In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He is called "the father of the Green Revolution" and bred a high-yield and disease-resistant dwarf wheat that helped many countries to battle mass starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, doctors predicted he had about 2 and a half years to live. Fortunately, the disease progressed much slower that the doctors expected, and Hawking lived up to 76 years before dying in March 14, 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Gut fermentation syndrome (called auto-brewery syndrome) is a rare disorder in which intestines produce ethanol from carbohydrates. If you have this disease, you're drunk all the time. vice.com/en/article/3b7dz…
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix. history.com/news/10-littl…
In the 20th century India lost more than 95% of its vulture population. The deaths are due to a medication for cows that is poisonous to the birds. The loss of vultures had increased the spread of disease and vermin populations. Also Parsi sky burials have had to be cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
A single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, taken orally, can cure yaws, a horrific tropical disease that causes disfiguring, ulcerating wounds and usually occurs in children. There’s hope that the disease can be completely eradicated, like smallpox has been. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Rust does not cause tetanus, it is just discarded metal tend to be left at places which also happens to have the bacteria that causes the disease. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
In a study of 9400 people, switching from animal fat to vegetable (corn) oil was beneficial for cholesterol, but it did not have any effect on heart disease. bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i…
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is one of the few diseases with no cure and a 100% fatality rate. It is the human equivilant of Mad Cow disease and 70% of people with it die within a year. Nobody has lived past 2.5 years after the symptoms set in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Danny DeVito’s height is the result of Fairbank’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth. biography.com/actor/danny…
The most expensive medication in the world is a gene therapy medication costing $2.1 million dollars per dose. The medication, called Zolgensma, treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a devastating childhood disease with life expectancy of only a few years. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Today I learned about Kuru. a terrifying disease caused by eating human brains. Villages in Papua NG ate brains of the dead as an act of love and twisted brain proteins caused trembling and β€œthe laughing death”. People die within 2-4 months. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
When Alan Alda was seven years old he contracted polio. To combat the disease his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny consisting of applying hot woolen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
In 1917 Malaria was used as a treatment for Syphilis. It would burn the syphilis out of the system and was known as "Pyrotherapy." While the patient then had Malaria, this was a far less lethal disease than syphilis and was considered less painful to die from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
The Roman physician Pliny the Elder taught that urine was a marvellous remedy for many disorders like running sores, venereal diseases, snake bites and burns. "Bathe the eyes with urine to strengthen them" "If a man makes water upon a dog's urine, he will become disinclined to copulation". mediamatic.net/en/page/23…
The "Starvation Doctor," Linda Burfield Hazzard, who wrote a book, "Fasting for the Cure of Disease," was convicted of manslaughter in 1912 for a patient's death by starvation. At least 15 deaths are attributed to her "care." While doing a fasting cure on herself in 1938 she died of starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The vulture and the little girl picture won the Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize showing a starving Sudanese child with a hooded vulture eyeing her from nearby, waiting for her to die. The photographer, Kevin Carter was told not to touch the child in fear of getting a fatal disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Dr Alzheimer did not coin the name Alzheimers Disease it was his boss, Emil Kraepelin after his death. The first patient Dr Alzheimer studied that triggered the research didn't have Alzheimers Disease, but instead presenile dementia. thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/…
There is a series of 6 albums by the Caretaker which hauntingly depict the mental transition one goes through with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, totaling in over 6 hours of music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
90% of the indigenous population of the Americas were wiped out by diseases brought by Europeans from the Old World en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans due to native animals migrating for survival nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Botox isn’t just for ironing out wrinkles. It can treat bladder disease, abnormal heart beat, severely cold hands, (maybe) depression, excessive sweating, migraines, and more. time.com/4501839/botox-in…
Today I learned about a rare bone disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or stone man syndrome. The disease causes people’s muscle and connective tissue to be gradually replaced by bone. Joints become rigid, jaws won’t open more than an inch, and the rib cage won’t fully expand for breathing. webmd.com/children/what-i…
During the Great Plague of London, the City Corporation ordered the killing of all cats and dogs, in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. It's estimated that 40,000 dogs and 200,000 cats were killed, however it was the rats spreading the virus, not cats or dogs. britainexpress.com/Histor…
The government of Italy gives its gluten-intolerant (Celiac disease) citizens a stiped of up to 140 euros per month to buy gluten-free food, and special vacation too deserthealthnews.com/stor…
Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries that leads to heart disease) does not naturally occur in carnivores, only herbivores. Carnivores only develop it if their thyroid gland is removed. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Twitter data can be used to predict mortality rates from heart disease in a population. zero.sci-hub.st/3555/4a21…
Despite a diet of up to 7,000 calories per day and weighing up to 400 lbs, sumo wrestlers typically do not suffer from symptoms of obesity due to their intense workout regimens. Upon retirement, however, they must seriously cut calories or become at risk for cardiovascular disease. businessinsider.com/sumo-…
Humans are 99.9% genetically identical to each other. The 0.1% difference account for the various differences, like skin color, hair color, eyes, and even diseases. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Antioxidants have not been proven to be able to help prevent or cure any chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases or cancer. Supplementing them can cause some of these. nccih.nih.gov/health/anti…
A simple blood test can diagnose the number one cause of death in hospitals, sepsis. The technology is "founded upon research demonstrating that the mechanical properties of immune cells are altered during the disease." immunofrontiers.com/diagn…
Green blood really do exist in a species of lizards of Skinks in Papua New Guinea. Their bones & muscles appear bright-green. They have such a high concentration of green bile that it's 40x lethal in concentration to humans but important in preventing diseases such as Malaria, jaundice and paras eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1989, one year into his professional career. This would be hidden until 1996, only being revealed before a fight with Mike Tyson. During this time, he publicly expressed doubt about the existence of the disease. lawandcrime.com/high-prof…
Ticks can paralyze and kill humans with their saliva. Tick paralysis takes 2-7 days of tick toxin exposure and leads to paralysis of the legs, arms, and eventually the diaphragm. The disease can be reversed if the tick is found and removed before respiratory failure occurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
Smoking cigarettes appears to decrease the severity of an inflammatory bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis. In contrast, smoking appears to increase the severity of Crohn's disease, which is another inflammatory bowel disease. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/a…
In 2005, a woman bought a hamster, contracted LCM from it, and died from stroke. Her organs were donated and transplanted into four people, three of which also died from the disease. They contracted it from the infected organ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lym…
Cigarette packaging in Australia is plain and standardized with pictures of the diseases it causes with the name of the disease in big bold letters on the front. theguardian.com/science/s…
Baby wildebeest are carriers of a disease that is fatal to cattle; as a result, African herders must avoid wildebeest during calving season, making pastoralism harder and less productive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bov…
President Kennedy was in terrible health during his presidency, suffering from Addison’s disease amongst other ailments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Egyptian pharaohs were often fat. They had high-sugar diets that were rich in bread, honey, beer, and wine. Examinations of various royal mummies show that many suffered from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous woman pharaoh, was obese and had tooth decay. drmcdougall.com/misc/2011…
Lyme Disease is far less prevalent in the west coast of the US thanks, in part, to the Western Fence Lizard which carries a protein that cures the disease in the ticks that bite them, thereby reducing the probability of infection to humans and other tick hosts. bioone.org/journals/journ…
The average lifespan of a wild rabbit is only less than a year due to starvation, predators, and disease. rabbits.life/wild-rabbits…
Nice people are more likely to get ALS (Lu Gehrig’s disease) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Brooke Greenberg-- a girl who never grew mentally or physically beyond 9 months. She remained functionally a toddler for her whole life before a disease that mostly kills children killed her when she was 20 year old. She was one of a dozen people with "Syndrome X". abcnews.go.com/Health/mar…
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
Neurodegenerative amyloids- associated with Alzheimers and Creutzfeld-Jakobs diseases- are transmissible. nature.com/articles/52519…
Today I learned scientists have been able to track the history of the AIDS virus. Through research they believe 'patient zero' lived Cameroon in Africa, and contracted the disease around 1908, after hunting a chimp and being infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
When the first Spanish explorers went through what would become the Eastern United States they described large towns of natives with giant mounds in the center, ruled by a chief known as the β€œGreat Sun”. By the time British settlers arrived disease had decimated America’s original civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Nicotine has been found to help people with neurological disorders like tourettes and schizophrenia, and reduces the risk of conditions like Parkinson's disease discovermagazine.com/heal…

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