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Ebola Outbreak Kills Sierra Leone’s Top Doctor

Since its outbreak in February of this year, it’s estimated that the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has brutally taken the lives of 672 West Africans. But as of Tuesday afternoon of this week, the contagious disease has moved its way up from patients to taking the life of the doctor leading […]

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Viral Souvenir from Paradise

I recently spent my honeymoon week in paradise with my new husband on the beautiful island of St Lucia, in a small resort nestled on the side of a high hill over the sea. What we didn’t realize while enjoying peaceful candlelit dinners gazing out over the water was that there was a very tiny […]

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Your Skin Has a Sense of Smell

It’s known that humans have five major senses: taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. And for every sense there is an organ to match – a tongue for taste, for example. But a recent study has determined that our largest organ – the skin – is capable of a surprising sense. Discovered by researchers at […]

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DNA Research: Friends Might Be More Than “The Family We Choose”

Consider for a moment your relationship with your best friend. Have you ever referenced him or her as “your family” because you’re so close? Well, according to a new study, you and your best friend might have more in common than TV shows and favorite foods – you might share some DNA. Identified by a […]

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Health and Happiness: Wedding Stress and How to Deal

It is T minus 4 days until my wedding day.  7 months ago my fiancée Greg popped the question on a truly magical December day amidst holiday cheer against a beautiful DC backdrop.  The past 7 months have been filled with unspeakable joy, support, and love from friends, family and strangers.  They have also been […]

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We Would Rather Shock Ourselves Than Be Alone With Our Thoughts

We’ve all been there – you’re lying in the dark as you try to fall asleep until you come to that scary realization: you are now alone with your thoughts! For many people, being left alone to let the mind “wander” can be very uncomfortable. So a recent study decided to explore just how much […]

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Tricky Minds: The Best Friend of a Pickpocket

I have been the unfortunate victim of pickpockets multiple times, most during my few years in South America.  I have had money and cameras taken off of me on the street, in restaurants, and even once in a seemingly benign craft store. Though I always feel personally violated upon realizing that money or a valuable item […]

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The Bionic Pancreas

If you’ve ever had experience with a diabetes patient then you understand the ordeal that comes with having to constantly test  blood sugar levels and administer insulin shots. Personally, I’ve seen entire families try to lighten the daily finger pricks and shots by having “blood sugar contests,” in which everyone guesses who will have the […]

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Laughter is Not Always the Best Medicine

For most people, being around friends laughing together is engaging, calming, and lightens up most any conversation. What if it the same situation did the exact opposite? An unusual phobia, known as gelotophobia, causes just that for many people around the world; they have a fear of being laughed at. Those with gelotophobia, or “gelotophobes”, […]

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Tanzania’s HIV/AIDS Campaigns Get Motorized

On the crowded dirt roads of Tanzania yellow taxis are not available for the locals to use when they need a quick ride across town. Instead, there are these very unique motorbike taxis, known locally as “boda bodas,” that can bob and weave through the hectic African traffic. Revered for their life on the road […]

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