St. Patrick’s Day quiz

March 16, 2018

What do Guinness stout and the Student’s t-test in statistics have to do with each other?  Don’t know?  Read on…..

Dr. D.

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Eat breakfast, get better grades

March 11, 2018

This is probably not a surprise to anyone, especially elementary school teachers who are aware of this effect first hand.  This study finds students who attend schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) have higher achievement scores in math, science, and reading than students in schools that don’t participate.  Reading, science and math scores showed about a 25% gain compared to those schools that did not participate in the SBP.

Dr. D.


It’s almost like our bodies don’t want us to lose weight…

February 9, 2018

“According to a new study, the levels of hormones that control hunger and fullness (satiety) both rise after weight loss, but individuals may only experience an increase in hunger. After one month of following the program, the volunteers’ subjective sense of fullness after a meal was unchanged, but decreased at the one- and two-year marks, whereas self-reported hunger increased significantly after one and two years. The research team found increases in the levels of both the hunger and satiety hormones after one and two years of sustained weight loss. However, the boost in hunger hormones seemed to override the increase in satiety hormones.”

Dr. D.


Your mood depends on the food you eat

February 5, 2018

I think no one would find this surprising.  What might be surprising is the difference in the effect between different age groups.  These researchers found that mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (meat).

However, mood in mature adults (over 30 years) may be more reliant on food that increases availability of antioxidants (fruits) and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the sympathetic nervous system (coffee, high glycemic index and skipping breakfast).

Dr. D.


Reading out loud to yourself helps you remember

February 5, 2018

Next time you are studying for an exam and you don’t have a friend to study with, remember this trick….

Dr. D.


Beer on Mars

November 29, 2017

Here’s some research we can all get behind….beer on Mars.

Dr. D.


Garlic and chronic infections

November 29, 2017

So garlic is not only good for protection against vampires….  Researchers from the University of Copenhagen use a compound from garlic to destroy biofilm of resistant bacteria and make antibiotics work again. The study shows that the compound inhibits small regulatory RNA molecules.

Dr. D.