Category: Disease

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Eat More Pizza?

  Despite the bad rep that pizza seems to have nowadays because of its relatively high caloric content (with macros consisting of relatively high saturated fat and carb content) that may be contributing to the...

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Hookah: The Unbeknownst Silent Killer

It has been brought to my attention that for some reason, people are misled to think that hookah is a “safe” alternative to cigarette smoking. Indeed, hundreds of hookah bars have already been set...

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Organic Food & Cancer

There is a scare among consumers that contaminants in produce can increase likelihood of cancer–this drives an increasing demand for organically grown food which is thought to be healthier. Relevant peer-reviewed studies are scarce, and though...

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What happens to humans without adrenaline

Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a catecholamine that functions as both a neurotransmitter and hormone in humans. Produced by both sympathetic neurons and chromaffin cells in the adrenal medula, adrenaline is released in...

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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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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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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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Platelets kill parasites in humans.

Parasitic infection can be terrifying; the thought of another organism eating you from within conjures the chest-busting scenes from the Alien series. Most malaria deaths, an estimated 655,000 annually, result from the parasite Plasmodium falciparumi,...

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Marijuana health risks – Weed causes psychosis!

There’s a strong association between illicit drug use and psychosis. Traditionally, researchers envision three possibilities: Drugs cause psychotic diseases People suffering from psychotic diseases self medicate Another factor increases occurrence of both drug use and psychosis...

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Cold Sores and Herpes: How to avoid infection

Cold sores (fever blisters) are small, fluid-filled blisters that usually present on the lips more frequently when distressed or under physiological strain. They usually heal in 2 weeks and may burst and scab. Cold...