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environmental influences
03-23-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Recovery

Imagine going to the doctor’s office and being told that your genes make you more likely to develop particular types of illness and disease later in life — would you want to have the ability to turn off these genes? Gene variations are responsible for giving us all of our unique personality traits and characteristics […]

alcoholic bone disease

From beer and wine to whiskey and gin, alcohol is one of the largest products consumed throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization, “every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 (liters) of pure alcohol per year.” Since less than half of the world’s population drinks, those who do […]

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Gene variations, or differences, are a major reason why people respond differently to drugs. In fact, genetic factors account for 20 to 95 percent of the variability in drug response. Genes are important because they encode the enzymes needed for drug metabolism and proteins that determine the cellular response to drugs. Certain genetic variants can […]

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“Somewhere between the ages of 19 and 21, I was exposed to the mathematical idea of fractals. I began to think obsessively about fractals and infinity. I thought I was going to discover some incredible and fabulous mathematical principle that would transform the way we view the universe. This delusion occupied my thoughts all day […]

ease the effects of alcohol
02-05-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Treatment

The Japanese raisin tree grows primarily in Asia, though recently it started invading Brazil. The scientific name for the tree is hovenia dulcis, and its seeds and fruit contain an interesting flavonoid compound called dihydromyricetin (DHM). Traditional Eastern medicine has used this substance throughout the ages to reduce the effects of alcohol overconsumption, such as […]

health-benefits-yoga

Keeping her eyes steady on her reflection in the mirror as she plants her hands firmly on her yoga mat, she inverts her body to form the perfect headstand in a hot yoga room all while focusing on her deep breathing technique. Arm inversions and headstands are only two of the hundreds of yoga poses […]

alcohol consumption guidelines
02-01-16 Category: Health and Wellness

The United Kingdom updated its alcohol consumption guidelines in January 2016, enforcing the strictest regulations on alcohol consumption worldwide. The previous alcohol consumption guidelines were published in 1995 and stated that women should not consume more than 14 units of alcohol per week whereas men should not consume more than 21 units of alcohol per […]

make weight in boxing

In many fighting sports — for instance, wrestling or boxing — athletes are divided into weight classes. Weight classes are used to make sure that opponents are equally matched in terms of heaviness so that neither opponent has a weight-based advantage. Unfortunately, the use of weight classes often encourages athletes to perform something known as […]

Eating disorders and athletes

Most people have a prototypical image of a ballet dancer. Tall. Flat-chested. Thin. For ballet dancers, being thin is not merely an act of vanity — it’s an essential career move. Often, the best roles go to the thinnest dancers. Young girls are discouraged from entering ballet if they’re “too curvy,” and ballet dancers are […]

Eating disorders among athletes

Bodybuilding is a sport in which individuals use specific exercises to control and develop their musculature. Bodybuilders compete by appearing in lineups and performing pose routines in front of a group of judges, all of whom are trained to identify desirable (and undesirable) body shapes. In other words, when you’re a bodybuilder, your performance is […]

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