Getting a brain up to speed. Also: Coffee and Alcohol — FTN DAILY EDITION #134, Science & Health

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What’s that smell?

Urine.

Erika Engelhaupt for NPR.org:

It’s only about one-hundredth of a percent, but any urine in a swimming pool can be a health concern for some people, not to mention that smell that never quite goes away.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/01/517785902/just-how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool


Jump start

A new way to help people get out of a coma properly.

Ramon Perez for Futurism:

However, a 25-year old man has made “incredible” progress after being the first person to receive a new UCLA treatment…one that “jump-started” his brain out of a coma.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/01/517785902/just-how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool


Built on coffee and liquor

A coffee this morning and beer tonight.

Chelsea Follett for Foundation for Economic Education:

It used to be thought that humanity domesticated wheat for bread, and beer was a byproduct. Today, some researchers, like McGovern, think it might be the other way around.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/01/517785902/just-how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool


The undead disease

The reasons for tuberculosis’ persistence are economic. So are the solutions.

Dom Galeon for Project Syndicate:

There are three reasons why TB persists: political leaders do not understand the sociology behind it, scientists lack an effective paradigm to attack it, and the rich and famous no longer die from it.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/01/517785902/just-how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool


Fixing the split

The cause for schizophrenia can be found and prevented by looking at skin cells.

Ellen Goldbaum for Futurity:

When even one of the many schizophrenia-linked genes undergoes mutation, by affecting the INFS it throws off the development of the brain as a whole, similar to the way that an entire orchestra can be affected by a musician playing just one wrong note, he says.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/01/517785902/just-how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool


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