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Daylight Savings Time Isn't Just Annoying, It's Bad For Our Health

Adam Trainor @ 2020-03-06 09:13:39 -0700

When Benjamin Franklin first had the idea for a "daylight saving time" (or DST) back in 1784, he probably didn't quite realize the detrimental, long term effects it would have on human health and sleep cycles.  Here's the deal: Recent studies at Vanderbilt University show that the effects of one-hour fluctuation of DST have on the body are long-lasting. In other words: Even if we feel we’re adjusting fine, that one hour puts our biological clocks out of whack for an average of eight months out of the year, which can have adverse effects on our health in many ways. ...

What's the Deal with Chin Acne?

Adam Trainor @ 2020-02-27 15:08:55 -0700

If I ranked the most annoying places on my face to get a pimple, my chin has to be one of the worst. Don't you agree? I hate chin acne—even though it's not as visible as let's say, on my forehead, I feel like chin acne tends to be way harder to get rid of. As a guy, they're extra annoying because I end up having to shave over them—shaving around them is not possible—and the whole situation becomes remarkably painful, really quickly. Not ideal! So I started wondering, where do chin pimples even come from and is there any...

IBS in Dogs and Cats

Adam Trainor @ 2020-02-19 10:06:01 -0700

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an uncomfortable condition that, among other things, alters your bowel transit times when you least expect it. Basically, if you’ve got this gastrointestinal disorder, you might as well cancel any social plans you have for the next couple of days, week, or even months. But it turns out: Humans aren’t the only ones that need to cancel plans—pets can also develop the stomach disorder out of the blue. They can experience the same discomfort and inflammation we do but without any way of alerting us to their painful condition. If you love your furry, four-legged...

Post-Infectious IBS

Adam Trainor @ 2020-02-16 13:47:32 -0700

Most people have probably heard of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)—a gastrointestinal disorder with a wide range of incapacitating and sometimes embarrassing symptoms. IBS is not a fatal condition, but it can destroy any plans you have for the next couple of days or even weeks. via GIPHY Despite it being one of the most common disorders in people of all ages, surprisingly, not a lot is known about IBS. For instance, "where it comes from" and "how to get it to go away" are, at this point, centuries-old unanswered questions. Among the estimated 45 million people in the US suffering from IBS...

Anxiety and IBS

Adam Trainor @ 2020-02-12 15:42:48 -0700

I don’t need to be the one to tell you that Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS for short, is just plain awful. The stomach cramps, sudden urge to use the bathroom and the fear of not knowing when the symptoms will strike isn’t even half of the story of IBS. Anxiety – our body’s way of responding to stress and a nightmare in and of itself – is closely related to the gastrointestinal disorder. Normally, we don’t think twice about how our brains control our stomachs or vice versa, but in the case of IBS patients, you need to pay...

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