Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In Case You Missed The News!

Do vibrating belts that are supposed to burn off flab and help you lose weight work?  No.

Every autumn blackpoll warblers, tiny birds that weight about half an ounce, fly 1,500 miles nonstop from Canada to Puerto Rico.  I guess they go north again in the spring, but I have no confirmation about the return trip.

They’ve found another human forebear, an ancient hominid known as Little Foot who lived 3.67 million years ago.  That makes this guy who had tiny feet older than Lucy and suggests that there were more species who were related to us than previously thought.

A new study indicates that men taking statin drugs are twice as likely to exhibit reduced sexual function than those taking placebos.  Of course, it is also more likely that statin takers will live longer.  So guys, choose.

Speaking of placebos, another new study shows that people taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain are no more likely to get relief than people taking placebos.

It’s a myth that eating carrots will improve your eyesight.  On the plus side, eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and spinach can cut the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

In his first game with the Boston Red Sox, ex-Giant Pablo Sandoval (who goes out of his way to bad mouth his former teammates) went 0 for 5 and struck out 3 times.  Great news, and good riddance.

In his first game back with the Yankees after being suspended for a year because of drug use, Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with a walk and a single, to the cheers of forgiving fans at Yankee Stadium.  Of course the Yankee fans would cheer.  Hope springs eternal for the underachievers in the Bronx.


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