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

Who’s WHO When It Comes to COVID-19?

Credit: iStock As the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads, so too does information—and misinformation—about it. Accurate and reliable facts are key to helping us all make the best choices to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe. But who are these frequently mentioned organizations helping federal, state and local governments make the … Continue reading Who’s WHO When It Comes to COVID-19?

Are Prebiotics the New Probiotics?

Credit: iStock Chances are you’ve heard of probiotics: microorganisms found in yogurt and other fermented foods and supplements that are touted for their ability to help the gut stay healthy. But the precursor to probiotics, called prebiotics, may be the next big thing in eating healthy.  The human body is made up of trillions of … Continue reading Are Prebiotics the New Probiotics?

Binge Drinking and Fatty Liver: It Could Be All in Your Head

Credit: iStock Alcohol consumption is a normal part of culture for many: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports more than 55 percent of adults over 18 say they have had an alcoholic drink in the past month. It’s often a social lubricant and a mainstay at holiday gatherings and other important events. … Continue reading Binge Drinking and Fatty Liver: It Could Be All in Your Head

Spotlight On: The Heart and Circulatory System

Credit: iStock If you’ve ever heard a heartbeat through a stethoscope, you may have heard a “lub-dub, lub-dub” sound as the blood circulates throughout your body. You might wonder how your heart actually works, what that sound means and why we need our blood to circulate. Your Blood Gets Around Proper blood circulation is critical … Continue reading Spotlight On: The Heart and Circulatory System

How Personalizing CPR May Help Save More Lives

Credit: iStock When someone goes into cardiac arrest, their heart stops beating and can’t pump blood to the brain or the rest of the body. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a form of cardiac arrest that occurs when the chambers (ventricles) of the heart that usually efficiently pump blood instead begin to quiver (fibrillate) in an … Continue reading How Personalizing CPR May Help Save More Lives

For the Love of a Dog

Apollo Archimedes' love for his human may also have boosted her health. Credit: Jessica Taylor During February, thoughts of love and relationships are in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Chocolate hearts pepper both television ads and candy bowls for good reason: The heart has long been a symbol of many forms of love. Physiology … Continue reading For the Love of a Dog

Scientists Are Creating Miniature Hearts to Help Treat Heart Disease

Credit: iStock The heart is responsible for continuously pumping blood throughout your body, which delivers nutrients to your organs and takes away waste. When your heart isn’t working the way it should, the rest of your body can’t function properly either. Unfortunately, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in adults in the … Continue reading Scientists Are Creating Miniature Hearts to Help Treat Heart Disease