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The Island of Color Blindness

By: Many people have some level of colour deficiency but an island where a tenth of the population is totally colour-blind gives us some fascinating insights, writes Michael Mosley. When we were living in London my wife Clare, who is a GP, saw a patient who was an engineer for the London Underground. He […]

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Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acids’ Health Story

By: As the Inuit people spread across the Arctic, they developed one of the most extreme diets on Earth. They didn’t farm fruits, vegetables or grains. There weren’t many wild plants to forage, aside from the occasional patch of berries on the tundra. For the most part, the Inuit ate what they could hunt, […]

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The “Blue Men” of Kentucky and Other Dermatological Oddities

By: In 1958, a strange thing happened at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Luke Combs, whose family had lived in the region for several generations, had brought his wife into the University Hospital for an examination. However, upon arriving, the doctors there were more interested in studying Luke than the ails his wife had […]

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Condom Lubricant for Joint Pain? Who knew?

By: Condom lubricant soothes arthritic joints – it’s become the condom myth that will not die as fresh reports suggest elderly Limpopo residents are falling victim to the hype. In September 2013, South African and international media reported that senior citizens were rubbing condoms on sore knees and joints after mistakenly believing that the […]

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Case Study: Tinnitus with Distortion

By: A periodically appearing low-frequency tinnitus is one of my least favorite signals. A doctor’s visit only resulted in a WONTFIX and the audiogram shown here, which didn’t really answer any questions. Also, the sound comes with some pecularities that warrant a deeper analysis. So it shall become one of my absorptions. The possible […]

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Semen and Other Bizarre Allergies

By: An allergy is reaction that occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless. This substance is called an allergen. The cause of most people’s allergies is not known. An allergy usually begins with sensitisation when the person is exposed to an allergen, and symptoms vary according to […]

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My Great Grandmother’s Industrially Processed Food

By: Warnings not to eat anything your grandmother (or great grandmother or great-great grandmother) would not recognize as food have echoed around the web since Michael Pollan first promoted this rule of eating. Pollan could have assigned a date to the moment when new and supposedly dangerous foods were introduced, foods he frequently identifies […]

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From Seven to 93, This Is How to Age Gracefully

By: [youtube] Growing up and getting older can both be terrifying in their own right. The quest for advice on how to do both is never-ending. Canada’s CBC Radio’s Wire Tap, a Saturday afternoon talk show, may have the answer to both. As the show ends its 11 years run, the station released […]

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The Healing Powers of Carrots

By: ‘You ask, ‘What is life?­’” asked Russian author and playwright Anton Pavlovich Chekhov in a letter to his wife, Olga Knipper. “That is the same as asking, ‘What is a carrot.’ A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more.” That was in the past; but not these days. For instance, the […]

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Are Smartphones Making Us All Infomaniacs?

By: I admit it. I am and, for over 30 years, have been an “infomaniac.” Even when I was a teenager, I would listen to talk or news radio, and very seldom turn to a music station. For some bizarre reason, I wanted — or perhaps needed — to know what was going on […]

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Photos: Scary White Foam Is All Over Tianjin, China After a Toxic Explosion

By: The first rainfall since the devastating explosions rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin has produced a mysterious white foam, sparking widespread concern among the city’s residents. As the government insists Tianjin is safe after explosion, the streets start to foam — Joe Rayment (@Joerayment) August 19, 2015 Tianjin authorities say […]

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Plague: Beware of Media Hyperbole

By: Back in November of last year, the Ebola outbreak was in full force in Western Africa and the African country of Madagascar was reporting their annual outbreak of plague reported about every year. At the time the plague outbreak was being reported, some media outlets irresponsibly compared the two as one headline stated: […]

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The Most American Thing There Is: Eating Alone

By: In 1985, The New York Times published a snippet of comforting news for self-conscious solo eaters. “Dining alone,” the newspaper reassured readers, “is no longer viewed as odd.” At the time, eating spaghetti and meatballs by yourself wasn’t exactly the norm. A second article, which ran only seven months later in the Times, […]

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