She carries a defect in the BRCA1 gene that gave her an 87% risk of breast cancer, which claimed her mother at age 56. This is an astonishingly frank and personal piece for the ordinarily very private Jolie to have written.
The study “satisfied the longstanding ‘Bradford Hill’ criteria for what’s called medical inference of causation by linking dose (the more sugar that’s available, the more occurrences of diabetes); duration (if sugar is available longer, the prevalence of diabetes increases); directionality (not only does diabetes increase with more sugar, it decreases with less sugar); and precedence (diabetics don’t start consuming more sugar; people who consume more sugar are more likely to become diabetics).” So now I have to cut sugar out of my diet. YOU BASTARDS.
Even brief loss of oxygen to the brain can result in serious damage; an extra 15-30 minutes to get someone out of a trauma situation to a lung machine can make an enormous difference. [via @edrabbit]
Filed under “facts I wish I didn’t know” (however, contrary to the author’s assertion, it makes sense and I have no trouble believing it).
The eye-precursor formed correctly on its own without outside signals, a key discovery that will allow doctors to grow whole new eyes for patients in future.
It’s been proven against the common cold, H1N1, dengue fever and stomach viruses, and is currently in testing against HIV. It kills EVERYTHING. This may be a history-changing development.
History records a “first sleep” and a “second sleep” with a gap as long as two hours between them, during which people read, talked, or had sex.
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished.
In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects.
“The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.
Giffiths’ study involved 18 healthy adults, average age 46, who participated in five eight-hour drug sessions with either psilocybin — at varying doses — or placebo. Nearly all the volunteers were college graduates and 78% participated regularly in religious activities; all were interested in spiritual experience.
Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.
The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology