Color Coding Food Choices

October 21, 2013

The obesity epidemic in the United States is a public health issue that has been discussed extensively over the last few years. Tackling this issue has been difficult because there is no single cause of obesity. It seems that part of the problem for many people is the quantity/quality of the food we eat. Following […]

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How much did you drink today?

September 23, 2013

Recent news of the First Lady’s new initiative, Drink Up, has been met with much controversy.  The initiative tells everyone to drink more water and as a result expect to see changes in their health, energy, and the way they feel.  I think that we are all looking for more energy and better health, but […]

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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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Burn Baby Burn: The Truth About Lactic Acid and Exercise

June 1, 2013

Lactic Acid, it’s likely that most of us have heard of it—whether it was from a 1980’s Richard Simmons aerobics tape or from your personal trainer last week. The fitness industry has tossed this term around for years to describe the infamous “burn” during a workout. We were told that during intense exercise, lactic acid […]

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Hate Vegetables? Blame It On Your “Supertaste” Gene

April 5, 2013

Kids (and adults) have been finding ways to avoid eating vegetables for decades.  A friend of mine once told me that she used to dump her broccoli in her milk and quickly empty out her glass in the garbage disposal at the end of each meal.  If she were ever caught, she would shamelessly blame […]

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A Muscle Myth-Buster: Stretching and Physical Performance

April 4, 2013

Having grown up playing soccer since first grade, it was a common ritual in my life to form a circle with my teammates and follow the captain through a routine series of stretches. Counting to 20 for each stretch (in a call-and response fashion, of course) we would work our way from our necks, to our […]

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Downward Dog to Decrease Inflammation

March 20, 2013

Doing yoga is way more than just an excuse to buy expensive leggings. Aside from improving fitness and flexibility, yoga has been used to treat many ailments including depression, arthritis, anxiety, asthma, type II diabetes, fatigue, chronic pain, IBS, and sleep disruptions. Recent research suggests that hatha yoga can also play a role in reducing risk […]

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Comedy is Serious Business: The Health Consequences of Humor and Laughter

March 18, 2013

Depending on how heartily you embraced St. Patrick’s Day Festivities yesterday, you may not be in much of a laughing mood this morning, but if conventional news outlets are to be believed, that dour expression comes with a price. It seems that everyone from the Huffington Post to the Mayo Clinic is convinced that a […]

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Healthy, Happy, and 100 Years Old

March 8, 2013

Picture yourself hiking to your neighbor’s house, where you’ll meet to have lunch: a spread of homegrown olives, freshly made hummus, and a thick loaf of warm bread – all slathered in just pressed olive oil.  You arrive at who knows what time (because nobody watches the clock here), bearing homemade wine and honey from […]

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Diets and cravings: The meat (or sweet) behind the mystery

March 7, 2013

Dieting and cravings. They seem to go hand-in hand, right? Some studies would say, “Wrong!” Speaking from personal experience, it seems that whenever I attempt to go on a restrictive diet and promise to myself that I will “cut out sweets,” or “eat less salty foods” that I end up craving exactly what I am […]

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Kombucha the “Wonderdrink”

March 6, 2013

Everyone knows that drinking tea is good for your health but wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to make it even healthier? Well actually, there is! (Spoiler alert, it’s a fungus!) For centuries, and depending on where you lived, the answer to all that ailed you may have been the so-called miracle drink Kombucha. In […]

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Late-night snacking: The tease that doesn’t always please

February 28, 2013

It is the night before an exam. Midnight is quickly approaching and the nerves are starting to settle in. As you reach to grab your calculator you hear your stomach grumble and realize that your mind has wandered – you are wishing that your calculator were actually a late-night snack. How could six hours have […]

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Sexercise: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

February 15, 2013

Bed boogie, knock boots, shagging, rumpy pumpy, horizontal tango, whoopee, hanky panky, boink, roll in the hay, boom boom, home run – you know what I’m referring to.  Even though Valentine’s Day is over, I’m sure we all still have a burning desire in our hearts for a little love and lust – but for […]

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Drinking and Exercise: A Bumpy Ride for Your Immune System

February 8, 2013

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer – take one down, pass it around, and BOOM – the next day you’re coughing, sneezing, and coming down with an ugly case of something that’s not just a hangover.  What exactly happened inside your body between 6 P.M. the night before, and 6 […]

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Take a Stand for Your Health

February 6, 2013

Recently the internet has been abuzz with information about how sitting down is killing us slowly.  Certainly a scary proposition given that a growing number of adults and kids spend their days staring into the glowing abyss of the computer screen. But how can we not? I know as a graduate student that anything other than […]

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Meditate On This: A Public Health Lesson From Monks

February 5, 2013

In our fast-paced culture, it is a rarity for one to sit, focus inward, and aim for a state of total relaxation.  Many people view the practice of meditation as highly foreign or esoteric.  Something reserved for Buddhist monks, recluses in far away places, and the crunchy-granola types among us. Before college, when I knew […]

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Michigan Winters: Beyond the Dry Skin and Face Masks

February 5, 2013

It’s winter, it’s Michigan, and the weekly forcast is unchanging: Cloudy, chance of snow showers, high of 23 degrees. As the motivation to get outside steadily declines because of windchill factors and frostbite warnings, you might want to consider something else this season–are you getting enough vitamin D? If you live in Michigan during the months […]

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Next generation science communicators need your support!

January 12, 2013

Mind The Science Gap blog posts start again on February 4, with a great new group of students looking to develop their science communication skills. This time we have 11 students, and will be posting on Saturday as well as Monday – Friday: 10% more articles a week for the same price, which I recon […]

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Turkey and Genetics – Happy Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! Many families will once again come together around a bountiful table filled with delicious food to celebrate family traditions. The frantic and chaotic pace of our lives will finally come to a halt on this day of gratitude when grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins finally reunite to give thanks and to talk health…

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Sleeping with the Enemy

November 13, 2012

Most agree that pets provide a variety of benefits from physical to psychological health. They motivate us to exercise, reduce stress, can ward off depression, lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety, and act as a loyal best friend. Pets can improve all aspects of health, but sleep is just not one of them.

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