The Most Important Pharmaceutical Intervention in the last Half-century

Whenever I'm sick, my mom always tells me to drink Chinese medicine; a bitter concoction of herbs and who knows what else. Because of this, I've always associated herbal Chinese medicine as a home remedy, and have sometimes even discredited its medicinal properties. Thus, it was to my surprise that … [Read more...]

Does menstruation affect my kinaesthetic performance?

Poovamma at the 2017 Asian Championships (c), CC BY-SA 4.0 Earlier this week, while I was at soccer practice, it was evident that my performance was not up to my usual standards. I was defeated easily, and often couldn't keep up with the rest of the team. In my mind, I attributed my … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn, (c) Conrad Erb (CC BY-SA 3.0) Most known for winning the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine, Dr.Elizabeth Blackburn, is considered as one of the most notable scientists. As a native Australian, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn studied biochemistry and earned her B.Sc. and … [Read more...]

Mucus Transplants

While reading the news the other day, a certain article caught my eye. Or should I say caught my nose? According to the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Amin Javer from St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC is running a very peculiar experiment. It consists of taking a healthy person's mucus and implanting it in … [Read more...]

A possible treatment for split ends?

Long hair in a ponytail, (c) Stilfehler (CC BY-SA 3.0) Split ends, scientifically known as trichoptilosis, is when the ends of your hair split or are frayed. Unfortunately, I have a lot of split ends because of my constant use of hair dryers and straighteners. Most people solve this issue by … [Read more...]

Is Social Media Wrecking the Teenage Brain?

Recently I reinstalled the powerful app, Instagram. I keep wasting so much time on it reminding myself why I deleted in the first place. Parents are always telling teens to get off social media but can those breaks actually be useful to the development of the brain? Social Media icon (c) … [Read more...]

Too Much Water?

Aqua Drinking Water Potable Water (c) Rawpixel CC0 1.0 In elementary school, I always remembered listening to the morning announcements. In particular, one saying always remained in my mind. The announcer would say, "Tip of the day is to drink eight cups of water per day". Perplexed, I stared at … [Read more...]

Can you be an Elite Athlete and Vegan?

I am not vegan or vegetarian though admire people that are. Whenever I think about switching my lifestyle up I am surrounded by the question of how will I get enough nutrients. The biggest nutrient that vegan diets can potentially lack is protein- which can hinder muscle development. Vegan … [Read more...]

Is Fresh The Best?

Plant Fruit Berry (c) PXHERE CC 1.0 I have always had a preconception fresh vegetables and fruits are the healthiest options. Though I never really questioned this, I mainly tried incorporating fresher options into my diet. However, through taking a foods course, I learned canned and dried … [Read more...]

I Give *hic* Up

I once read an online post wondering how long it would take the human race to realize that hiccups had been eradicated from Earth. While it prompted a lot of interesting discussion among my friend group, it sadly doesn't seem to be a very plausible reality. I say this because I had hiccups not once, … [Read more...]