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Ig Nobel Prize: The Alternative Nobel Prize Winners of 2013

Recent big news for those who follow the IG Nobel Prizes. Now these awards are not the same as the Nobel Prizes. The IG awards recognize exceptionally obvious, goofy or insignificant results. The research topics often make readers laugh and why not? The 2013 Medicine Prize was given to Japanese [...]

By | January 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Anecdotal Evidence: Where’s the Beef?

You would have a hard time buying the claim that the cold you woke up with this morning was caused by sunrise as your cold started after the sun rose. Yet, you would probably assume that, if your doctor prescribed antibiotics for that very same cold and after a few [...]

By | January 13th, 2014|0 Comments

What About Leftover Medications?

What happens to all those unused medications?  Well, most unfortunately end up flushed down the toilet (out of sight out of mind) or thrown in the trash (ditto). Ultimately, the drugs end up in the ground water or ocean, only to be taken up yet again as we drink water, [...]

By | January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

New Years Resolutions

With New Years just around the corner, it's time to make the annual New Year Resolution list. Sure, for most of us it is truly an exercise in futility: We have grand aspirations but then reality sets in and we're lucky if we knock off the first two. Since this [...]

By | December 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Should We Worry About Snoring?

As far as snoring is concerned, the perpetrator is blissfully unaware and whoever sleeps nearby suffers. Yet snoring raises risks for significant disease, so in reality the one who snores suffers as well. As we breathe, air moves in and out of our mouths, trachea and lungs. Normally this flow [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Ear Canals: Clogged Ear Wax and Foreign Bodies

Ear wax helps keep the ear canal moist and clean, but for some it becomes thick and hard. At times it can completely clog the ear canal. What happens with impacted (medicalese for clogged) ear wax is that the transmission of sounds is impaired, so it is more difficult to [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|0 Comments

How to Prevent Getting Sick this Winter

Cold season is here and yet again you can look forward to the next cold which will basically make you miserable for several days or worse yet might land you in the hospital. What can you do to help prevent becoming of victim of viruses? First off, get that yearly [...]

By | December 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Procedural Sedation

Your teenager, quite confident that he is immune to any injury, tries an airborne 360 at the skateboard. He makes it about 180, lands and then falls on his outstretched wrist. He then arrives home, with an obviously deformed wrist. You take him to the local emergency room where the [...]

By | December 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Nail Fungus

No one likes to find out that that narly looking toenail which has been festering for months is actually a fungus. Toe fungus is more common than you think and like most medical conditions, has a long difficult to pronounce and spell name-onchomycosis. The nail looks as if someone had [...]

By | November 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Is a Cheerleading a Sport?

So what exactly is a sport? I don't think anyone would argue that say football, basketball or baseball are sports. But what about cheerleading? And even more importantly, why should anyone care? Well, it runs out that at least for the Illinois delegation at this year's annual American Medical Association [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|0 Comments