On an episode of the controversial show "Girls," Hannah finds out she's contracted HPV. When she tells her friend Shoshanna, Shoshanna, referring to another friend, says: "Jessa has HPV, like a couple different strands of it. She says all adventurous women do."
While it's true that infection with some strain of HPV is almost universal among ...Read more
Where there's smoke, there's fire -- and then, after wildfires, often come the rains and all-too-lethal mudslides. Well, the same is true for vaping. It turns out that mudslides of information are piling up about the serious health problems associated with firing up e-cigs.
At first, no one was sure if vaping was bad for you, at least compared ...Read more
When "The Tick" premiered on Amazon in 2016 it seemed unlikely that the public would bite. But with 10 more episodes slated for 2019, it looks like The Tick, a super-resistant superhero who dresses in a tick costume, has taken up residence in enough TV-viewing homes to be a keeper. Ticks are like that.
Areas with specific tick infestations are ...Read more
In the film "Groundhog Day," Phil Connors (Bill Murray) declares the upside of living the same day over and over is that he can indulge in the decadent breakfast of his dreams every day. "Don't you worry about cholesterol, lung cancer, love handles?" asks his co-worker. "I don't even have to floss," he replies smugly, as he stuffs cake into his ...Read more
When Jefferson Airplane sang "White Rabbit," they were musing over the power of some fungi to make gut changes in your consciousness: "When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go, and you've just had some kind of mushroom and your mind is moving low, go ask Alice, I think she'll know."
But while psilocybin mushrooms can turn ...Read more
Gang Green Nation is fan-central for the New York Jets football team. But since gangrene is also the name for limb-threatening cell death, fans may have been better off calling their group Jolly Green Giants ... er ... Jets -- after all, fresh, frozen and canned vegetables are the real winners. The Jets had five wins, 11 losses last year, ...Read more
At the beginning of the 1999 comedy "Office Space," corporate tech worker Peter's hypnotherapist dies in the middle of his session, leaving him in a trance. As a result, he doesn't care about his job, which he hates. The next morning, he lies in bed ignoring repeated voicemails from his boss, and doesn't get up until 3:30 p.m., at which point ...Read more
You may think of soy as a food, but it's also used in manufacturing. In the 1930s, Henry Ford hired chemists to turn it into artificial silk, which he named Azlon. While Azlon never reached the market, Ford still used soy in his automobile paints, and soy plastics eventually were used to make horn buttons, gear-shift knobs and accelerator pedals...Read more
Sacagawea was the Shoshone Indian who helped guide Lewis and Clark's 1805 expedition from Montana to the Pacific. Her bravery and navigational abilities are legendary. The route she advised for their crossing of the Continental Divide -- the Yellowstone River Basin -- later became the route for the Northern Pacific Railway.
Now it seems that ...Read more
"Ketchup, Catch Up!" is a children's book written by Fran Manushkin about a young monkey named Ketchup who is slower than all the other monkeys. Because he's so slow, he comes in last in every monkey activity. But if you or your daughter have been slow to get her HPV vaccines, she doesn't have to come in last. You now have more time to catch up!...Read more
When Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of the 1965 World Heavyweight Title fight, he was on his way to one of the most illustrious, and ultimately bruising, careers in boxing history. His development of Parkinson's disease has been linked to his 22 years spent in the ring.
But if you're a guy looking ...Read more
When entrepreneurial gadfly Richard Branson owned a hideaway for celebs, Belmond La Residencia, in Majorca, Spain, everyone from Princess Diana and Harrison Ford to Kate Moss hung out with him. That indulgent lifestyle didn't seem to make any of them gain weight! But according to a recent survey of over 2,000 people in the U.K., Majorca is one ...Read more
"Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery)" is a book by Cleo Coyle that's a brew of intrigue and tasty recipes. "A Shot in the Dark" (1966) is a film with Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) that dishes up a riotous spoof on police drama. But a shot in the arm, well, that's something to shine a light on as your adolescents head back to school.
In an episode of "The Simpsons," Homer and Bart are watching TV when Homer decides to show off the remarkable powers of his beer belly: He takes a beer that's propped on his stomach and lifts it to his mouth without using his hands. Then he flips the can over using only his belly, and crushes it.
While Homer's dumb trick with his beer belly is ...Read more
The influenza pandemic of 1918 infected and affected almost everyone in the world. An estimated 50 million people died as a result, making it three times more deadly than World War I, which claimed 16 million lives. As horrible as that was, an unchecked flu pandemic today could have even more devastating results.
A new study funded by the ...Read more
Dracula (Bela Lugosi) was vanquished with a spike through his heart in the 1936 movie "Dracula's Daughter." And vampires are hunted and killed with homemade spikes (and a silver watch) by the soon-to-be 16th president, in the 2012 movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Turns out glucose spikes, even in folks without prediabetes or diabetes, ...Read more
When Neko Case sings "Honky Tonk Hiccups," you can feel her agony: "I started getting hiccups 'round suppertime. Held my breath 'til I hit the floor, but the hiccups kept coming, even more, more, more." And she's not alone. A recent study in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports says the involuntary contractions are much more common than ...Read more
In Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," when a young artist's model (Dorian) makes a deal with the devil to have his image in a painting age while he stays wrinkle-free and youthful, it turns out badly, to say the least. So, when scientists announced -- as they did recently in an aptly named journal Cell Death & Disease -- they've figured...Read more
Beta testing is the rule in tech: You gotta try your new app in the real world to find out what's not running right. Then you can retool the beta to make version 1.0 operate smoothly and efficiently. Who woulda thought the same thing could apply to the beta cells in your pancreas?
Once you've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, those beta ...Read more
Katy Perry (106 million plus) and Justin Bieber (104 million plus) have the most Twitter fans, more than even President Barack Obama or soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. But when a recent site-cleaning took place, eliminating fake fans from their followers, they lost 1 to 2 million apiece!
While they were embarrassed to have their fans cleaned, ...Read more