April 27, 2011 |
Researchers at the National Hansen's Disease Program in Baton Rouge, La. -- a federal government program that studies leprosy and treats 3,600 Americans with the disease -- announced Wednesday that they had figured out the source of some mysterious cases of the illness in the Southern United States. Patients got leprosy from contact with wild armadillos. The team's study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine , used cutting-edge genetic techniques to look for similarities in strains of the disease infecting armadillos and people in the region. It found striking similarities, concluding that the data strongly implicated armadillos as a source of human infection.
October 2, 2012 |
Jimmy Hoffa -- the legendary labor leader -- is still missing, authorities said Tuesday after tests failed to detect any human remains in a sample dug up from a suburban Detroit driveway. The negative results mean that Hoffa's final resting place still ranks with such notable mysteries as the whereabouts of aviator Amelia Earhart and the disappearance of Judge Joseph Force Crater . All have become fodder for theorists seeking to resolve unexplained endings. Scientists at Michigan State University recently tested two samples cored from the ground beneath a driveway in Roseville, Mich., as part of an investigation prompted by a tip from an unidentified man who said he thought he saw a body being buried beneath a driveway years ago. The tests came back negative, according to police.
March 18, 2011 |
If a full moon affects the human body, then a supermoon surely would send those effects into overdrive, leading to even more pregnancies, epileptic seizures, surgery screw-ups, suicides, assaults and various other types of biological havoc. Surely, it would. The operative word, of course, is "if. " And the Skeptic's Dictionary begins a nice distillation of moon-related folklore this way: "The full moon has been linked to crime, suicide, mental illness, disasters, accidents, birthrates, fertility, and werewolves, among other things.
December 25, 1993 |
At BareBones, a novelty shop at Minnesota's Mall of America with a focus on the human body, this season's hot items included eyeballs and a book on poop, said Robin Savage, assistant manager at the store. The wobbling eyeballs for $2.95 were winners with BareBones customers. "They're little plastic balls, and inside there's a weighted eye, so when you roll it on the floor the eye always stays up." The shop started with an inventory of 5,000 and sold out in mid-December.
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April 24, 1996 |
Carol Goldmark has been painting since she was a child and teaching art since she was 13. For years, she said, her favorite theme was flowers. But after being severely injured in a freeway collision, she found a new subject: the human body. After a painful 10-week recovery at UCI Medical Center, she recalled, she realized that her interest in flowers was related to their rapid progression from life to death. Like the human body, she said, "they wrinkle, dry and fall away as they get older.
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January 6, 2001 |
American culture is obsessed with youth. The message on commercials and advertisements is inescapable: Young is beautiful, being old is a disease. Scientists consistently promise us that their research will reverse aging. Pharmaceuticals furnish us with pills and creams to remove wrinkles. We love the smooth and flexible skin of teenage bodies; we crave the strong muscles and high energy of youth.
September 28, 2011 |
We're so down for watching reality TV medical shows. Give us a half-ton man or some guy whose hands resemble trees and we're a happy clam. So we were thrilled when our editor passed along a link to a series of British shows called "Embarrassing Bodies. " With a title like that, you can only imagine. Before you click the link and watch the video clips, be forewarned: There are graphic images -- albeit in a medical context -- some of which are much more explicit than what we're used to seeing in the U.S. The show is pretty much what you'd imagine: People with embarrassing health issues seek treatment.
February 5, 2013 |
The results are in from Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from a capsule floating more than 24 miles above a barren New Mexico desert, and it turns out he went faster during his supersonic free fall than originally estimated. With more than 8 million computers and other digital devices tuned in Oct. 14 to the live stream on YouTube, Baumgartner reached 843.6 mph, or 1.25 times the speed of sound. Previous estimates said he hit speeds of nearly 834 mph. Either way, he was the first free-falling human to crack the sound barrier.