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Medical Tuesday: probiotics, aspirin, and metal vs. bacteria


You guys know that I, the one man blogger-army on TGT, like to learn a lot of stuff. And stuff is enough on the web. Today we’ll learn a couple of things from the medical world namely, that probiotics are good only when you had issues with diarrhea after an antibacterial treatment, and that you should not put too much faith in them. Yup, they’re good, but not a panacea, a remedy for ALL diseases.

Aaron Carroll is not only the host and writer of the series called Healthcare Triage, but he is also a medic and a researchers. Mark his words, because he speaketh truth.

Now, let’g go to aspirin. It can help with blood circulation and, in some cases, it is recommended to eat one pill a day for a while, but this isn’t, also, a panacea. Learn more about aspirin from Dnews:

Because of MSRA, bacteria resistant to medicin, we need to find new ways to kill off bad bacteria. This is where metals like copper and silver and also nanoparticles can help us fend off these bacteria. A good thing to do is to NOT use antibiotics when you do not need them:

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So, it seems that our brains construct hardwired maps made out of neurons to map real maps


Too many map-ing words in the title? Wait for more. The Nobel prize for Medicine was presented on Monday and it was given to three individuals that were able to demonstrate that the brain is creating hardwired maps inside it made of actual neurons.

What happens is that the brain will be able to map key points of a given geographical area into individual neurons and then will use other neurons to help us build a path inside that map.

john O’Keefe, USA showed that the brain creates place cells, neurons that activate depending on where the brain perceives we are, much like: “hey, we are on position x,y because this neuron has fired”. May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, Norway have focused on grid cells, neurons that map out our environment.

Grid cells provide the map, and place cells tell you where you are on it.

Nice: we have a ton of hardwired maps into our brains. Now, when I’ll play Gothic III all over again, those neurons will wake up. Nice to see that even things that are not real have a real impact.

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Which diets work? low fat and low carb are the same on the long run


Aaron Carroll explains why we should keep our diets for a long time, at least six months if not one year. Also, on the long run low fat diets are the same as low carb diets. So, if you wanna get slim, then you need to keep the fats and card low, have a healthy sleeping and eating schedule and exercise. Not more than that!