Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is Making a Comeback

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Adults often remember the wonders of childhood—summers off, a high tolerance for junk food, and a glorious lack of responsibility. But one summertime threat that targets kids is making a comeback.

Kids are prone to contracting highly unpleasant viral infections like mononucleosis and chicken pox—and now, according to CBS News, outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease are on the rise in several states. Indiana, South Carolina, New York, and Tennessee are among the areas with a reported uptick in cases.

Caused by the coxsackievirus, hand, foot, and mouth disease is characterized by fever, a sore throat, and a runny nose. After that initial burst of symptoms, patients develop a blistery rash on their extremities and inside their mouth. It's easily communicable through coughing, kissing, or shared food and drinks. Symptoms usually last seven to 10 days. Hydration, pain management, and rest are recommended until the virus runs its course.

Although less common, adults can contract the virus as well. New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was recently confirmed to have hand, foot, and mouth disease, possibly brought on from his participation at a youth baseball camp in July. New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ has it, too.

Doctors believe the infection flares up from time to time, particularly in late summer and early fall. The best prevention is washing your hands.

[h/t CBS News]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures

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Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Opened Up About Her Struggles With Depression

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Playing one of the main characters on the most popular show currently on television isn't always as glamorous as it seems. Sometimes, the pressures of fame can be too much. Sophie Turner realized this while playing Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, and has recently revealed how being in the public eye took a toll on her mental health.

Turner took on the role of Sansa Stark in 2011, when she was just a teenager, and she quickly became a household name. Now, at 23, she's come forward to Dr. Phil on his podcast Phil in the Blanks to explain how negative comments on social media affected her self-image and mental health.

"I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.' I would just believe it," Turned explained. "I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious."

Later on, these feelings led to major depression. Turner developed a sense of isolation after she realized that all of her friends and family were going off to colleege while she was pursuing a sometimes-lonely acting career.

"I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn't want to see them, I wouldn't want to go out and eat with them," Turner explained. "I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, 'I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.'"

The feelings of depression stayed with Turner for most of the time she was filming Game of Thrones, and it's a battle she's still fighting. "I've suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge," she continued.

The actress shared that she goes to a therapist and takes medication for her depression—two things that have helped her feel better.

Between Game of Thrones ending and planning her wedding to fiancé Joe Jonas, Turner may not have the time to take on many new acting roles in the near future. However, we'll continue to see her as Sansa Stark in the final season of Game of Thrones, and as Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix, which hits theaters on June 7.

[h/t: E! News]

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