Alcohol bad for hippos

The hippocampus, that is. And this InsightCity writer thought alcohol only killed off the weak brain cells. On the contrary. A longitudinal study of 550 middle-aged people showed that increases in alcohol consumption are associated with increases in hippocampal atrophy. Not only is that a pretty rad band name, but it also leads to difficulties with memory and spatial navigation. Increasing risk of structural damage begins around 14-21 units of alcohol per week for men, while current US guidelines suggest up to 24.5 units per week is safe. Additionally, contrary to everything Grandpa believed, the study found no brain benefit to drinking low levels of alcohol. Wuuut? Next, you’re going to tell me my crystal meth isn’t the cavity fighting agent I claim it to be.

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Eh, what’s up bot?

Feeling blue but don’t have the time/money/energy to go see a professional therapist? Or do you just hate interacting with people? Woebot may be just the “fully automated conversational agent” (AKA chatbot) you’re looking for. Chatbots are popping up all over, but this one has some research to back up its claims of being able to reduce depression. For $39 a month, Woebot will check in on you once a day and ask some simple, judgement free questions about how you’re doing. If you cancel your Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime subscriptions, you can easily pay for this service and an extra latte or two. If you watch all of those, that might be a major source of the problem. This writer does what he can to help, free of charge.

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Don’t laugh until you’re red in the face

Rosacea sufferers know how embarrassing it can be to have people always ask if they’re alright or if they’ve eaten something to make them break out. Allergan has recently begun a press tour for newly approved Rhofade to treat facial erythema, more commonly known as facial redness or rosacea. As is becoming the trend, Allergan has gone the route of a celebrity endorser. Actress and Tony Award winner Kristen Chenoweth is the literal face of their new campaign. Their slogan “Less Red, More You” makes us think about other times famous people’s faces have changed colors. On that note, do you think Donald Trump was born orange or is that a look he’s cultivated?

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Good immune system? Blame it on the dog

It’s easy to blame things on the dog. Chewed furniture? Yep. That mystery puddle on the floor? Sure. Being a slobbery, disgusting vehicle for germs entering the house? Definitely. But as you’re wiping dog snot off your windows for the billionth time, look on the bright side: the microbes brought into the house by dogs are actually helping our immune systems. Kids who grow up in households with dogs are less likely to develop autoimmune diseases and allergies – potentially due to the diversity of bacteria brought into the house by Fido. What about cats, you ask? All we know for sure is cats couldn’t care less if you get sick. Here are the 5 most popular dog breeds IN THE WORLD!

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FDA: Endo’s opioid is a no-no, has got to go

For the first time, the FDA is requesting that a drug maker remove its product from the market for public health reasons. Endo Pharmaceuticals’ Opana ER—an opioid designed to continuously manage moderate to severe pain—has already faced scrutiny for being easy to abuse via snorting. Turns out addicts aren’t too fond of the ‘extended’ aspect of the drug. To combat this, the company added a coating that made the drug harder to crush… so abusers injected it instead. Not only did this reformulation not meet the FDA’s standards of officially being abuse-deterrent, but the rise in injection abuse is also tied to an HIV/Hep C outbreak caused by needle sharing. God save us from people who mean well.

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