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Rope worm and its treatment

Rope worms may pass out of the body during an enema or another procedure to clear the intestines.If rope worms are parasitic, it may be possible to diagnose them using standard procedures for identifying parasitic infections. As there is no scientific consensus on what a rope worm actually is, there is no standard treatment. It is also not clear whether treatment is necessary at all. According to the researchers who believe that these worms are parasites, the treatment for rope worms is an enema using eucalyptus and lemon juice. Removing the rope worm reportedly reduces constipation and associated symptoms. Assuming that the rope worm is a type of intestinal parasite, a person may benefit from antiparasitic medications, such as albendazole or mebendazole. The CDC recommends such medications for a different type of intestinal worm called Ascaris. The lack of consensus on what rope worms actually are means that it is not clear whether or how a person can prevent them. Some scientists claim that rope worms are parasitic worms, while others claim that they are simply a collection of mucus and intestinal debris. There is very little scientific evidence to support either claim. A person may pass a rope worm during an enema or other procedure to clear the large intestine. Since it is not clear whether rope worms are parasites or long strings of mucus, there is no standard treatment for rope worms. It is also not clear whether treatment is necessary at all.(Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Assumption of prettier foods as healthier

Previous research has found that a so-called “attractiveness halo” may lead some people to assume that good-looking people are smarter. Now a study from Linda Hagen of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles finds that a similar effect occurs with food. Advertisements use images to trigger the part of the brain that perceives taste, which activates our brain’s reward center to give us a little mental “taste” of a pleasurable dining experience. The study offers two marketing takeaways.

First, images of carefully styled foods in ads and on menus may promise more than enjoyable food. With fast-food in mind, Hagen writes: “This finding is disconcerting because a large proportion of visually advertised food is unhealthy food.” Second, the study suggests a way for advertisers to communicate the healthfulness of products more effectively by presenting images of deliberately styled foods to exhibit characteristics that qualify as classically pretty.

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