Browsing Month July, 2011

Doctor Myths

By wisequack at July 31, 2011 | 1:27 pm | 0 Comment

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How Much Pain You Feel Can Depend On The Color Of Your Hair

By wisequack at July 31, 2011 | 1:24 pm | 0 Comment

How Much Pain You Feel Can Depend On The Color Of Your Hair

Did you know that how much pain you feel can depend on the color of your hair?  According to research out of Louisville Kentucky, people with red hair are more sensitive to pain and thus need more anaesthetic during surgical operations.  In this study, a low dose of anaesthetic was given to a group of red haired women along with another group with dark hair and then, more...

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Is BMI Still Relevant?

By wisequack at July 26, 2011 | 7:32 am | 0 Comment

Is BMI Still Relevant?

“Good to see you too, doctor, but, umm, why are you wrapping your arms around my waist?” “Actually I can’t quite, so I’m going to attach this measuring tape to the post and have you spin around.” “What does it read?” “46.” ”Which is what in inches?” “OK Now I have to measure your hip to waist ratio. That would be both hips more...

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Irritable Bowel

By wisequack at July 26, 2011 | 7:31 am | 0 Comment

Irritable Bowel

I like toilet paper. A nice fluffy soft white-as-snow roll of joy. Not only am I fond of this puffy padded product of pillowy perfection when camping in Giardia Springs National Park, but I also like it perched pleasantly on the roll holder thingy in my bathroom. My dog, however, has determined that anything so spinningly playful at her snout level must naturally be more...

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WiseQuacks Lip Dub 2

By wisequack at July 24, 2011 | 1:26 pm | 0 Comment

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The Top Ten on Fatigue

By wisequack at July 17, 2011 | 12:27 pm | 0 Comment

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Drinking Coffee Causes Heartburn

By wisequack at July 17, 2011 | 12:19 pm | 0 Comment

Drinking Coffee Causes Heartburn

This is actually a very common but misunderstood Myth in medicine. For years, the medical profession has prescribed lifestyle modifications as the first line therapy in the management of patients who have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It has become automatic that a doctor tells his GERD patient that he should try raising the head of his bed, more...

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Hookworms Can Be Helpful

By wisequack at July 17, 2011 | 12:12 pm | 0 Comment

Hookworms Can Be Helpful

Did you know that certain parasites that live in our gut may either be harmful or helpful? Typically we think that Hookworms are the nasty kind because they can be the cause of severe disease and a major contributor to iron deficiency anemia in developing countries. However, according to research out of Vietnam, these gut bugs may actually be beneficial for the locals by more...

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Top Ten Knee Pain

By wisequack at July 10, 2011 | 1:16 pm | 0 Comment

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Summertime Blues

By wisequack at July 10, 2011 | 1:13 pm | 0 Comment

Summertime Blues

As I recall, the happiest time of my schoolboy daze was summer. My teachers, oddly enough, recall the same thing. Summertime and the living is so easy that I still make a  point of taking summer off. Could be in the throes of doing a surgical liposuction but if it’s 12:01 June 21, I will put down my scalpel and suckers. “Sorry folks but summer calls.” Return more...

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