We love to unwind on weekends with a nice cocktail at a bar somewhere.
I’m an alcohol lightweight with an easy tendency to develop Asian flush, hence my go-to cocktail is a “weak” aperol spritz. To be honest, I’m more interested in getting a nice Instagram shot than what is actually inside the drink.
Of course, though, there are many other factors that can influence how much alcohol we do actually consume. Work stress, for instance. The stress of dealing with this COVID-19 pandemic, for instance. …
The whole problem with health and healthcare these days is that things can get so complicated such that we have no idea how to make any head or tail out of it.
The thing is that a lot of common health issues can be simplified for the common person — but simplification takes time, and it doesn’t benefit the healthcare professional to explain all of that, because we are all aware of the fact that time is money.
For example, what does “high cholesterol” even mean?
It’s more convenient for the doctor to prescribe a statin to “reduce cholesterol”, isn’t…
Anaemia is a condition where a person lacks sufficient healthy red blood cells to transport adequate oxygen to their body’s tissues.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
having anemia can make you feel tired and weak. There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.
Of course, there can be many different reasons that relate to why one lacks sufficient healthy red blood cells or sufficient oxygen transport to their body’s tissues to bring on this symptom of anaemia.
However, as I was reading…
The current problem that we are facing with Alzheimer’s disease is that the number of people who are currently afflicted with Alzheimer’s is on the rise. As the Alzheimer’s Association in the United States of America mentions,
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.
The National Institute of Aging also has this comment about Alzheimer’s:
Our brain has so many types of neurotransmitters floating about, all signaling our neurons to do something here or there.
Glutamate is no stranger to neurotransmission — it is an amino acid that we can obtain from proteins in our diet or the popular flavoring condiment known as monosodium glutamate (MSG). In fact, glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter, and as this article states,
Glutamate has excitatory effects on nerve cells, and that it can excite cells to their death in a process now referred to as “excitotoxicity”. This effect is due to glutamate receptors present on the surface of brain…
I saw a tweet today about diabetes affecting 1 in 3 white people who were born in 2000. Unfortunately, the statistic goes down to 1 in 2 for black children.
This suggests that there is some form of racial discrimination if we look at the numbers from a superficial level.
Unfortunately, the information doesn’t cover the socioeconomic perspective, which does play a heavier role in the United States.
What do I mean by that?
We can see from the data provided by the US Federal Reserve that the net worth of a typical white family is much…
We live in an age of too much (dis)information, where half-truths can be perpetuated while real issues are left obscured. It’s highly perplexing, really.
Even with the COVID-19 vaccines that are out vaccinating people.
Because the news does spread that people have died upon taking the vaccine.
Others have experienced life-threatening blood clots and other major side effects.
But rather than hitting the “share” button on various clickbait “health” articles that don’t make any sense, can we actually pause for a moment and think of why such things are happening, before we turn into headless chickens and emotional manipulators trying…
Aging is unfortunately an inevitable problem that all of us humans will face.
And when it comes to aging, multiple aspects of our lives can be affected.
Physically, we won’t be able to do things at 60 that we could do at 20.
Mentally, we may face cognitive declines.
We tend to associate white hair with a person as a sign of longevity. It makes them look dignified and respectable.
One question, though. How did their hair colour change from black/brown/red/whatever to white? What was the biochemical mechanism behind all that?
Another question, now. …
There has been much commotion about rape culture and sexual violence these days. A lot of the (unfair) blame has been placed on women who dress sexy, and men who end up giving in to their urges — as if it was the man’s right to do what he wanted.
Is it the case that every woman who dresses sexy is begging to be raped by a man?
No, it isn’t!
While there can (and ought to) be a whole discourse about how men ought to keep their equipment in their pants and exert a much higher level of self-control…
Ever since Sir Alexander Fleming was able to isolate penicillin from a mould, antibiotics have been prescribed for situations that are related to bacterial infections — in different variations and strengths, of course.
An antibiotic, as we can tell, is “anti” (or against) “biotic” activity (pertaining to life). Meaning that whatever it does, it sure as heck aims to massacre the living daylights out of its target organisms.
Different antibiotics tend to do the job differently — whether we’re looking at:
the inhibition of bacterial cell wall synthesis, the enhancement of bacterial cell membrane permeability, an interference with bacterial protein…