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Drink two espressos to enhance long-term memory and call me in the morning, if you remember.

By wisequack at May 17, 2014 | 1:35 am | 0 Comment

Drink two espressos to enhance long-term memory and call me in the morning, if you remember.

Drink two espressos to enhance long-term memory and call me in the morning, if you remember. Drink three and you’ll forget. A recent study provides the first convincing evidence that caffeine enhances long-term memory in people – provided the dose is right. 100 or 300 mgs don’t work but 200mg does! The effects mirror similar results seen in honeybees, where a more...

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Women Who Are Stressed Have Difficulty Getting Pregnant

By wisequack at April 6, 2014 | 8:34 pm | 0 Comment

Women Who Are Stressed Have Difficulty Getting Pregnant

This despite the fact that we men give women such an incredibly stress-free existence. But apparently some women do get as anxious as an obese mallard on Duck Dynasty and they can’t get pregnant, possibly due to the fact that men are running the other direction screaming like school girls. Now before you assume that octomom must have been mainlining Valium there are more...

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Breastercise

By wisequack at March 29, 2014 | 2:22 pm | 0 Comment

Breastercise

Getting more than an hour of physical activity each day can reduce women's risk for breast cancer, new research suggests. A new review of 37 studies found regular physical activity is “beneficial for women of all ages and sizes.”  Size of what... not clarified. The researchers analyzed data involving more than 4 million women…as opposed to who more...

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Finally Some Good News…

By wisequack at March 22, 2014 | 11:48 am | 0 Comment

Finally Some Good News…

Finally, some good news from the world of medicine (aka the world of less than good news.) Apparently most people are getting older on a daily basis but the likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer's is less than it was just 20 years ago. Not only has the prevalence of both illnesses decreased but also that those affected develop the disease later in more...

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Shiver Shake and Shimmy to Avoid Winter Weight Woes

By wisequack at March 13, 2014 | 11:56 pm | 0 Comment

Shiver Shake and Shimmy to Avoid Winter Weight Woes

Shivering! The new and easy weight loss gym program?? “Alright class, everybody strip down and go outside. No need to do a warm up.”  Turns out shivering may convert bad white fat into healthier brown fat, a new study says. White fat stores calories and Oreos while brown fat burns them. For example, 50 grams of white fat stores more than 300 calories of energy, more...

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Castration Bonus

By wisequack at March 7, 2014 | 3:07 pm | 0 Comment

Castration Bonus

It's a life-extending strategy most men probably won't want to pursue, but new research suggests eunuchs live longer than non-castrated guys. Historical Korean eunuchs — men who had their testicles removed in order to secure high positions in the palace hierarchy, or men who actually lost their testicles to hungry dogs (somehow Chows come to mind), outlived their more...

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Letter To My Kids

By wisequack at February 16, 2014 | 5:52 pm | 0 Comment

Letter To My Kids

I was thinking about my upcoming birthday and how lucky you kids make me feel. But I also had a very tough time sleeping. I couldn’t rid my mind of the image of an emaciated, tearful Somali woman sitting on the side of a long dusty road, cradling a dying baby in one arm, as she patted a mound of earth and rocks where she had just buried a daughter. Parts of the more...

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Twitterified – 2

By wisequack at February 11, 2014 | 9:58 pm | 0 Comment

Twitterified – 2

“Where can I get a copy of your articles, Dr Dave?” “Why would you want those?” “Why do you answer a question with a question?” “What do you mean?” “Well, I’m doing a study to show that a couple of degrees beside your name does not necessarily make you literate.” “I see. Well certainly we post a few new articles every week on more...

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Twitterified – Part 1

By wisequack at February 4, 2014 | 9:05 pm | 0 Comment

Twitterified – Part 1

“You have to!” “No, Janelle, we don’t!” “Look, do you want our advice or not? For Wisequacks to play in this century you have to tweet.” And so we were dragged, kicking and streaming into the 140-keystroke world of Twitter. We’ve now got a skookum website and some rockin’ YouTubes. We podcast like Orcas and are twittering away on tweeter more...

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Airport Pets

By wisequack at January 26, 2014 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

Airport Pets

Being a Wisequack means making wisecracks at every opportunity where doing so fulfills some innate need in my soul to prevent me from ever truly maturing. I remain in the chrysalis phase of life and doubt I will ever really metamorphose into the butterfly or a seersucker-munching moth that I should be. Fellow Wisequack Rob Sealey is frankly, well...larval. And so more...

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