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Finally, spring is here – that wonderful time of year when the temperature starts to rise and everything is in bloom. But for many of us, it also marks the beginning of allergy season. That means itchy watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, coughing and overall misery. But allergies don’t just affect people in the spring and they are not all related to weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1), more than 50 million Americans have an allergy [more…]
Although the mysteries surrounding sleep are still being uncovered by scientists, we do know that sleep is crucial to our daytime functioning and is vital for processes such as learning and consolidation of memories. Unfortunately, we often fail to get enough sleep even when we know how important it is. Trying to compensate for poor sleep by sleeping more on the weekends or drinking stimulants like coffee just to stay awake can actually end up doing more harm than good. [more…]
America’s biggest sporting event, Super Bowl Sunday, is an unofficial national holiday when friends, family, and occasionally strangers feast and gather in front of the television to watch two professional football teams battle for a championship. For days before and after, conversations in the classrooms or offices across the country would revolve around the match-up, the commercials, or the halftime show – and everyone, a football fan or not, would have an opinion. Often unmentioned, however, is the darker side [more…]
Thanksgiving is a time for people to come together to share what they are thankful for, enjoy each other’s company and, perhaps most importantly, eat. Sharing a large feast is a great way to strengthen the bond between family and friends during Thanksgiving, but you might not know it’s an opportunity to make the best of the nutriepigenetic benefits of your food. Nutriepigenomics looks at the effects different types of food and various nutrients have on the human body via [more…]
Halloween marks the joyous time to carve pumpkins, dress up in frightening garb, and – most importantly – gorge ourselves on sugary candies that seem to be in never-ending supply. It seems harmless enough to snack on some candy corn and taffy and Milk Duds and Twizzlers and… well, you get the idea. Treating yourself to “just a little” candy on Halloween doesn’t seem very harmless, but do you know the epigenetic power that might be lurking in your Halloween [more…]
We all know the deal by now: On Mother’s Day we should show appreciation for the years our moms spent raising us, for the years she worked patiently to bestow on us the skills we didn’t even know (or maybe refused to believe) we needed to succeed in life. A lot of the things she did for us are easy to give thanks for because we’ve experienced them first-hand throughout our childhood: reassuring words of wisdom, hot meals on the [more…]
Ah, Valentine’s Day… when intoxicating amounts of chocolates are devoured, restaurants become overcrowded, and a flying toddler is shooting more arrows than Legolas – a day when we celebrate the irrational ideas about love. To quote from the recent sci-fi romantic comedy Her: “It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” But maybe love is not as irrational as we think. Some say it’s due in part to the way we are raised while others think it’s hardwired [more…]