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Why Doctors Have Men “Turn Their Heads and Cough” During Physicals

Why Doctors Have Men “Turn Their Heads and Cough” During Physicals

Daven Hiskey September 19, 2012 3

Today I Found Out why doctors have men “turn their heads and cough” during a physical. Pretty much all guys have been there at some point or another.  The doctor asks you to drop

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It is Possible for a Person’s Muscles and Other Connective Soft Tissues to Turn to Bone

It is Possible for a Person’s Muscles and Other Connective Soft Tissues to Turn to Bone

Daven Hiskey September 11, 2012 16

Today I Found Out it is possible for your muscles and other connective soft tissues to turn to bone. The condition is known as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) or “Stone Man Syndrome”. It affects

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Why Do Olympians Wear Colored Tape?

Why Do Olympians Wear Colored Tape?

Daven Hiskey August 9, 2012 6

J.Temple asks: Why are the Olympians wearing colored tape on random parts of their bodies? The colored tape the Olympians and other athletes wear is called “Kinesio® Tex Tape”, which is essentially just an

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What Causes Lactose Intolerance

What Causes Lactose Intolerance

Scott July 6, 2012 7

Today I Found Out what causes lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is simply the body’s inability to digest lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide, or a molecule made up of two types of sugars, in this

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Large Enough Quantities of Capsaicin (The Thing That Makes Peppers Hot) Can Turn Your Skin Blue

Large Enough Quantities of Capsaicin (The Thing That Makes Peppers Hot) Can Turn Your Skin Blue

Daven Hiskey June 19, 2012 0

Large enough quantities of capsaicin may cause your skin to turn blue-ish, severely inhibit your breathing, cause convulsions, and possible eventual death.  However, the relatively small amount of capsaicin in peppers makes it unlikely

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CPR Does Not Require “Mouth To Mouth”

CPR Does Not Require “Mouth To Mouth”

Scott June 9, 2012 16

Myth: Proper CPR technique should include frequent use of “mouth to mouth” in between compressions. In fact, the 2010 guidelines set out by the American Heart Association (AHA) do not recommend breathing for someone

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Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Daven Hiskey May 23, 2012 2

Myth: Reading in a dimly lit area will damage your eyesight. In fact, the only “damage” reading in a dimly lit setting will do, in comparison to reading in an ample lighted setting, is

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Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Redheads are Harder to Sedate Than Any Other Group

Daven Hiskey May 22, 2012 1

Redheads are harder to sedate than any other group. Using most common anesthetics, they require on average about 20% more anesthesia.  They also have a higher tolerance for pain than ‘normal’ people. This is

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10 Fascinating Human Body Facts: Part-3

10 Fascinating Human Body Facts: Part-3

Noreen May 16, 2012 0

Embed This Infographic[Source: Today I Found Out] Click Here for Part 1: 10 Interesting Things About The Human Body Click Here For Part 2: 10 Fascinating Facts About The Human Body

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Why Beans Give You Gas

Why Beans Give You Gas

Scott May 13, 2012 5

Today I Found Out why beans give you gas. Beans contain a sugar molecule called ‘Oligosaccharides’. These types of sugars cannot be digested by the stomach or small intestine. They get passed on to

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What Causes Hiccups

What Causes Hiccups

Scott May 5, 2012 11

Today I Found Out what causes hiccups. In medical terms, a hiccup can be called a hiccough, a synchronous diaphragmatic flutter, or singlutus. Hiccups are classified into three categories: normal, protracted or persistent, and

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What Causes Arms, Legs, and Feet to “Fall Asleep”

What Causes Arms, Legs, and Feet to “Fall Asleep”

Scott January 24, 2012 4

Today I Found Out what causes limbs to “fall asleep”. Technically known as “paresthesia”, this syndrome is caused by the compression of specific nerves. When you sit cross-legged, sleep with your arm above your

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How Scars Form

How Scars Form

Scott January 23, 2012 2

Today I Found Out how scars form. One of the main components of skin is a protein called collagen.  Skin collagen is primarily made from specialized cells called fibroblasts. After scab formation, fibroblasts that

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What Causes Headaches

What Causes Headaches

Scott January 7, 2012 0

Today I Found Out what causes headaches. There are approximately 200 different types of headaches, classified in two main groups: primary and secondary. There are in the neighborhood of 42 types of primary headaches

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What Causes Strokes

What Causes Strokes

Scott December 31, 2011 3

Today I Found Out what causes a stroke. A stroke, known in the medical field as a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or brain attack, is more or less a “heart attack” for the brain. 

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Why Your Nose Runs When You Cry

Why Your Nose Runs When You Cry

Daven Hiskey November 7, 2011 0

##EMBED## Your nose runs when you’re crying because the tears from the tear glands under your eyelids drain into your nose, where they mix with mucus to form very liquidy snot. Source

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Why Your Nose Gets Runny When It is Cold

Why Your Nose Gets Runny When It is Cold

Daven Hiskey October 31, 2011 6

Today I Found Out why your nose gets runny when it is cold. On an average day, a typical person’s nose will produce about one quart of mucus/fluid (just under one liter).  Most all

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Where Birthmarks Come From

Where Birthmarks Come From

Scott October 26, 2011 3

Today I found what causes birthmarks. There are several different types of birthmarks. What causes them is an excess of pigment cells (Melanoctyes), or an excess of blood vessels confined to one area of

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