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Amazing 1930 map of “Herbal Cures”

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Slate just reported on this amazing map of ‘Herbal Cures’ from 1932 of the medicinal plants in common use among pharmacists and the public back then.

Alternative Medicine, Science, Studies

Pause the cat video and read this article: or keep watching cat videos, science says it’s awesome

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A study conducted by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods, to try and find out why so many of us enjoy seeing the furry little pets on video.

Alternative Medicine, Health & Medicine

Your hand shake is an indicator of your heart’s health

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You can find out a lot about a man by his handshake – about his personality, his feelings towards you, or… his heart health. According to a new Canadian study, a firm handshake is a reliable indicator of good health; they actually want to use handshake tests as initial ways to gauge the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Alternative Medicine, Mind & Brain, News

Psychedelic tea might help with depression

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Hallucinogenic tea brewed from South American plants might treat depression, according to a new study – but don’t start your homebrewing just yet; it’s a small study, and there are still unclear aspects about it.

Alternative Medicine, Biology, News

1,000 year old garlic remedy treats styes and MRSA better than modern antibiotics

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A 1,000 year old Anglo-Saxon ‘eye salve’ made from onion, garlic, wine and part of a cow’s stomach wipes out 90 percent of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – much better than modern antibiotics. It also does a great job at treating styes, small abscesses on the eyelid.

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Cosmetic eye surgery turns brown eyes into blue

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We live in a society which puts a lot of pressure on looks. Women especially, are always looking for new ways to make themselves look more attractive either by dyeing their hair, wearing make-up or, in some particular extreme cases, plastic surgery. Now there’s another type of aesthetic procedure – a novel laser treatment which can change your eyes’ color. The

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Research Finds Meditation More Useful Than Sleep Education in Fighting Insomnia

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A randomized clinical trial has found that mindfulness meditation is significantly more effective than sleep hygiene education (e.g. how to identify & change bad sleeping habits) in reducing insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and depression symptoms in older adults with sleep disturbances.

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Expensive Placebos Work Better Than Cheap Placebos

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Although generic drugs are often identical to their brand-name counterparts, the effect is often not the same. It’s not because the more expensive drugs do something different or better – in fact, it’s all in your head. A new study has found that expensive placebos can work better than cheap placebos.

Alternative Medicine, Anatomy, News

Scientist gives himself Fecal Transplant from Hunter-Gatherer from Tanzania… to See how it Goes

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A field researcher from America has transplanted fecal microbiome from a Tanzanian tribesman to his own gut. Why? Well… to see what happens, basically. “AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces of a Hadza man – a member of one of

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Family Medics in Israel to be Allowed to Write Marijuana Prescriptions

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The Health Ministry in Israel has announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana. Family doctors will be temporarily allowed to prescribe marijuana, and if everything works out, then the decision will be made permanent. The ministry is trying to deal with the load on pain clinics, which seems to be an ever growing problem in the developed world.