Friday, July 25, 2014

As wide swaths of rural America is drier than during the Dust Bowl

This drought is worse and longer-lasting than anyone here has ever seen — so punishing that it’s pushing people like the Pointons, whose families have survived on the land for decades, to the brink of giving up. Their farm is in an angry red splotch on the USDA’s drought map, indicating sustained, abnormal dryness – less rain fell in the 42 months before May of last year than in the stretch in the mid-1930s now called the Dust Bowl.

Google analyzing medical data and DNA to define optimum human health

The company’s “Google X wing” research team is conducting the Baseline Study to scour the genomes of 175 volunteers at Duke and Stanford Universities for molecular and genetic markers to compare with corresponding medical records. The project seeks to upturn a couple of dominant medical paradigms, including a focus on preventing illness rather than merely reacting to it. New wisdom gleaned through the study might also allow medical researchers to better detect health and illness trends across populations, rather than merely within individuals.

Those painful, itchy patches could be a sign of skin cancer

“Patients sometimes have multiple lesions that are suspicious looking, and those that are itchy or painful should raise high concerns for non-melanoma skin cancers,” study author Dr. Gil Yosipovitch, chairman of dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine, said in a Temple University Health System news release.

Don't count on Paracetamol to ease your low-back pain

Low-back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide and paracetamol - also known as acetaminophen - is currently the first port of call in terms of reducing pain and speeding recovery. However, a large randomized trial published in The Lancet investigates the efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain and finds it performs no better than a placebo.

A few reasons why you should eat Kumquats

Kumquat — it’s a funny-sounding name and a cute-looking fruit, but these naturally sour, orange-colored things actually have many health benefits. They are cultivated in China, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Nepal, Japan, the Middle East, Iran, and in some southern states in America. They are also known as “the little gold gems of the citrus family,” since they are tougher than oranges — withstanding both hot and freezing temperatures.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Here is how to shave like your Grandpa, son

Proper shaving has become a lost art. Today’s average male has no clue about the fine art of the traditional wet shave that their grandfathers and some of their fathers used to take part in. Instead, they’re only accustomed to the cheap and disposable shaving products that companies market. I’m not sure when or why it happened, but the tradition of passing down the secrets of a clean shave abruptly stopped. Thankfully, this glorious male ritual is making a comeback.