Monday, January 22, 2018

Superhero DNA Blocks These Disease From People

Superhero DNA Blocks These Disease From People

There are a lot of traits you can get from your parents. Some of them are learned, like the little expressions they have or the languages they speak. But for every one of these learned behaviors, there are so many other things they passed on through their DNA.

Your eye color and blood type are some of the better-known ones, but your genetic memory is a little more complex than you think. And unfortunately, some people inherit diseases whether their parents know about them or not. Over generations, mutations in this genetic chain can form and lead to some difficult childhood diseases.

And yet, it's just as possible for a different kind of mutation to pass down to you as well. Only this kind can make you seem invincible.

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For instance, a rare mutation can ensure some people never contract HIV.

In one landmark case, doctors used stem cells with that mutation to cure Timothy Ray Brown. So far, he's the only person this has worked on, but it's still pretty amazing.

Doctors also found a genetic solution for heart disease.

By blocking a protein called PCSK9, they were able to help the body process cholesterol better. Unfortunately, the drug that does this is incredibly expensive at the moment.

And we might be taking our first steps to targeting some inherited diseases.

Among these diseases are the life-threatening cystic fibrosis and the severely damaging Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.

Scientists often study sufferers to get to the bottom of a disease.

But the first two cases we looked at show that there's just as much to learn from the "superheroes" who manage to defeat it.

But first, researchers had to find these superheroes.

So they looked for healthy people whose DNA should have doomed them to suffer from these diseases.

And so, they went through 589,306 cases and managed to find 13 people.

These lucky 13 showed all the genetic signs of the diseases but showed no symptoms at all. They seemed to be completely immune.

Unfortunately, this is as far as the research team can get right now.

Thanks to a clause protecting their subjects' medical records, they can't contact most of their superheroes. In some cases, it's even hard to tell who the lucky ones are.

Still, this discovery marks the first steps on a long road towards eliminating the diseases entirely.

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Main image via Sci Fi Elements | 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Collage image via BBC News | Thinkstock

14 Photos That'll Make You Do A Double Take

14 Photos That'll Make You Do A Double Take

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Pictures don't always depict what we think we are seeing, especially when they are taken at the perfect moment. 

You may see one thing in a photo and somebody else will see another, but your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, if you spend a few minutes examining a picture a lot of new details may show up.Whether they were taken purposely or just coincidently happened, some of these photos are serious illusions! 

1. A dinner table or a face? 

2. Two islands, or a violin? (turn your head to the side) 

3. Strangers or a couple? 

4. Standing on hands...or ? 

5. A dust storm in Australia

6.  Floating

7. And another...for real are they floating? 

8. Eye color makes all the difference.

9. Look at this very closely...

10. Hiding in the clothes...or a t-shirt graphic? 

11. This hurts my eyes 

12. Too many stripes, too many zebra bodies 

13. Ohhhhh

14. A few too many legs 

16 Eco-Friendly Beauty Products That'll Secure Your Spot On Santa's
Nice List

16 Eco-Friendly Beauty Products That'll Secure Your Spot On Santa's Nice List

With the holiday season right around the corner, it's important to remember how much waste is generally involved with celebrating and gift-giving.

But you can help play your part when it comes to the environment by giving (or hinting that you'd like to receive) the eco-friendly products on this list. 

From bath and shower gels to high-quality makeup, there are tons of natural products out there that are good for your skin andour planet. So here you are — your comprehensive gift guide to eco-friendly beauty! 

1. Lush Berry Berry Christmas Naked Shower Gel ($17.95) 

This holiday season, Lush is giving customers the option to purchase waste-free shower gels (no bottle necessary). Plus, this one is even creamier than regular soaps! 

2. Antonym Organic Baked Highlighter In "Endless Summer" ($42)

Antonym is a certified organic makeup brand that boasts natural, organic, and highly pigmented products. This highlighter gives off a luminous pink- and champagne-colored glow. 

3. Vapour Artist Multi-Use Palette ($46)

Vapour Cosmetics is committed to sustainability, luxury, and organic beauty. This amazing palette includes three warm, stunning shades that can be used as cheek or lip tints. 

4. Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes ($8.15) 

Not only are these cleansing face wipes all-natural, but they're also biodegradable! One wipe will remove makeup, dirt, and oil all while soothing your skin.

5. Axiology Lipsticks ($30.00)

Axiology is a cosmetics company with vegan, all-natural products that come in purposeful, recycled packaging. Their hydrating lipsticks come in a wide variety of bold and natural colors. 

6. Rahua Body Lotion ($48)

Rahua's beauty products (including this body lotion!) are all made with organic, natural, vegan, pure plant-derived ingredients that are also non-toxic and free of parabens, sulfates, and gluten. 

7. Lush Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel ($12.95)

This best-seller is now available in a "naked" version, which means no waste from packaging! This super sweet wash will have you smelling like a dream. 

8. Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask ($62)

Kahina's mission is to "provide the highest quality skin and body care products [like this one!] while preserving, protecting and enhancing the resources (natural, human and cultural) behind the brand." 

9. Korres White Grape Shower Gel ($21) & Body Butter ($31) 

Korres is committed to making products (like this shower gel and body butter) that are cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, and full of natural ingredients. 

10. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant ($14)

These natural, long-lasting deodorants contain soothing essential oils and are free of aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, and harsh chemicals. It probably won't surprise you that they're also cruelty-free. 

11. Lush Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion ($10.95)

Can you believe that this body lotion is offered without anypackaging!? Simply melt the bar directly onto dry skin and massage the oils and butters in. 

12. Uslu Airlines Five-Free Nail Polish ($18.85)

Now, this is one seriously cool nail polish. Uslu's polishes are made from high-quality ingredients, are cruelty-free, and are free of the five harshest ingredients found in most other nail polishes. 

13. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara ($9.95)

This killer mascara is free of harsh chemicals, dyes, synthetic preservatives, and parabens, and boasts a brush that is 100% recyclable. 

14. Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo ($5.13) & Conditioner ($4.27) 

Live Clean products (like this shampoo and conditioner) are made from plant-based, certified organic ingredients, are cruelty-free, and are biodegradable and recyclable. 

15. The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($10)

This multi-purpose balm is 100% vegetarian, made from nine natural-origin ingredients, and enriched with Community Trade organic babassu oil and organic andiroba oil from Brazil!

16. EcoTools Six Piece Day To Night Brush Set ($16.99)

EcoTools boasts cruelty-free, vegan products (like these makeup brushes!) that are made from recycled materials and renewable materials like bamboo. Plus, their packaging is 100% tree-free!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Same Old Poop, Different Day

Same Old Poop, Different Day

People say adulthood opens you up to a whack of new problems you didn't have growing up. I say that's false. The problems we face when we get older are just the adult versions of the ones we had when we were young. They just feel bigger because we don't have our parents around to solve them for us. That's why growing up sucks. 

I would love being an adult so much more if my mother took care of all the hard and boring stuff so that I could do all the fun things. But then I wouldn't be much of an adult, would I? I'd be an overgrown manchild with a drinking problem. Dare to dream, I guess. 

1. Cooking

Instead of making a mess of yourself at the dinner table, you can eff up an entire kitchen. Yay!!

2. When you're a kid, you have no money

When you're an adult, you still have no money and no mother to give you any, either

3. Being a kid was lame, at times

But raising one is much, much worse

4. Kids know nothing

Adults still know nothing

5. When you were a kid, you couldn't wait to be old enough to eat anything you wanted

Now you're at home eating a plate of bacon knowing someone should stop you

6. I think this says it all

16 People With Absolutely Zero Chill

16 People With Absolutely Zero Chill

There are two types of people in the world. First, there's the kind that can calmly react to situations, get through a holiday commercial without sobbing hysterically, and don't overanalyze every character of every text message. And then? Well, and then there's the rest of us. When it comes to being "chill," you either have it or you don't, and for those of us who don't, it helps to know that we're not alone. These people will 100% make you feel better the next time you freak out because Starbucks spelled your name wrong. Again. 

1. The guy who will do anything for the perfect Instagram. 

All's fair in love and likes. 

2. The mom who forgot about Amazon Prime. 

There are fifty better ways to discreetly buy that book. 

3. Every high schooler's promposal that'll be more elaborate than any of my future weddings.

When did 16-year-old boys become so romantic? 

4. Literally all of us in traffic. 

IT'S FINE. I'M FINE. I DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO GET TO MY DESTINATION!!!! 

#6 is the dream for anyone who has a work frenemy. 

5. The mom who unapologetically loves hot sauce. 

When you've found the perfect sauce, you can never, ever let it go. Even if you have to smuggle it in an old bottle just to have it. 

6. Jim and Dwight's entire relationship. 

"Identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!"

7. Any of us the moment when our only friend at the party goes to the bathroom and leaves us alone.

"Oh. Hi. Hello. Nice to meet you. So, what's your relationship with your father like?"

8. Every person in the world the moment someone attractive talks to their S.O.

He shouldn't have friends who are hot. Or female. Or hot females. 

If you're not #9, you're a dirty rotten liar. 

9. All of us who know that the best season is decked out in orange and black. 

Can't it be September 1st AKA Halloween again already?

10. When you know he's done his time, but you're not ready to end his sentence yet. 

"Yeah, I know you're sorry, but what about that time you said I was cute but not pretty? Huh?"

11. Anytime a Snapchat is opened but not responded to. 

So, what? Does our relationship just mean nothing to you?

12. The mastermind behind this card.  

We get it. Your loved one died. Life never bothered them anyway.

#16 is about as savage as it gets. 

13. Everything about Ross. 

If you haven't been Rachel in that situation, you can't sit with us. 

14. All of us the second things start to heat up in the kitchen.

Just don't forget the crème fraîche!

15. Dr. Applebaum.

You gon learn today, Kelly. 

16. Anyone who just got dumped and has a closet full of their ex's clothes. 

If he doesn't want me, I guess he doesn't want the expensive leather jacket he forgot at my house, either. 

17. This guy who didn't even DM her.

DEAD.

18. This gf who has trust issues.

To be fair, I'd be suspicious too.

19. Mom.

She literally set a fire to get Dad's attention.

20. This woman who, upon being informed she couldn't take her vodka on her flight, started throwing it back at 7:30 a.m. 

...And offering it to other passengers.

21. Whoever thought this was a good idea.

I'm pretty sure that's a biohazard... *sips tea*

22. This literal savage.

It's a twist-off, man!

23. This guy dissing Becky with the good hair.

He couldn't leave it alone.