Wow. Imagine if nothing scared you. You could ask out that guy you’ve been crushing on, try skydiving, not panic while driving in a snow storm: the possibilities would be endless. Well, the science blogs were abuzz today with news of a 44-year-old woman who really doesn’t experience fear. University of Iowa researchers write about her in the new issue of Current Biology, saying that even when she was the victim of a near death-causing domestic assault and robbed at gun-point, this woman only reported feeling angry and upset — never fear. Why? Because she has a rare brain condition, Urbach–Wiethe disease, which has destroyed her amygdala, the part of the mind that generates fearful responses. “My hope is to expand on this work and search for psychotherapy treatments that selectively target and dampen down hyperactivity in the amygdala of patients with PTSD,” says Justin Feinstein, one of the researchers of the project.
A possible treatment for all those suffering from PTSD, from soldiers who’ve returned from Iraq and Afghanistan to rape and abuse victims? Now that’s something to hope for in the new year! [MSBC via LiveScience]
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Time to stock up on the Horny Goat Weed instead, you guys! (Just kidding.) The FDA issued a warning on Wednesday for Man Up Now, a “dietary supplement for men’s sexual arousal” because it could dangerously lower blood pressure. Although Man Up Now capsules market themselves as “all natural” and “herbal,” they contain an active drug found in Viagra called sulfoaildenafil. Sulfoaildenafil can cause blood pressure to plummet through the carpet and make you dizzy and lightheaded. So stop operating heavy machinery, you randy little minxes, and ditch your Man Up Now pills immediately, per FDA request. Keep reading »
Skinny dipping is nice, right? Well, some women in France like the feeling of swimming topless so much that they’ve gone as far as to stage protests in pools. The feminist group, called les Tumultueuses, has taken to showing up at pools with bikini tops and asking the men to wear them to prove a point: if women have to cover their breasts in a pool, then so too should guys (well, their man boobs at least). Surprisingly, many of the men have reacted positively, gladly putting on a bikini top with a humorous disposition and continuing their workout. A large number of the men who didn’t take the bikini top said (in typical man fashion) that it’d be better for the woman to take off her top so that they be equal. At one particular protest, police came, and declared that showing one’s breasts is a sexual exhibition and against the law and is apparently punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine of 15,000 euros! Let the debate on whether exposed boobage is in fact a sexual act begin. [Rue 89 (in French)] Keep reading »
This Pakistani billboard for Butterfly pads aptly describes what many of us ladies think when we hear the word “leaks.” Doesn’t it remind you of the days of yore when the iPad was the most period-y-sounding gadget ever? [AdFreak.com] Keep reading »