Monthly Archives: September 2022

Case Study #3: The “Silent” Disease

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The Benefits of Retinol and Vitamin C for the Collagen in our Skin

In class we learned about collagen, an important fibrous protein found in our skin. As we age, our body produces less collagen, causing our skin to become less elastic and form wrinkles. Recently, I have been more conscious about my … Continue reading

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Olaplex Shampoo – Bond Maintenance

I have been getting my hair dyed (i.e. bleached) for a few years, which is evidently damaging to hair, as bleach is known to damage the bonds within our hair. As a result of this, our hair appears damaged, and … Continue reading

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Amino Acid Composition of Oat Milk 

Being lactose intolerant, I am always looking for the best and healthiest plant-based milk (PBD). A study conducted by Bonke et al. discovered that oat milk, my favorite non-dairy milk, actually has a very weak amino acid composition, which is … Continue reading

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Changes in Collagen Structure Could Impact Cavities

Dentin, which is the part of the tooth under the enamel, is mainly composed of collagen. Collagen makes up 90% of the dentin organic matrix. The most common type of collagen found in dentin is type 1, however, dentin also … Continue reading

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Biochemistry of ammonium thioglycolate and hydroxide relaxers

In class, we talked briefly about the chemistry of a “perm”. We saw that the disulfide bonds are reduced to S-H groups, which in turn curls the straight hair. But as someone with overly curly hair, I was curious about … Continue reading

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Kevlar Canoes

In class this week, we learned about Kevlar, the synthetic material whose structure resembles that of fibroin. Fibroin’s close packing with a lot of stabilizing hydrogen bonds makes it very strong without being very dense. It is primarily made up … Continue reading

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~Overdoses in EMS~

While working in EMS and the fire service, overdoses are common, whether intentional or accidental, but every overdose is different. People metabolize drugs differently and take drugs ranging from crack cocaine to prescribed insulin to over-the-counter ibuprofen. To best care … Continue reading

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Insulin and Dinner Time

Growing up I always wondered why my father had diabetes even though he seemed pretty healthy to me. Ever since I can remember he has always been prescribed insulin and i’ve gotten used to routinely given him his shot after … Continue reading

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Reflections on my Protein Powder

As we discussed in class, amino acids can be classified as either essential, conditionally essential, or nonessential. In the protein powder that I take every day, there is a label on the container that breaks down the amino acids into … Continue reading

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