There is a disease called maple syrup urine disease, the disease is characterized by a sweet and distinctive odor in the urine that is similar to the maple syrup. The reason for MSUD is the deficiency in an enzyme that makes it hard to breakdown amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. 1 in 180,000 infants are affected by MSUD in the United States, but it could be as high as 1 in 176 infants in certain inbred population like Mennonites in Pennsylvania. If MSUD is left untreated, it causes brain damage and other neurological issues and eventually leads to death.
The good thing is, individuals can still lead a normal life with the dietary restrictions and proper medical tests.
Haiti has one of highest violence rate against women and rape has been used as a political weapon to threaten them. Rape was not even a crime until 2005. Before that, victims were paid money for rape — not everybody was given money though. In spite of the law in place, penalty for rape is still not severe when compared to United States or any other developed nation.
Let’s hope the penalty for such offences are made severe and women in Haiti stop living in fear of being raped.
Lot of people think sharing personal goals with friends will make you accountable for executing it for the risk of appearing as a failure, but repeated psychological research have shown that telling someone your personal goals make it less likely to happen. Ideally, you work hard on your goals to achieve it and you don’t get the satisfaction until you achieve it. But when you tell your goals and people acknowledge it, your mind is tricked into thinking that it is already done. So your mind stops taking the effort it takes to do the actual work to achieve your goals.
So guys, the next time if you want to share your goals, better keep your mouth shut.
Swastika, a symbol considered to be auspicious in many East Asian religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism is considered offensive in the United States and many parts of the Europe. To the Americans and Europeans, Swastika is always Adolf Hitler’s Nazisymbol – it’s a painful reminder of horrifying times in history.
In many parts of Asia, the symbol denotes temple in maps. Swastika is the symbol for 10,000 in Chinese. The symbol is drawn on many houses and cars in India to bring them luck.
There is also a town in Ontario, Canada called Swastika.
Stomach produces a gastric acid that helps to break down food components. And this gastric acid contains hydrochloric acid and its pH level is in the range of 1-2 which is strong enough to destroy a wooden piece. So how does stomach prevents from digesting itself? It’s the bicarbonate, an alkaline, that is produced to neutralize the acid in stomach. In fact, this alkaline prevents stomach from digesting itself.
If the gastric acid is over produced due to bacterial infection or improper supply of blood to stomach, it could lead to gastric ulcer and usage of drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin could worsen or cause ulcers. If the ulcers are minor, it can be treated with antacids that neutralize the stomach acidity.