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What Is Hyperreality?

Hyperreality is a condition in which a person is not able to distinguish between the real and the unreal or imagined. One other way to describe hyperreality is as an enhanced reality. There are certain individuals who, for different reasons, become more in tune or involved with the hyperreal world...

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What Is Psyllium Husk?

Psyllium husk, also known as isphagula, is the husk of the seeds of the plan plantago psyllium. This plant grows mostly in the Middle East. Psyllium husk has long been popular as one of the best ways of including more dietary fiber in the diet because of its high fiber content, especially when it...

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What Is Saline Solution?

When you combine sodium chloride (or salt) with sterile water, you get saline solution. The proportions or concentrations of sodium chloride can vary, but typically, commercially available saline solution contains just 0.9% sodium chloride. This is what is used by hospitals in saline drips or...

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What Is the Da Vinci Sleep Schedule?

Sleep is essential to good health. Most people say that lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, loss of concentration, irritability, and a weaker immune system. However, there are some who propose that it is the quality, not the quantity of sleep that matters. They support the “Da Vinci Sleep Schedule”—so...

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U.S. Rotavirus Vaccine Tainted

One of the United States' Rotavirus vaccines has been tainted. Federal health authorities released a report on Monday that claims investigators found Rotarix to be contaminated with material from a "pig virus." FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg held a press conference Monday and suggested...

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How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines have helped save millions of lives by protecting people from once-deadly diseases (examples include smallpox and typhoid). Today, vaccines are regularly administered from infancy, though older children are frequently given “booster shots.” Adults can also be given vaccines, though some...

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How Does a Retinal Scan Work?

Retinal scans are used in many security systems. It is a form of an identification system, and considered to be safer than access cards (which can be stolen or faked). Retinal scans are based on the principle that each human eyeball is unique. This was confirmed in the 1930s, though it took several...

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What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants, as the prefix “anti” implies, fight or correct oxidants. But what does that mean? Oxygen is crucial to all life. However, it can produce free radicals called oxidants. These can be found in the atmosphere, and in fact, levels have increased drastically over the years due to pollution....

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Is Ostrich Meat Healthy?

Due to the rising rates of health problems like diabetes and heart disease, many people are looking for healthier sources of diet, especially when it comes to meet. The most eaten meet in America, beef, has a high percentage of fat, and can contain a lot of calories. Ostrich meat has now gained...

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Gulf Spill Compromises Air Quality, Sickens 560+

Gulf Spill compromises air quality and sickens 560 plus people.  Reports from AFP, an Austin, Texas based air filtration and purification company have indicated 160 spill crew workers and 400 beachgoers in Escambia County, Florida received medical treatment for upper and lower respiratory...