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Category Archive for 'The Body Electric'

Good news

Look at all the other drugs we’re not researching because of our backward drug laws: In a study published this month in Translational Psychiatry, researchers have found that a drug called ketamine can help quickly reverse anhedonia in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression (also known as manic-depression or bipolar disorder). Ketamine has previously been shown […]

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Breakthrough

Somewhere, Christopher Reeve, who raised so much money for spinal cord research, is smiling: A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of […]

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Just sayin’! A Long Island high school football player died after colliding with another player during a game Wednesday evening, authorities said. Tom Cutinella, a 16-year-old junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, was pronounced dead at Huntington Hospital after collapsing on the field during the third quarter of a varsity football game at […]

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Nice

I really do try to put up some stuff that isn’t depressing as the news, and here’s something that really cheered me up.

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Another Ebola forecast

This one is going to be more gruesome than the last forecast: Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling. In […]

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Diet soda is killing you

WE’RE ALL SCREWED!!!!! A series of experiments conducted by researchers in Israel suggests that artificial sweeteners are a causative factor in metabolic disorders like glucose intolerance, a forerunner to diabetes. According to New Scientist, chemical sweeteners have caused glucose intolerance in mice because they alter the bacterial balance in the gut, and early testing shows […]

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Fucking hippies

This reminds me: I have to get my flu shot! According to an investigation by The Hollywood Reporter, wealthy and educated parents are forgoing vaccinations for their kids in some of the most elite and affluent areas of Los Angeles, California – all this while a potentially dangerous outbreak of whooping cough spreads through the […]

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Progress

I have a relation who was diagnosed in her twenties with schizophrenia (and she was full-blown psychotic), but it seems to have just disappeared. She’s been fine for decades and has a full-time, demanding job. So this news may help explain why: Schizophrenia is classified as a psychotic disorder, one characterized by an inability to […]

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Congratulations!

Inspired by Anne Geddes…

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I spent much of my day in the hospital yesterday, getting my sinuses evaluated. (I have to admit, I was thrilled when getting a CAT scan was as simple as walking over to the next office.) The verdict? They’re perfectly clear! I thought I had another sinus tumor, because I had the same symptoms as […]

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