The Power of Gratitude to Improve Mental and Physical Wellness

Credit: iStock In a world that seems out of our control, one thing we can control is our thoughts. We can actively choose to focus on things we are thankful for, such as a sunny day. By looking for things to be grateful for we develop a “gratitude attitude.” Gratitude is different from optimism as … Continue reading The Power of Gratitude to Improve Mental and Physical Wellness

How Physiologists Are Helping Patients Recover from COVID-19

Credit: iStock The entire world started to shut down earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and most businesses came to a standstill. The streets are now quiet and face masks commonplace. People are working from home, many parks and beaches are still vacant and the concern over the spread of the new severe … Continue reading How Physiologists Are Helping Patients Recover from COVID-19

Just Be Yourself—and Maybe Somebody Else Too

Credit: iStock You may remember learning in biology class that the combination of genetic material from both of your parents is part of what makes you unique. The combination of DNA from your parents becomes your personal genetic code that you will pass on if you have children. But in some rare cases, a person … Continue reading Just Be Yourself—and Maybe Somebody Else Too

Teaching and Learning through Retrieval

Credit: iStock Four summers ago, I read “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel. This book changed my life by teaching me how to use a teaching and learning tool called “retrieval.” Retrieval means putting away study resources such as books and … Continue reading Teaching and Learning through Retrieval

Podcasting to Increase Your Scientific Reach in a Time of Social Distancing

Credit: iStock COVID-19—the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus—has brought nearly all nonessential research activities—almost any research not related to the disease effort—to a halt. Many scientists now find themselves with a bit more time away from the bench and may have a little more time to write scientific articles, analyze data or develop … Continue reading Podcasting to Increase Your Scientific Reach in a Time of Social Distancing

Why People with Hemophilia Can’t Stop Bleeding

Credit: iStock When you get a small cut, more than likely, it’s no big deal. The bleeding usually stops in seconds, and you go about your day without really thinking about it. When you get a bigger cut, it may take a little bit longer to stop bleeding, but it eventually does after you put … Continue reading Why People with Hemophilia Can’t Stop Bleeding

Spiking COVID-19 with Science

Image courtesy of National Institutes of Health. Scientists around the globe and across disciplines are racing to better understand the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The better they understand the virus—officially named SARS-CoV-2—the better they can hamper its spread and treat those already infected. Some of the foundational work to fight SARS-CoV-2 is being done … Continue reading Spiking COVID-19 with Science

Why COVID-19 Makes It Hard to Breathe

Credit: iStock COVID-19—the viral respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2—is a rapidly evolving disease that will undoubtedly profoundly affect many, if not all, of our lives in one way or another.  As we learn more about the disease, we can better understand how and why it affects people so differently. We don’t have a … Continue reading Why COVID-19 Makes It Hard to Breathe

Is Dropping Junk Food the Key to Weight Loss?

Credit: iStock Since 1975, obesity has nearly tripled, now affecting over 650 million adults worldwide. Scientists know that diet can influence obesity—researchers have thought that ultra-processed or “junk” foods are part of the cause—but until recently, there have not been many studies to support the claim. Ultra-processed foods such as soda, pre-packaged items, cold cuts … Continue reading Is Dropping Junk Food the Key to Weight Loss?

Spotlight On: The Reproductive System

Credit: iStock There are many organ systems within our body that ensure we stay alive. Arguably, however, one of the most important systems for guaranteeing our survival for generations is the reproductive system, as it allows us to produce children. To be able to have children, we first go through puberty—changes in the body that … Continue reading Spotlight On: The Reproductive System