The winter months are (almost) upon us, and with the change in season comes change in the way we eat and our physical activities (hygge is happening). Holiday meals are on the agenda, and maybe thoughts about weight are creeping in.

Breathing is an autonomous function, necessary for human survival.  We breathe 15 to 25 times per minute, 24/7, taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide (CO2) via the lungs, a pair of spongy, air-filled organs on either side of the chest.

So what is REALLY happening, deep down, in the details of the process? How does the oxygen get into the bloodstream and CO2 come out? Let’s take a look at the steps:

Pain is a fascinating phenomenon, acting as a physiological warning system that alerts us of potential dangers in our environment. Chronic pain is a leading cause of long-term disability, and certain medications indicated for the treatment of pain have inadvertently led to an opioid crisis of unprecedented proportions. To help us understand these issues, we have to look at what we know about pain and how it works in the human body.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, measuring 22 square feet, on average. Using this large expanse of skin to deliver medicine to the body is not a new concept by any means, and advancements made by modern science are delivering on the potential.

Topical Medications

We all know that, to beat the heat, we should drink a lot of water, stay in the shade or in air conditioned rooms, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. However, there are other lesser known influences to consider when trying to find relief.

Let’s start with the science of cooling off.

There are four ways the body dissipates heat:

The 19th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive habits in their daily lives.

As a woman, a mother to a young woman, a sister to two sisters, a friend to many women, and a colleague to 615 women at Altasciences, embracing this week is so important.

Will you join me in making today the day that you take steps for better health? Baby steps… because every step counts:

IBS is the name doctors have given to conditions characterized by cramp like abdominal pains, bloating and bouts of diarrhea and/or constipation. According to an article in Nature, it affects hundreds of millions of people — around 11% of the global population has IBS, with a higher prevalence in North America. As a result, there is a significant need for treatments.

As part of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month, we wanted to provide you with insight into potential IBS treatments.

“Patient centricity” is the process of designing a service or solution around the patient; more specifically, it is collectively defined as “Putting the patient first in an open and sustained engagement of the patient to respectfully and compassionately achieve the best experience and outcome for that person and their family.

It is important that patient-centric approaches be applied in all research activities, including bioanalysis.