5 Diseases That Don’t Spread the Way We Used to Think


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When I hear "abracadabra" — which, to be honest, really isn't often, now that I think about it — I guess I imagine the stereotypical magician pulling a bunny out of a hat scenario, eh, or maybe The Steve Miller Band. So it was interesting to learn the word actually existed long ago when it was inscribed on amulets and used as an incantation to ward off illness and other misfortunes.

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