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.
December 1, 1997 |
In the latest life-imitates-art development from the biotechnology industry, a La Jolla company has begun selling organic human body parts. The first product from Advanced Tissue Sciences is skin grown in a laboratory from a baby's foreskin. At $400 for a 2-by-3-inch piece, it's expensive. But it's worth every penny if you're suffering from severe burns or if you're suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer that won't heal and could require amputation.
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.
March 7, 1999 |
A Florida jury Friday found a former funeral home director guilty of abusing a human body after she cut the hand from a corpse as part of a voodoo ritual. The Manatee County Circuit Court jury of three men and three women convicted Paula Albritton, 45, after a three-day trial. Her son, Jimmie Clark, 23, pleaded no contest to the same charge last year and is serving a one-year sentence.
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March 14, 1988 |
Chemists have invented a molecule that can selectively latch onto barbiturates, raising the hope that the artificial receptors may be used to detoxify people who have taken overdoses. "It is envisioned that these molecules would course through the blood, selectively sponging up and inactivating barbiturates before the drugs could reach their natural sites of action in the body," said a spokesman for the American Chemical Society. Princeton University chemistry professor Andrew D.
October 12, 1986 |
3 Because the human body is always beautiful, because there are paths through the thighs to the bones of lightning, because the navel is a perfect center that doesn't waste a single kiss, because the curve of the buttocks is the arc of our vast silence, because the breast touches us in the night with the singing of peachtrees, because a single kiss rolls up the blood like a shade before the light.