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October 6, 2016

     The post I wrote last week talked about the exciting connection between exercise and the immune system (http://fasttwitchgrandma.com/increase-your-immune-system-through-exercise/).  I specifically focused on one immune factor, known as interleukin-6 (IL-6), that n...

September 27, 2016

     

     The immune system is a complicated network of cells, including T cells and B cells, that protects us against a host of diseases.  Like many of our physiological systems, the immune system can be shaped by both positive and negative influences.  For...

September 6, 2016

     

     I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Keystone, Colorado.  Having lived in New Jersey for most of my life and New York City for the past 3 years, I was amazed to see the expansive views that Colorado has to offer.  The Rocky Mountains provide...

August 5, 2016

     

     Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are naturally occurring, volatile molecules located within our bodies and brains.  They are also known as free radicals because they contain a “free” electron that is available to pair with another electron, thus giving...

July 28, 2016

     

     Youth is a sought after thing.  Doctors, scientists, and many others among us are actively seeking the elusive fountain of youth.  The ultimate question is:  how do we keep our bodies and minds young?  One of my favorite movies, Death Becomes Her, s...

July 19, 2016

     

     Getting a good night’s rest is important for so many aspects of our lives including our overall sense of wellbeing.  The fact that we spend on average 33% of our lives sleeping is an indicator that sleep must serve a very important purpose.  Not sur...

July 8, 2016

   

 I am intrigued by the body-brain connection and am constantly thinking about how all of the physiological things that happen in our body from exercise like burning fat and building muscle contribute to exercise-induced improvements in cognitive functioning.  O...

July 1, 2016

     

     The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  They are dedicated to “advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of...

June 9, 2016

     

     Chronic pain is a serious and debilitating condition for many people, affecting more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined (American Academy of Pain Medicine).  Chronic pain can be initiated by an initial incident such as a brok...

May 10, 2016

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, a part of the brain’s basal ganglia system.  The symptoms of this disease are motoric in nature and include tremor, or a shaking of the...

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