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Vancouver Canada to Host 2017 International Headache Congress
24th August 2017 vancouversun.com | Humans

The migraine. It’s more common than diabetes, asthma, and knee osteoarthritis all combined.  It’s one of more than 200 different types of headaches, and according to neurologist and director of the University of BC Headache Clinic, Dr. Siân Spacey, and “by far and away” the most common type.  An unfortunate two percent of the population suffer from chronic migraines, which means they have headaches for 15 or more days every month that can be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea and sound or light sensitivity. Their quality of life is significantly impacted. Vancouver, Canada, will host the International Headache Congress, September 7-10, 2017.  It’s an opportunity for clinicians to keep up to date on all the best therapies available for patients. Information is also provided for free public seminars surrounding the event, one of which will be entitled Migraine Myths, Realities and Treatments.

Epilepsy and the Ketogenic Diet
24th August 2017 | clinicaladvisor.com | Humans

An estimated 65 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy.  People with epileptic seizures often benefit from following a Ketogenic diet.  Written by a Nurse Practitioner in New York, this clinical advisor forum article expounds the virtues of the well-documented Ketogenic diet for better control and management of epileptic seizures – often with no need for medication.  According to the author’s expertise, the Ketogenic diet is—and remains—the only treatment with the consistent ability to prevent seizures.  The diet increases the conversion of glutamate into glutamine into GABA, reducing neuronal excitability. It increases antioxidant status in the neuronal mitochondria, improving their function. It also reduces free radical formation in neurons, a likely cause of seizures.  Many reference links to recent research materials and studies are provided, as well as a link to the actual diet itself.

British Tourist Held in Turkish Prison after Airport Arrest with Bronze Coins Found Snorkeling
24th August 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

A British father was arrested in front of his family at a Turkish airport after trying to bring home 13 historic bronze coins he found while snorkeling on holiday. The 52 year old ambulance driver was arrested at Bodrun airport on Turkey’s Aegean coast and could face up to five years in prison if convicted of trying to take artifacts out of the country.  He told police he had no idea it was against the law to take the coins, which he felt had been dislodged in a recent earthquake.  Officials say it could be a month or more before his release, provided he is cleared of the charges.

Clear Link Between Vitamin B6, B12 Intake and Lung Cancer Risk
24th August 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans

B vitamins are among the most popular vitamin supplements taken today in the US.  New research suggests long-term, high-dose supplementation with vitamins B6 and B12, long touted by the vitamin industry for increasing energy and improving metabolism, is associated with a two-to-four-fold increased lung cancer risk in men relative to non-users, especially those who smoke.

Graham Hancock: Archaeologist Back from the Gates of Death After Mysterious Seizures
23rd August 2017 | inquisitr.com | Humans

Graham Hancock, maverick archaeologist, investigative journalist, and acclaimed author, has survived his second NDE (near death experience), and it is hoped that Graham will be around to challenge the archaeological status quo for a long time to come.  He provides a vital balance in the archaeological community. For a body of science to continue without a dissenting voice renders the increase of knowledge impossible. How can progress ever be made if new evidence is ignored because of old theories? Archaeology, and indeed academia in general, needs Graham Hancock, though they may not always appreciate his input. Graham, however, after making public his recent brush with death explained in his own words, is more aware than ever of his own mortality.

Can Ayahuasca Alleviate Both Depression and Poverty?
23rd August 2017 indiancountrymedianetwork.com | Humans

Amazonian hallucinogen Ayahuasaca’s current trendy status among Westerners has created a veritable cottage industry of somewhere between 30 and 100 ayahuasca centers around the steamy tropical town of Iquitos, Peru.  “Iquitos is the Disneyland of Ayahuasca,” Mick Huerta said, who lives among the Shipibo and is writing a book. “The boom is changing both the people who come and the people providing the medicine. There is a valuing of indigenous culture and knowledge on the one hand, and people taking advantage of it on the other.”  Huerta explained that with the average daily wage standing at $3 for a 10-hour day, meaning that local indigenous people are very poor, the chance to make several hundred dollars off an ayahuasca ceremony has a strong pull. “They can feed a family for four months on what they make from one ceremony,” he explained.

When it Comes to Controversial Science, a Little Knowledge is a Big Problem
23rd August 2017 arstechnica.com | Humans

For a lot of scientific topics such as climate change or evolution, there’s a big gap between what science understands and what the public thinks it knows.  It would be reassuring to think that the gap is simply a lack of information.  Get the people with doubts about science up to speed, and they’d see things the way scientists do.  But a number of studies indicate that is a false premise; that the public’s doubts about science have little to do with how much they understand that topic.  A new study indicates that scientific knowledge makes it easier for those who are culturally inclined to reject a scientific consensus.

New Homeopathic Remedy for Migraines Wins Award
22nd August 2017 | bioportfolio.com | Humans, Tech

Migraines are a problem that afflicts 1 in 4 US households.  They can sometimes be caused by magnesium deficiency, and hospital emergency rooms often give migraine patients an IV treatment that contains magnesium. Taking magnesium at home rarely works because oral forms of magnesium, such as pills, are poorly absorbed by the body and have little effect on migraines.  But Zyclear was created to solve this problem, and is made from a special form of liquid magnesium that is applied to the back of the neck and absorbs through the skin, making it highly effective.

First Ever Woman in China Cryogenically Frozen
22nd August 2017 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Tech

Cryonics is the practice of deep-freezing recently deceased bodies, or even just the brains of those who have recently died,  in the hopes of one day reviving them. It has been the subject of serious scientific exploration and study – as well as a fair share of pseudoscience, lore, and myth. But recently, for the first time ever in China, a woman has been cryogenically frozen who died at the age of 49 from lung cancer.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Explains Fashion’s Obsession with Space
21st August 2017 | yahoo.com | Humans, Space

Numerous fashion designers are currently trending futuristic designs to emulate NASA and space-related themed fabrics.  Bill Nye the Science Guy has a less bleak read on why fashion is suddenly looking to space again:  “Space brings out the best in people, because it’s inherently optimistic,” he said. “You’re dipping your toes in the cosmic ocean. We’re exploring, and when you explore, you’re going to have an adventure. That’s what fashion is all about.”

American Towns Are Making Solar Eclipse Time Capsules
21st August 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Humans, Space

The path of totality—the swath of America that, as the solar eclipse sweeps over the country August 21, will fall under its full shadow — is a busy place to be this week, as people prep for a deluge of tourists, scramble to find safety glasses, and gird themselves for possible encounters with notorious lizard men.  In all this hubbub, though, some towns are still finding time to plan for the future: they’re making eclipse-themed time capsules.

Solar Eclipse Turns Small US Heartland Town into Celestial Superbowl
21st August 2017 | livescience.com | Humans, Space

Story highlights travelers who planned for 5 years to travel nearly 400 miles to total solar eclipse crossroads college town of Carbondale Illinois.

SC Towns Giving Solar Eclipse Glasses to the Homeless
21st August 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Humans

In certain ways, a solar eclipse is a great equalizer: we’re all under the same sun, and everyone within the path of totality today will be able to enjoy the same few minutes of wonder. If you want to watch the event with abandon, though, it’s best to wear a pair of eclipse glasses — currently a hard-to-find accessory. To that end, at least two cities have been providing free eclipse glasses to homeless community members.

During a Solar Eclipse Darkness Falls and Wonder Rises
21st August 2017 | nytimes.com | Humans, Space

The regular movements of the heavens are the oldest and deepest intimations of order in the universe. So it is hard, no matter how enlightened you consider yourself to be, not to feel a primordial lurch in your gut when the sun suddenly disappears from the sky.  But we are children of the light, and when the light comes back, we’ll be dancing in it. That, by the way, is a fine time to cry.

Celestial School Supplies for Space Cadets
21st August 2017 | yahoo.com | Humans, Tech

Just in time for back-to-school.  Take a step back from your telescope and take a look at these goodies.  With these stellar items at your fingertips, you’ll be able to blast off into the school year, ready and willing to explore the great unknown.

Fascinating Eclipse Related History Facts For Your Reading Pleasure
21st August 2017 | todayifoundout.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

This lengthy, but well-written and entertaining article, many eclipse related history topics are discussed including, but not limited to:  Galileo, Christopher Columbus, the Pitcairn Islands, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Thales the Milesian, and Bailey’s Beads.

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