Browsing Month October, 2012

Are Vacations Healthy?

By wisequack at October 28, 2012 | 1:30 pm | 0 Comment

Are Vacations Healthy?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”  Mark Twain Economic downturn. Response of one patient. “I will not let this recession session or depression session affect my obsession with two things; good more...

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Loathing Las Vegas

By wisequack at October 28, 2012 | 1:29 pm | 0 Comment

Loathing Las Vegas

Just a sand flea’s eyelash shy of 8 AM on a peaceful pastoral palatable Sunday morning in the southern Nevada desert the sun slithered over a rugged mesa and waved it’s welcoming photons reverently thru my window tickling my retina like a golden feather boa. (you Pulitzer folks paying attention here?) Hey... it was the kind of morning that made you want to skip more...

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Drinking Alcohol Causes Tremors

By wisequack at October 28, 2012 | 1:26 pm | 0 Comment

Drinking Alcohol Causes Tremors

As you may be aware from personal experience or because you had to take care of your friend after the high school prom, drinking alcohol to excess followed by acute withdrawal has been associated with tremors not only in the hands but all over the body.  This situation is commonly referred to as having delirium tremens (the DT’s).  However, if a person already has more...

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Size Does Matter

By wisequack at October 28, 2012 | 1:25 pm | 0 Comment

Size Does Matter

Did you know that when it comes to organ transplantation, size does matter?  Traditionally, men have bigger hearts than women at least from the standpoint of size of the cardiac organ but of course not necessarily with regards to how generous and compassionate the person is that belongs to that heart.  However it is significant since a male donor heart tends to be a more...

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Smoke Stack

By wisequack at October 21, 2012 | 10:28 am | 0 Comment

Smoke Stack

“SING WITH ME PEOPLE, HACK” Puff the magic drag on lived by the C. And frolicked in the autumn smoke in the land of Emergency. Jackie rolled his paper and loved that rascal Puff, And bought him pipes and Flic a Bics and other fancy stuff. Together they would travel on a boat but not inside Jackie kept a cold lookout perched on Puff’s nasty yellow hide, more...

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Why Do I Get Panic Attacks?

By wisequack at October 21, 2012 | 10:27 am | 0 Comment

Why Do I Get Panic Attacks?

Bessie Bloggins was found sitting on a bench, gasping for breath, clutching her painful chest and sweating like a lawyer at the pearly gates which is exactly where Bessie thought she was headed. She suddenly had no feeling in her fingers, felt faint, nauseated, was trembling and her heart was pounding like a jackhammer on Jolt. Bessie likely has: a. won the more...

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Diabetics Avoid Foot Infections

By wisequack at October 21, 2012 | 10:25 am | 0 Comment

Diabetics Avoid Foot Infections

Most people are aware that diabetics are at risk for serious foot infections due to a number of factors including impaired wound healing and nerve function.  The development of diabetic neuropathy can cause a loss of sensation in the lower limbs meaning that an individual may not be able to feel that their foot is rubbing inside a shoe.  This can result in a blister more...

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Strep Throat Doesn’t Require Antibiotics

By wisequack at October 21, 2012 | 10:24 am | 0 Comment

Strep Throat Doesn’t Require Antibiotics

Did you know that most cases of strep throat will resolve without the need for antibiotics?  When a patient develops a sore throat, they are less concerned about the cause; they just want it to go away.  However, a physician is faced with the dilemma whether the pharyngitis is caused by streptococcal bacteria or a virus because of the rare but potentially deadly more...

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One Lump or Two

By wisequack at October 14, 2012 | 2:04 am | 0 Comment

One Lump or Two

It was a small hard lump on the right side of my neck that kept niggling like a wife of the niggling variety, saying “Hey I’m a small hard lump stuck here in your neck and you’re a buffoon if you ignore me.” So I ignored it. Then later, “Look goof, I’ve been here six months and in case you’re wondering, I’m not going away. I’m not huge but I could more...

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What are the health effects of global warming?

By wisequack at October 14, 2012 | 2:01 am | 0 Comment

What are the health effects of global warming?

While fishing in the Juan de Fuca straits in water so cold that, if you ever fell in, the family jewels would likely hike up to your esophagus and never return, I noticed floating in the distance a large white garbage bag. The pirate in me said that this was a sack of drug smuggling cash of which of course, your honour, I would report all of immediately. Or maybe it more...

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