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  • Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure

    01/22/2019 3:06:31 PM PST · by ETL · 39 replies
    Medical Express, via ^ | January 22, 2019 | Bob Yirka , Medical Xpress
    An international team of researchers has found evidence of dopamine in the brain playing a role in the pleasure people feel when they listen to music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they carried out with volunteers who were given a dopamine precursor or antagonist and what they found. People are known to experience a range of emotions when listening to music, from annoyance to euphoria. And while researchers have long believed that at least some of the pleasure people derive from listening to music is tied to an increase...
  • Meat consumption must drop by 90% to avert climate crisis, report warns

    01/22/2019 10:53:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 13:12
    Meat consumption in western countries such as Ireland may need to drop by 90 percent to avert a climate catastrophe and reverse the current obesity epidemic, a new study has warned. The research by 20 influential food scientists, published in the Lancet Medical Journal, suggests the global food system is unsustainable and driving the planet towards environmental destruction while simultaneously leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight. […] To get the required daily intake of calories, people would be expected to eat almost 18 times as much dry beans, soy and nuts. … To promote the shift to a...
  • How likely are you live to 90? Depends on your gender and body size

    01/22/2019 10:02:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2019 | Sandee LaMotte,
    Living to the ripe old age of 90 may depend on your body size -- both height and weight -- as well as your level of physical activity, and seems to influence a woman's lifespan more than it does a man's, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal BMJ. The study found women who lived to 90 were, on average, taller and had put on less weight since the age of 20 as compared to women who were shorter and heavier. No such association was seen for men. However, men saw more benefit from physical activity...
  • Zap: How Electric Therapy Is Curing Navy SEALs of PTSD … And Could Remake Brain Science

    01/22/2019 7:36:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | January 20, 2019 | By Patrick Tucker
    Hundreds of vets have tried out an experimental new treatment that could change how the world addresses mental disorders. Tony didn’t know what to expect when he walked into the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, last spring. The former Navy SEAL only knew that he needed help. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan was taking a heavy toll on his mental and physical wellbeing. He had trouble concentrating, remembering, and was given to explosive bursts of anger. “If somebody cut me off driving, I was ready to kill ’em at the drop of a hat,” he said. And...
  • Is that right? Are french fries linked to cancer?

    01/22/2019 7:34:23 AM PST · by simpson96 · 63 replies ^ | 1/18/2019 | Duane Pohlman, Stephanie Kuzydym
    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Americans love French fries. Every year, on average, we devour 30 pounds of the crispy fried potatoes. But studies are now proving they aren’t good for you. So what about those claims that French fries are causing cancer? Many recent news reports say that French fries are not only bad for you, they’re linked to cancer. The cancer claims are tied to scientific studies of acrylamide, a substance produced when starchy foods, like potatoes, are heated or, in this case, fried. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) warns “acrylamide has the potential to cause cancer in...
  • Clark County [Washington] measles outbreak grows, vaccination rates plummeting

    01/22/2019 6:52:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    KATU News ^ | January 21st 2019 | Keaton Thomas, ,
    Clark County Public Health officials created an automated phone system to call people that may have been exposed to measles. That phone call will go out at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. In the past, nurses would call potentially exposed people, but they switched to an automated system because of the sheer number of possible cases. At PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, security guards are posted at five entrances around the building to look for symptoms. They are advising children and people who are not vaccinated against measles to not visit the hospital. “Measles is a relatively rare disease, so it's been...
  • Western lifestyles pose risk to migrants' health, says WHO report

    01/21/2019 5:33:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Evidence collected by the WHO suggests migrants and refugees are less likely to be affected by non-contagious diseases such as cancer, stroke or heart disease, but their risk of developing such illnesses increases when they move to more developed countries, particularly as they are often living in poor conditions. While refugees and migrants are more vulnerable to infectious diseases when in transit from their home countries, the proportion with tuberculosis or HIV varies widely. WHO Europe said: “Despite the widespread assumption to the contrary, there is only a very low risk of refugees and migrants transmitting communicable diseases to their...
  • Doctors ask that you please not put parsley in your vagina

    01/21/2019 4:27:55 AM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1-21-2019 | Miranda Larbi
    In a recent article by Marie Claire on how to bring on periods, the author said that the herb is a natural emmenagogue – meaning that it can stimulate or increase menstrual flow. While that is true, there’s a massive difference between sprinkling a bit of parsley over your pasta and shoving a bunch into your vagina. Marie Claire said: “Parsley can help to soften the cervix and level out hormonal imbalances that could be delaying your cycle, helping your period come faster.” “If you’re struggling to find a dish based on parsley, don’t panic – the most effective forms...
  • Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

    01/20/2019 7:13:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 January 2019
    Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said an elderly patient died but from an unrelated cause. Another infected patient has also died but the factors contributing to the death are still being investigated. A non-public room, thought to contain machinery, was identified as a likely source. An investigation is under way. A NHSGGC spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the families at this distressing time. "Due to patient confidentiality we cannot share further details of the two cases. "The organism is harmless...
  • Do NOT put parsley or other vegetables in your vagina, doctors warn after 'irresponsible' article...

    01/19/2019 7:11:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 110 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 18 January 2019 | Vanessa Chalmers
    Doctors are warning women to not take the 'irresponsible' advice of putting parsley in their vagina to kick-start their period. The bizarre suggestion was made by women's magazine Marie Claire alongside other recommendations using food, drink and exercise. Women may want to make their period come sooner as a means of controlling their cycle ahead of a holiday or special event. According to the article, parsley is an emmenagogue - a substance that increases menstrual flow - which can 'soften the cervix and level out hormonal imbalances'. ... Marie Clare has now apologised for the article and taken it down...
  • Manager Runs 263-Lap Half Marathon in Shirt and Tie to Keep His Promise to His Workers

    01/19/2019 6:03:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 18, 2019 | Jordan Smith
    David Stephenson, store manager of Cedar City Deseret Industries, promised his team that if they met their sales goals, he would run at least 200 loops around the roundabout outside of their office—and he would do it in his work clothes: a shirt, tie, and slacks. “Where I work, we train individuals to get better jobs,” he explained. “They all face different challenges in their lives, so I’m always looking for any opportunity to show them that you can do hard things, even if some thing seem impossible—or not the smartest thing to do, in my case—you can still accomplish...
  • Vatican Launches Track Team Made Up of Nuns, Clergy, Swiss Guard, and Other Staff

    01/18/2019 8:52:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Rojek
    A new international sports team may have a supernatural boost: Vatican representatives announced last week that the city-state has launched a national track and field team. The group will start with about 60 members, pending official clearance and a health examination required by the Italian government, Father Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, team president and the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry, told Runner’s World. Those members range in age from 18 to 62, and have a variety of professions within the Vatican. “There’s all types of people—it cuts across the Vatican world. There...
  • Pets...My Parakeet paces in cage, even tho I let him out!

    01/18/2019 6:49:15 PM PST · by lee martell · 87 replies
    January 18, 2019 | Lee Martell
    I have two parakeets; Sky Blue and Ice Cube. I have owned them for about two years. Last December, I finally got enough nerve to start letting them out of their cages for one to three hours, few times a week. One reason I began now, vs waiting for warmer Spring weather , is because Ice Cube has begun pacing in his cage. Back and forth on a perch. It makes me dizzy just to watch. I'm thinking he must be bored out of his mind or just want to spread his wings a little. They both like it. Neither...
  • Woman Sets Fire to Husband After Row Over Phone Password Turns Violent

    01/18/2019 7:22:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | January 18, 2019 | By Simon Veazey
    Warning: Pictures in social media posts contain scenes some may find distressing ====================================================================== A man died two days after his wife set him on fire following an argument sparked by his refusal to give her his phone password. Dedi Purnama, 26, was repairing the roof of his house in a coastal village in Indonesia on the afternoon of Jan. 12, according to local media reports, when his wife called up to him, wanting to access his phone. He refused and climbed down the ladder. An argument followed. He then reportedly hit his wife, Ilham Cahyani, who then grabbed a fuel...
  • Scientists Can Now Grow Perfect Human Blood Vessels in The Lab

    01/18/2019 7:01:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 17 JAN 2019 | KRISTIN HAUSER,
    In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers from the University of British Columbia detail how they were able to coax stem cells into growing into human blood vessel "organoids," the term used for three-dimensional, lab-grown cellular systems that mimic the characteristics of organs or tissues. They then placed the lab-grown blood vessels in a petri dish designed to mimic a "diabetic environment." They found that the basement membrane thickened in a way that was "strikingly similar" to the thickening seen in patients with diabetes, according to researcher Reiner Wimmer. The researchers then went on the hunt...
  • The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

    01/17/2019 10:45:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | January 14, 2019 | Ted Alcorn
    Jeenah Moon for The New York Times On most afternoons, people arrive from across New York City with backpacks and plastic bags filled with boxes of small plastic strips, forming a line on the sidewalk outside a Harlem storefront. Hanging from the awning, a banner reads: “Get cash with your extra diabetic test strips.” Each strip is a laminate of plastic and chemicals little bigger than a fingernail, a single-use diagnostic test for measuring blood sugar. More than 30 million Americans have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and most use several test strips daily to monitor their condition. But...
  • She Had Open-Heart Surgery—and Vows to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

    01/16/2019 7:17:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Menefee’s doctors have a nickname for her: Supergirl. Similar to the comic book hero, the 26-year-old physical therapist has faced obstacles head-on with tenacity. But in her case, her superhuman strength comes in the form of running marathons less than two years after open-heart surgery. Menefee first noticed something wrong in December of 2015, when she took off on a long run during a break in her day at San Diego State University, where she was studying to become a physical therapist. At the time, the former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona was training for a transition...
  • Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’

    01/16/2019 2:45:22 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 53 replies
    AP ^ | January 16, 2019 | Geoff Mulvihill
    A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. “The launch of OxyContin Tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white,” he said, according to the documents.
  • Chocolate is better for your cough than cough syrup, study says

    01/16/2019 8:00:04 AM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    6ABC ^ | January 16, 2019
    NEW YORK -- It may sound too good to be true, but researchers now say indulging in that piece of chocolate is actually the best cure for your cough. A research group from a university in England randomly prescribed more than 160 patients either regular cough medicine or a chocolate-based medicine. Patients on the chocolate-based medication reported improving more quickly than those on regular cough syrup.
  • Saudi police arrest Pakistani man in camel urine scam

    01/16/2019 5:08:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    The Saudi police have arrested a Pakistani resident in Jeddah, identified as Khurshid, for selling bottles filled with camel urine. According to Emirates247, the man was arrested because the urine in the bottles was his own. Sources said the accused were raided and the police found dozens of bottles filled with urine, which after being subjected to analysis, came back positive as human urine. Police said investigations revealed that man was engaged in such activities for months. Camel urine has been known to be consumed by some people to help them cure health problems.