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I've got a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas. I'm currently a doctoral candidate graduating with my Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of South Alabama. I study IgG structural changes in pulmonary arterial hypertension. I enjoy photography and travel, and spend most of my time transporting my two kids to all their sporting events.

Is Intelligence Actually Beneficial To Survival?

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Research shows that more intelligent animals might not always be best suited for survival People can display many different types of intelligence, whether it is related to logic, communication, or emotions. Animals also have varying levels and types of intelligence, shown in their behavior. Intelligence is almost universally regarded as a positive trait. Who doesn’t   …Continue Reading

Taste Isn't Just For The Tongue

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Science is proving that many other tissues than the tongue can taste what you ingest In elementary school I was taught that there are four basic tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. I also learned that each taste belonged to a different spot on the tongue. It turns out neither of those things is   …Continue Reading

Seeing Red: A New Way To Predict Preeclampsia

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 New Congo red test predicts development of preeclampsia with pregnant women What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is serious pregnancy complication, characterized by an increase in blood pressure and an increase in the protein content of the mother’s urine. Preeclampsia occurs in ~2-8% of pregnancies, and if untreated can lead to eclampsia, resulting in seizures, liver damage,   …Continue Reading

Get Your 8 Hours Sleep: How Your Brain Makes Memories

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Studies confirm your teacher’s advice about getting enough sleep Conventional wisdom says that sleep is an important part of learning (remember your teachers telling you to get a good night’s sleep before a big test?), but what is your brain actually doing while you are sleeping? Memory Memory is the process of encoding, storing, and retrieving   …Continue Reading

Why Measles, Whooping Cough (And Autism) Are Expanding

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How fear is making people sick: decreasing herd immunity. Preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles are more prevalent now than they have been in many years. Most of these outbreaks occur in places where vaccination levels are low. What does this mean for the global population, both vaccinated and unvaccinated? How vaccines work The   …Continue Reading