A lot of us say that our dogs make us happy. During Covid, one study…
Author: Emma Yasinski
I am a freelance science and medical journalist, fascinated by how the scientific process leads to incredible discoveries, but also can lead to publication bias leaning toward positive findings and minimizing negatives. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College and a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, I’ve written about clinical trial transparency, organ donation, and basic molecular biology for publications like The Scientist, The Atlantic, Undark.org, Kaiser Health News, and more. At MedShadow, I research and write about the sometimes unexpected ways that medicines can affect us, and what we can do if and when it does.
It’s been more than two decades since scientists first recognized that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), compounds used in the manufacturing of a myriad everyday products, could be bad for our health. Still researchers are barely scratching the surface of what these more than 12,000 different chemicals can do. Experts from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report last week describing what we do know and making recommendations for clinicians to test for PFAS exposure and provide guidance to lowering the levels of the chemicals in their bodies. Here’s what you need to know. What Are…
You’ve heard the words macular degeneration, but what do you know about the disease and its recommended treatments? What can you do to lessen its effects? Read on to find out more. Only one treatment exists for what’s called wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive disease that causes blindness emanating from the center of the eye. To treat it, your doctor gives you direct injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) into the affected eye. For the more common dry AMD, there aren’t any approved treatments. But there are two well-known ways to reduce your risk of getting AMD:…
A cup or two of caffeine is unlikely to be dangerous Larger servings can interact with many common medications, like antidepressants and antibiotics Some drugs can enhance the effects of caffeine You’ve probably seen someone holding a mug or wearing a T-shirt that reads “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.” Though lighthearted, the statement refers to something that many of us may forget: caffeine, an active ingredient in coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods and drinks is, in fact, a psychoactive stimulant drug. Unless you’re consuming exceptionally large servings of caffeine (upwards of 5 to 10 cups…
Singer Andy Williams may be crooning to us that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, the holiday season and subsequent “gay, happy meetings when friends come to call,” can also be harbingers of excess stress. That stress has the potential to derail your health. If you’re finding yourself under a little more stress than usual, MedShadow has compiled a list of our favorite stress-busting strategies from TikTok. Warm Up With a Cup of Tea A cup of your favorite tea can help you de-stress before your lips even touch the rim. Take a minute to…
Now that the weather is warming up, leave your house with gusto, purpose, and a little entertainment in mind. If you’re planning on physical activity, whether it’s a casual stroll around the neighborhood or a bracing hike or jog, enhance nature’s benefits by donning headphones to take in music or podcasts. We all know exercise is good for our physical and mental well-being. Being outdoors, while working your body offers a powerful boost that can lower blood pressure and support your immune system. If your goal is to get your heart pumping with a hard workout, know that studies have…
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