Study Shows That Your Office Coffee Cup Is Probably Covered In Poop

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You may want to think next time before you grab a cup of coffee at work to fuel you for the day because chances are it’s covered in fecal matter.

According to a study done by Dr. Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona, about 90 percent of mugs in office kitchens are covered in bacteria with about 20 percent being covered in fecal bacteria, according to the New York Post. The 1997 study showed that most of the bacteria was caused by kitchen sponges in the workplace, which are not changed or washed very frequently.

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Survey: Men Must Communicate Health Issues With Families

Health talks between fathers and sons

While it is no surprise that men would rather discuss sports or current events with their sons than talk about health issues, it is important to note that when these conversations don’t take place, sons are missing important parts of their medical history. The Cleveland Clinic wanted to learn more about this, so they conducted a survey, and the results led them to create the MENtion It campaign to get men and their families talking.

The Cleveland Clinic surveyed 567 U.S. men over the age of 18 who are currently fathers or father figures to a boy, and who had a father and/or father figure growing up, and nearly two-thirds (62 percent) reported that they wished that their own father (figure) had been more open to them more about health topics. It was also reported that almost half (47 percent) of fathers with sons revealed that they didn’t know about their family health history until they started to go to the doctor as an adult.

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Newly Discovered Natural Protein Could Lead To Approaches To Prevent And Treat Blindness

A rare blue female human eye.

Scientists discovered a natural protein known as neuroserpin that could lead to new approaches to prevent and treat the eye disease glaucoma, which leads to blindness if not treated. They found that the protein has a significant role in retina health.

The findings of the study were printed in Scientific Reports. The research is led by Dr. Vivek Gupta, of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, and other colleagues, according to Medical News Today.

Neuroserpin is found to regulate enzymes and maintains a natural protective environment in the eye. It also blocks the activity of an enzyme known as plasmin and protects neurons against plasmin-induced damage. It belongs to a family of “serpins,” which are sensitive to oxidation in environmental factors like air pollution.

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Paul Baxter: How This Man’s Childhood Came Back To Haunt Him 40 Years Later

A Patient's hand with an IV in a hospital bed covered with a blue blanket

Imagine being told you have a potentially life-threatening disease, only to find out that the mass found on your lung was a toy from your childhood. For Paul Baxter, that was exactly the case.

Troubled by the yellow mucus he was coughing up for over a year, Paul Baxter, an English postman, decided it was finally time to seek medical attention. After undergoing scans and X-rays, doctors were all but certain that the growth detected on Baxter’s lung was cancer-related. Considering Baxter’s 30-year smoking addiction, this diagnosis wasn’t far-fetched. Fortunately, Baxter’s health scare would soon turn into a laughingstock among the medical professionals at Royal Preston Hospital, and even Baxter himself.

As doctors performed further examination to better identify the foreign orange object, the growth revealed itself to be nothing more than a traffic cone from a Playmobil playset.

“Everyone in the room just laughed,” Baxter explained.

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Botox Approved By FDA As New Treatment For Chronic Migraines

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Chronic migraine sufferers have a new and unusual treatment option in the form of Botox injections. More than 3.2 million people suffer from chronic migraines and are always seeking relief from the throbbing pain and sensitivity to light and sound that impacts their ability to comfortably live their lives. While pain killers and other therapies can often take the edge off, full relief was not available for all who suffer from this excruciating condition until the FDA approved Botox for this purpose.

Some people wonder whether they have a tension headache or suffer from migraines. While one should go to a physician to find out if he or she has migraines, there are some differences that one can notice including throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, feeling worse with movement, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes even nausea.

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Dementia Symptoms: Inability To Smell These Scents Could Hint At Condition

Dementia Symptoms: Inability To Smell These Scents Could Hint At Condition

A new study suggests that the inability to detect certain smells could be a possible dementia symptom in older individuals.

In order to determine how an elderly person’s sense of smell could affect their risk of dementia, a team of researchers from the University of Chicago had close to 3,000 men and women aged 57 to 85 take part in a small test. According to the New York Daily News, the participants were given “Sniffin’ Sticks” felt pens infused with the scents of fish, leather, orange, peppermint, and rose, and asked if they could identify the smells associated with the pens.

Based on the study’s results, more than three-fourths of the men and women had a normal sense of smell, with half of the participants able to identify all five smells correctly. Another 18.7 percent were identified as “hyposmic,” as they only got two or three odors right. Lastly, 3.2 percent were found to be “anosmic,” having identified one or none of the smells.

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