Can Cranberry Juice Prevent UTI’s?

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Candidate What’s the Truth? How many times have you come across commercials or individuals that recommend consuming large amounts of cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections? To this day, it’s a very common practice, especially among those who prefer “natural” methods to improve health. But do these methods work? We’ll…

Alzheimer’s and Caffeine

Ahmad Chehade, PharmD. Candidate What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease, commonly known as Alzheimer’s, is a common form of dementia,1 characterized by the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Currently, its believed that this happens due to the formation of abnormal structures called plaques and tangles in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.2 Alzheimer’s is…

St. John’s Wort – A Natural Antidepressant?

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharmacy Candidate Hypericum perforatum St. John’s Wort (scientific name Hypericum perforatum) is a yellow, star-shaped flower with five petals, commonly found in Europe, North and South America, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia.1 The plant grows primarily in sunny, well-drained locations, and can reach up to 50-100 cm in height.1 St. John’s Wort is…

An Apple A Day: Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

Aaron Chy, BSc General, PharmD Candidate How ‘bout them apples? It seems like everywhere you look these days, there’s another health trend on the rise. From coconut oil to detox teas, many natural-based health remedies have become popular for their supposed benefits towards weight loss and chronic disease management. Apple cider vinegar is another popular…