What a father eats before conception may have as much an impact on a baby as what a mother eats, according to new research. Particularly, fathers needs to get enough vitamin B9, or folate, into their diet, which is found in leafy greens, cereals, fruit and meats. Read more
A new trial is currently underway to see whether a drug used to treat diabetes can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The study involves 200 participants with early Alzheimer’s memory loss. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
Success and rest don't sleep together.
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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