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The Science of Basketball

March Madness, the NCAA basketball championship series, is in full swing. For the next several weeks, people across the country will cheer for their favorite team, obsessively wear their lucky shirt, and track their bracket predictions. But if don’t share the love of the game, perhaps you can appreciate the bounce of the ball and […]


After Decades of Avoiding Cholesterol… Now it’s All Good?

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) publish a set of Dietary Guidelines that provide the most up-to-date advisories for optimal nutrition intake. Focusing on enhancing the health of all United States citizens, the agenda shapes the diets of children and adults at work, school, […]


Ebola Warriors – Robots?

The worst Ebola epidemic in history continues to strike fear into every nation in the world. The raging virus that has run rampant through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has stretched menacingly into Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, and even here in the United States. The West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are […]


Switching Out the Smoke

“Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hookah, also known as […]


The World’s Deadliest Germs

Fever, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, rash, internal and external bleeding. The symptoms may sound like a horror movie, but they are the very real symptoms of Ebola, a contagious tropical disease. The west African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leon, Liberia, and Nigeria currently face an Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 660 […]


Welcome to Brazil!

If soccer was on your mind last week, you are not alone. Viewers worldwide have World Cup frenzy. According to FIFA, a record-setting 43 million people watched the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia. Even in the United States, where soccer is less popular than Europe and South or Central America, World Cup viewership […]


FIFA Frenzy

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup commenced Thursday, June 12 with a Brazil 3-1 victory over Croatia. Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 FIFA games, is pumped up to share the beauty, culture, and energy of its many cities in which the games for 32 countries will compete. Today, Monday June 16, the United […]


The Skinny on Trans Fats

Read any health report in recent years and the topic of trans fats (also referred to as “trans fatty acids”) frequently comes up. Trans fats or hydrogenated fats are created by a process of hydrogenation that is very bad for our health because (like saturated fat) they raise cholesterol levels. Trans fats, which have been […]


Play Ball! The Physics of Baseball

Roger Hornsby, the baseball player, manager, and coach once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Last week, umpires across the country ended fans’ and players’ wait when at last they called “Play ball!” […]

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