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New Theory May Explain Mrs. Lincoln's Odd Behavior

Doctor thinks Mary Todd Lincoln suffered a vitamin deficiency

(Newser) - She's been described as perhaps the most troubled first lady to set foot in the White House, with fearsome moods, depression, and paranoia. Now a doctor says he may have uncovered the secret to Mary Todd Lincoln's behavior: a vitamin deficiency. Interestingly, this latest theory in Perspectives in ... More »

Deliveries Not to Blame for Brain-Damaged Newborns

Study finds it's the hours after birth when things tend to go wrong

(Newser) - The majority of newborns with brain damage weren't born that way, meaning a medical mishap during their birth didn't cause the damage. Researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago report in the Journal of Perinatology that of the 32 full-term infants whose records they examined... More »

Chewing on Ice Better Than Sex (for Some)

Ice may offer mental boost for pagophagia sufferers

(Newser) - If you need coffee as a morning pick-me-up, you're not alone. If you need to chomp through a cup of ice, you're also not alone—but there are fewer people like you. Such ice-eaters may suffer from pagophagia (a compulsive craving for ice) that could be caused by... More »

Pneumonia Killed Brittany Murphy: Coroner

'Multiple drug intoxication' and anemia were secondary factors

(Newser) - The primary cause of Brittany Murphy’s death was pneumonia, the LA county coroner says, though severe anemia and prescription drug use also played a factor. A spokesman tells the AP the details of the drugs in the actress’ system will be revealed in about two weeks. Sources tell TMZ... More »

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