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Q: Are there people who aren’t affected by caffeine?

“Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cup of coffee.” Perhaps you’ve seen this printed on a number of mugs or heard it in the morning from a coworker. It seems like everyone and their mother (and their father … Continue reading

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Q: Most hand sanitizers claim they kill 99.9% of germs. What about the 0.1% that they don’t kill? Should I be worried?

Ah, the 0.1%. Are they monster germs that are immune to everything and are now out for revenge because you just killed their friends? Or are they weak and struggling after just barely surviving a hand sanitizer attack? To understand … Continue reading

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Q: Will there ever be a cure for the common cold?

“‘Tis the season to be jolly… Fa la la-la-la, la-la la la.”  Jolly – really?! I dread the holiday season. I don’t dread it because of the snow, or because of the forced family interactions, not even because of the … Continue reading

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Q: Will consuming soy make me look less manly?

Soy products have long been a cultural staple in Asian diets, but they have only recently gained popularity in Western diets as more people search for non-dairy milks, like soy milk, and vegetarian protein sources, like tofu. However, with their … Continue reading

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Q: Can cannabis use cause lung cancer like smoking tobacco does?

Thanks for your question! Cannabis, or marijuana, is the second most widely smoked substance in our society after tobacco in cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading

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Q: I heard there are a ton of studies that show a clear connection between cannabis use and developing schizophrenia and other psychoses. Is this true?

Thanks for your question! As recreational use of marijuana is decriminalized or legalized in a growing number of states, these are important concerns to address. During my graduate work – I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Albert Einstein College … Continue reading

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Q: What do you think about the keto diet? Is it unhealthy despite all the benefits people are seeing?

At this point, most people have heard of, considered, or perhaps even tried a ketogenic diet to lose weight and become healthier. The diet’s recent popularity has led many to wonder if it is nothing more than a pseudoscientific fad, … Continue reading

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Q: Does being cold increase my likelihood of catching a cold?

Our association between being cold and catching a cold stretches back hundreds of years and still runs strong today. As a child, did your parents ever tell you to “put on a coat or you’ll catch a cold”? A recent … Continue reading

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Q: What do foam rollers do besides hurt a lot?

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As an orthopedic physical therapist, I use foam rollers during the treatment of many of my patients. They do often complain that the foam rolling hurts at the time of the treatment, but they also say they feel better after … Continue reading

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Q: Do we need to take vitamin supplements or do our diets suffice? I heard we can’t absorb all the nutrients at once.

Vitamins are essential nutrients and key to maintaining a healthy metabolism. They are essential because our bodies have no way to synthesize them, and thus they must be obtained through our diets. In general, a well-balanced diet will provide sufficient … Continue reading

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