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Cool Down: The Week in Health

The week’s most interesting—and quirky—health-and-fitness headlines

Here’s proof that they’ll put a microchip in just about anything: New electronic eyeglasses, called emPower, employ a voodoo-like arsenal of liquid crystals, microchips, and tiny batteries to morph the lenses from reading glasses to everyday glasses at the touch of a button. The liquid crystals apparently “change how the lenses refract or bend light,” reports the New York Times, in the same way lenses with varying thicknesses, such as bifocals, do. When pushed, a button on the side of the frame sends a current that reorganizes the crystals for instant reading power; another touch, and you’re back to everyday glasses. The price for these souped-up specs? Upwards of $1,000, including the frames, lenses, coatings, and a charger.

Clove oil for toothaches? That’s the claim. New York Times columnist Anahad O’Conner sleuths it out.

Those with skin problems might want to take note of this Huffington Post piece: Dairy products and sugar, it seems, cause acne. Although a link between diet and acne has long been suspected—even anecdotally confirmed—no one’s sniffed out the connection until now. Researchers found that those with diets rich in cow’s milk and high-sugar foods had significantly more acne. The reason, it seems, is a hormonal imbalance that eating too much of these foods can cause. More info—and dietary steps to take to be acne-free—is here.

A health story out of Wake Forest University earlier this month makes for a heartwarming read. A baseball coach at the North Carolina college donated a kidney to one of his players—a freshman outfielder named Kevin Jordan who became sick last year with a rare condition that causes kidney failure. The transplant surgery, which took place a few weeks ago, was a success. How’s that for team bonding?

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