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Landfill

Living Next to a Landfill Greatly Increases The Risk of Developing All Kinds of Health Problems, Including Tuberculosis.

Landfills hold both household and commercial waste. Most household waste sent to landfills is organic, such as food, paper, cardboard, or wood. Other types of household waste include plastic or tin packaging. Do you know how dangerous it is to live next to a Landfill?  Living near a landfill increases your chances of developing various …

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Marie Currie Coffin

Marie Curie is Buried in a Lead-Lined Coffin. Her Body and Notes are Highly Radioactive because She Worked with Radium.

Marie Salomea Sklodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who pioneered radioactivity research. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first and only woman to receive the prize twice, and the only person to receive the prize in two scientific fields. Do you know what kind of coffin was …

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Continuum Magazine

What was the Continuum Magazine About?

HIV is a type of virus. It may cause AIDS after you’ve been infected for several years and a weakened immune system. Not everyone infected with HIV develops AIDS. However, if you do not receive antiretroviral therapy, the infection will progress to AIDS in 10 to 15 years. Do you know what Continuum Magazine is …

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Hookworm

How Did Hookworms Give Southerners A Bad Reputation?

Laziness may indicate a lack of self-esteem, a lack of positive recognition from others, a lack of discipline due to low self-confidence, or a lack of interest in or belief in the activity’s efficacy. Laziness can take the form of procrastination or vacillation. Did you know the culprit for laziness in South America?  Hookworm infection, …

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Infant

Do Infants Feel Pain?

Until the 1980s scientists believed that infants did not feel any pain because they did not fully develop pain receptors. They assumed that the reactions babies had to pokes and pricks were just muscular responses. But do infants actually feel pain? Infants were long thought to not feel pain. They were routinely subjected to major …

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Kendra Jackson

How Did Doctors Find Out Kendra Jackson’s Brain Was Leaking?

Kendra Jackson, at the time, was a 46-year-old divorced mother who worked at a bank. She was well-liked in her neighborhood and was known for her outgoing and kind personality. She always had a runny nose and a severe headache after getting into an accident. But what doctors later discovered was that her brain was …

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Iron lung

Who is the Last Person in the US to Live in an Iron Lung

An iron lung is a negative pressure ventilator that functions as a mechanical respirator. John Mayow came up with the concept of external negative pressure ventilation but the first prototype was described in 1832 by John Dalziel.  Paul Richard Alexander is a paralytic polio survivor, a lawyer, and a writer. He is widely regarded as …

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Who Found the Cure to Malaria?

Malaria is endemic to tropical regions and is usually acquired from being bitten by the female Anopheles mosquito. In the early part of the twentieth century, there were no treatments for the disease. But did you know that the cure for Malaria was developed in the early seventies? A Chinese pharmaceutical chemist, Tu Youyou, discovered …

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How Did “The Golden Girls” Teach Us About AIDS?

The Golden Girls sitcom was created by Susan Harris and originally aired on NBC. The show ran for seven seasons in a span of seven years. While the show focused on the lives of four older women living in Miami, they also tackled real-life issues. Did you know about the episode on AIDS? Betty White’s …

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