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Your brain is a masterpiece, divided into two parts, left and right.
In the left nothing is right and in the right nothing is left.

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Some of the answers we got on our last post were very creative, but surprisingly, nobody was able to identify the object in the picture…

Believe it or not, the shiny object is a 15-cm, 1.2kg kidney stone which was removed on 2009 from a Hungarian man.
Kidney stones do not normally get much bigger than a golf ball – and even that is considered extremely large.

A kidney stone is a solid mass that forms in the kidney from substances in the urine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Most stones pass out of the body without incidence, but some kidney stones do not go away and may get stuck in the urinary tract. This can block the flow of urine and cause excruciating pain.

You not only get the stabbing pain in the lower back just beneath your ribs, you can also feel nauseous and throw up. As this little nuisance travels along, the pain will move down to your lower abdomen. You will think you want to pee a lot too. After standing with tears in your eyes, you may be unlucky enough to only produce a tiny drop or two.

Well men, since they are more likely to happen to you than women, here are some kidney stone causes:
(1) You don't drink enough fluid - that means water, not beer.
(2) You spend too long sitting doing nothing; that includes watching TV or watching Miley Cyrus clips on YouTube.
(3) You may be drinking too much coffee or tea or taking too much Vitamin C or D.

There are a lot of things men just don't need to experience in this life, and this is one of them. Do yourself a favor and make sure to drink plenty of fresh water every day.

#kidneystones #drinkwater #vitamins  

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Can you guess what it is and how it happened?

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Recent breakthrough holds promise to find cure for baldness - Scientists grow cells that sprout new human hair

Baldness could soon be nothing more than a bad memory, thanks to a breakthrough by British and American scientists. In research that could ‘transform’, researchers took a clump of cells responsible for hair growth from seven human donors, cloned the cells then transplanted them into human skin grafted onto the back of mice.

In five of the tests the transplants sprouted human hair that lasted six weeks. DNA tests confirmed the new hair follicles were human and a genetic match to the cell donors.

Although the work is at an early stage, the scientists from Durham University in the UK and Columbia University in the US, say it represents a real breakthrough in treating the hair loss that blights millions of men and women.

Options at the moment are limited to drugs and hair transplants.  But as we all know, drugs can have side-effects and hair transplants simply work with what is there, by redistributing existing hair.

In contrast, the new technique will actually boost the number of hairs on the head.
Researchers have known for more than 40 years that papilla cells from rodents could be transplanted and would lead to new hair growth. The cells from the papillae have the ability to reprogram the surrounding skin cells to form hair follicles. But human papilla cells, grown in culture, mysteriously lose the ability to make hair follicles form. A breakthrough came when the researchers realized they might be growing the cells the wrong way.

Unlike rodent papilla cells that formed clumps in culture, human cells did not. So, instead of trying to grow the cells in flat, one-cell layer on a petri dish, they turned to an older method called “hanging drop culture”. That method involves putting about 3,000 papilla cells into a drop of culture medium on the lid of a dish, and then flipping the lid over so that the drops are hanging upside down.
“The droplets aren’t so heavy that they drip off,” Dr. Christiano said. “The force of gravity just takes the 3,000 cells and draws them into an aggregate at the bottom of the drop.”

The old technique made all the difference.

The researchers took papilla cells from seven men, cultured them in hanging drops and then injected them into human skin grafted onto mice. New hair follicles grew in five of the seven grafts, and tests proved that they were human follicles and not mouse ones.
The success, though encouraging, is just a first step, Dr. Christiano cautioned. “At the moment we’re only getting quite a small hair” she said.

One avenue for further research will be to look at why only 22 percent of the genes that normally function in these cells were turned on.

#baldness #baldnessinmen #hairloss #hairtransplant

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The website that records the last word of EVERY prisoner executed in Texas... even those who turn out to be innocent...

John Lennon staggered up six steps to the room at the end of the entrance used by the concierge, said, "I'm shot," and collapsed. Doorman Jay Hastings ran out from his inside office to assist Lennon and immediately dialed 911 as Chapman calmly sat down on the sidewalk and waited. The doorman walked to Chapman and reportedly said, "Do you know what you've done?" Chapman calmly replied, "I just shot John Lennon."

For anyone who isn't a celebrity, last words are either forgotten or unmemorable.

In the case of death row convicts in the state of Texas, ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they've been posted on a penitentiary website.

The Texas's Department of Criminal Justice website is a dense collection which shows the wide-range of human behavior when confronted with the last minutes of life. Many of the convicted used this moment to profess their innocence one last time, while others tried to atone for their crimes with an apology.

“I want you to understand I speak the truth when I say I didn't kill your kids,” David Spence said in April 1997. “Honestly I have not killed anyone.”

But the most surprising are those that express complete acceptance of their punishment, like Charles Bass which was convicted of shooting and killing a police officer and was executed in 1986 at the age of 30.

“I deserve this. Tell everyone I said goodbye,” was all he said.

A fascinatingly reflection of Human nature.

The Texas's Department of Criminal Justice website:

#deathrow #Lastwords #deathsentence #Texas #Execution  

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Dick Cheney worried terrorists would be able to remotely hack into his pacemaker and conduct an assassination attempt by initiating a fatal cardiac arrest

On May 8th 2013 we have reported the mysterious death of Barnaby Jack, a San Francisco "ethical hacker", who was set to give a speech on infiltrating wireless implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers, defibrillators or insulin pumps.

Apparently the former Vice President Dick Cheney was well aware of the threat, many years before Barnaby Jack's unexplainable death.
Since the age of 37, Dick Cheney had suffered a grand total of five heart attacks and in 2007 a pacemaker was placed in Cheney's chest.

In a recent interview with CBS'S  "60 Minutes" Dick Cheney revealed he had his doctors disable the lifesaving device’s wireless function to prevent a possible assassination attempt.

"I was aware of the danger,  that existed," he said.

Unlike nearly 3 million Americans with pacemakers, on March 2012 Dick Cheney underwent a successful heart transplant and thereby excused himself from the potential threat.

#dickcheney #BarnabyJack #WirelessMedicalDevice   #Pacemakers #Defibrillators #InsulinPumps  

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The #FDA released an updated anticipated scope of Medical Product activities during the Federal Government shutdown (Sunday, Oct-13, 2013)

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Believe it or not, there is such thing as too many orgasms…
Woman who has up to 100 orgasms a DAY left in agony as even the slightest of movements can trigger a climax.

Kim Ramsey, 44, has a medical condition which makes her feel constantly aroused. Even the slightest pelvic movement - on a train, in a car, doing housework - can trigger a climax, but the sheer volume has left her tired, in pain and unable to have a normal relationship.

“Other women wonder how to have an orgasm, I wonder how to stop mine," she said.

Kim was diagnosed with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), and doctors blamed it on spinal cysts, at the point where a woman's orgasm originates, that developed after she fell down some stairs about 12 years ago.

She first noticed the problem in 2008 after having sex with a new boyfriend.

“I had constant orgasms for four days. I thought I was going mad. We tried everything to make it stop. Squats, deep breathing,  I even sat on frozen peas but the orgasms and sexual arousal continued for 36 hours - I must have had around 200 orgasms during that period. The pain and exhaustion was excruciating.”

Kim noted she no longer feels like she has control over her own body: “Imagine feeling aroused for no reason other than you got up that day. I've even had one in public. I was traveling home on the train and it was a bit of a bumpy ride. Every jerk of the train or vibration made me more aroused and it was a 40-minute journey so there was nothing I could do. I just had to bite my lip and sit on my hands and hope no one noticed.”

Due to shame, guilt and fear of rejection, it is not clear how many people have the condition, as some patients may suffer in silence.

In 2009, an anonymous woman wrote about having 100 to 200 orgasms each day:

“Every time I do something, I have to evaluate my situation. Where am I? Are there other people around? How well do I know them? What is the likelihood that, if I don't get someplace private in time, things could get complicated? Can I make noise? I avoid triggers - things like music with heavy bass, vibrations from riding a train or an idle car, cold air, musky cologne, darkness, stress, scary movies, romantic movies, unexpected touch, a full bladder. PGAD is completely unrelated to sex drive. Watching sex scenes does nothing for me, but the other day, when a friend put his hand on my back, I found it really hard to contain a screaming orgasm. If my heart rate shoots up too high for too long, I flare up. I avoided exercise and gained a lot of weight. One time, I was hugging a male relative and I felt an orgasm arise. It felt really dirty and wrong, and I totally freaked out. Now, I try to avoid hugs in general unless I feel ready for them.”

#PersistentGenitalArousalDisorder #PGAD #MultiOrgasms #Orgasm  

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Thousands flee as cyclone heads to India

Indian officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to evacuate their homes as a massive cyclone that filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal gathered strength and headed towards India's eastern seaboard.

Forecasters saying Cyclone Phailin, currently sweeping through the Bay of Bengal, will hit the region on Saturday evening.

State officials feared the wind speed could touch levels higher than that of a deadly super-cyclone that hit Odisha in 1999, killing nearly 15,000 people.

The Indian Meteorological Department warned that Phailin was a "very severe cyclonic storm" that was expected to hit with maximum sustained winds of 210-220 kilometers per hour.

However, the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii forecast maximum sustained winds of 269 kilometers per hour with gusts up to 315 kilometers per hour.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you - please stay safe!

#Cyclone #Phailin #phailincyclone #India  
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