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Migraines: How They Happen and How to Treat Them Without Drugs (Infographic)

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If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know just how miserable they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, roughly 36 million Americans suffer from recurrent migraines; 90% of these sufferers report being unable to work or function normally during an attack. While most people only have attacks once or twice a month, the MRF reports that a whopping 14 million people experience headaches on an almost daily basis. This great infographic — created Christine McMahon at WholesomeOne.com — gives you the

The World’s First Head Transplant – Medical Breakthrough or Mad Science?

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On Wednesday, April 8th, a 30-year-old Russian computer scientist named Valery Spiridonov volunteered to be the first person ever to undergo a full head transplant. The idea was first proposed two years ago by Italian neuroscientist and surgeon Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. The seemingly far-fetched concept arose from a discussion Canavero and his colleagues had about how to improve the situations of those suffering from severe muscle and nerve damage. In February of this year, Canavero outlined the transplant technique he

These Scientists Want to Record and Restore Memories Using Microchips

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For the past few years, a team of neuroscientists from across the United States has been studying how the brain stores and makes memories. Now, they are on the cusp of something big: implanting microchip memory devices in people. Ted Berger, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Southern California in LA, is one of the scientists on the team. Berger says that he and his fellow researchers have devised a technique that allows them to record and store memories for people who have

An 11-Year-Old Just Drew An Entire World Map To Scale From Memory

An 11-year-old with autism recently dazzled a college class, doing something that most of them will likely never be able to. According to Bored Panda… “A professor in New York whose 11-year-old son has autism recently invited him to her class, where he got up on a chair and drew a detailed, accurate map of the world completely from memory.”   According to Distractify… “Redditor bobitis was sitting in on the class (which his daughter is enrolled in) and couldn’t help

India Announces Public Air Quality Index To Provide Real Time Data To Concerned Citizens

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India just launched its first air quality index to provide the public with real time information about pollution levels. Many believe the move will help raise public awareness of the growing smog problem in India, and spark change towards combating air pollution. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told the BCC that the new air quality index… “…may prove to be a major impetus to improving air quality in urban areas, as it will improve public awareness in cities to take steps for air pollution mitigation.” Last year, the Environmental Preference

This Flesh-Eating Disease Is Spreading Through the Ranks of ISIS Militants

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ISIS fighters in Syria are being ravaged by an outbreak of Leishmaniasis, a debilitating skin disease that causes painful painful ulcers to erupt on the body. The illness also attacks the liver and spleen and can cause anemia. The disease — which is caused by a parasite and spread through the bite of the sandfly — is actually relatively easy to prevent and treat with the proper medical facilities and equipment. In fact, doctors from the organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) had established a campaign to curb Leishmaniasis outbreaks in

World’s Oldest Living Person Passes Away At Age 117

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On Wednesday, surrounded by her family and medical staff, Misao Okawahe, the former oldest person in the world, passed away due to heart failure. Okawahe died at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan, the same city in which she was born on March 5, 1898. According to the Daily Mail… “The world’s oldest person has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday – after saying her life seemed ‘rather short’.” When asked what her secret was to living such a long life,

Chinese Scientists Just Built the World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tram (Video)

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Last week, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram rolled off the production line in Qingdao, a city on the eastern coast of China. The tram was designed by a team of local scientists and engineers and manufactured by the Sifang Company, a subsidiary of the China South Rail Corporation. According to Science Alert, “Its only emission is water – the temperature inside the fuel cell will be controlled to stop any nitrogen oxides from forming – so it’s doing zero damage to

A Dutch Nursing Home Is Letting Students Live There Rent-Free, With One Condition

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In a yellow-brick building in Deventer, Netherlands, college students and senior citizens share a living space as part of a unique “intergenerational” project that benefits everyone involved. The Humanitas retirement home allows students to live there rent-free, with only one stipulation: they have to spend at least 30 hours a month with the home’s senior citizens. So far, a total of six college students have moved in. “They go see the pensioners for a chat, they play games, go with them to the shopping centre, (and)

Paris Is Halving the Number of Cars on the Road to Battle A Recent Spike In Pollution

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For the past few days, the Eiffel Tower has been shrouded in a smoky haze. That’s because the city of Paris has experiencing a sharp rise in air pollution, even topping the world air pollution charts for a brief period earlier this week. Now, Paris is taking drastic measures to combat the smog spike. On Saturday (3/21), the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that Paris would be cutting the number of cars on the road in half beginning next week. On Monday,

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