Health & medicine

New drug found in common soil (1948)

New drug found in common soil It is the first quick cure for typhus: Chloromycetin In a bit of common soil taken from a Venezuelan field, Yale scientists have found a new and spectacularly successful weapon... Read more...
Farmers market organic foods

Organic food: Hokum or healthy? (1972)

By Trudy Lieberman, Free Press Consumer Writer Organic food: Hokum or healthy? Organic foods: Are they modern-day cure-all elixirs sold by modern-day hokum medicine men? Or are they a more wholesome alternati... Read more...

Male ‘Pill’ shows promise (1976)

It's interesting that, 40 years later, we're still seeing the same kinds of news stories about the potential of male contraceptives. For example, 2011 brought us Could a birth control pill for men be on the hor... Read more...

Lose weight with Zsa Zsa Gabor! (1953)

How you can lose weight - and eat what you want! "It happened to me," says Zsa Zsa Gabor No Drugs... No Diet... Results Guaranteed! Excess weight may ruin your health and your looks, too. Lovely movie... Read more...

Cocaine-laced Coca Cola introduced (1886)

Originally marketed as a health drink, Coca Cola was said to cure everything from migraine (aka "sick headache") to depression. And no wonder -- for its first 17 years of existence, Coca-Cola actually contained... Read more...

Bad breath making you a pariah? (1956)

"I'd give anything to belong..." Ann sighed as she looked enviously through the window at a happy group of boys and girls heading for the bowling alley. How she wished she were one of them. "I'd give anythi... Read more...

A view on birth control from 1915

Letter to the Editor: Child birth control Letter from Allen Steven, published on June 02, 1915 in The Day Book (Chicago, Illinois) We are long since rid of Salem witchcraft and the persecutions as shown in ... Read more...

No more rabies (1885)

No more hydrophobia! No more mad dogs! Dr Louis Pasteur’s experiments have resulted in a most brilliant success at perhaps the most important sitting held by the academy of sciences.

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