Browsing Month July, 2012

Using the Prostate Reduces Cancer

By wisequack at July 29, 2012 | 1:35 pm | 0 Comment

Using the Prostate Reduces Cancer

Did you know that having sex can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer (at least in men)?  According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association titled ‘Ejaculation Frequency and Prostate Cancer’, researchers found that males who emptied their gland more often, especially at a younger age, were less likely to develop prostate more...

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Women’s Hockey is Safer

By wisequack at July 29, 2012 | 1:34 pm | 0 Comment

Women’s Hockey is Safer

Although playing hockey may be considered risky behavior for both sexes, apparently being female adds another element of danger.  Even though body contact is not officially permitted in women’s hockey (and may even be rewarded with 2 minutes in the sin bin), lady players suffer significantly more concussions than their male counterparts on the ice.  According to an more...

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What’s H. pylori?

By wisequack at July 29, 2012 | 1:31 pm | 0 Comment

What’s H. pylori?

I fly helicopters, or at least I flew helicopters, er... I mean I flew one once. OK, I sat in the cockpit but it felt like I was flying it. Fine then, I had a couple of extra quarters and was stranded outside a grocery store. While a medical officer in the Canadian navy (“Yes Virginia...”) during Desert Storm/Gulf War One/Persian Excursion, I was transported from more...

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Have I Got the Stones For It?

By wisequack at July 22, 2012 | 12:47 pm | 0 Comment

Have I Got the Stones For It?

“Compose a wise saying and your name will live forever.” Anonymous Recently I slud into seductive Sedona, Arizona, the happy hippie home of mystical magical mountains and ridiculously red rocks. A town where inhabitants proudly proclaim to be “diagonally parked in a parallel universe.” Or as on ol’ timer explained as he looked me over suspiciously, more...

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Medical Marijuana

By wisequack at July 22, 2012 | 12:46 pm | 0 Comment

Medical Marijuana

What is your town’s Compassion Society up to these days? Euthanizing boy bands? Sterilizing mosquitoes? Vice versa? Compassion Societies are those intrepid organizations that deal in marijuana for medical use. Motto: “Hey dude, where’s my care?” Or as one client appreciatively describes “They put the hash in compassion.” In an effort to weed out some of the more...

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Surgery Is The Last Resort

By wisequack at July 22, 2012 | 12:41 pm | 0 Comment

Surgery Is The Last Resort

Although doctors initially advise conservative measures along with medications for most medical disorders, in the case of Type 2 diabetes, it might actually be better to go straight to the operating room.  According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, obese patients who developed diabetes were much less likely to achieve glycemic control by more...

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Amish Have Less Allergies

By wisequack at July 22, 2012 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

Amish Have Less Allergies

Did you know that growing up on an Amish farm may actually reduce the risk of developing allergies?  According to researchers from the Indiana University school of medicine, individuals who live off the land have lower rates of allergies and asthma than city slickers.  Apparently, rural dwellers have this advantage because of the hygiene hypothesis that proposes the more...

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It’s Better To Be Early Rather Than Late

By wisequack at July 15, 2012 | 1:30 pm | 0 Comment

It’s Better To Be Early Rather Than Late

Although many people believe it’s better to be early rather than late especially when it comes to an important meeting, in the case of arriving into this world, it’s actually preferable to show up fashionably late.  That’s because researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that the more time a fetus spends in the womb may increase brain more...

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Flying May Upset Your Bowels

By wisequack at July 15, 2012 | 1:30 pm | 0 Comment

Flying May Upset Your Bowels

Did you know that flying may not only give you white knuckles, but it may also upset your bowels?  In fact, researchers from Switzerland have reported that high altitude exposure not only with flying but also during mountaineering and skiing may cause increased exacerbations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Apparently, travel to heights above 2,000 metres may more...

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What Does This Mole Mean?

By wisequack at July 15, 2012 | 1:29 pm | 0 Comment

What Does This Mole Mean?

Motto for hypochondriacs “There is no such thing as JUST a mole!” Fran Lebowitz If you could be a doctor for a day, what kind of doctor would you be? Surgeon, GP, cardiologist, George Clooney, Dr. Hook? What if you had to decide on the type of doctoring you would malpractice every day for the rest of your life? Such a decision is one that all medical students more...

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