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 the SUNY University of Buffalo, however, suggests otherwise. Under the … Continue reading Caffeine – An Ineffective Weight-loss Aid

Omega 3 Supplements May Not Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Nita Wong ‘21 The consumption of omega 3 fats is commonly believed to protect against heart disease by reducing blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Although the three main types of fatty acids that comprise Omega 3 fats are readily found in the foods we eat. For example, alphalinolenic acid (ALA) is found in many nuts and seeds and both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid … Continue reading Omega 3 Supplements May Not Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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 actually help colon cancer survivors avoid cancer recurrence and death. … Continue reading Consumption of Artificially Sweetened Beverages Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer

A Case Study Examining the Effectiveness of Ginkgo Biloba in Treating Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenic Individuals

Stephanie Budhan ‘21 Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that affects an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and causes the individual to gradually deteriorate over time. Doctors often overlook cognitive impairment within schizophrenic individuals. There is no proven treatment option, but this has led psychiatrists to provide medications with the cognitive aspect in mind; Currently, medications that contain compounds to improve mitochondrial functioning, have anti-oxidant … Continue reading A Case Study Examining the Effectiveness of Ginkgo Biloba in Treating Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenic Individuals

Nanoremediation as A New Method of Treating Water Contamination

Stephanie Budhan ‘21 Water contamination occurs when waste material is deposited into a body of water and is not removed, leading to environmental degradation over the long term. Clean water is necessary for both humans and animals. Nurturing crops with contaminated water can cause the spread of waterborne illnesses among the population. Likewise, it is not healthy to breed animals with contaminated water as it … Continue reading Nanoremediation as A New Method of Treating Water Contamination

The Correlation Between Smartphone Use and Development of Depression.

Stephanie Budhan ‘21 Smartphone addiction refers to the excessive use of one’s smartphone while engaged in other activities such as studying, driving, and social gatherings, and this can have a negative long- term impact of an individual’s thoughts and behaviors. More specifically, excessive smartphone use is considered a risk factor for the development of depression and anxiety disorders. Females are more likely than males to … Continue reading The Correlation Between Smartphone Use and Development of Depression.

Mediterranean-type diet may reduce effects of osteoporosis

Nita Wong ‘21 Characterized by high consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is known for its myriad of health benefits: previous research suggests that adherence to such eating habits improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prevents heart disease and strokes, and protects against type two diabetes. A recent study conducted … Continue reading Mediterranean-type diet may reduce effects of osteoporosis

Consumption of whole dairy products not linked to cardiovascular disease

Nita Wong ‘21 Whole milk, yogurt, cheese, and other full-fat dairy products have long been associated with health risks due to their saturated fat content. Nonetheless, a recent study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was unable to find a significant link between dairy fats and increased risk of heart … Continue reading Consumption of whole dairy products not linked to cardiovascular disease

Multivitamins show no cardiovascular health benefits

Nita Wong ‘21 Up to 30 percent of Americans take multivitamin and mineral supplements; in fact, the global nutritional supplement industry is projected to reach $278 billion within the next six years. A recent study conducted by the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and published by the American Heart Association, however, found no link between consumption of such dietary … Continue reading Multivitamins show no cardiovascular health benefits

The Use of CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing Tool in Treating Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is dominantly inherited genetic disorder that causes the development of Alzheimer’s Disease in individuals younger than 65 years old. AD is caused by a point mutation in three major genes, one of which is amyloid precursor protein (APP). APP is cleaved to generate beta amyloid which makes up the amyloid plaque found in the brains of AD patients. … Continue reading The Use of CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing Tool in Treating Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

The Effects of Short Term Estrogen Therapy on Long Term Cognition in Mouse Model

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 Menopause in women is characterized by the decline in the production of reproductive hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen plays in a major role in maintaining cognition. Thus, post-menopausal estrogen therapy has the potential to enhance cognition in women. However, treatment success, and it appears that estrogen therapy is only effective at a critical time or age in women. Previously, researchers at Tulane … Continue reading The Effects of Short Term Estrogen Therapy on Long Term Cognition in Mouse Model

The Perceived Need, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Individuals with Eating Disorders in College Students

Stephanie Budhan ‘20 An eating disorder (ED) is a condition characterized by abnormal eating behaviors and a negative attitude towards food. Eating disorders are one of the deadliest types of mental illness yet remain under-treated within the population. Only one-third of individuals suffering from an ED have received treatment. Under-treatment of an ED is likely due to misconceptions about them. For example, it is generally … Continue reading The Perceived Need, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Individuals with Eating Disorders in College Students