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Social Rejection: It Really Hurts

October 22, 2013

Ask anyone who lacked athletic skills or popularity as a child how they felt when it came time to pick teams in gym class, and they’ll tell you it hurt to be picked last. But what exactly “hurts” in this situation? It’s not a pain that resonates from a single area of the body, like […]

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Diet Soda and Weight

October 1, 2013

Recent studies have looked at the effects of diet beverages on weight, with varied results. The seemingly counterintuitive studies are the ones that indicate weight gain associated with drinking diet beverages, since the name “diet” in and of itself suggests losing weight. Most of the studies on the topic have examined patterns over time in […]

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Wanna get high?

August 28, 2013

As a curious (and, often naïve) teenager, I can remember being shocked at how a small amount of powder, pill, or plant had the potent ability to transform someone’s mood. Melancholy to euphoria in minutes was the idea. As an athlete, I was fortunate to find that this feeling could be achieved through exercise, and without […]

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Fasting for Mental Health: Does it Work?

April 10, 2013

Did you eat breakfast today? How about last night? Probably you had dinner too? Great! As a nutritionist I am always ready to tell you not to skip meals. Lately, however, I’ve been considering just the opposite. I’m talking about deliberately avoiding food through fasting. This ancient practice has been revered for ages as a […]

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Adventures in Dysfunction: The ADHD Brain

November 1, 2012

In general, organization is not a word that many people would associate with me.  I am the first to admit that I can be, to put it mildly, a bit scatterbrained. On a daily basis, my attempt to keep up with the various tasks feels rather Sisyphean; never ending, and not something I’m likely to succeed […]

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Stress: Shrinking Your Brain and Risking Your Health

March 15, 2012

As spring approaches, so does the end of the semester, and my Google calendar is quickly becoming a blur of colored boxes that signify classes, group project meetings, and florist appointments (because for some reason, I thought it was a good idea to plan a wedding while I was earning my MPH).  With a full […]

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Physical Pain and the Brain: A Love Story

February 16, 2012

Only a few days past Valentine’s Day and I’m sure some of you are hoping not to hear another word about heart-shaped candy and red roses until next February.  But with all of the talk of love and romance this week, I felt it was timely to share a recent study about a perk of […]

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Killing Cancer One Electric Field at a Time

February 8, 2012

A few years ago, receiving a diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain cancer, was considered a death sentence as many patients did not live more than 7 months. A trio of treatments was available: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Then, in April, 2011, the FDA approved a breakthrough new therapy, Tumor Treating Fields […]

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