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What's the difference between kosher salt and regular salt?

17 May 2019

Kosher salt should really be called “koshering salt” because it is used to draw blood out of meat based on the biblical reference that consuming blood should be avoided. It is not blessed by a...

Your Pet Cat May Be a Bit More Dangerous Than You Think

17 May 2019

Cat scratch disease (CSD) is an infection resulting from a scratch or bite of a cat (or, in rarer cases, dogs or other animals). It is not the same thing as Cat Scratch Fever, an album by Ted...

A User’s Guide to Understanding Your Cardiologist

15 May 2019

When talking about heart disease, you often hear several different terms being bandied about and very often no one actually explains what they mean. So here is a quick cheat sheet to help you...

"Young Blood" Hype

6 Mar 2019

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

Did You Know that Colonialism is responsible for the spread of malaria?

15 Feb 2019

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a single-celled parasite that multiplies in human red blood cells as well as in the intestines of the Anopheles mosquito, the insect that transmits the...

No Sympathy for the “Powder of Sympathy”

6 Dec 2018

Four hundred years ago Belgian physician Johann Baptist Van Helmont was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for promoting the use of the "Powder of Sympathy", a concoction that was supposed to...

Aspirin Can Do More Than just Alleviate Pain

8 Nov 2018

It is a common misconception that aspirin is a naturally occurring substance that was discovered in the bark of the willow tree. A related compound called salicin does indeed occur in white willow...

Paper Cuts Hurt so Much Because Our Fingers Are Really Sensitive

30 Aug 2018

You’re reading the morning paper, or turning the page on your recipe, when suddenly you notice a little line of blood, and feel a disproportionate amount of pain....

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