Why Do Some People Always Get Bitten by Mosquitoes, While Others Don’t?

Some people can sit outside all summer long and not suffer from mosquito bites. Others turn into an itchy mess despite bathing in DEET and never leaving the purple glow of the bug zapper. What gives? Continue reading

Cancer Patients Get Rare Blood Infection After Nurse Dilutes Opioids with Tap Water

Half a dozen cancer patients in New York developed a rare infection after they received injectable opioids that a nurse had diluted with tap water, according to a new report. Continue reading

There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What?

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What Happens If You Don’t Take Out a Splinter?

t can be a freeing feeling to shuck off your shoes and walk outside barefoot during the warm spring and hot summer, until the deck sticks your exposed foot with a tiny, pointy gift: a splinter. Continue reading

Woman’s Rare Blood Disease Triggered by Cold Weather

A woman developed a mottled rash all over her body (A), which doctors learned was caused by her red blood cells clumping together (C, left vial) and ultimately perishing (B) due to a rare condition called cold agglutinin disease. Continue reading

Suicide: Second Leading Cause of Death in 15- to 29-Year-Olds

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  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds in 2016, according to data from the World Health Organization
  • Nearly 800,000 people take their own life every year, with 79% of suicides taking place in low- and middle-income countries
  • High-income countries had the highest rate of suicide, at 11.5 per 100,000 people
  • The number of people who die by suicide annually is more than the number of people killed by malaria, breast cancer, war or homicide
  • It’s estimated that self-poisoning with pesticides is responsible for 20% of suicides worldwide, primarily in rural agricultural areas in low- and middle-income countries
  • WHO highlighted restricting access to pesticides that are used for self-poisoning as a highly effective strategy for reducing suicides

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Self-Interested Whims of the Oligarchs: Google and Facebook Kill Access to Alternative and Integrative Medicine

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Doctors took a newborn baby from her parents after they refused a vitamin K shot for her. Now the couple is suing the hospital and DCFS.

In the moments after Angela Bougher gave birth last winter, she and her husband, a suburban Chicago pastor, were eager to hold their new baby girl.

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Hidden World of Undersea Volcanoes and Lava Flows Discovered Off Italian Coast

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Woman Who Ate ‘Unusually Large’ Amount of Wasabi Developed Broken-Heart Syndrome

A woman got more than a burning mouthful when she mistook a serving of wasabi for avocado — the spicy food appeared to cause her to develop “broken-heart syndrome,” according to a new report of the case. Continue reading

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Internationally, osteoporosis affects 1 in 10 women aged 60; 2 in 10 women aged 70; 4 in 10 women aged 80; and two-thirds of women aged 90. Across Europe, the rate of prevalence among men ranges between 6.7% and 6.9%
  • An estimated 34 million Americans also have low bone density, known as osteopenia, which raises your risk of fractures and may progress into osteoporosis
  • Bisphosphonate drugs prescribed for osteoporosis have been shown to weaken bone and cause microcracks that heighten your risk for atypical bone fractures
  • Nutrients that are important for healthy bone growth and strength include vitamin D, vitamins K1 and K2, calcium, magnesium, collagen, boron and strontium
  • Most load-bearing exercises fail to produce sufficient osteogenic load to trigger bone growth. Research suggests the load needed to trigger bone growth in the hip is 4.2 times your bodyweight. Blood flow restriction training is an alternative that not only appears to have a beneficial effect on bone health but is also viable for the elderly and those who can’t lift heavy weights

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Brutal Shifts for Modern Civilization

My dearest readers, huge forces are coming into play that we should know about. It is bad enough that we are on the cusp of a dramatic financial calamity, a recent oil disaster that reveals how vulnerable the entire energy infrastructure is to attack, war on the horizon in the Middle East and more. Too much more. The predicaments the world faces have only grown larger and more intractable. But nothing will take us more by surprise than a brutal shift from summer right into winter.

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