A group of researchers climbed Mount Everest to get a better understanding of the role low oxygen levels play in the development of type 2 diabetes. They noted that the lack of blood oxygen atop the world's highest mountain is not dissimilar from what obese people experience at sea level. Read more
Low blood sugars can lead to poor self-control, especially of emotions like anger, and that can lead to increased aggression toward a spouse. Researchers made use of voodoo dolls and loud, unpleasant sounds to draw that conclusion. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
If your parents didn’t let you have a TV in your room as a kid, they may have had the right idea. A new study from Harvard University concludes that children who watch long hours of TV and have a TV in their bedroom are less likely to get the sleep they need. Read more
Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada has found that blueberries may be an effective, natural treatment for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease—a disease that affects about 500,000 people in the U.S. Read more
- SLICE OF HISTORY
Working in his lab on a Friday afternoon, a Swiss chemist named Albert Hoffmann accidentally comes into contact with LSD and soon becomes the first person to experience strange hallucinations from the drug. He feels dizzy enough to go home and after he lies down, as Hoffman would later write, he sinks into a “not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination.” Hoffman, who worked for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, had actually synthesized the drug five years earlier with the hope that it could be used to treat respiratory problems. That didn’t work out, but what Hoffman created turned out to be one of the drugs of choice of the hippie counterculture in the U.S, during the 1960s. Read more