Experimental Drugs May Reverse Skin and Hair Conditions

Caleb Sooknanan ‘20 Glycosphingolipids or GSLs are specific biomolecules that function within cell membranes to regulate signal transmission and cell-to-cell recognition, but more research is needed to understand their properties. For example, scientists are trying to understand the relationship between GSL consumption and phenotypes associated with an organism’s skin and hair. In a study performed…

Lying is Easier in a Foreign Language

Samara Khan ‘19 As globalization increases, more and more communication is taking place in a language that might be foreign to some of the people in the conversation. Although there has been a lot of research regarding the perceived trustworthiness of people speaking their native and non-native languages, very little exploration has gone towards investigating…

Can Common Signs of Aging be Reversed?

Samara Khan ‘19 The process of human aging is generally considered to be inevitable. As we become older, the collagen and elastin in our skin breaks down, causing fine lines and wrinkles to form. Our bodies stop producing melanin, and our hair turns gray and eventually falls out. While there are many cosmetic products that…

Caffeine – An Ineffective Weight-loss Aid

Nita Wong ‘21 The average American consumes eight ounces of coffee on a daily basis. Caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, has been rumoured to stimulate the release of brain chemicals that suppress appetite and facilitate weight loss by increasing metabolic rate. A recent study conducted by the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at…

Consumption of Artificially Sweetened Beverages Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer

Nita Wong ‘21 While the consumption of low- and no-calorie soft drinks has long been associated with a number of diseases including obesity and diabetes, such purported health risks have yet to be scientifically or clinically documented. In fact, a recent study conducted at Yale University’s Cancer Center has shown that such artificially sweetened products…