Food Addiction

November 15, 2013

We seem to be addicted to everything these days: phones, a television show, shopping … and junk food. There is, of course, a vast difference between serious clinical addiction and figure-of-speech addiction (“I’m totally addicted to the Starbucks coffee at the moment”). Of course we need food to live, but can we become dependent on […]

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Wind, Coal, and the elusive Free Lunch

November 14, 2013

In my younger and more vulnerable years, I held some beliefs that I’ve  been re-evaluating ever since. I thought that an immediate switch to renewable energy sources like wind and solar could be the answer for the world’s energy problem. The sun and the wind are so abundant! Even though the initial cost for wind […]

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What We Can Do With Our Dreams

November 13, 2013

It was two nights before my first piano competition, the piece was called Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart, and the chord my left hand had just played was wrong. In fact, it sounded horrible. My right hand kept playing as I had practiced, but my left hand was in conflict with my eyes as I […]

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Texting and its effects on health and well-being

November 13, 2013

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t send or receive at least one text message. I’m pretty sure a lot of people can relate to this. In fact, on average the US adult sends and receives about 40 text messages per day. This number more than doubles for young adults 18-24 who […]

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Can Viagra Enhance Athletic Performance?

November 12, 2013

About a year ago, Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall set off a firestorm of speculation, expert opinions, and laughs when he told a reporter, “I know guys, it’s such a competitive league, and guys try anything just to get that edge. I’ve heard of guys using Viagra, seriously, because the blood, it’s supposed to thin.. […]

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What Makes You Slow Down on the Road?

November 12, 2013

Once upon a time I use to speed, nearly every time I got onto the highway I exceeded the speed limit by at least 5-10 mph, sometimes 15 mph. Then I received my very first speeding ticket, which had a heavy penalty of almost $200. I paid the fine but I kept speeding. I became more observant of […]

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Fight Antibiotic Resistance- What We Can Do

November 11, 2013

When I read about a global problem, I feel compelled to do something about it. I want to make the world a more positive place, and I feel that people generally share that sentiment (on my more optimistic days). More often than not though, when I read about the world’s newest tragedy, I get this […]

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Science Matters to Real People!

November 11, 2013

My first day of work I felt like I was well over my head.  Taking on the role as the Project Coordinator of the Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC) for the Environmental Health Science Core Center was a huge responsibility.  On day one I was introduced to science terms I have never heard before: […]

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Who’s to Blame for Child Obesity?

November 8, 2013

Last week I was disgusted to learn about one woman’s plan to pass out a fat-shaming letter to trick-or-treaters she feels are “moderately obese.”

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Music On My Mind

November 8, 2013

Sometimes after a long day of school all I want to do is curl up on my couch, close my eyes and listen to music. It takes me away from my fears, into this parallel universe where I am a graduate with no finals to worry about, and I already have my dream job! If only the […]

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Gardening: tending to vegetables, tending to communities

November 7, 2013

Since May 2010, I have been an avid (if amateur) gardener. My wife and I bought our house in late 2009, and one of the first plans that we made was to tear up portions of our lawn in order to plant a large vegetable garden. Part of our environmentally conscious rationale behind this decision can […]

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Workplace and Academic Burnout

November 6, 2013

After writing my post last week on “Making Work Meaningful”, it occurred to me that even work that one is passionate about and inspired by, can be exhausting. It can take a tremendous toll emotionally, and can have physical costs. I started thinking about the weeks following midterms, when learning is still exciting, but the […]

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Getting people with mental illness into treatment and out of the prison “revolving door”

November 6, 2013

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics report, more than half of all prison and jail inmates have a mental health illness. Often times the result is failure to link individuals to effective treatment, which leads to the “revolving door”  (aka recidivism – cycling through the criminal justice system) where individuals cycle through the […]

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Does Having an Imaginary Friend Improve Critical Thinking?

November 5, 2013

Her name was Nilly. I can’t remember much about her appearance, but I think she was around my age and had wispy blond hair. We didn’t play together but she and I would converse while I rode in my stroller and she was a constant companion on car trips (but she always rode right outside […]

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What is Successful Aging to You?

November 5, 2013

Aging is something that all of us will experience but often times we don’t think about long term quality of life and successful aging. In today’s society we often consider aging and think about crow’s feet, pot belly’s, balding, or sagging skin. Most of the time we don’t consider our future quality of life and natural physiological changes […]

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Is it a Good Idea to Drink while Doing Homework?

November 4, 2013

I have wondered about this for a very long time. Biostatistics in particular is a subject that I desperately wish for something to make more bearable. When I was in college, it was often said by other students that drinking while studying was just fine, because it made it easier to tolerate and it actually helped […]

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More than a Headache – Living with Migraines

November 4, 2013

So many people have experienced a headache at some point in their life, but I am one of 36 million that suffer from migraine headaches in the United States.  Comparing a migraine to a run-of-the-mill headache is like comparing a bug bite to poison ivy; the two are worlds apart.  Since the seventh grade I […]

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The Science Behind Lethal Injection

November 1, 2013

A nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, a fast-acting barbiturate and general anesthetic used in lethal injections of death-row convicts, has delayed several executions throughout the U.S. and reignited a long-standing debate over the efficacy and regulation of chemicals used to carry out capital punishment. The standard three-drug sequence used in the United States to execute […]

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Is Internet Addiction Real?

November 1, 2013

Even though Internet addiction disorder, more commonly called Problematic Internet Use (PIU) has not been included in the freshly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V), it is considered quite problematic in this day and age. Internet addiction has the many of the basic hallmarks of any other addiction. According to the […]

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Bottled water: When should I drink it?

October 31, 2013

I spent a month in Peru last summer investigating water quality and pathogens in the water supply. During this time, I only drank bottled water. Few things ruin an international travel experience like intense stomach cramping and constant trips to the toilet. Luckily, drinking only bottled water worked out well for me; I remained healthy […]

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