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A Burning Question: Does Diet Coke Work To Prevent Pregnancy?

Given last weeks fascinating study on dropped beer bottles, here is another one. This article published in 1987 actually earned its authors the IG award, given only to the best of the best quirky studies. What would be an effective spermicide, these intrepid authors wondered. Why not try Old Coke, [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Beer Bottle Wars: Valuable Research

One of the burning questions of modern medicine has always been whether, in the case of a brawl, an empty or full beer bottle inflicts more damage and of course which is more likely to fracture the skull. And to answer this perplexing dilemma, a team (believe it or not [...]

By | October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Necrotizing Fasciitis: What In God’s Name Is This?

Necrotizing fasciitis is not only difficult to spell and pronounce, it is also a life threatening condition. It might as well have been taken out of a horror movie: Super aggressive invaders (bacteria) which multiply unbelievably fast and destroy healthy tissue at an alarming pace. This disease presents with severe [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Chemical Conjunctivitis

Pink eye is an infection of the covering of the eyes (conjunctiva) caused mostly by viruses. However other things can make your eyes red. One of these conditions goes by the tongue twister chemical conjunctivitis. What happens here is that a chemical gets into the eyes and from there irritates [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Don’t Take Supplements

The latest issue of Consumer Reports examines how safe and effective are supplements. And guess what? Supplements did not fair too well. Overall, the verdict was a no go: Not safe and not effective. The problem is that supplements are not regulated by the FDA. For some unknown reason, these [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Fractures In Children

Although it is nice to think of kids as just little adults, that is just not true. In fact, doctors are taught the differences so that these differences can be taken into account, when treating kids. Fractures in adults require splinting and at times surgeries. The bones have stopped growing [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Fever: Not a Great Way of Predicting Serious Infection

Fever is simply not a great way of deciding whether a child is really sick or not. Children's bodies can respond to even minor infections with a high fever because their immune systems sense an invader and mount a vigorous response. On the other hand, a child who has say [...]

By | September 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Why Swallowing Is Important

Just like we don't have to think about breathing, when we swallow almost all of the time it is automatic. However, swallowing is pretty complex and requires quite a few nerves, muscle and gut interaction to work right. If you think about it, food, water and sputum need to be [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Aplastic Anemia

Blood just doesn't hang around forever. In fact, the bone marrow is hard at work replacing all forms of blood cells. These include red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Each type of cell has a different life span, but all need constant replacement. What happens when the bone [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

A New Way of Grading Concussions

Not all concussions are created equal. Some occur with loss of consciousness; others without. Some lead to minor side effects and others to long term issues. In fact the NFL is now grappling with a condition called traumatic encephalopathy which occurs after repeated concussions or head trauma. This affects the [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|0 Comments