Author: Supeding

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Stomach Worms Fight Obesity!

Obesity is an epidemic (in some nations, namely the US). It’s more than a little disconcerting when considering historic obesity trends. Realizing just how quickly we’re getting fatter is more than a little worrying....

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How bad is flu this season?

Google trends is tracking flu term searching as a measure of how many people get sick. They say: We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses...

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Bugs under the skin not just psychological? Controversy!

It’s a terrifying nightmare most of us have only heard of in psych class: people become convinced there are bugs on and underneath their skin, and some people take action by mutilating themselves. Experiencing creepy crawlies running amok on...

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Egg Shells hold key to rapid healing

Eggs are great; they’re high in protein and have loads of vitamins and minerals. A clinical study out of Taiwan suggests they just might make the ultimate bandages. Researchers from the Department of Plastic...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome! Zombies Disease!

In the late 19th century in Paris, French neurologist Jules Cotard described a patient under the pseudonym Mademoiselle X, who claimed her organs had died. As she denied increasing numbers of her body parts, she...

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Seaweed is Superfood! Fiber, Protein, Vitamin Galore!

Sushi seaweed is usually nori, paper-like cuts of edible red alga, typically Porphyra yezoensis or Porphyra tenera (that’s porphyra, not porphyria you vampire hunters). A typical finished sheet of nori is 7″ × 8″ in size and...

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Mermaids exist! (but are very rare)

v The medical term is sirenomelia, undoubtedly sharing some linguistic root with sirens from Greek epic poems. Sirenomelia, also informally dubbed “Mermaid Syndrome,” is a rare birth defect that fuses human legs together, creating...

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Asian Glow, is it preventable?

Asian glow, or alcohol flush syndrome, is not the inability to metabolize alcohol. Instead, 80% of Asians have gene variants of alcohol dehydrogenase that metabolize ethanol to acetaldehyde more efficiently. In addition, around 50% of Asians...

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How to Know if the Universe is a Computer Simulation

The premise stems from philosophy; are the universe and human reality real external phenomena? Mathematician Rene Descartes hypothesized the existence of a demon that presented a complete illusion of the external world to his...