Thanks to the meth wars, cold medicine's effective ingredient isn't

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When the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 passed, pharmacies moved all cold-medicine with the actually-works ingredient pseudoephedrine, only available on request and with a copy of your ID. In its place, the pharmacy shelves were restocked with phenylephrine, which was alleged to work just as well. It doesn't work at all. Read the rest

Clever use of a small steampunk device to help with ingrown toenails

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When I think of torture devices, my mind flashes back to Mel Brooks singing about The Inquisition in The History of the World, Part I.

Others might focus on Italian horror films from the 1960s, where a spike piercing an eyeball seemed to be a favorite pastime. However, no matter how stout your character, or how un-squeamish you think you are, I dare you to watch this video and not squirm. There's nothing evil at work, though, just the clever use of a small device to help with ingrown toenails (and we all know how painful those little buggers are).

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Antioxidants protect cancer cells, help tumors to spread

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The largely unregulated supplement industry sells a variety of weird and sometimes dangerous stuff that it wink-nudge promises will cure what ails you, but even the most accurately labeled, evidence-based supplements can make sick people much, much sicker. Read the rest

Cancer patient receives 3D printed titanium ribs and sternum

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Melbourne, Australia's Lab 22 produced a 3D printed, custom set of ribs and artificial sternum that were implanted into a 54-year-old male Spanish cancer patient's chest-cavity at Salamanca University Hospital. Read the rest

Give me blood, cash, or jail time, Alabama judge orders defendants

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What's worse than courts demanding that poor people pay extortionate fines to the state for minor offense? Asking them to literally pay with their own blood.

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Tiny anti-snoring gadget for people with sleep apnea looks promising

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If this little gadget called Airing really does prevent obstructive sleep apnea, then it's a big deal. The Indiegogo-funded project is described as the first hoseless, maskless, micro-CPAP. Read the rest

NYPD won't disclose what it does with its secret military-grade X-ray vans

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The $825,000 Z Backscatter Vans the NYPD drives around the city look like regular police vans, but are equipped with powerful X-rays that can see through walls and vehicles. US Customs uses these things to scan cars and freight-containers, but only after they're sure there are no people around. Read the rest

Sit down already: standing desks aren't healthier than seated ones

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For half a decade, studies have been demonstrating a link between sitting and dying, prompting many of us (including me) to try out standing desks. Read the rest

Here's a device that drains food from your stomach, via a tube, to the toilet

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"All I ask is that there's a way to take off the pounds without exercising, or changing what I eat, or how much of it I eat," says Stephen Colbert. "Other than that I am willing to do anything. Well, anything has finally arrived, and it's called Aspire Assist." Read the rest

Court tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can't be copyrighted

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Bikram Choudhury, the millionaire accused serial rapist who popularized hot yoga in America, sued other hot yoga studios in 2003, including "open source yoga" practicioners, asserting that he held a copyright over the sequence of poses conducted in his class. Read the rest

The real cause of “Runner's High” may surprise you. It'll surprise you less if you smoke pot.

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Endorphins may have been getting too much credit for “runner's high,” that euphoric lift we get when we exercise intensely. Read the rest

Where Does All That Mucus Come From?: Teaching Kids About How Their Bodies Work

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When I was a kid, I was terrified of farting in class.  At home, it was no big deal: it was a daily fart festival with my family. But at school? TOTAL FEAR OF FLATULENCE. But then it dawned on me: EVERYBODY FARTS. And that's one of the reasons why I've decided to write a graphic novel about how our bodies work. It's about all the stuff that goes on inside our bodies daily, or throughout our lives, and that this stuff - whether it's digestion, or respiration, or defecation - is necessary for us to live. And it gives you excellent come-back material if anyone teases you for farting in school!

Mentally ill man jailed over $5 worth of snacks dies in cell after waiting months for mental health care

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Man, the first few paragraphs of this Washington Post story about a mentally ill man who died in a jail while waiting for medical care are so devastating. Read the rest

Tinder swipes left on billboard that implies dating apps give you STDs

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Tinder is not happy about an LA billboard campaign urging users of popular dating and hookup apps to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, for free.

In a provocative LA area billboard campaign, The AIDS Healthcare Foundation takes aim at apps like Tinder and Grindr, and implies that people who use those services to connect with sexual partners are at a higher risk for diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

A KCAL9 LA TV reporter reported that one of the billboards was put up just a few blocks from Tinder’s Beverly Boulevard headquarters.

Tinder sent a cease and desist letter to the AHF, demanding the billboards be taken down and arguing that they "falsely" associate the app "with the contraction of venereal diseases."

In the lawyergram, Tinder attorney Jonathan D. Reichman says the AHF billboard's "accusations are made to irreparably harm Tinder's reputation in an attempt to encourage others to take an HIV test offered by your organization."

Reichman says the campaign's "statements" are not based in science, and would not hold up to "critical analysis."

Tinder "strongly supports such testing," he adds, accusing AHF of false advertising, disparagement, libel and interference with Tinder's business. And them's lawsuitin' words.

The AHF sent out a press release today that links to various studies and an article in Vanity Fair to bolster their dubious claim of “rising STD rates found among users of popular dating or “hookup” mobile phone apps.”

In their announcement, the AHF also detailed the responses by Tinder and Grinder:

Within two hours of the billboard posting in Los Angeles (the only market where the boards are currently posted), Grindr, another of the apps highlighted in the campaign, cut off AHF’s paid advertising for its free STD testing services on the site.

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Yet another study suggests prolonged sitting kills

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A report on sedentary behavior among middle-aged Korean men links prolonged sitting to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Published in the Journal of Hepatology, the research will increase attention to the effect of spending hours a day upon one's arse, working, watching TV or fooling around with phones and computers.

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In the current study researchers examined the association of sitting time and physical activity level with NAFLD in Korean men and women to explore whether any observed associations were related to the amount of body fat. They studied records of nearly 140,000 Koreans who underwent a health examination between March 2011 and December 2013. Physical activity level and sitting time were assessed using the Korean version of the international Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form. The presence of fatty liver was determined using ultrasonography.

Of the people studied, nearly 40,000 had NAFLD. Importantly, the researchers found that both prolonged sitting time and decreased physical activity level were independently associated with increasing prevalence of NAFLD. Remarkably, these associations were also observed in patients with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 23.

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Eat these 5 things and live to be 110 years old, says 110 year old guy

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This 110-year-old man says he managed to keep living for more than a hundred years in part by eating sensibly. Read the rest

Homemade steampunk neck-brace

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What do you do about the huge, ugly neck-brace your doctor wants you to wear after spinal fusion surgery? Read the rest

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