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Nutrition or Not-rition

August 12, 2020

Written by Haarika Gogineni and Edited by Kevin Liu Nutrition describes components of food and their relation to growth, nourishment, and health in the body. An imbalance in nutrition is described by the lack or excess of nutrients necessary for the growth or maintenance of an individual’s health. Nutritional deficiency, or…

You are Not Hungry, You are Stressed

August 3, 2020

Written by Amy Nguyen and Edited by Josephine Chan In times of stress, people have looked towards various outlets in order to relieve their state of tension and unease. Stress eating, defined as the consumption of high amounts of food to relieve feelings of stress or anxiety rather than to…

Mitochondria-Directed Therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

July 29, 2020

Written by Quyhn Theresa Do and Edited by Kevin Liu Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are a growing crisis for the United States. Neurodegenerative diseases are diseases that result in the decline of the nervous system’s functionality, especially neuron cells in the brain. Both diseases are…

What is Dementia?

July 21, 2020

Written by Manal Usmani and Edited by Sorina Long The term dementia is often used to describe the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, two common types of degenerative brain disorders. However, the precise definition is not limited to these diseases. In general, dementia refers to a specific group of neurological…

A History of Coronavirus Infections

July 15, 2020

Written by Shea Dockan and Edited by Rasheed Majzoub Coronavirus is a type of virus that has infected both humans and animals. Human coronavirus infection was first identified in the 1960s and accounts for many upper respiratory infections in children, also known as the “common cold” [1]. The “common cold”…

Global Ambient Air Pollution

July 7, 2020

Written by Haarika Gogineni and Edited by Rasheed Majzoub Environmental pollution in today’s world has reached a vast expanse of new heights, with statistics suggesting the presence of over 17.6 billion pounds of plastic waste contaminating oceans across the world [1]. In addition, 3 billion people are using fossil-fuels in…

Effect of the Gut Microbiome on the Circadian Clock

July 1, 2020

Written by Rena Zhu and Edited by Kevin Liu Sleep is an important part of our lives, where our bodies use this time period to repair cell damage and regulate levels of stress and growth hormones [1]. ‘Circadian rhythm’ is a popular term used to refer to and describe sleep…

Why Do Toilets Have Lids?

June 23, 2020

Written by Henry Lin and Edited by Rasheed Majzoub The toilet, an appliance familiar to all, is necessary within every household and public building with running water. Every component of it–from the flush and fill valves to the toilet seat and toilet bowl–appears to serve a specific purpose except for…

Working Towards Recovery: The Benefits of Employment

June 22, 2020

Written by Natalie Tran and Edited by Mehr Bawa Simply the thought of unemployment can cause stress and anxiety, since stable employment is often the root of financial well-being. Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for many Americans with disabilities, which, by legal definition, have physical and mental impairments that…

The Placebo Effect and Psychedelic Drugs

June 16, 2020

Written by Panamdeep Thind and Edited by Catherine Zhang Psychedelic drugs have a very specific effect on one’s mind. For this reason, these drugs have been further researched and explored through placebo experiments in order to find a purpose for them within medicine. Psychedelic drugs, also referred to as hallucinogens,…