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  • Osteoarthritisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigOsteoarthritis

    "Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered a complex multifactorial disease of weight-bearing joints, with extensive psychosocial impact. The etiology of primary OA remains unknown and the molecular and cellular mechanisms of OA initiation and progression are n…
  • Takotsubo syndromeplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigTakotsubo syndrome

    Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is also known as Broken Heart Syndrome, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Stress cardiomyopathy and Apical ballooning syndrome. It's a temporary heart condition linked to stress - which can be physical, emotional or induced by illne…
  • Kwashiorkorplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigKwashiorkor

    Kwashiorkor is a childhood disease caused by severe malnutrition - which, at the time of its naming in 1935 had a mortality rate of 90%.

    It's known to be associated with a lack of protein intake in food. And has also been linked to aflatoxins (fungal toxin…
  • Facial blood flow oscillationplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigFacial blood flow oscillation

    Experimental data (starting from 1995) have shown that the volume of blood flow in human faces tends to oscillate - rising and falling once every ten seconds or so.

    The reasons are unknown. There are currently two theories :
  • Microplastics and health implicationsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMicroplastics and health implications

    Note: Microplastic pollution is so widespread that it's now been found contaminating almost all multicellular lifeforms which have been tested. This article is only related to possible risks to human health.

    Nano- and microplastic…

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  • Earth’s magnetic fieldplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigEarth’s magnetic field

    Without the magnetic field, high energy radiation from space would affect the Earth's upper atmosphere much more dramatically – and high-energy radiation reaching the surface would be far higher. The levels of radiation without
  • Microplastics and health implicationsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigMicroplastics and health implications

    Note: Microplastic pollution is so widespread that it's now been found contaminating almost all multicellular lifeforms which have been tested. This article is only related to possible risks to human health.

    Nano- and microplastic…
  • Facial blood flow oscillationplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigFacial blood flow oscillation

    Experimental data (starting from 1995) have shown that the volume of blood flow in human faces tends to oscillate - rising and falling once every ten seconds or so.

    The reasons are unknown. There are currently two theories :
  • Kwashiorkorplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigKwashiorkor

    Kwashiorkor is a childhood disease caused by severe malnutrition - which, at the time of its naming in 1935 had a mortality rate of 90%.

    It's known to be associated with a lack of protein intake in food. And has also been linked to aflatoxins (fungal toxin…
  • Takotsubo syndromeplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigTakotsubo syndrome

    Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is also known as Broken Heart Syndrome, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Stress cardiomyopathy and Apical ballooning syndrome. It's a temporary heart condition linked to stress - which can be physical, emotional or induced by illne…
  • Osteoarthritisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigOsteoarthritis

    "Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered a complex multifactorial disease of weight-bearing joints, with extensive psychosocial impact. The etiology of primary OA remains unknown and the molecular and cellular mechanisms of OA initiation and progression are n…
  • Rheumatoid Arthritisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigRheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic severe inflammatory disease believed to affect around 1% of the global population. It primarily affects joints, typically resulting in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen followi…
  • Deep Carbon life-formsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigDeep Carbon life-forms

    Ongoing research into the prevalence of life-forms (predominantly bacteria and archaea) living deep in the Earth's crust is revealing them in previously unimagined quantities. Some estimate that the biological diversity of the life-forms exceeds …
  • Gravityplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigGravity

    Although three of the four (known) fundamental forces have been unified by one paradigm called the Standard Model, Gravity remains outside.

    Like General Relativity, Gravity appears, so far, not to fit. This doesn't necessarily mean that Standard Model has fai…
  • Physical constantsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigPhysical constants

    Constants variability :

    Many physics calculations rely on the assumption that the ‘physical constants’ e.g. light speed, gravity, etc etc are, in fact, constant. Extremely accurate experimental procedures strongly suggest that they (mostly) are. But…
  • The Fine Structure Constantplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Fine Structure Constant

    The Fine Structure Constant, identified by the Greek letter α is a number used in quantum physics calculations. The current estimate is that it's around 0.0072973525628 - or roughly 1/137.

    It has been called the
  • Primordial Soupplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigPrimordial Soup

    "“In 1953 an iconic set of experiments showed that some of the chemical building blocks of life, such as amino acids, could form spontaneously in the atmospheric conditions thought to prevail on the primordial Earth. This gave rise to the idea that the…
  • Sarcoidosisplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigSarcoidosis

    "“Sarcoidosis is a disease involving abnormal collections of inflammatory cells that form lumps known as granulomas. The disease usually begins in the lungs, skin, or lymph nodes. Less commonly affected are the eyes, liver, heart, and brain. Any organ, how…
  • Overtraining syndromeplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigOvertraining syndrome

    "“When prolonged, excessive training stresses are applied concurrent with inadequate recovery, performance decrements and chronic maladaptations occur. Known as the overtraining syndrome (OTS), this complex condition afflicts a large percentage o…
  • Whale spermaceti organplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigWhale spermaceti organ

    The Spermaceti organ found in the heads of sperm whales produces an oily/waxy substance. There can be up to 2 tonnes of oil in each animal. It's also produced in smaller quantities in some other whale species.

    Before whaling was made illegal (in…
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