Ironically) Be Making Us More Sick

At a recent family barbecue, things were going well until a woman in hospital scrubs showed up. It’s not that she wasn’t wanted there. She’d been invited just like everyone else. A nurse and a close family friend, she’s a friendly and funny person who lights up any gathering. On top of that, she connected […]

Changes in Federal Regulations Give Patients a New Right

Many consider blood tests to be a yearly formality. Feeling great, we reluctantly allow our physician access to our arm (preferably non-dominant). Most of us don’t even call to ask about the results, assuming the doctor has no bad news to deliver.  But for people with serious illnesses, results from blood and other tests can […]

The Downside of Ambition: Depression

The reality of some of the ambitious is that you desire to achieve success though there is nothing you truly love that you want to be successful at. Anything you partake in is only a means to success and you cling to the idea that no matter what the product or the means, if the […]

Folding Lawn Chairs are More Dangerous than Roller Coasters

Luckily, this year has brought news of relatively few amusement park fatalities and injuries. I was hesitant about my most recent visit to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, but listened to the encouragement of my friends and statistics on the Internet to boost my confidence. Between 1987 and 2000, only 51 people were killed on these […]