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Dog Ramen Puts Some Growl In Your Bowl

Dog Ramen, an ethnic Korean specialty made in China's northeastern Jilin province, contains real dehydrated dog meat along with instant noodles, seasonings and spices. Hungover Chinese college students thirsty for some “hair of the dog” can now shake off the DTs like a bad case of fleas.

Coffee Jitters Keeping You Awake At Night? Take A Chill Pill

The folks at Think Geek know about caffeine, believe me.  How do you think they're able to test the hundreds of weird products they receive every day and then write-up all the clever things to say about them?  CAFFEINE!  There had been a fast turnover of employees at Think Geek just because of caffeine - the employees, you see, couldn't sleep - at night, at least....

 

Anti-Psychotic Drugs Overused In Nursing Homes

....The Globe study found that more than one in five U.S. nursing homes are using anti-psychotic drugs for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other ailments associated with dementia - approximately 185,000 people who have not been diagnosed with a psychosis.

Starbucks To Phase Out Crushed Bugs From Pink Drinks & Pastries

Just as I was introduced to Starbucks coffee-free Strawberries and Creme Frappachino, I learn that its lovely ballet pink color is not from the mix of deep ripe strawberries and luscious thick cream.  Darn that I had to find out that a cactus feeding bug found in Central and South America is the mother of the color in Starbuck's pink drinks and desserts. Yum. Chopped cochineals.

 

Burger King Japan's Bakin' Up a Big Bacon Bargain

Got a yen for bacon? Got a hundred yen? Then get your appetite to Burger King Japan! For a limited time only, the popular fast food chain is offering customers a whopper of a deal: 15 strips of bacon on almost any Burger King Whopper for just 100 yen.

Bioengineered Stem Cells Produce Hair On Bald Mice

A recent experiment by the department of organ technologies at the Tokyo University of Science was successful at bioengineering hair follicle growth in bald mice.  Though these images may look small in the scheme of bioengineering organs, the development is very important, both for those who would like to replace their 'rugs' with something more credible, and for the future of other bioengineered organ replacements.

 


Japanese Robot Rings Redefine the Face Palm

A bizarre set of robotic rings developed by Japanese researchers puts the concept of wearable robots in – actually, “on” – the palm of your hand. Consisting of spherical, movable, electrically-powered eyes and mouth, the rings could someday enhance communication through non-verbal means.

FDA Approves Radioactive Dye In Brain Scan For Alzheimer's

It was a great Friday for those folks waiting for the radioactive dye Amyvid to be approved. The dye, which allows doctors to see the toxic protein amyloid plague in the brain via a PET scan, has been waiting for approval since it was turned down by the FDA one year ago.  On Friday, April 6, 2012 the FDA approved the use of Eli Lilly's Amyvid, and Lilly announced that the dye will be available for use this summer, in small supply.

 

Consumer Gadgets I Never Thought I'd See: Hearing Aid Vacuums!

No longer just in the realm of professional hearing aid dealers, I suppose, two new devices intended for hearing aid users guarantee to clean 'em out and improve the performance of your hearing aids at a more affordable cost than the professional models.  These two items intended for home hearing aid cleaning are both made by Serene: the Re-New Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener and the Re-New Deluxe Hearing Aid Vacuum.

Proof: Weight Loss Surgery Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Two studies released this week reported that weight loss surgery has helped persons with Type 2 diabetes throw away their injection needles and medicine bottles!  Patients in these two studies truly experienced remarkable, some would say miraculous, results.