Category: Health

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Does Talking To Yourself Make You A Genius?

Does Talking To Yourself Make You A Genius? Odds are you’ve been told to avoid people that talk to themselves. They are considered crazy. Well, a study published in 2012 hypothesizes that in fact those that talk to themselves might actually be in good company alongside Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla. Presented by psychologists Daniel Swigley and Gary Lupyan, the study claims that talking to yourself holds many benefits including improving brain efficiency, helping to organize your thoughts, and helping to achieve your goals. The Supermarket Experiment One experiment had 2 groups of people remembering the name of a generic grocery item. The first group...

Anatoli Brouchkov stands in front of Mammoth Mountain near the site of the bacteria's discovery. (Twitter) 1

‘Mad Scientist’ Injects Himself with 3.5M Year-Old Bacteria

‘Mad Scientist’ Injects Himself with 3.5M Year-Old Bacteria (Moscow) A scientist in Russia has reportedly injected himself with an ancient bacteria in hopes to find the key to ‘prolonged human life.’ In 2009, Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the department for Geocryology at Moscow State University discovered a 3.5 million year-old bacterial organism still living within layers of permafront at a site known as Mammoth Mounter located in Siberia. Brouchkov went against protocol, in what many researchers would deem ‘irresponsible’ at best, and what any fan of The X-Files might find ‘cringeworthy’. Puzzled by the organism’s longevity,  curiosity got the best of him so Brouchkov decided to go...

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Voodoo Village: South Africa

Voodoo Village: South Africa Would you eat an eyeball if it meant ‘success in life’?  In South Africa, those with a big wallet and a desire to strengthen their “personality” (i.e. to succeed in business, politics, etc.) can commission a traditional healer to concoct a very special brew for them. These healers, known as Inyanga, are practitioners of the South African traditional medicine known as “Muti.” Derived from the Zulu word for “tree,” Muti got it start when people began using tree bark to create ‘home cures’ for various ailments.  Some compare the practice to Voodoo because of its ‘spiritual’...

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New Blood-Transmitted Human Virus Found

A New Blood-Transmitted Human Virus Has Been Discovered A team of scientists from Columbia University have identified a new human virus transmitted through the bloodstream, called hepegivirus 1 (or HHpgV-1). Long after the discovery of HIV and hepatitis C during the 70’s and 80’s, when thousands of people around the world were allegedly infected with the viruses after receiving blood transfusions, the team of scientists have been on the hunt for other transfusion-transmissible agents which we might want to know about. Using highly sensitive sequencing techniques to look for changes in the viromes – the viral equivalent of the microbiome within people given blood transfusions, within a total of...

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Ex-Hedge Funder Buys Rights To AIDS Drug, Raises Price Over 5000%

Ex-Hedge Funder Buys Rights To AIDS Drug, Raises Price Over 5000% Ex-Hedge Fund Manager Martin Shkreli is in hot water after an overnight hike in the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750.00 per pill. The price change comes after Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up whose main investors include Mr. Shkreli, purchased the rights to the drug in a $55 million bid. The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association sent a joint letter to Turing Pharmaceuticals earlier this month calling the price increase on Daraprim “unjustifiable for the medically vulnerable patient population” and “unsustainable for...

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The Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

The Village Where Everyone Has Dementia The unique model village of Hogeway near Amsterdam is a safe haven for those suffering from the debilitating realities of dementia. Coined “Dementia Village” by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility — roughly the size of 10 football fields — offering residents the chance to live as close to normal lives as possible. After her experiences working for standard Dutch nursing homes, and facing the realities of her mother’s aging, Yvonne van Amerongen became committed to making nursing homes “more livable and less of a departure from reality for their residents.”  Over the next 20 years, she worked...

This is what causes the plague. Yersinia pestis bacteria, colored in purple, are seen on the spines inside a flea's digestive system. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease) 0

Bubonic Plague Reported in Michigan

Bubonic Plague reported in Michigan The bubonic plague has been reported for the first time ever in the state of Michigan. The Detroit Free Press and CNN are both reporting that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that a person in The Wolverine State has been officially diagnosed with the rare, but potentially fatal, flea-borne disease. This brings the 2012 tally of reported cases of Bubonic plague to 14, double the recent average, but not a record. What makes this particular case so puzzling to health officials is that the majority of the cases reported between 1970 and 2012 have...

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World’s First 3D-Printed Ribcage

Say Hello To The World’s First 3D-Printed Ribcage A 54-year old Spanish man who had lost his sternum and part of his rib cage due to cancer has become the first human to successfully receive a 3D-printed chest prosthetic.  The device is made from lightweight, but incredibly strong titanium, and designed & manufactured by Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics. Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma, or a type of cancerous tumor that grows (in this man’s case) around the rib cage, doctors were struggling to come up with the best way to treat or replace the diseased structures.  According to Australia’s national...

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Editorial: Sun Gazing – A Modern Practice

Sun Gazing – A Modern Practice A modern craze in alternative health claims that people can obtain, “Super human powers,” with alleged, “NASA supported research.” The practice in question has been dubbed ‘sun gazing,’ which also seems to have taken the fitness community by storm as a dietary alternative to salads and portion control. On a scale from zero to Oprah, it once even found brief popularity on the Livestrong site. It sounds incredible, but what is sun gazing? Sun gazing – What is it? Sun gazing (also called “sun eating” or “HRM“)  is practiced by ‘dieters’, ‘spiritualists’ and the undiscerningly-curious. The...

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‘Giant’ Virus To Be Reanimated By Scientists

‘Giant’ Virus To Be Reanimated By Scientists French researchers have announced that they will be reanimating a 30,000-year-old prehistoric virus found in the frozen wilderness of the Siberian tundra.  According to their published paper, “Our finding suggests that prehistory ‘live’ viruses are not a rare occurrence.” Mollivirus sibericum, translated to “soft virus from Siberia”, is the 4th ‘giant virus’ discovered this century while the same team of scientists recently discovered another one of these, Pithovirus sibericum, last year; both viruses being isolated from the same sample of permafrost. They are being called ‘giant viruses’ because they’re visible by light microscopy, with lengths greater than...

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Bumblebees Self-Medicate In The Wild?

Bumblebees Self-Medicate In The Wild? The rain.  Pestilence of crops.  Fly-swatters.  Bees have many natural enemies.  Along with the alarming numbers of mass die offs and their contribution to the food economy the world over bees also have small, sometimes microscopic foes.  New evidence suggests that bumblebees use a variety of wild plants from Turtlehead, also known as balmony, and Nicotine. Known as zoopharmacognosy (literally “animal-drug-knowing”), the most common examples involve parrots eating clay to absorb toxins in the gut or dogs eating grass to make themselves sick.  Earlier this year after observing a reduction in intestinal parasites among certain bumblebees who sought...

Attendees of a homeopathic conference in Germany were hospitalized following an overdose on a hallucinogenic illegal substance. 1

Multiple Hospitalized Following Homeopathic Conference

Homeopathic Conference Attendees “Suffered Multiple Overdose” (Germany) Police in Handeloh are saying that 29 women and men who attended a Homeopathic Conference last Friday may have overdosed on the hallucinogenic drug 2C-E, an illegal substance which saw dozens reportedly hospitalized. Individuals were “staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish, suffering severe cramps, and having convulsions,” according to one local reporter. 2C-E, also known as ‘aquarust’ belonging to the phenethylamine-family of substances has been banned in Germany since 2014 for its pharmacodynamic properties which mimic LSD. So far no one knows whether or not the hospitalized conference attendees partook of the substance intentionally or accidentally,...