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Time Out – Does Milk Ruin Tea Time?

September 22, 2012


For centuries, certain cultures have customarily added milk to fresh-brewed tea – but in recent years, scientists in laboratories around the world have been “hotly” debating whether this seemingly-benign practice may actually inhibit some of the already well-established health benefits of tea drinking. The topic arose recently in the oncology clinic (of all places), when […]

Hold That Thought: Walking Through Doorways Makes Us Forget

January 15, 2012


Are you sitting down as you’re reading this?  If not, you may want to – chances are, if you’re browsing this on your iPhone while walking to the fridge, you’ll forget what you were reading about by the time you get back (and you may even forget what brought you to the kitchen in the […]

The Dangers of Science Illiteracy

October 30, 2011


October is health literacy month, and I would be remiss not to take a moment to give this issue the attention it deserves. In his book The Demon-Haunted World:  Science as a Candle in the Dark, astronomer Carl Sagan wrote: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone […]

Iron Man

August 12, 2011


Bombs, concealed weapons, spare change at the beach – metal detectors were designed to help us find all sorts of things, but what if I told you they could also pick up on genetic diseases?  While not practical (or medicolegally acceptable), they may provide a clue to the diagnosis of a rare inherited disorder. The […]

May: The Month for Bone Health

May 12, 2011


April was National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month (or National Donate Life Month), and though I campaigned as best I could while studying, I didn’t have time to draft a decent post.  Fortunately, it’s not too late for me to dedicate a post to National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis  is a poorly understood concept […]

How Colonoscopies Save Lives

April 7, 2011


Recently, I was speaking with my father and the topic of his next colonoscopy came up.   After I gave him due praise for scheduling his appointment, he asked if it’s really worth it to have one done as often as is recommended.  I’d like to share with you some of the things I told […]

Ann Coulter Extols Radiation Exposure “Benefits”

March 22, 2011


Professional conservative troll Ann Coulter attempted to discredit fears regarding Japan’s nuclear disaster during a segment aired this week on The O’Reilly Factor by telling viewers “radiation is good for you.” Coulter claimed that a “stunning number” of physicists believe radiation is good for you, and went on to cite several studies that revealed a […]