10 Uses for Breastmilk

Breast milk can do more than simply nourish your baby.

In fact, not only can it treat a number of bodily ailments, but it can be made in to jewellery, food or even deodorant.

Here Femail takes a look at the top 10 weird and wonderful ways you can use breast milk that doesn’t involve feeding your baby.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3857712/The-10-weird-wonderful-ways-use-breast-milk.html

Is Most Published Research Wrong?

fMRI and the Man with the Fluid-Filled Skull

Here is a fascinating account of a man whose skull was mostly filled with fluid rather than brain tissue.  He had a lower than average IQ but was able to lead a normal and productive life.  The fact that he had little brain tissue challenges current notions of consciousness:

“Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who’s missing 90% of his neurons, still exhibits normal behavior,” says Cleeremans. A theory of consciousness that depends on “specific neuroanatomical features” (the physical make-up of the brain) would have trouble explaining such cases.

Read more: http://qz.com/722614/a-civil-servant-missing-most-of-his-brain-challenges-our-most-basic-theories-of-consciousness/

HT: http://wmbriggs.com/post/19647/

Because They Use The Scientific Method (?!)

College science classes are hostile to women and minorities because they use the scientific method, which assumes people can find reliable truths about the natural world through careful and sustained experimentation, concludes a recent dissertation by a doctoral candidate at the University of North Dakota…

Throughout her dissertation, Parson assumes and asserts that women and minorities are uniquely challenged by the idea that science can provide objective information about the natural world. This is an unfair assumption, she says, because the concept of objectivity is too hard for women and minorities to understand. “[N]otions of absolute truth and a single reality” are “masculine,” she says, referring to poststructuralist feminist theory.

Source and read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2016/10/science-is-hard-barbie.html and http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/29/feminist-phd-candidate-science-sexist-not-subjective/

It is Simply No Longer Possible to Believe

Marcia Angell: “it is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine[12].

12. Angell M. Drug companies and doctors: A story of corruption. January 15, 2009. The New York Review of Books 56. Available: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2009/jan/15/drug-companies-doctorsa-story-of-corruption/. Accessed 20 September 2010.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964337/

HT: http://wakingtimesmedia.com/mercks-former-doctor-predicts-gardasil-will-become-greatest-medical-scandal-time/

Incurable Enterovirus D68

Children are at risk from an outbreak of a killer virus similar to polio that can paralyse its victims.

Clusters of children across Britain have fallen victim to enterovirus D68, which is spread easily through coughs and sneezes.

The previously rare bug, which experts say is on the rise, has no anti-viral cure or vaccine.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3838859/British-children-risk-outbreak-killer-polio-type-virus-leave-victims-paralysed.html

Brains and Emotions

Now scientists have shown that the often baffling variations in the way males and females in our species behave could lie in the way our brains are wired.

They have found that men and women have opposite neuronal responses in a critical area of the brain that controls experience of emotions, blood pressure control and self-awareness.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3689820/Are-male-female-brains-wired-differently-Scans-opposite-responses-area-responsible-experience-emotions.html