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Your Body Fights Sickness Like a Caveman — And That’s a Good Thing

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Thousands of years ago, modern humans met Neanderthals in Europe at whatever the equivalent of a singles bar was. They started having a bunch of sex, and now we exist. In the throes of creating the future of humanity, Neanderthals gave us two things: their kickass, pterodactyl-fighting immune systems and allergies.

Those are the discoveries of two papers published Thursday from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Institut Pasteur and the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris.

We’ve already heard that 1% to 6% of modern Eurasian genomes came from two forms of early man, the Neanderthals and the Denisovans. But the new studies explore how our inherited traits affected genes, specifically Toll-like receptors, which detect and respond to things like bacteria, fungi and parasites.

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Mexico Just Showed the World How to Fight Obesity and Diabetes — And We Should Listen

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Two years ago, Mexico implemented a new policy to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic: It started taxing soda.

Despite opposition from food and beverage lobbyists, the Mexican government approved the sales tax in 2013. In 2014, it went into effect: a roughly 20% sales tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages.

The tax successfully reduced people’s soda purchases, according to an observational study published Wednesday in the BMJ. Within a year, people in Mexico were buying 12% fewer sugar-sweetened beverages. That’s not all — within the same period of time, sales of bottled water rose 4%. 

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6 Things A Food Poisoning Expert Refuses To Eat

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As you might imagine, spending a career thinking about the food-borne illnesses that make people sick (or worse) would force a person to think about the kind of meals he puts into his own body. 

That’s because every year, there are approximately 48 million cases of food-borne illnesses in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration. An estimated 128,000 people are hospitalized for these sicknesses, and about 3,000 die on an annual basis.

For Bill Marler, a Seattle-based products liability and personal injury attorney who has worked as a food safety advocate in the U.S. for the past two decades, there are some innocuous-seeming edibles that won’t ever make it into his grocery cart. The lawyer has represented the victims of major food poisoning cases against companies like Chili’s, Dole, Taco Bell and Wendy’s, prompting him to come up with some very specific rules about the food he eats.

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 HandmadePictures via Getty Images Food poisoning expert Bill Marler does not take a bite of any produce that’s been pre-cut or pre-washed.

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Women Are Having Kids Later Than Ever — Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

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Back in old-timey days, if you were a single woman who hadn’t popped a yowling infant from your snizz, you were either considered a fugly spinster, a lesbian or a literal witch. 

Luckily, we currently live in the 21st century, a time when women aren’t burned at the stake for their reproductive choices but are instead interrogated about them on Twitter. So it’s no surprise that women are increasingly opting out of early motherhood and focusing on other important things, like their jobs and relationships, instead of expelling babies like T-shirt guns at a hockey game. 

According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control, women in the United States are increasingly delaying having kids, which has resulted in the average age of first childbirth reaching a record high of 26.2 years old. Compare that to the average age of first motherhood in 2000, which was about 24.9 years old, and compare that to the average age in 1970, which was about 21.4 years old. 

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Women Are Having Kids Later Than Ever — Here's Why That's a Good Thing

Centers for Disease Control, women in the United States are increasingly delaying having kids

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The tragic fate of people who stop sleeping

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A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?

Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed wearing a tuxedo at every possible occasion, he tried to present himself with the poise of the film stars he admired. But while on the ship’s dance floor one evening, he was embarrassed to find that his shirt had become drenched in sweat.

Concerned, he examined himself in a mirror, only to find that his pupils had shrunk to two tiny black pinpricks. It was the same glassy-eyed stare that had afflicted his father and two sisters at the beginning of their mysterious illnesses.

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Why Do You Get ‘eye floaters’

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You might not know their official name, but you’ve no doubt seen eye floaters. The perception of these floating apparitions, sometimes also called vitreous floaters or Muscae volitantes (Latin for “flying flies”), is known as myodesopsia. They may appear as spots, small threads, filaments, or cobwebs and they’re not optical illusions. They’re really there, drifting about inside your eyes.

To understand where they come from, it helps to bone up on a little ocular anatomy. At the front of your eye is the cornea, and behind it you can find the pupil (the dark centre of your eye) and the iris (the colourful fringe around the pupil). Between the two lies a small reservoir of liquid called the aqueous humour.

A layer of light-sensitive cells lining the back of your eye is called the retina. When the neurons that form the retina become excited by…

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Virtual Reality Is Giving Doctors a Chance to Practice Life-Saving Surgery on Infants

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In 2015, four doctors in Miami delivered a Christmas miracle for one set of parents with the help of a Google Cardboard headset, according to CBS Miami. 

Two Minnesota parents sought the help of doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami to save their 4-month-old daughter, after other doctors had brushed off her case as inoperable. Teegan Lexcen was born with only half her heart and one lung. To save Lexcen, doctors scanned her heart and lungs, uploaded the images onto a smartphone and viewed them through Google’s Cardboard virtual reality headset in preparation for the surgery. The images gave the surgical team an opportunity to look at Lexcen’s heart tissue in 3-D as a means for planning how to conduct the actual surgery. 

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