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The Real Life “Perfect” Memory: Hyperthymesia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to remember all that you’ve ever experienced, in almost perfect detail? Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to remember everything your teacher went over during class, or what it was like being an infant? This is the astonishing reality for those living with hyperthymesia, but it’s not always as “bright and sunny” as it may seem. What is hyperthymesia? Hyperthymesia, also known as Highly Superior

Real Life

5 Reasons to Use Birth Control (Other Than Birth Control)

Studies show that nearly 66% of women of reproductive age use some form of birth control, whether it be condoms, the pill, patches, IUDs, or other methods. Hormonal forms of birth control act upon the endocrine system by releasing synthetic hormones that mimic the naturally-produced hormones estrogen and progesterone. While the primary reason for taking hormonal birth control is actual birth control, up to 14% of women who take it do so for other purposes.

Health

New Study Suggests Sauna Bathing May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease Fatality

Heart disease is the the number 1 killer in the United States, responsible for approximately 1 in 4 deaths. Because of this, there has been a plethora of recent research dedicated towards finding ways to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. A new study from BMC Medicine suggests that there may be a new way to reduce the risk of death from heart disease — sauna bathing. Sauna bathing is a form of passive heat therapy,

Real Life

Should You Be Worried About the Aluminum In Your Deodorant?

If you’ve been keeping up with the health community, you’ve probably heard that aluminum in certain antiperspirants can lead to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, this claim has exploded in popularity, and different versions of it have been iterated: 1) aluminum in the antiperspirants is absorbed by the skin, which then enters and becomes deposited in the brain, 2) the lymph nodes around the breast become clogged due to the non-release of sweat/toxins in

Mental Health

5 Mental Illnesses You Haven’t Heard Of

Have you ever wondered what the human mind is capable of? Maybe you’ve wondered what goes on in the minds of the Unsubs on Criminal Minds or the seemingly regular people featured on My Strange Addiction. Regardless, here are 5 fascinating and rare mental illnesses you’ve probably never heard of that surely demonstrate the oddities of the human mind. 1) Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AiWS) This disorder, also known as Todd’s Syndrome, is a neurophysical condition

Race

There’s No Such Thing as “Not Black Enough”

In such a racially polarized environment, you’d think that people of the same color are more likely to stick together as a people. It’s obvious to recognize that this just isn’t true. In America, and other parts of the world, Black people take part in a society that doesn’t want much to do with them. We’ve faced centuries of discrimination and decades of segregation. We’ve been subject to all types of tortures and hardships. We’ve

Real Life

How to Celebrate the Holidays With a Dysfunctional Family

What should be one of the most ‘wonderful times of the year’ can be times of heartache and resentment when your family has a hard time coming together. Whether it be sibling rivalries, jealous aunts, or bitter divorces, the joy of holidays can be stripped away by the hate in the hearts of family members. The holidays should be a time of love, but instead, life happens. It may seem like this is an uncommon

Real Life

Teens Are Chronically Stressed and Sleep Deprived

Wake up at 6 AM. Drive to school. Spend 8 hours in tough classes. Go to after school activities for 3 hours. Come home. Shower, eat, spend time with your family. Do homework and study. Get some sleep. Repeat. The daily routine of the conventional high school student consists of a jam-packed schedule that can be highly stressful and take up time that should be spent sleeping. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, a

International

The Eccentricity and Beauty of Global Islands

Small, tropical, and awe-inspiring. Terms that fit the typical concept of an island. When I moved to the island of Guam in first grade, I was enthralled by the mesmerizing aura I had perceived. Other than the soaring buildings my father designed as a prominent architect in the island, I found time to enjoy nature and the serenity that the beaches brought. When I attended Stanford University for the Junior State of America program last

Race

How Racial Targeting Prevents Black People From Living Their Lives

It’s been an interesting year for African Americans who are simply trying mind to their business. Instead of coming out into the world to live their lives, they’re being subtly pushed away by their white counterparts. Not only is this an infuriating act of discrimination; this is a major waste of time for emergency response teams to deal with. At this point, it’s unsafe for black people to merely take part in their own society.

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