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Coffee Drinkers Rejoice?

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice?

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice? A large retrospective study published in Circulation of over 200,000 health professionals has found that consumption of 1-5 cups of coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated) per day decreases the risk of dying from cardiovascular, neurologic diseases and suicide, though it does not protect against cancer. This story, reported […]

 
 

Emergence of a New Gene Editing Tool Raises Ethical Concerns

Emergence of a New Gene Editing Tool Raises Ethical Concerns

Emergence of a New Gene Editing Tool Raises Ethical Concerns A recent article in the NY Times examines some of the ethical quandaries raised by the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. This technique has revolutionized the ability to selectively edit genes. While this is a major advance in […]

 
 

Heat or Cold for Post-Exercise Muscle Pain?

Heat or Cold for Post-Exercise Muscle Pain?

Heat or Cold for Post-Exercise Muscle Pain? There is often debate as to whether the application of cold or heat is best for muscle pain after vigorous exercise. A new study suggests that, while both appear to work to reduce muscle damage, cold is superior in reducing pain.

 
 

Disturbing Trend in Mortality Among White Middle-Aged Americans

Disturbing Trend in Mortality Among White Middle-Aged Americans

Disturbing Trend in Mortality Among White Middle-Aged Americans A recent study summarized in the NY Times indicates a disturbing “uptick” in mortality among middle-aged white Americans attributed to increased death from suicide, alcohol & drug poisoning and chronic liver disease (likely alcohol-related).

 
 

Study finds link between dietary supplement use and hospitalization

Study finds link between dietary supplement use and hospitalization

Study finds link between dietary supplement use and hospitalization Jonathan Busam, ’17 Dietary supplement use accounts for over 20,000 emergency department visits each year according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These visits typically result from young adults experiencing cardiovascular problems after taking weight […]

 
 

Breast Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: What to Do?

Breast Ductal Carcinoma in Situ:  What to Do?

Breast Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: What to Do? Mammographic screening is used for the early detection of breast cancers. However, controversy continues to rage as to how effective it is in identifying early cancers whose treatment would cure the disease or extend life span. A recent study published in the […]

 
 

Missing Genetic Link in Understanding Obesity Uncovered

Missing Genetic Link in Understanding Obesity Uncovered

Missing Genetic Link in Understanding Obesity Uncovered As the obesity epidemic grows globally, scientists and physicians are scrambling to understand its origins, both genetic and environmental. Obesity is a complex trait with high heritability, so the delineation of genetic contributions to it has been an area of intense focus. One […]

 
 

How Much Water Should You Drink?

How Much Water Should You Drink?

How Much Water Should You Drink? One can find persistent reference in the lay press to the notion that we should all drink a lot of water (8 glasses per day is the most commonly cited figure), but is there science that backs that up? And is there any risk […]