Sunday, August 24, 2008

Got Pee on the Brain?

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is making dramatic strides in the science of rat bladders. They have found that an overactive bladder can affect the brain. Specifically, focus and sleep.

The weird thing here is that they tested this effect by surgically controlling rat urine. There have been a lot of strange animal studies performed, but I would not want to be the lab assistant on rat-pee detail.

It's also odd to me that they needed to test this so thoroughly. I mean, when I have to go to the bathroom, I can't focus on ANYTHING. The sleep connection is news to me, though.

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