Man Eats Untold Number of Cockroaches then Dies

Though it could scarcely be considered health advice, it’s probably not a good idea to enter a live bug eating contest – no matter what the prize. A 32 year old West Palm Beach man named Edward Archbold learned that the hard way after dying shortly after consuming a baffling quantity of live worms and cockroaches.

Several contest showed up to the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach on Friday for a chance to win a highly coveted (apparently) python. It was Archbold however who was in it to win it and showed up with his A-Game seemingly not having eaten prior to the contest.

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Man Cures Asperger’s With the Help of Howard Stern

David Finch was a former marketing exec living in New York and dealing with the crippling weight of Asperger’s Syndrome run amok when he turned to the most unlikely of sources for inspiration – the King of all Media!

With his marriage and work life in disarray, Finch began studying the conversational habits and behaviors of famous talk show hosts like Howard Stern, David Letterman and Regis Philbin in order to mimic their flawless delivery and knack for sociability. A self-professed “drama geek” since high school, Finch used his innate ability to inhabit a part in order to absorb the best social qualities of each popular persona.

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Did Steve Jobs Sign His Own Death Warrant With Alternative Medicine?

A Harvard Medical School researcher is saying that Steve Job’s reluctance to pursue traditional medical treatments for his cancer diagnosis could have hastened his own demise.

For nine months after doctors informed him that he had pancreatic cancer (a type of cancer not typically thought of to be fatal) the Buddhist vegetarian hoped to avoid surgery by eating a special diet. Finally in July 2004 the tech giant underwent surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. But by that point it was too late.

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Crazy Cringe-Worthy Civil War Medical Techniques That Are So Much Better Now

This year marks the 150th anniversary to the start of the American Civil War. From that conflict, there came many modern methods of battlefield medicine including the use of anesthetics for surgery. However, the Civil War also featured a plethora of primitive medical practices that caused many soldiers to die from disease, poor treatment and ineffective medical practices. Since the Civil War, there have been countless advancements in technological and medical practices for the treatment of battlefield wounds and as a result, have saved many lives. Here are a few Civil War medical practices with their modern equivalents that show how far battlefield medicine has come in the past 150 years.

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Could New ‘Serial Killer Cells’ Cure Cancer?

Gene therapy experts at the University of Pennsylvania have just engineered a breakthrough in cancer treatment that even some of the more reserved members of the science community are calling an “amazing, amazing kind of achievement.” They’ve created a type of cell that hunts out and indiscriminately kills any cancer cells currently in your body as well as any that might sprout up in the future. The test group so far has been extremely small (only three people so far) but the study is no doubt one of the most promising advancements in medical science in recent times.

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Great Apps For a Healthy Lifestyle

It seems everyday mobile applications are becoming a bigger part of our daily lives. Millions have downloaded ones like Angry Birds and the music finder Shazam. One type of app growing in popularity is the health and exercise app. Here is a list of some great health and exercise apps to check out.

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20 Strange and Mysterious Medical Syndromes

Doctors have come across some baffling day-to-day ailments, but few conditions are as strange as these 20 disorders, which range from biological to psychological to cultural in nature.

Foreign Accent Syndrome
Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a speech disorder that causes sudden changes in speech pattern, intonation and pronunciation so that the victim is perceived to speak with a “foreign” accent. FAS usually results from severe trauma to the brain, such as a stroke or head injury, and typically develops within one or two years of the injury. Of the 50 to 60 cases that have been verified since 1941, only a few FAS sufferers regained their normal speech pattern, although some experienced success through speech therapy.

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Historic Deadly Plagues and How They Would Be Treated Today

History is full of catastrophes, and a plague is without doubt one of the deadliest. Modern medicine provides relief from some of them these days, but in past centuries humans have been at the mercy of all kinds of bacteria, viruses and other icky stuff.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Here is a list of famous human pandemics, and how the diseases responsible would be handled today.

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20 Outrageous Brainwashing Cigarette Ads

Today, it’s common knowledge that cigarettes are bad for your health, but as these vintage ads show, it used to be common for tobacco ads to resort to manipulation, half-truths, peer pressure and other tactics to brainwash people into believing that cigarettes were OK.

 

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10 Crazy Medical Inventions That (Thankfully) Never Caught On

Every year, modern medical science creates devices that advance the fight against human illness, frailty and mortality, increasing both our quality and quantity of life. These are not those devices. Rather, these 10 items represent a range of medical quackery, ill-conceived inventions and just plain insanity from the past 80 years of healthcare. If you ever see any of them in your doctor’s office, seek help elsewhere.

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