Knowledge is Power: How Fat Can Work For You

Dr. Sylvia Tara became fascinated with fat because she has always gained weight easier than everyone else. After trying several diets unsuccessfully, she wanted to understand more. Because she’s a biochemist by training, Dr. Tara had the tools to conduct her research. After several years, what she uncovered was so astounding that she decided to

The Link Between IBD and Anxiety

Chalk another one up to the mind-body connection. Researchers out of the University of Toronto have discovered that people who have inflammatory bowel disease — inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine– like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have twice the odds of having a generalized anxiety disorder at some point in their lives

Is It Ever Safe to Take Expired Medication?

Picture this: Your head is killing you, so you open your medicine cabinet in hopes of finding some Advil. It’s there! But wait. It expired a year ago. Now what? It’s a predicament most of us have faced, so it begs the question: What do expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs really mean, and

Celiac Disease and Women

If not for my mother-in-law’s diagnosis of celiac disease 10 years ago, my kids wouldn’t be as healthy as they are now. At 3 ½, my daughter was losing weight and we were getting concerned. My mother-in-law’s celiac diagnosis meant that all family members had to get tested. My daughter’s numbers were elevated for celiac,

Ophthalmologists link immunotherapy with a serious eye condition

New immunotherapy treatments offer a remarkable chance for survival for patients with advanced melanoma and hard-to-treat cancers of the bladder, kidney and lung. But the treatments, designed to unleash the immune system to attack cancer, can also spur an assault on healthy organs, including the eye. The cases of three recent patients, published by University

For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Parenting concerns contributed significantly to the psychological distress of mothers with late-stage cancer, according to a study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-specific death for parenting-age women in the United States, and women with incurable cancer who have children can have increased rates of

Nudestix Partners With Makeup Artist Mary Phillips

Nudestix is teaming with Mary Phillips for its first collaboration with a celebrity makeup artist.Phillips, who has worked with the Kardashian-Jenners, Chrissy Teigen and Hailee Steinfeld, among other celebrities, created a kit with Nudestix dubbed the “Jetsetter Palette.”“ has a special approach to beauty that is in line with us,” said Jenny Frankel, who founded

Living With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Back in 1988, when Anita Dueñas was 17, she was sent to the gynecologist for the first time because of symptoms she was experiencing. The doctor examined her and then took her into his office where he got out his Dictaphone and dictated medical and Latin jargon while she sat there. He didn’t say a

First robotic system plays tic tac toe to improve task performance

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel have demonstrated for the first time the feasibility of a robotic system that plays Tic Tac Toe with rehabilitation patients to improve real-life task performance. The interdisciplinary research team designed a game with a robotic arm to simulate “3D Functional Activities of Daily Living”

Gut check: Metabolites shed by intestinal microbiota keep inflammation at bay: Researchers find inflammatory response in fatty liver disease is reduced by two tryptophan metabolites from gut bacteria

Researchers at Tufts University have elucidated a mechanism by which the “good” bacteria that reside in our gastrointestinal tract can help protect us from inflammation, and how their disruption (dysbiosis) can increase the susceptibility of the liver to more harmful forms of disease. Their study, now available in the journal Cell Reports, identified two key

Dan­cer’s brains re­act quickly to changes in mu­sic: Dancers’ brain functions also display brain frequencies linked to emotion and memory processes

Neuroscience has studied music for decades, and it has been found to activate both the cortical and deeper brain areas. Neuroscience of dance, instead, is a young but quickly growing field. In her doctoral dissertation, Master of Science Hanna Poikonen developed methods for understanding the processes that dance generates in the cortex at the Cognitive

Minorities widely underrepresented in autism diagnoses: Rates of underrepresentation vary widely by state

In education circles, it is widely accepted that minorities are overrepresented in special education. New research from the University of Kansas has found, in terms of autism, minorities are widely underrepresented in special education. The underrepresentation varies widely from state to state and shows that students from all backgrounds are not being identified accurately, resulting