Posts Categorized: News

The Fascination with Flight 370

The loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared more than a month ago while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has garnered a great deal of media coverage and discussion. Any potential tragedy understandably fosters many emotions, but certain characteristics of this event may have made it considerably more compelling. The lack… Read more »

Nutrition Facts Label to Get a Makeover

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts Label that appear on packaged food and beverages. It would be the first overhaul to those black-and-white boxes since the FDA introduced them more than 20 years ago. The changes would incorporate newer nutritional data while helping consumers make informed decisions…. Read more »

Selfies: More than Just a Picture?

“Selfie:” the common act of taking a picture of yourself with a smart phone, has climbed its way to the forefront of pop culture, even if it’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Warhol and Van Gogh were right there with self portraits, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell released a selfie this past week… Read more »

Peverley Collapsed on NHL Bench

Dallas Stars hockey center Rich Peverley collapsed from an irregular heartbeat while on the bench during an NHL game on Monday. Resuscitive measures, including chest compressions and electrical defibrillation, restored the 31-year-old player’s heartbeat and brought him back to life. Mr. Peverley collapsed as soon as he came off the ice during the first period…. Read more »

Sepsis Fight Leads to CDC

Today’s New York Times features a Queens couple whose son, Rory, succumbed to septic shock two years ago. During several consultations, his doctors misunderstood what was happening to him. Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton’s campaign to increase sepsis awareness recently brought them to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Martin Doerfler, MD, our senior vice president… Read more »

MRSA Can Easily Spread in Schools

The recent MRSA infection scare at a local high school proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless, it flagged an important point:  Places with frequent sharing and close interactions–like schools, dorms and daycare centers–pose a higher risk for spreading community-associated Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contact sports… Read more »

When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »

Misleading Mammography Study Puts Women at Risk

When the British Medical Journal recently published an article that mistakenly concluded that annual mammography doesn’t save lives, news outlets like the New York Times jumped on the story—to the disservice of their readers. The study was based on follow-up results of the Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Study (CNBSS), a five-year study conducted from 1980… Read more »

“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas. Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation…. Read more »