Each week we will get you some of the top stories that international papers and websites reported. Just in case you have been busy.

Hepatitis C, a Silent Killer, Meets Its Match
Determined to get rid of the hepatitis C infection that was slowly destroying his liver, Arthur Rubens tried one experimental treatment after another. None worked, and most brought side effects. But this year, Dr. Rubens, a professor of management at Florida Gulf Coast University, entered a clinical trial testing a new pill against hepatitis C. And after three months of treatment, the virus was cleared from his body at last.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/

Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem
DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds. They found that many were not what they claimed to be, and that pills labeled as popular herbs were often diluted — or replaced entirely — by cheap fillers like soybean, wheat and rice.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html


Meet the Dog Who Knows 1,000 Words
Chaser is a border collie, but any canine companion is capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and language acquisition
When people ask me how smart my dog is, I say that she has about the intelligence of a toddler. Chaser is a 9-year-old border collie who knows 1,000 words, but any dog is potentially capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and development, including learning the basic elements of language.
Read more: John W. Pilley: Your Dog Is a Toddler | TIME.com http://ideas.time.com/2013/11/05/your-dog-is-a-toddler/#ixzz2jsJVen9u

19-Year-Old Will Lose His Virginity in Front of a Crowd for the Sake of Art

Clayton Pettet, 19, isn’t going to lose his virginity in a cliché manner. There won’t be a candle lit dinner or a drunken “let’s go back to my place” after a party. Rather, Pettet is going to have sex with a man for the first time in a London gallery full of 50 to 100 onlookers in a performance art project called “Art School Stole My Virginity.”
Read more: 19-Year-Old Will Lose His Virginity in Front of a Crowd for the Sake of Art | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/ 2013/10/25/19-year-old-will-lose-virginity-in-front-of-a-crowd-for-the-sake-of-art/#ixzz2jsJxeaOR

Fun Facts

l At the time of your birth, you were, for a few seconds, the youngest
person on the planet.
l Cows produce the most milk when listening to the song Everybody
Hurts by REM.
l Once your brain realizes that you’re dying, it releases DMT, one of the most powerful known psychedelics. This dilates your perception of time and allowing you to live inside your own mind for hours or even days.
l Every human being spent about half an hour as a single cell
l The majority of European children born in 2013 will live to see the year 2100.
(Courtesy: http://inktank.fi/60-of-the-worlds-happiest-facts/)

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