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Papyrus Texts Reveals Ancient Egyptian Hangover Cure

The Egypt Explo­ration Soci­ety(CAIRO) — You may want to keep this info handy, depend­ing on your plans this week­end: An ancient Egypt­ian hang­over cure has just been discovered.

Five hun­dred thou­sand papyrus texts from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, dat­ing back to the sec­ond cen­tury AD (1,900 years ago) were dug up by Bernard Gren­fell and Arthur Hunt from 1896 to 1907, and experts have been trans­lat­ing their con­tents ever since.

Just recently, one of the med­ical texts was found to con­tain a “drunken headache cure,” now more pop­u­larly known as a hang­over cure.

The text sug­gests that suf­fer­ers “wear leaves of Alexan­drian chamaedaphne strung together.”

So, basi­cally wear a neck­lace of these leaves,” Egypt Explo­ration Soci­ety office man­ager Hazel Grey told ABC News. “It doesn’t sound like it should work, does it?”

The Egypt Explo­ration Soci­ety owns the major­ity of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Col­lec­tion, which is housed by Oxford University’s Sack­ler Library.

Alexan­drian chamaedaphne is a shrub avail­able online and more com­monly known as “poet’s lau­rel,” should you want to actu­ally give this a try.

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Mother of Woman in Coma Says She Knew Daughter Would Wake Up

Face­book(NEW YORK) — Even when doc­tors told Anna Moser her preg­nant daugh­ter would never wake up from her coma, she knew it wasn’t true.

Sharista Giles, of Sweet­wa­ter, Ten­nessee, was four months preg­nant when a car acci­dent landed her in a coma in Decem­ber. She woke up ear­lier this month to learn she’d had the baby, whom they’d called “baby L” as a place­holder until she could name him herself.

I’ve had peo­ple to tell me, ‘Do you think she’ll ever wake up?’” Moser told ABC News affil­i­ate WATE. “And I knew she would. I didn’t know how long. A lot of the moth­ers I talked to, their child woke up way before her except for two that I’ve stayed in con­tact with. …But I knew. I knew it was going to happen.”

Giles, 20, had a trau­matic brain injury and was unre­spon­sive at the Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee Med­ical Cen­ter. At one point, she had a 108-degree fever and seemed to be tak­ing a turn for the worse, her mother told WATE. About two months after the acci­dent, in Jan­u­ary, doc­tors had to deliver the baby.

On April 8, four months and two days after the acci­dent, Giles, who had been moved to a rehab cen­ter, opened her eyes. She’s not ver­bal and still has a sur­gi­cally cre­ated hole in the front of her neck to help her breathe, but she fol­lows her fam­ily mem­bers — and pho­tos of the baby — with her eyes, her aunt told ABC News the day after she woke up.

[Her father] showed her a pic­ture of her baby, and she fol­lowed the pic­ture,” she said. “When he turned around to put it back on the bul­letin board, she turned her neck, her whole head, try­ing to fol­low and find the pic­ture again.”

Still, Moser told WATE, she wasn’t sure her daugh­ter was aware.

I said, if you can get out of that bed right now, I could take you home,’ and her head came up, and she had never did that. It was plum off the bed. That’s when I knew,” Moser told the sta­tion. “I finally have not a doubt in my mind, and I needed that.”

Baby L, whom they now call Leighton, was just released from the neona­tal inten­sive care unit, accord­ing to WATE.

Giles hasn’t met the baby in per­son yet because doc­tors don’t want him to enter the rehab facil­ity, her aunt Bev­erly Giles told ABC News. But if the weather is warm later on Fri­day, the fam­ily might take Giles out­side to meet her son, she said.

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“How I Met Your Mother” Star Cobie Smulders Reveals Secret Battle with Ovarian Cancer

Jef­frey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) — How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smul­ders reveals in a new inter­view that she was diag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer dur­ing the show’s third sea­son, when she was 25 years old.

In the May edi­tion of Women’s Health mag­a­zine, the actress, now 33, reveals, “I had tumors on both ovaries, and the can­cer had spread into my lymph nodes and sur­round­ing tissues.”

Smul­ders says it took mul­ti­ple surg­eries over the course of two years to remove the can­cer­ous tis­sue, all while still shoot­ing the pop­u­lar TV series.

I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m cancer-free,” she tells the mag­a­zine. “Now that I’m five years out, I’m try­ing to think of it as a pos­i­tive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can cre­ate more aware­ness, I’ll do it.”

Med­ical experts say ovar­ian can­cer killed about 14,000 women in 2014.

In the time since her diag­no­sis, Smul­ders has given birth to two chil­dren with hus­band, Sat­ur­day Night Live cast mem­ber Taran Kil­lam. They have a five-year-old daugh­ter and a son, born in January.

Smul­ders por­trayed news­caster Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother, which ended its run last May.

Smul­ders will next be seen repris­ing her role as Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, open­ing nation­wide May 1.

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How Your Old CDs and DVDs Can Save the Environment

iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) — Still try­ing to fig­ure out what to do with all those CDs and DVDs that have col­lected in your liv­ing room and den?

If you’re so inclined, pack them up and ship them off to Mietek Jaroniec, a chemist at Kent State Uni­ver­sity, who together with fel­low U.S. and Pol­ish researchers has come up with a way to fight cli­mate change using dis­carded CDs and DVDs.

Jaroniec says that disc frag­ments can be processed into acti­vated car­bon with large sur­face areas and vol­umes of fine pores that actu­ally cap­ture car­bon dioxide.

Using this method, the researchers are able to reduce CO2 in the atmos­phere, a key green­house gas.

This acti­vated car­bon from opti­cal discs is also good for absorb­ing both hydro­gen and the car­cino­genic com­pound ben­zene.
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Don't Worry, Be Sex-Happy

Wavebreak/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You’re prob­a­bly not aware of it but you might be liv­ing in one of the most sex-happy cities in the U.S.

Men’s Health mag­a­zine has come up with its list of places where peo­ple are sex­u­ally active and the win­ner this year is the Austin, Texas, already con­sid­ered one of the most lib­eral cities in the Lone Star State.

The met­rics Men’s Health used for its sex-happy city list were sales of con­doms, birth rates and even rates of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted diseases.

Here are the nation’s top 10 sex-happy cities and per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion to boot:

Austin, TX

Over­all Rank­ing: 1st
Con­dom Sales: 1st
Birth Rates: 15th
STD Rates: 23rd

Dal­las, TX

Over­all Rank­ing: 2nd
Con­dom Sales: 5th
Birth Rates: 6th
STD Rates: 25th

Colum­bus, OH

Over­all Rank­ing: 3rd
Con­dom Sales: 13th
Birth Rates: 22nd
STD Rates: 15th

Durham, NC

Over­all Rank­ing: 4th
Con­dom Sales: 18th
Birth Rates: 9th
STD Rates: 27th

Den­ver, CO

Over­all Rank­ing: 5th
Con­dom Sales: 7th
Birth Rates: 20th
STD Rates: 19th

Indi­anapo­lis, IN

Over­all Rank­ing: 6th
Con­dom Sales: 41st
Birth Rates: 11th
STD Rates: 12th

Arling­ton, TX

Over­all Rank­ing: 7th
Con­dom Sales: 5th
Birth Rates:16th
STD Rates: 54th

Okla­homa City, OK

Over­all Rank­ing: 8th
Con­dom Sales: 34th
Birth Rates: 10th
STD Rates: 20th

Bak­ers­field, CA
Over­all Rank­ing: 9th
Con­dom Sales: 12th
Birth Rates: 3rd
STD Rates: 48th

Hous­ton, TX

Over­all Rank­ing: 10th
Con­dom Sales: 10th
Birth Rates: 8th
STD Rates: 50th

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Meet the Mother, Daughter Behind the Viral Instagram 'Crazy Jewish Mom'

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Many moth­ers and daugh­ters have intensely close rela­tion­ships, but it might be dif­fi­cult to be more hard­core than Kate Siegel and her mom Kim Friedman.

Siegel says her mom texts her as often as 50 times a day, with mes­sages like, “Unless you are car­ry­ing my grand­child, go to the gym and stop eat­ing garbage,” or “Happy birth­day spawn, wel­come to the wrong side of 25. The expi­ra­tion date on your eggs is offi­cially in sight. Tick tock.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ Night­line Thurs­day night at 12:35 a.m. ET.

Last Novem­ber, the inten­sity and hilar­ity of these exchanges reached a point where Siegel decided to cre­ate the Insta­gram account @CrazyJewishMom. The account, where she posts texts from her mom, now has nearly half a mil­lion followers.

I don’t get why peo­ple are inter­ested in other people’s texts to their kids. It’s like real­ity TV, peo­ple inter­ested in other people’s lives,” Fried­man told ABC News’ Night­line.

I want to say this also in light of this con­ver­sa­tion. It’s a humor­ous Insta­gram account. I’m post­ing the most over the top wildest things that she sends,” Siegel told Night­line. “I actu­ally can­not post every­thing. It’s more than would be good for the Internet.”


I guess I have @fyi to blame for this. #crazy­jew­ish­mom #arranged #killme

A photo posted by Crazy Jew­ish Mom (@crazyjewishmom) on Apr 14, 2015 at 5:56am PDT

Fried­man, a for­mer Hol­ly­wood direc­tor who worked on TV shows like Love Boat, Star Trek, Dynasty and Bev­erly Hills, 90210, left it all and moved east when Siegel went to college.

I love her, and my hus­band and I looked at each other and were like, ‘What are we doing in [Los Ange­les]? She’s 3,000 miles away. She’s our baby,” said Friedman.

When Siegel, her only daugh­ter, grad­u­ated and moved to New York, where she now works as a video pro­ducer, Fried­man embraced tex­ting as the prin­ci­ple means of reach­ing Siegel at all hours.

Night­line recently spent a Sat­ur­day with them, and dur­ing one 20-minute period when they were apart, Siegel received a total of 11 texts, mostly as her mom went shop­ping on her behalf.



One of Friedman’s pri­mary pre­oc­cu­pa­tions in the texts posted on Insta­gram is the fact that Siegel’s boyfriend, whom Fried­man calls “Super­Jew,” has not pro­posed after more than a year of them being together.

I’m look­ing ahead to the future. I mean Super­Jew, a year and a half, obvi­ously a year and a half, it’s not going to work because she’s going to leave, or he’s going to leave,” Fried­man said.

It might work!” Siegel said.

Either seal the deal, or move on so she can date other peo­ple,” said Friedman.



THANKS A LOT, @fyi. #crazy­jew­ish­mom #arranged

A photo posted by Crazy Jew­ish Mom (@crazyjewishmom) on Apr 9, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

Other recur­ring fix­a­tions from Friedman’s texts include her dis­ap­provals of Siegel’s apart­ment, which she refers to as the “death trap,” and her frus­tra­tions with Siegel’s taste in bras.

But it’s all just one woman’s mater­nal ado­ra­tion and idio­syn­cratic — and maybe a lit­tle crazy — cru­sade for her daughter’s opti­mal health, well-being, wardrobe and love life.

Oh my gosh, she’s my baby. Are you kid­ding? And I’ll kill any­body that hurts her, any­body,” Fried­man said.


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Family Shares Heartbreaking Story of UK's Youngest Organ Donor

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — On what would have been their son’s first birth­day, the fam­ily of the youngest organ donor in the United King­dom are shar­ing the story of their son’s short life to encour­age oth­ers to become organ donors.

Hours after being born, Teddy Houl­ston became the youngest organ donor in the U.K. last year, when doc­tors were able to suc­cess­fully trans­plant his kid­neys and other organs. The kid­neys helped save the life of a recip­i­ent, accord­ing to the National Health Service.

Teddy’s par­ents, Jess and Mike Houl­ston, are now shar­ing their deci­sion to des­ig­nate their new­born son as an organ donor in the hopes other peo­ple will not be afraid to sign up to be organ donors.

Fol­low­ing Teddy’s diag­no­sis we had some time to accli­ma­tise to what might hap­pen, there­fore we decided early on as a fam­ily that we would want to go ahead with the preg­nancy and donate his organs if this was pos­si­ble,” Jess Houl­ston said on the NHS website.

Jess Houl­ston learned that Teddy had a life-threatening diag­no­sis when she was just 12 weeks preg­nant with twin boys. She and her hus­band learned that due to a con­di­tion called anen­cephaly, Teddy would be born with­out parts of the brain and skull and likely only sur­vive for a few hours to days.

Teddy’s twin brother Noah did not have the same con­di­tion and was born healthy.

When we found out he wasn’t going to sur­vive, it was obvi­ously crush­ing, soul-destroying,” Jess Houl­ston, of Cardiff, said in a video for the Cardiff and Vale Uni­ver­sity Health Board.

Jess Houl­ston said she had grown up hear­ing about the impor­tance of being an organ donor from her mother and imme­di­ately thought about the option for Teddy.

It was help­ing us that he could go on and live through some­one else,” said Jess Houl­ston. “It was the only pos­i­tive thing that could have come out of here.”

She said that despite the out­come, she was sim­ply eager to meet Teddy.

We just wanted to meet him, we wanted to meet him alive, we knew he was never going to be com­ing home with us,” she said. “But those few min­utes we had were just the most amaz­ing few min­utes that we’ll ever have.”

The day that Teddy was born, the fam­ily was able to bond with both Teddy and Noah in the hos­pi­tal for hours. When Teddy died a few hours after being born, Jess Houl­ston said the fam­ily was able to cope by know­ing he could end up help­ing others.

There was so much sad­ness and so much joy as well that he had just achieved some­thing that we didn’t think was going to hap­pen,” Jess Houl­ston said.

The boy’s kid­neys were able to be trans­planted into an adult recip­i­ent, help­ing save that person’s life, accord­ing to the NHS.

He couldn’t have done more for us,” Mike Houl­ston told reporters. “We just couldn’t have wished for any more, we had such pre­cious two hours with him, that we couldn’t ever, ever for­get, that we couldn’t wish for more. He was truly a hero to us.”

The cou­ple and many in the med­ical com­mu­nity are hop­ing that in shar­ing Teddy’s story on what would have been his first birth­day, oth­ers will be encour­aged to think about sign­ing up as an organ donor.

Dr. Paul Mur­phy, National Clin­i­cal Lead for Organ Dona­tion at NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said the fam­ily was “an inspi­ra­tion to us all.”

In telling Teddy’s story Mike and Jess demand that every­one, young and old, fol­lows their exam­ple,” Mur­phy said in a state­ment. “Put sim­ply they say, ‘Do it for Teddy.’”

The need for organ donors remains an issue in both the U.K. and U.S. In the U.K., there are approx­i­mately 7,000 peo­ple wait­ing for an organ trans­plant, while in the U.S. 78,566 peo­ple are on the active organ trans­plant wait­ing list.

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USDA Approves Import of Apples from China

Purestock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture on Thurs­day approved reg­u­la­tions that would allow for the import of fresh apples from China.

Food advo­cates have argued about pol­lu­tion issues in China and the poten­tially resul­tant chem­i­cal residue that could be on imported apples.

Cur­rently, the FDA inspects less than one per­cent of imported fruit. All apples imported from China, how­ever, will be required to meet U.S.-approved stan­dards, arrive with a “phy­tosan­i­tary cer­tifi­cate” and be declared inspected and free of quar­an­tine pests. The apples would also fea­ture a sticker indi­cat­ing that they are from China.

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