Abortion: History and Statistics

The practice of pregnancy termination – abortion – became legal in the United States in 1973 after the Supreme Court's decision during the Roe v. Wade trial. Since then, nearly 50 million abortion cases have been documented in the United States. However, pregnancy termination has actually been practiced for centuries.

Siamese Twins: The Bunker Brothers

Chang and Eng Bunker were conjoined twins from Siam (now Thailand). Their rare condition lead to the phrase “Siamese Twins,” and captured the attention of the world. The Bunker brothers were joined at the sternum; their livers were fused, but each man still operated independently. At the time, medical professionals assumed that the brothers were joined at the heart.

Nightcaps and Caffeinated Sleep

Nowadays, Americans average less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. A nightcap, or drink taken before bed, is thought by many to help with sleep. However, alcohol actually interferes negatively with sleep as your body processes it. Throw an energy drink mixer in and it is chemically worse news for your rest.

A Cure for HIV?

German researchers at Charite-University Medicine Berlin have reported curing a man of HIV. In 2007, doctors treated the patient for acute myeloid leukemia by wiping out his own immune system with high-dose chemo, radiation, and a stem-cell transplant. At this time, he ceased taking anti-HIV medication.