A new study published in The Lancet found that post-menopausal women may be able to cut their breast cancer risk by as much as 50 percent if prescribed asastrozole—a drug which works by stopping the body from producing the hormone estrogen. Read more
New research published in the journal Nature suggests that many countries have failed to develop successful strategies to help women adopt healthy eating habits, and that more needs to be done to keep them from developing diabetes and heart disease. Read more
The character James Bond faced many near-death experiences in his adventures through 12 novels, two short-story collections and multiple films. But research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that Bond was also in danger of developing multiple alcohol-related diseases, caused by his excessive alcohol intake.
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Always borrow more from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
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A Hartford, Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells inhales nitrous oxide—commonly known as laughing gas—and then has his assistant pull a wisdom tooth from his mouth. Although the assistant would later write that the tooth "required great force to extract," Wells feels no pain. After the gas wears off, he declares the beginning of "a new era in tooth-pulling." Wells was right, but his experiment didn't change just dentistry; it introduced the concept of giving anesthesia to patients before surgery. Sadly, Wells didn't see his discovery become common medical practice. He became addicted to chloroform and, in 1848, committed suicide while in a New York City jail. Read more