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The Rare Skin Disease 'Epidermolysis Bullosa' Is Actual Hell

But researchers are finally starting to make a dent in the excruciating, often-fatal disease.<p>Epidermolysis Bullosa sufferers are known variously as "butterfly children," "cotton wool babies," and, in South America, "crystal skin children." It's an affliction worthy of the mythologization—"the most …

There's a single nerve that connects all of your vital organs — and it might just be the future of medicine

"I had become so stiff I couldn't stand up," she says. "It was a great shock because I'm such an active person."<p>It was 1993. Vrind was in her late 40s and working two jobs, athletics coach and a carer for disabled people, but her condition now began taking over her life. "I had to stop my jobs and …

Is It Bad for Your Health to Hold in a Fart?

<b>Gas 101</b><br>When your body tries to get rid of gas buildup, it'll either do so via a belch that leaves your mouth or flatulence that escapes from your rectum. Burping is often a result of "air aphasia," a.k.a. eating air. "Some people tend to swallow more air when they talk or chew gum,” says Lisa …

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns' feverish and agonizing deaths.<p>You'll notice I said "could have."<p>The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.<p>Semmelweis was a man of …

Personal Hygiene

Australians’ Amazingly Compassionate Response To Horrific Religious Extremism

As Australia continues to grapple with a violent hostage-taker in Sydney who claims affiliation with the militant group ISIS, local Muslims and …

Stop Making Cancer Patients Feel Guilty

The three words that no person ever wants to hear are "You have cancer." Your life is changed forever. You wonder "Why me?" and "How did I get cancer?" And then it starts. It's bad enough that you have to endure what you are going to do in order to treat the cancer situations but all of a sudden, …

Does subliminal advertising actually work?

<b>Hidden messages that promote products in films once caused a moral panic. But is the much-feared technique really effective? The BBC's Phil Tinline helped devise an experiment to find out.</b><p>On 12 September, 1957, at a studio in New York, a market researcher in the Mad Men mould called a press …

Mad Men

Alex Nash, 5, Gets $24 Bill From Friend's Parents For Missing Birthday Party

A 5-year-old boy in Plymouth, England, was given a $24 invoice for missing a friend's birthday party in an unusual dispute that appears to be heading to court.<p>Alex Nash was supposed to attend the party at a local ski park in December, where kids were treated to snow tubing, tobogganing and lunch. …