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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

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,

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

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Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

Migrating West African Fruit Bats May Play A Key Role In Finding A Cure for Ebola

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The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest yet, killing more than 8,000 people and stretching the health infrastructures of a number of African countries to their limits (and sometimes beyond). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 20,000 people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the three hardest hit countries – have contracted the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak began, scientists have been searching for clues to help them understand where the virus came from and how it behaves. Part of

College Coaches Are the Highest Paid Public Employees in 39 of the 50 U.S. States

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With the first ever college football playoff national championship game just a week away, Americans are gearing up for a showdown between the Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Ducks of Oregon. Both of these teams have experienced their fair share of success recently, and both schools reward their respective coaches accordingly. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a base salary of about $4.5 million. According to USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz, he received a $50,000 bonus for his win over Alabama in

New Study: Two-Thirds of Cancer Cases Can Be Attributed to Bad Luck

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It seems like every day there’s some new study claiming that this, that or the other causes cancer. First it was cell phones and aspartame, then it was processed foods and GMOs. While all of those things may very well play a role in the development of cancers, new research indicates that the majority of cancer cases can be attributed to random mutations that occur in DNA when cells divide. The study was carried out by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. According

Residents of Former Top Secret Soviet Nuclear Village Suffering From Unknown Sleep Disorder

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More than 100 of the 600 residents of Kalachi village in Kazakhastan have experienced a strange “sleep epidemic” at least once in the past few years. According to RT… “Every tenth villager of Kazakhstan’s Kalachi has unexpectedly fallen asleep in broad daylight – some unable to wake up for several days. Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle remains unsolved.” In one case, eight kids spontaneously fell asleep within an hour, and in one winter

New Study Traces a 40 Million-Year Battle Between Primates and Pathogens

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The human body has developed numerous defense mechanisms for fighting against infection. Sneezing, inflammation and even a runny nose are all attempts by your body to rid itself of harmful pathogens. One lesser known defense mechanism is “nutritional immunity”: your body’s ability to protect its iron stores from invading bacteria. Iron plays an essential role in delivering oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. About 70% of the iron in the body is found in red blood cells. The

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