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Meditation: Does it really work?

Madison White, Sports Editor

January 15, 2019

  So many trends pass by on self help that benefit many in so many ways. Meditation is up for the question this time. What is meditation? According to, meditation is to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. To break it down, meditation is to accept one’s thoughts instead of blocking out letting your mind wander with the help of concentrated breathing.     I have started meditating to give it a try, and here is my personal experience on how it went, and if I recommend it. There is an app called “Headspace” that offers meditation sessions that caters to your needs in life. When I first started meditation, I did not trust it at all. What was the use of it ...

Diabetic medication prescribed by doctors to control blood sugar levels.
PC ; Jacob Baruth

World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2016

World Diabetes Day is celebrated today, Nov. 14. The International Diabetes Federation created this day in 1991 in response to concerns with escalating threats from diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that deals with the pancreas. It is when the pancreas stops the production of insulin, or the body stops reacting to the insulin that the body produces. Insulin is a hormone that the body produces to regulate the blood glucose (sugar) levels. It was also chosen to be this day to honor Dr. Frederick Banting. Banting was the co-discoverer of insulin in 1921. According to the I...

Is Zika breeding in Michigan?

Should we fear Zika?

September 26, 2016

Zika, the virus that gained notoriety before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been becoming more prevalent in America. The cases confirmed have risen to over 2000. “Michigan’s tally of Zika cases grew to 43,” as stated on All of Michigan’s cases have been sourced back to travelers who traveled to the southern part of the Americas. Zika is spread primarily by mosquitoes that carry the virus and then pass it on to the human that they bite. Mosquitoes that carry Zika are not found in Michigan. There is no vaccine for Zika, so travelers need to protect...

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: There is science all over Youtube

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: There is science all over Youtube

April 29, 2016

If you are like myself, my curiosity for all things science and health are never ending. To feed my brain and grant myself satisfaction, has science videos galore that I love to watch. Anywhere from teaching, to exploring weird phenomenons, YouTube has it. I will cultivate a list of my personal favorite science/health related channels so perhaps, you feed your mind in your leisure time. In no particular order, first on the list is Crash Course: Anatomy and Physiology. This 47 video series extensively teaches and explains the human body and how it works. From...

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Flint water crisis

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Flint water crisis

January 20, 2016

Flint, Mi has been dealing with a detrimental water crisis that has yet to be taken care of. What has been ignored and deemed safe by city officials has finally rose to attention as something urgent. Water is a basic necessity that all humans need, so this is clearly seen as a problem when it can not be consumed at home due to ample amount of lead. When the health of one’s family comes into consideration, the situation becomes a big deal. But, why is lead consumption dangerous and what are the health risks? To give a little background on the situation, Flint had this...

Dr. Mack's Medical Minute: Thanksgiving

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

With the holiday season approaching, one of many favorite things to do is of course, eat food. Some may say eating turkey makes you tired, and others, quite on the contrary? But is this true or a myth? Nothing says holidays quite like consuming huge portions of food. After eating three big plates of food, many are ready for a nap, though some may blame the turkey for their fatigue. One common belief is that a compound in turkey called tryptophan makes you especially drowsy. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is found in many other foods. It is one of 20 amino...

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Path to becoming a doctor

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Path to becoming a doctor

November 13, 2015

Many students aspire to become doctors. They see the how well doctors get paid, and how helpful they are to society. While these are pleasurable features about a doctor, there is a lot more to it that students may not know. Hard work, good grades, and extracurricular activities are just a few to name to become one. The first step is to attend college at a four year university. Some may argue that majoring in science is the best decision, but any major is fine. This step in the journey is called pre-med. Their goal is to get all of the pre-med pre-requisites (or classes...

Dr. Mack's Medical Minute: Flu Season

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Flu Season

November 6, 2015

During the months when we are transitioning from the summer to fall, sickness is prevailing. It spreads like wildfire due to the fact that students are in school most of the day and germs are omnipresent. One certainly cannot run from it unless everyone is quarantined, but who enjoys life that way? There are many viruses one may be affected by, but influenza (the flu) seems to be one of the most notorious viruses many receive.  Flu season is at its peak in February, nonetheless, it starts to proliferate in the month of October. But what exactly is the flu? It is a virus...

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Mack’s Medical Minute: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 21, 2015

October introduces breast cancer awareness, something that affects one in eight women. A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though breast cancer happens usually at an older age, women are prone to get it at a young age as well. Less than 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it. About five to 10 percent of breast cancer can be linked to gene mutations inherited from one’s mother or father. About 85 percent of breast cancer...

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