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Stress and Yoga

Stress and Yoga

In the last fifty years stress reduction techniques, such as meditation and yoga, have been looked at as treatments for anxiety and depression as well as for their overall health benefits. Yoga, while less researched, has become increasingly popular over the last few decades. The question that remains is can yoga help treat anxiety and… Read more

The Effect of Outdoor Time on Our Vision and Preventing Myopia

The Effect of Outdoor Time on Our Vision and Preventing Myopia

Your mom might actually be right when she tells you to drop the remote control and to head outside. Studies have shown that individuals who spend more time indoors tend to develop vision problems linked to myopia. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, occurs when the distance between the cornea and the retina is too long…. Read more

Empathy and Your Genes

Empathy and Your Genes

Empathy, simply put, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of someone else. It is an important human trait that allows us to experience deeper connections with those close to us and to be more successful as individuals. Empathy increases kindness and altruistic behavior, making society a better place in general. But where does… Read more

The Discovery of an Uncombable Hair Gene

The Discovery of an Uncombable Hair Gene

A Major Case of Bedhead Do you ever wake up and attempt to run a brush through your unruly hair, only to end up ripping half of it out? Tangles and knots have been a part of some individuals’ lives ever since they were kids who cried at the sights of their parents wielding brushes. Detangling… Read more

New Pathway Identified in Eating Disorders

New Pathway Identified in Eating Disorders

The hypothalamus is responsible for the hunger drive of the human body. This part of the brain connects the endocrine system to the nervous system. Leptin and ghrelin, the two hormones most connected with hunger, both have receptors in the hypothalamus. Ghrelin, produced by the stomach, is thought to signal hunger. Levels of this hormone… Read more

Delayed Healing in the Elderly

Delayed Healing in the Elderly

Wound Healing The length of time that it takes for wounds like cuts and scrapes to heal is determined by a person’s age. This phenomenon has been recorded as far back as World War I, but the reason behind it was recently discovered. Sadly, wounds cannot be healed with a simple kiss. The process of… Read more

The Future Of Male Birth Control

The Future Of Male Birth Control

When it comes to birth control, the bulk of responsibility falls on women. Hormonal contraception, such as the pill, shot, and patch, barrier methods, such as diaphragms and cervical caps, along with spermicides, fertility awareness, and other methods are all meant for women. The only birth control options for men are condoms and sterilization. However, for… Read more

Nature Is For Everyone

Nature Is For Everyone

Outdoor enthusiasts have always known that nature has a renewing, revitalizing effect on people. As John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Up until recently, science has been unable to pinpoint what specific effects nature has on the brain, but advances in brain imaging technology have given… Read more

Socioeconomic Status Impacts Immune System

Socioeconomic Status Impacts Immune System

Our immune system is our body’s mechanism to fight diseases and harmful infections. However, it may soon have to “fight against” our socioeconomic status.    In a test to find correlations between the immune system and socioeconomic level, scientists have placed rhesus monkeys, a regarded social animal, into groups. The scientists created cohorts of five monkeys… Read more

Running and Learning

Running and Learning

Running is known to have many physical and mental benefits. Some of the obvious benefits include increasing bone density and preventing obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. A study published in the 2012 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health found that participants who ran for thirty minutes routinely during a three-week period experienced improved… Read more