Science has spoken! Food picked up after five seconds on the floor is less likely to have bacteria, although it does depend on the floor surface, researchers in the U.K. have concluded. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
New research published in Nature Medicine has found that a blood test may be an effective way to predict a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia—a disease that affects approximately 44 million people globally and is expected to triple by the year 2050. Read more
Recent reports have touted vitamin D as a natural treatment for heart disease, stroke and different types of cancer. Now, a study published in Anticancer Research suggests that naturally-occurring vitamin D may increase survival among breast cancer patients. Read more
- SLICE OF HISTORY
Although it's difficult to say when a global pandemic begins, experts believe the catastrophic Spanish flu epidemic may have started in Fort Riley, an U.S. Army base in Kansas. On this Monday morning, an Army cook named Albert Gitchell wakes up with what he thinks is a bad cold. He has a splitting headache, a very sore throat and a high fever. By noon, more than 100 other soldiers have joined him in the infirmary. Soon American soldiers head to Europe to fight in World War I and the disease spreads with them. Over the next year, the flu outbreaks came in waves and ultimately an estimated 50 million people around the world died, almost 700,000 of them Americans. Many who died were young and otherwise healthy adults. Read more