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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Mar 29, 2019

No, I do not want you out here musty. There is some knowledge that everyone should know about so that they can make their own informed choices about their use of a product. Antiperspirant is one of those products. There is an association between antiperspirant usage and breast cancer, but not in the way that you may...

Mar 26, 2019

As a follow up to forming and maintaining habits, learning about what motivates us to do the things that we do is necessary for understanding how to keep from giving up on our goals. Motivation is the reason why we do what we do. In this episode, we talk about research studies related to motivation and what we can do...

Mar 15, 2019

It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. With Spring coming, it is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse issues with our health. I share ways of eliminating airborne microbes, chemicals to avoid, and reasons...

Mar 8, 2019

This week, we discuss how to form and maintain behavior changes so that we can work toward wellness. I discuss 5 aims that everyone should have when forming new long term behaviors. I open up about some of the old habits that I learned to break and tricks on how I did it.


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Mar 1, 2019

In the episode, we discuss the research behind hair drug test and its cultural bias. Hair products that are mainly used by people of African descent can bathe drugs in the environments on the hair, which leads to higher rates of false positive drug test results.


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