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February 9, 2017

     Exercise beneficially affects the body in a surprising number of ways.  I am excited to be writing a series based on the effects of exercise on a variety of different bodily systems.  As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought my first installment sh...

January 24, 2017

     I am really excited to say that I joined a new gym – the Summit, NJ YMCA.  It is fully equipped with all of the best workout equipment and many machines that I have never seen before.  I was introduced to one called the power plate.  It is a rather sizeable machin...

January 9, 2017

     Does the way that you feel during exercise motivate you to exercise?  Or on the contrary, do you avoid exercise because of the way you feel during your workout?  I crave my workouts because of the way I feel, not necessarily during exercise, but certainly afterwar...

January 3, 2017

     The opening statement in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reads, “Pathology is not destiny” (Kuehn, 2015).  This statement is based off of a huge prospective study that followed 2,566 healthy, older adults (ages 65 years and up)...

December 20, 2016

     Do you ever wonder why scientists use animal models?  Are you skeptical of findings in rodents and find it difficult to understand the importance of these discoveries for humans?  If so, that is a totally reasonable sentiment.  Rodents don’t look very much like hu...

December 12, 2016


     Most of us engage in a drink or two (or three…) every now and then, and ‘tis the season for a cup of holiday cheer.  Unfortunately, the holiday season is “one of the most dangerous times of year for alcohol-related accidents and death,” says Dr. Dre...

December 2, 2016

     I recently returned from the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting located in San Diego, California.  The Society for Neuroscience boasts that this conference is, “the world’s largest meeting focused on scientific discovery related to the brain and nervous syste...

November 3, 2016


     It’s that spooky time of year, and surely something’s scary…the price of healthcare in the United States.  Countries around the world spend on average 9% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on health care.  From this graph, which represents the healthcar...

October 25, 2016


     Adult neurogenesis (i.e., the birth of new neurons in the adult brain) is a big thing in neuroscience.  For a long time, neuroscientists thought that new neurons emerged only during stages of early development.  In the 1960s, the discovery that new...

October 18, 2016

     A recent article I wrote focused on the beneficial effects of a multimodal exercise program on “inflammaging”, or the phenomenon of increased brain inflammation as we age (http://fasttwitchgrandma.com/exercise-and-inflammaging/).  The same group that conducted thi...

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