Imagine that a doctor told you that your brain was slowly starting to self-destruct, that soon your once-healthy neurons would stop functioning, that you would lose all connection with reality, with the things and people that you loved. Then imagine that you found out that not only did that doctor make it all up, but he wasn't even actually a doctor. You would be pretty pissed, right?
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This year, over a hundred million people shouted and flailed at flashing screens, completely engrossed by the "Super Bowl", a live Lady Gaga concert bookended by scenes of strong, spandex-clad men amassing in huge, sweaty piles, hoping to "score points" to "win". Those hundred million people inevitably consumed far more food than they usually do. Some went to the hospital, as common sense and an underwhelming new study predicted.
Neuroscienitsts have generally thought that babies are born with more tissue than their brains need, and that the body slowly dumps some of it as the brain develops. However, a new study shows that at least one part of the brain — the part that recognises faces — appears to develop in the opposite direction, increasing in complexity into adulthood.
On January 1, a set of long-awaited FDA rules went into effect that could mark a major shift in the agency's approach to antibiotics for livestock animals. First, the new US policies place an outright ban on the use of any antibiotics considered "medically important" to help animals gain weight. The rules also require that such drugs only be given to animals under the supervision of a veterinarian, when animals are actually ill.
For years, men suffering from erectile dysfunction were told to reach for the little blue pill. But if that fails, what's left? An inventive application of elastic "memory metal" is being used to create a penile implant to help men regain control of their bodies. 2016: Shitty year for everyone else, actually not a bad year for dicks.
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have shown that it's possible to detect neurodegenerative disorders in famous artists by analysing subtle changes in their brush strokes over time. The technique could eventually be used to flag Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in artists before they're diagnosed.
Some parents, wary of antibiotics, often cut their child's ear infection treatments short. A new study finds that standard-duration treatments, some of which last as long as 10 days, result in better outcomes and — contrary to popular belief — do not increase a child's level of antibiotic resistance.