Beta-blocker pharmaceuticals found to be totally useless for heart attack patients… but they are routinely prescribed by doctors anyway

by: Earl Garcia (Natural News) A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that beta-blockers, a type of drug typically prescribed for heart attack, may not be as helpful in preventing the disease as previously believed. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K. pooled data from the country’s national heart attack register and identified nearly 180,000 patients who suffered a heart attack, 95 percent of whom were given beta-blockers. The study revealed that death rates between beta-blocker users and the non-using controls did not differ within a year following a heart attack incident. … Continue reading Beta-blocker pharmaceuticals found to be totally useless for heart attack patients… but they are routinely prescribed by doctors anyway

How Liquefying Brains Changed the Story of the Human Mind

YVES HERMAN / REUTERS In the race for intelligence, one key evolutionary moment may have separated primates from other mammals. by DOUGLAS FOXSAPIENS Suzana Herculano-Houzel spent most of 2003 perfecting a macabre recipe—a formula for brain soup. Sometimes she froze the jiggly tissue in liquid nitrogen, and then she liquefied it in a blender. Other times she soaked it in formaldehyde and then mashed it in detergent, yielding a smooth, pink slurry. Herculano-Houzel had completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience several years earlier, and in 2002, she had begun working as an assistant professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro … Continue reading How Liquefying Brains Changed the Story of the Human Mind

Tennessee Williams on Love and How the Very Thing Worth Saving Is the Thing That Will Save Us

Tennessee Williams (Photograph: John Springer) “We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills,”Tolstoy wrote at the end of his life in his forgotten correspondence with Gandhi about human nature and why we hurt each other, as the global tensions that would soon erupt into World War I were building. How love can save us and what exactly it saves us from — each other, ourselves, the maelstrom of our intersubjective suffering — are questions each person … Continue reading Tennessee Williams on Love and How the Very Thing Worth Saving Is the Thing That Will Save Us