Listening to Prayer Shuts Off Brain Activity Responsible for Scepticism

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Areas of the brain shuts off in response to healer’s prayer.

Areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active when we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure.  That’s the finding of a study which looked at people’s response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers.

 

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$3 Hand-Powered Suction Device Quickly Heals Wounds

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Suction helps heal wounds?

MIT Grad Student Danielle Zurovcik (above) designed this hand-powered suction device to speed up wound healing. It costs $3 and it works.

Nobody knows precisely why it works, but doctors have known for decades that the healing process for open wounds can be greatly speeded up by applying negative pressure — that is, suction — under a bandage sealed tightly over the affected area. The speculation is that it helps by drawing bacteria and fluid away from the wound, keeping it cleaner….

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