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Thinking With Your Stomach

By Kevin Bryan Have you ever heard the old phrase “thinking with your stomach”? Well, it turns out to be truer than we thought. Recent research shows that the stomach has a much more direct and rapid interaction with the brain than …

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Soda: Diet or Not?

By Allen Bryan Soda and sugary drinks are everywhere: stores, schools, and even gyms. We are told to steer clear of sugary drinks like soda because they are empty calories. Enjoying a refreshing soda once and awhile will not greatly affect your …

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Pesticides

Every person has eaten inorganic fruits or vegetables at some point in his or her life. However, many people do not understand the difference between organic and inorganic foods. Inorganic products are foods that have been in contact with pesticides. Pesticides include …

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Will Polio Return?

By Kevin Bryan Poliomyelitis, or more commonly known as “polio” or “infantile paralysis”, is a virally transmitted disease by the poliovirus that causes muscle weakness. The disease has been seen for thousands of years and was very widespread during the 20th century. …

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Update on Salmonella

By Edward Mims In September, an article in this column discussed the illness caused by Salmonellosis. In October, the CDC published a notice warning about multi-drug resistant Salmonella. This notice stated that public health officials were investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella …

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Potatoes: Super Food or Potential Danger?

By Kevin Bryan Potatoes have been on the human’s menu for over 7000 years. First cultivated in South America, they went global after Europeans realized how easy they were to grow and introduced them to other parts of the world over 400 …

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Alpacas Cure Cancer

By Derek Dong The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) recently published a new research paper on a possible solution to the challenging problem posed by cancer. It seems our answer could be from the immune system of Alpacas. EGF (Epidermal …

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Mental Health Work Halted in Nauru

By Roger Kim In Nauru, a small Pacific island nation, the International medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been ordered by the nation’s government to cease its mental health work after more than 11 months of providing its services to both …

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Enebriation Prevention

By Kevin Bryan Everyone will be exposed to alcohol at some time or another when attending parties or large celebrations with friends. While alcohol in moderation can assist in making a fun time for everyone, knowing the signals of when someone has …

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A Life Without Antibiotics

By Edward Mims Most of us do not remember a world before antibiotics. It was only in the 1940s that penicillin, the first truly effective antibiotic, began to be used in a significant way. Ask your grandparents or an octogenarian neighbor what …

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