Is antibacterial soap better than regular soap?

Soap (c), CC BY-NC 4.0 The word bacteria is quite unpleasant. Generally, I don't want to think about the number of bacteria growing on my phone screen and faucet taps. Thus, I wanted to know which measures we take to protect ourselves against bacteria are actually effective. In … [Read more...]

Is Sugar Killing Us?

We love sugar as a society but I know from first hand experiences how addicting added sugar can be. When I was younger I would come home from school and eat an ice cream sundae with a couple chewy granola bars because they tasted so good. But my mom disapproved so she dared me to try not eating any … [Read more...]

Zzz! What About Napping?

Sleeping Man Sleep Rest (c) Lilly Cantabile CC0 1.0 I love napping. Whenever I feel stressed or tired, I sleep. However, these naps tend to be over an hour long. Occasionally, they can even last up to three hours. However, can they still be considered naps? Are naps even good for you? Our … [Read more...]

Why do we get Nervous?

Today is testing day for me. My cycling club has set up a nice area for us to basically do the beep test on a bike. Every three minutes the wattage will increase by 25 until I break down and cannot continue. I am extremely nervous for this. My stomach hurts and I feel light headed but why is this? … [Read more...]

Late Night Snacking Can’t be bad! Or Can It?

Sporkman Craving (c) KatrinaTheLamia CC BY-SA 3.0 Let's admit it. We have all gone through this before. You are laying down on the sofa watching your favourite T.V. show, but suddenly, you are craving for snacks. You try to resist, but the food is only steps away from your reach! The … [Read more...]

Do sounds make you high? The reality of I-dosing

Sound© LuisLima89989, CC BY-SA 3.0 Introduction What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about someone getting high? Likely some street drug right? Maybe it is time to tweak that a bit. Today, let's set that aside as there is a new drug making its way into this world: Binaural … [Read more...]

Should we All Take Vitamin Supplements?

Vitamin Supplement Tablets (c) Ragesoss, CC BY 2.0 When I'm in a pharmacy, I sometimes get nosey and look into customers shopping baskets to see what they are buying.  One of the products that I notice fly off the shelves the most are vitamin supplements. Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, … [Read more...]

What are the long term effects after a concussion?

A diagram on the forces on the brain in concussion (c) Patrick J. Lynch (CC BY 2.5 CA) Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that disrupt your brain functioning.  They 're usually caused by an extreme hit to the head or anything that could cause your brain to shake. This topic … [Read more...]

What happens to your body when you pull an all nighter?

Tired Student (c) by CollegeDegrees360  (CC BY-SA 2.0) If you went to school, you may have had to pull an all-nighter at least once in your life, whether it was to study for that big test or complete the project you left to do until the night before it was due. We all know that pulling … [Read more...]

Why Are Bees Dying?

Have you noticed the dwindling umber of bees in Vancouver over the past few years? Just in my lifetime, I have watched the number of bees that populated my small, but luscious garden decrease. I used to be scared opening my gate, with lavender bushes filled with honeybees pouring over our walkway. … [Read more...]