There is a microorganism, globally spread but especially in warm fresh water in the American Southeast, which swims up your nose and attacks your brain and spinal fluid. You present, at first, with cold symptoms. From that point you have about a week to correctly diagnose it (which requires a spinal tap) before you paralyze and die. Oh, and there’s no FDA-approved treatment. Mortality is approximately 95%. You’re not safe just by avoiding water, either. A case in Africa involved transmission by breathing contaminated dust.
Wes Craven came up with the idea of Nightmare on Elm St after reading of some Cambodian refugees haunted by nightmares of the Khmer Rouge who refused to sleep. When they finally gave in to sleep, they died even though there was nothing physically wrong
One of the reasons your lungs feel refreshed when walking through a pine forest is because of an anti-inflammatory compound called a-Pinene, found in conifers. It is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma and abundantly present in marijuana.
New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they have too high of a BMI and there has been cases of people rejected because of their weight.
The Bacon Deluxe sandwich from Wendy’s topped a list of the five most unhealthful gourmet burgers sold by national fast food restaurant chains in the United States.
Five mental disorders (autism, ADHD, bipolar DO, major depression, schizophrenia) have been found to overlap, and all share genetic roots.
The Radium Girls were factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The women were told the paint was harmless, and ingested deadly amounts by licking their paintbrushes; some painted their fingernails and teeth with the glowing paint.
If a persons body odor smells good to you that means that they have an immune system basically opposite to yours. This happens so the chances of finding a mate with the opposite immune system is greater and the chances of any offspring you produce together will have a stronger immune system.
Research suggests that one giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50 million cars, while the top 15 largest container ships together may be emitting as much pollution as all 760 million cars on earth.
Because of a lucky genetic mutation happened in the 18th century, today 38 people in a small town in northern Italy don’t suffer from cholesterol artery-clogging, making them virtually immune to heart disease and strokes. They all smoke, they eat like hell, and they don’t care.