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4 Amazing Things Chili Peppers Can Do

By Maggie Koerth-Baker The hottest thing about chili peppers isn’t the way they taste; it’s everything else they can do for you. 1. They Strangle Cancer Human cells aren’t the happy-go-lucky little fellows we’d like to imagine. In fact, our cells commit suicide on a regular basis, via a process called apoptosis. Unlike the messy deaths that [...]

Treating Brain Injuries With Booze?

The word “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic word usquebaugh, which means “water of life” (anyone know how you get “whiskey” from usquebaugh?) A recent study by Ali Salim at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that whiskey—and other liquors—might be elixirs of life for people who have suffered moderate to severe brain injuries. Salim and [...]

Booze Therapy: Giving Alcohol to Patients with Head Injury

Ever noticed that drunk people who cause accidents that kill others escape harm? Well, the secret of their luck may actually be the alcohol itself. Dr. Ali Salim and colleagues from the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that head injury patients who were drunk were significantly less likely to die than sober [...]