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August 29, 2014

Food for thought: where meals and medicine collide

The varying degrees of gruesome imagery in the medical sphere may be enough to put one off one’s lunch. It’s a strange fact, then, that many conditions are easily described by their similarity to foodstuffs cooked or in their natural state.

Eyes on the prize: improving education through better vision

It’s long been the case that the need to wear glasses has been conflated with a higher intelligence. But what if improving vision in children actually led to better performance in school?

Smallpox in a small box

Offices and workplaces go through structural and aesthetic change all the time. Files and personal belongings moved from one site to another can be left untouched for years, decades even.

Why it’s best to play it safe with dating apps

Hook-up apps like Tinder are hotter than ever, but be careful not to get burned – a study has shown that such apps carry a higher infection risk than dating sites or old-fashioned club meetings. 

The weird and wonderful work of David Cronenberg

The films of David Cronenberg have often been concerned with the inner and outer workings of the body.

Hairdressers ‘dyeing’ for a perm

Next time you go to get your hair done, just think what effect it might have on people around you. No, not your friends, who may be horrified by your drastic new do – the hairdresser whose bloodstream might be affected by the carcinogenic properties in permanent dyes and perming products.

Astronomical headaches

In space, no one can save you from your headaches. That’s the word from a study into elevated levels of CO2 on the International Space Station, published last month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). 

When food poisoning makes you Yelp

An interesting study in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has come to light that used social media to track outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

Play it by ear – as long as you can

Let the music play – but not at the expense of your hearing. That’s the message that comes from research showing that professional musicians are almost four times more likely to suffer from noise-induced deafness than the general public.

Baby’s cries keep eyes on the prize

All new parents know the horrors of sleepless nights as your cherished pride and joy cries for food with a shriek so primal it would lift you out of your skin.

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