Mediterranean Diet – The Hearty Secret to Great Health

Kevin Huang, Bsc Pharm Candidate Mediterranean Diet We hear about it all the time. It might be the latest news from your friendly health guru or a simple recommendation from your healthcare provider. Lately, Mediterranean diet has gained traction and for good reasons. There is an overwhelming number of evidence supporting its benefit, especially in reducing…

Anti-Aging: Antioxidants – What is the Evidence?

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Candidate Antioxidants Welcome back! In part one of the series on anti-aging, we briefly discussed what antioxidants are and a simple step to prevent skin aging – sunscreen. As promised, we’ll discuss the following antioxidants, what their roles are, and the evidence behind their use, safety and efficacy. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Commonly…

Performance-Enhancing Drugs Part 2: How World-class Athletes Cheat

Ty Johnston, PharmD Candidate This is part 2 of a two-part series about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). In part 1, we talked about ways athletes get away with doping, while here we talk about commonly abused PEDs; what they are, their medical uses, how they’re abused, and the risks behind their abuse.   What is a Performance-Enhancing…

The Use of Probiotics in Transplant Patients

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate How Safe are Probiotics Really? In last week’s article, we discussed that while the use of probiotics is generally safe for most patients, caution is advised in individuals who are immunocompromised or have a severely damaged gastrointestinal tract. Today, we’re going to delve deeper on the safety of probiotics in immunocompromised…