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Egyptian eye make-up may have had health benefits

New research suggests that the heavy eye make-up worn by the ancient Egyptians may have have medical as well as aesthetic benefits. Lead researcher Philippe Walter said: "We knew ancients Greeks and Romans too had noted the make-up had medicinal properties, but wanted to determine exactly how." The researchers used a tiny

Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile due to very high cholesterol

A medical expert who has studied famous figures in Renaissance art believes that the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile was the result of very high cholesterol. The facial expression - one of the main reasons why the 16th century painting is among the most famous works of art in the world –

Were there obese people in prehistoric times?

The venus figure discovered in Germany recently has very large breasts, bum and genitals, all said to connote fertility. But it also looks extremely fat. Were there obese people 35,000 years ago? Few, if any. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index higher than 30—the equivalent of being about