Jun 21

These medical stories are initially counter-intuitive, but then after further thought, perhaps obviously intuitive:

Duct tape is a more effective wart removal technique than cryotherapy: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12361440

Of the 51 patients completing the study, 26 (51%) were treated with duct tape, and 25 (49%) were treated with cryotherapy. Twenty-two patients (85%) in the duct tape arm vs 15 patients (60%) enrolled in the cryotherapy arm had complete resolution of their warts (P =.05 by chi(2) analysis).

Want to smell like a man, take it easy for a week: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12659241?dopt=Abstract

On the 7th day of abstinence, however, a clear peak of serum testosterone appeared, reaching 145.7% of the baseline ( P < 0.01)

Recover from serious gut issues by eating dirt (with roundworms): http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/2/60/60ra88.abstract

T. trichiura colonization of the intestine may reduce symptomatic colitis by promoting goblet cell hyperplasia and mucus production through TH2 cytokines and IL-22.

If you don’t want to be near-sighted, spend time outdoors when your young: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/opinion/21wang.html

Researchers suspect that bright outdoor light helps children’s developing eyes maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina — which keeps vision in focus. Dim indoor lighting doesn’t seem to provide the same kind of feedback. As a result, when children spend too many hours inside, their eyes fail to grow correctly and the distance between the lens and retina becomes too long, causing far-away objects to look blurry.

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