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Coffee: Gatorade for parents and scientists

Everyone who drinks coffee knows that it makes you have to pee, right?

You may also be aware that scientists are heavy coffee drinkers.

Thus, when I am in meetings that run longer than an hour and a half, starting around the 50min mark, people start taking ‘bio breaks.’

My "Pessimist's Mug"

My “Pessimist’s Mug”

This anecdata would support the idea that coffee/caffeine dehydrates you by acting as a diuretic.

Well, this is why anecdata is dangerous to rely on.

I heard it on NPR (who did good by linking to the original PLoS study in their article!) that, caffeine, “when consumed in moderation by caffeine habituated males provides similar hydrating qualities to water.” (Source: Killer, Blannin, and Jeukendrup PLoS 2014 since PLoS stands for Public Library of Science, the article is freely available for all to read!).

It’s practically a health drink!  It’s like Gatorade for parents and scientists!*

 

Check it out on NPR here: “Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

At PLoS here: “No Evidence of Dehydration with Moderate Daily Coffee Intake: A Counterbalanced Cross-Over Study in a Free-Living Population

*Disclaimer:  DO NOT dump an urn of hot coffee over the head of anyone as a celebratory gesture as is frequently done with Gatorade. Coffee is hot and can result in severe burns.

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Wordless Wednesday Coffee Edition: Where do you fall?

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Wordless Wednesday: I can’t stop drinking the coffee

A little something on my FB page from my pal and fellow coffee fiend, Christi.

Source:  Facebook, but if you know to whom it should be attributed, let me know.

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A little help from my friends…

Yesterday morning I posted this as my status update:

It is too early for this. I have not yet had my coffee and there is a paper in my inbox yet further complicating an already super complicated signaling pathway I’m trying to understand. One orphan receptor, another possibly de-orphaned receptor, both of which may act as co-receptors for other, seemingly completely unrelated and super complicated signaling pathways, regeneration in a variety or organs, overexpressed in a variety of tumors- overwhelming. I will allow myself this moment to be overwhelmed by the complexities and then I will get coffee.

After a few minutes of my mind reeling and feeling overwhelmed, I got up to go get coffee in the kitchen.

Shortly after that, as I sipped and pondered and PubMed searched I got a FB notification.  This was on my wall:

Instantly, a smile spread across my face.  Yes, it was my own words, but seeing it visually, in that way, knowing my friend had taken the time to make it and share it with me, really helped me shake it off and get on with figuring it out.

Kelly is such a talented artist, nurturing mom, caring friend, and brave person, that I was also honored that my words had resonated with her.

I’m going to let my words and her visual presentation remind me that I can take the moment to be overwhelmed, and then move on with the business of work/life/science.  I may have been talking about my research when I typed it, but it’s worth keeping in mind in any overwhelming situation.

Thanks again Kelly!

And if you want to see more Kelly’s work, her blog has lots of inspiring pieces (including this one I purchased for my mom a while back!)

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Caffeine

Caffeine has been my friend of late (see below).  I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I posted here.  We had a week with Mac working an on-site freelance job and my mom minding the kids (seriously households with two working parents, how the hell do you do it?).  We had weekends away to visit family.  Lots of stuff going on, but it’s mainly the science’s fault.

I’ve been swamped at work- not only with my actual research, mentoring a summer intern, helping a new post-doc get settled, but with a bunch of outreach activities.  The company has a summer volunteer initiative to promote STEM education, and I was tapped to be the ‘lead volunteer’- which means I have to do it all with only the help of a ‘communications’ intern.  We had off-site events, on-site events, exhausting events, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, I’m tired just thinking about it.

Thankfully, the last event was yesterday, a STEM camp with 140 kids grades 1 to 5.  I enjoy doing the outreach, but the prep and the execution of these events has left me soooo burned out and tired. My intern presents at lab meeting tomorrow and a company-wide meeting (of which he was chosen as just 5 out of 80) on Friday and then he’s finished for the summer. My Research Associate gets married on Saturday and jets off on her honeymoon for a few weeks.  I’m hoping a week in Maine will bring me back to my normal (exhausted, but not burned out) and I will return to work with no RA, no intern, no STEM outreach- at least for a few weeks.  Sounds relaxing.

In the meantime, here’s a really beautiful pseudocolored image of caffeine, my friend and constant companion.

Source, Wellcome Trust via IFLS

Source, Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy at Wellcome Collection via IFLS

 

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More coffee and the Brain

Saw this today on IFLS and thought I’d share.

Source:  PhD Comics

Source: PhD Comics

I love coffee.  I seem to post about it a lot.

And so you don’t have to clicky, click in case your clicking finger is jittery from too much coffee, here’s the video…

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Your brain on coffee

The other day my IRL friend Christi (who also happens to have a blog at Three Mugs To The Wind) posted a link to this piece in from the New York Times Well Blog:  This Is Your Brain on Coffee.

Grab a cup of java and check it out for a short read on all the wonderful things coffee does for your brain.

It reminded me of this infographic which I’ve shared before, here.

I have documented my coffee habit, scientifically proven to be common among scientists, add in parenting two small humans, and I am reliant.

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