Category Archives: Hard Science

Cannabis medicinal research: Smoking our way to health?

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The author, Theodore Kapellos, is a postdoctoral researcher at the LIMES Institute of the University of Bonn. In this blog article, he shares his expertise on an interesting human physiological endogenous system that he studied during his PhD studies in the United Kingdom (https://www.path.ox.ac.uk/content/david-greaves). In contrast to its most popular recreational use, cannabis consumption may have significant medicinal implications in the fight against major chronic … Continue reading Cannabis medicinal research: Smoking our way to health? »

To eat or not to eat – thoughts on nutrition from past and present

While browsing through my grandparents’ house, I happened to stumble over a ‘Kalorientabelle’ – a calorie chart from a magazine (“Freundin”) from 1977. Curious how perception of food might have changed over the last 40 years, I took a closer look. The chart basically lists the number of calories per 100g of each food in a format ‘to carry with you all the time’ – … Continue reading To eat or not to eat – thoughts on nutrition from past and present »

Time to shine – how smiling impacts our lives

  Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, when someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. (Author Unknown)       Smiling – a common pattern that paves the way to laughter. There are many sayings about smiling, like “A smile says more than 1.000 words”, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”, and “Life is short, smile while you still … Continue reading Time to shine – how smiling impacts our lives »

Living with the immune system in “auto“ mode: Coeliac disease

Isn’t “auto” always good? Automatic parking assistant in your car, auto focus of your camera, auto heating system for your home – it just makes life so much easier! When it comes to the immune system: definitely not. In this case “auto” means “against itself”, implicating that the immune system fails to distinguish between self and foreign and damages the body’s own tissues. More than … Continue reading Living with the immune system in “auto“ mode: Coeliac disease »

Lonely little Lars – A polar bear’s homeland, habitat, and future

Lately, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Bonn. Apparently, confrontation and reflection on our planet´s global warming evokes very different associations in each and every one of us. When the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) was held, I thought of the little polar bear cub named Lars because I fear that many years from now children could read … Continue reading Lonely little Lars – A polar bear’s homeland, habitat, and future »