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Latest OSS Blog Articles:
In the beginning there was...Persil
The world’s first commercially available laundry powder was Persil, introduced by the German company Henkel in 1907. The name derived from perborate and silicate, two key components in the product. Persil was introduced as an improvement over the action of soap, the traditional cleaning agent first formulated around 1500 BC. Read More.
Marketing appears to trump science on antibacterials
Store shelves these days sag under the weight of antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, socks, toys and even garbage bags. There’s no question that “antibacterial” on a label increases sales, but there are plenty of questions about the wisdom of impregnating everything in sight with compounds that kill bacteria indiscriminately. Read More.
An Apple a Day!
An apple a day may keep the doctor away and is a good idea title for a book, but it’s probably a bad premise for a scientific study. The other day, a friend of mine drew my attention to a headline in the UK Telegraph “Eating an apple a day improves women’s sex lives, study shows.” Bad grammar not withstanding, I defied my better judgment and decided to read the article. Read More.
Dr. Sen’s Perfect Vision System
I’m accustomed to being forwarded all sorts of videos about miraculous cures that are being suppressed by the establishment. There’s usually some “maverick doctor” who has made an astounding, shocking discovery about curing every disease known to mankind with some revolutionary herbal treatment, exotic juice or dietary supplement. Read More.
Did You Know?
Fujian Province in south-east China has the highest incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal tract cancers in the whole country. The culprit in all likelihood is well water which is contaminated by high levels of radioactive radon gas. Radon is a breakdown product of uranium, an element commonly found in many rocks, such as granite. About 1 in 500 people will contract cancer by drinking a liter of radioactive water a day. The tragedy is that the problem can be solved relatively easily. If air is bubbled through the water, the radon dissipates! In North America drinking water is monitored for radioactivity so such problems cannot arise in municipal systems but in certain areas well water may have unacceptable levels of radioactivity.
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Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?
New research suggests that a faltering sense of smell might signal the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and that an inexpensive, low-tech smell test could spot who needs more extensive screening for dementia. Read More.
Ayurvedic medicine: History, basics, treatments and caveats
If you're of a certain age in the U.S., Deepak Chopra may have been your introduction to Ayurvedic medicine. The author of "Perfect Health" and Ayurvedic practitioner to the stars was ubiquitous on talk shows and newsstands in the 1990s. Read More.
That Loving Feeling
After more than a decade of work on a drug to increase female libido, German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim threw in the towel. Since 1999 it had poured buckets of time and money into flibanserin, a once-daily pill that company executives hoped would become the first approved drug for treating female sexual dysfunction (FSD), a condition broadly defined to include low sexual desire, trouble reaching orgasm or pain during sex. Read More.