Author: Kaylee Helfrich

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

Approximately 1 out of 5 deaths worldwide is due to poor nutrition, and doctors are not adequately trained to counsel their patients on improving their nutrition to ward off disease.

A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A glass of wine a day…does not keep the doctor away

A review of 592 studies finds that a single standard drink of alcohol per day increases the risk for health problems.

Improving science communication: Insights from scientists and nonscientists

Improving science communication: Insights from scientists and nonscientists

One of the goals of the Pipettepen blog is to train science communicators to share science with nonscientists. However, as both scientists and nonscientists know, this communication is not always as seamless as it could be. In the spirit of improving science communication, I interviewed…

A Scientist’s View of Animal Research

A Scientist’s View of Animal Research

One of the most controversial aspects of biomedical research is the use of animals to benefit humans. Scientists use animals to test new treatments for human diseases and to understand human biology. Many groups have protested the use of animals for research. The most well-known…

No Fermentable Foods? Yes Please!

No Fermentable Foods? Yes Please!

No bread. No sugar. No rice, potatoes, corn, soy, milk, onions, garlic, chocolate, processed meats, or alcohol. Is this a starvation diet or a method of torture? Actually, this is a diet with a 70–86% success rate in relieving the symptoms of a disorder that…

Think Before You Drink

Think Before You Drink

You see them at restaurants, grocery stores, and parties. In your fridge, in your cupboard, and on TV. In city streets and in the trash. And most likely, you’ve never paid attention to them. Every bottle of alcohol you’ve seen since 1988 has had a…

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

A researcher is looking at preliminary data from the CARET study when he does a double-take.  He thinks: that can’t be right- people who supplemented with vitamin A have higher frequency of lung cancer and death than people not supplementing with vitamin A. But the…

Lacking Nobel-ity

Lacking Nobel-ity

Do you want to learn about how the material of pants affects the sex life of rats?  Or about the different personalities of rocks? How about someone who invented prosthetic limbs to mimic the movement of goats? These are only a few examples of hilarious…