Social Interference

Are you shy? Maybe your T-cells are to blame! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. T-cells are the body’s immune warriors. They fight off invaders and keep you healthy! But what if your army of cells is short a few good men? You might get

Sweet Deal

Getting a twenty-one isn’t just a win at blackjack! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the endless pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, research is turning to our genetics. Specifically, the work of Tim Frayling and researchers at the University of Exeter. They’re leading an

Sitting or Smoking

Tell click-bait medical headlines to take a seat! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We all know that sitting all day isn’t ideal. According to recent headlines, “sitting is the new smoking!” At Athabasca University, Jeff Vallance studies human health and behavior. He wondered: Could

Bile Away the Pounds

Is the next weight loss supplement BILE? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, what is bile, anyway? Doctors think of bile – a greenish fluid in your stomach — as the body’s detergent. It helps digest fat. Yay, that’s a good thing! What ELSE

Caffeine Fix

Hey! Before you reload that Starbucks card–is there such a thing as TOO MUCH coffee? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Coffee is often, and controversially, associated with good health. But some people have trouble metabolizing caffeine. Could a coffee habit spell danger for them?

NUT-ricious Chocolate

Healthy milk chocolate. Sound nuts? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Unlike its more sophisticated cousin dark chocolate, milk chocolate isn’t known for its health benefits. But what if we could change that? Scientists at the USDA and North Carolina State University may have found

Motorized Meds

Medications, start your engines! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the last few years, scientists have developed biological micromotors for delivering drugs. They’re supposed to work like propellers, steering those healing medicinal molecules more quickly into your bloodstream. But there’s a problem. These motors

Gorilla Gourmet

Digestive health for me and you. Is the answer: gorilla POO? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science on why waste-matter…matters! For centuries, scientists have looked for answers on the evolution of human gut health. Specifically, our microbiomes – all the bacteria that make up our

Anti-Smoking Trip

Can magic mushrooms… help you quit smoking? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Go ask Alice! Or ask Matthew Johnson, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His study enrolled 15 volunteers who had been smokers for an average of 30 years. All had

Diversity from Within

Variety is the spice of life – especially in your tummy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A diverse diet is a healthy diet! But what about the health of the bacteria in our gut? At Rutgers University, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello studies lifestyle and gut