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Exploring New Frontiers: CAST 2018

Posted by on November 13th, 2018

  This was my first year to attend and also to present at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST). The conference is hosted by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) and is meant as a professional development and networking opportunity for science educators, informal educators, and science advocates. Like anything… Read More »

Aug

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Do You Smell That?

Posted by on August 23rd, 2018

Have you ever been around someone who insists they smell an odor that you and others are unable to smell?  There’s a scientific name to describe this phenomenon:  phantom odor perception. A new study from the National Institutes of Health determined nearly 1 in 15 Americans have phantom odor perception.  This conclusion was drawn after… Read More »

Aug

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Increase in Tickborne Diseases Likely

Posted by on August 14th, 2018

The next time you spend time outside, you might want to check closely for ticks.  Officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report an increase in the number of tickborne diseases. The most common tickborne illness is Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection resulting from a tick bite.  The Centers for Disease… Read More »

Aug

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Obesity and Influenza A

Posted by on August 9th, 2018

At first glance, obesity and Influenza A seem to have no correlation.  A new study with multiple cohorts found that obesity prolongs the length influenza A stay in the body.  Participating institutions include: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Nicaraguan… Read More »

Jul

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A glance back: the Framingham Heart Study

Posted by on July 31st, 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the landmark Framingham Heart Study. It is named for the town of Framingham, MA from which the original cohort (there are now six groups of participants) of 5,209 men and women were recruited. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and it… Read More »

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