Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is actually eight compounds—four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. The synthetic dl-alpha-tocopherol (all-rac-alpha tocopherol) is also referred to as vitamin E and is found in dietary supplements and fortified foods. Tocopherols are considered to be the most active of the vitamin E compounds and are found throughout the food […]

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy allows participants to process emotions and engage in self-expression and communication outside of traditional verbal communication.1–3 Art therapy can also help improve physical and psychological stress via strengthening the connection between the mind and body.3 Art therapy can be used in a variety of contexts. This article will center on the impact of […]

Women’s Health Month: Spotlight on Cancer in Women

Facts About Breast Cancer  Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer that United States women are diagnosed with.1 When detected early through self-exams, clinical exams, and mammograms,  breast cancer is treatable.1–3 Risk factors for breast cancer. Women over 55 years of age are more likely to develop invasive breast cancers. Patients with overweight […]

The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene refers to practices and routines that help people fall and stay asleep each night,1 including sticking to a regular bedtime, maintaining a consistent bedtime routine, and creating an optimal sleeping environment.2 Developing and maintaining good sleep hygiene practices helps to ensure a good night’s rest for optimal physical and mental health.1  Infants, children, […]

It’s a Two-way Street: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure

Ms. Lowe is a Communication Specialist at the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center. Whether you’re cruising on a set of wheels or on your own two feet, you’ve likely reaped the benefits of your neighborhood’s sidewalks, biking paths, and trails—all examples of pedestrian infrastructure. Conversations surrounding this facet of the built environment have become […]

Raynaud’s Phenomenon: A Rare Blood Vessel Disorder

Raynaud’s Phenomenon (RP) occurs when there is a decrease in the blood flow to the fingers and toes caused by a tightening of blood vessels due to cold weather exposure or stress. Other common areas of the body that can be affected by RP include the ears, nose, and nipples. There are two forms of […]

The Anatomy of Taste Buds

The tiny bumps on the tongue, termed papillae, contain collections of cells known as taste buds.1 Food and drink travels through small openings in the tongue’s surface called taste pores, allowing the inner cells to identify their tastes.1 Common tastes include sweet, umami, sour, salty, bitter, fatty, and metallic.2 The Anatomy of Taste Buds The […]