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Drugs to Help Kids Become Better Students

Parents: if there’s a magical pill that can turn your kids from bad students into good ones, would you give it to them? As a parent of a young child in first grade, I’ve been hearing a lot [...]

Zombie Bees

Poor bees. First, there’s the honeybee colonies collapse disorder, then there’s this: a parasite that turns bees into zombies. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) in California and South Dakota have [...]

Blame the Media: 6 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, Magazines and Movies

1. Truman Show Delusion Until a studio light fell from the “sky” near his house, Truman Burbank lived a perfectly normal life. Then he found out that his entire life was spent on the set of a TV show, and everyone he ever knew was in on the ruse. The movie The Truman Show came out [...]

Mechanical Matchmaking: The Science of Love in the 1920s

People have been looking for a formula for romantic love for a long time -whether it’s a fantasy love potion, or a scientific equation that will gauge the feasibility of a match between two people. In 1924, the magazine Science and Invention published a scientific test to determine the probability of marital happiness for couples. [...]

Woman sends coherent texts while asleep

Paramedic Kandi Gay suffers from a sleeping disorder that causes her to send text messages while asleep. Despite being unconscious Kandi is able to se…

Girl suffers from "sleeping beauty" syndrome

A 17-year-old girl is suffering from an unusual disorder that sends her to sleep for weeks at a time. Louisa Ball has missed out on school and social …

Pregnant woman eats furniture polish

A pregnant woman has been diagnosed with a rare eating disorder that has her craving furniture polish. At 7 months pregnant the 26-year-old is drawn t…

Naked Chicks Flummox Scientists

Penguin chicks, that is. Scientists are baffled as to what may be causing a large number of young penguins to lose their feathers: “Feather-loss disorders are uncommon in most bird species, and we need to conduct further study to determine the cause of the disorder and if this is in fact spreading to other penguin species,” [...]

Armchair Psychology Quiz

How’s your psychology-fu? Do you know your Dependent Personality Disorder from your Dissociative Identity Disorder? Let’s play armchair psychologist and find out whether you have an inner Freud. Health Guru has an informative (and surprisingly enjoyable) quiz on evaluating your “shrink” potential: Link

Men with Pregnancy Symptoms

Was the sailor who gained so much belly weight that he couldn’t fasten his pants crazy, or just a victim of a psychosomatic disorder? When men complain of the symptoms of pregnancy, it is often called “phantom pregnancy” and considered to be a mental illness. But it’s more common than you think. As many as 65 [...]