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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy

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In a published study signed by 100 physicians, the authors raised concerns about possible links between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and developmental problems in children, including neurological and reproductive issues that start in the womb.

Acetaminophen is a pain- and fever-reducing compound used in hundreds of drugs, over-the-counter and prescription, including Tylenol, DayQuil and Benadryl.

Acetaminophen, or APAP, is an endocrine disruptor, which means it can interfere with the distribution of bodily chemicals and hormones that are critical for a fetus' healthy development. The exact mechanism of how APAP might block these key biological processes is not yet known.

Mainly Mozart

New research is reviving the idea that listening to music may help calm electrical storms in the brains of some patients. Specifically, a recent study found that patients with epilepsy experienced fewer seizures after listening to Mozart's "Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major."

Researchers also tried music from Buddy Holly, Judas Priest and Nickelback, but only Mozart produced a significant response.

 

Back in the 1990s, some studies suggested college students enjoyed a brief bump in IQ scores after listening to Mozart, but nothing more came of it, the findings apparently falling on deaf ears.

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If you took all the urine the world produces in one day, it would take a full 20 minutes to flow over Niagara Falls.

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