Browsing Month November, 2012

Got Breast Milk?

By wisequack at November 25, 2012 | 2:11 pm | 0 Comment

Got Breast Milk?

You may have heard the old mother’s tale that squirting breast milk in a baby’s eye can help unclog a blocked tear duct but does a bit of lactation fluid actually work?  According to breastfeeding experts, it actually does!  That’s because human breast milk is known to contain various antimicrobial compounds that can fight off a number of common bacteria that can more...

Featured , Hits & Myths

Dangers of Sitting Too Long

By wisequack at November 25, 2012 | 2:09 pm | 0 Comment

Dangers of Sitting Too Long

Did you know that the simple act of being seated isn’t normally considered a hazard but there are dangers in sitting too long?  In fact, parking your buttocks on the toilet for an extended period of time is one of the main contributing factors in the development of hemorrhoids.  Otherwise known as the grapes of wrath, hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins that more...

Did You Know? , Featured

Music As Therapy

By wisequack at November 25, 2012 | 2:07 pm | 0 Comment

Music As Therapy

While rotating through assorted subspecialties as a medical student, I spent two-months on a geriatric psychiatry ward, a sobering glimpse of my own destiny. Occasionally I would wander into the inpatient’s lounge and tickle the ivories. I am not a great pianist, but given that my audience was seriously medicated and their hearing aids squealed like fire alarms, more...

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Does Acupuncture Really Work?

By wisequack at November 25, 2012 | 2:05 pm | 0 Comment

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Unless shopping involves a store with Tire or Burger (something round and rubbery) in its name, then I don’t much care for it. But the time had come for me to purchase some new clothes, given the smattering of snide snickers concerning my 70’s sartorial style. My pants were getting so threadbare that angry moths were setting up picket lines at my closet. Not more...

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Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

By wisequack at November 18, 2012 | 1:24 pm | 0 Comment

Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

“He who laughs...lasts” “I’m the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral”  Barenaked Ladies (the band, that is) Author Norman Cousins, stricken with painful and debilitating illnesses including ankylosing spondylitis and multiple heart attacks, set out to prove that laughter was his best medicine. He succeeded. His studies confirmed that laughter can more...

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Not All Bugs Need Drugs

By wisequack at November 18, 2012 | 1:22 pm | 0 Comment

Not All Bugs Need Drugs

Two staphlococci had a “budding” romance While brewing in a Petri dish. Out of a patient’s boil they’d been removed by lance, And their discussion went something like thish: “I find you so very infectious,” Said one bacteria to the other. He replied, “Well I hate to hex us But I think we have the same more...

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Popping Pills at a Rock Concert

By wisequack at November 18, 2012 | 1:18 pm | 0 Comment

Popping Pills at a Rock Concert

Although your mother always warned you about taking drugs from a stranger at an ACDC concert, it turns out that taking certain kinds of pills while listening to the Doobie Brothers may actually be good for you.  Approximately 10% of all people will suffer some type of noise induced hearing loss in their lifetime, some of which will be permanent and associated with more...

Featured , Hits & Myths

It’s Hard to Forget a Favorite Song

By wisequack at November 18, 2012 | 1:17 pm | 0 Comment

It’s Hard to Forget a Favorite Song

Did you know that there is a biological reason why it’s hard to forget a favorite song?  Whenever one of the classic melodies starts playing on the radio, it often brings back a flood of memories about how old we were when we first heard it, the girlfriend we had at the time or the party we danced to it.  But, up until recently, we thought it was just because of the more...

Did You Know? , Featured

Five Second Rule

By wisequack at November 11, 2012 | 1:50 pm | 0 Comment

Five Second Rule

Many of us thank our lucky stars if we are able to swoop down and pick up any food that has hit the ground before five seconds tick off the clock but the big question of the day is whether the 5 second rule makes any sense.  It actually took a team of researchers at Clemson University an awful lot of time, energy and quite a bit of money to come to the conclusion that more...

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Hypnosis Can Stop Smoking

By wisequack at November 11, 2012 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

Hypnosis Can Stop Smoking

Did you know that undergoing hypnosis has been proven to be an effective way to stop smoking?  In fact, it’s actually a pretty good financial investment that can pay off both in dollars and in sense...health sense that is.  Everybody knows that being hooked on nicotine is one of the most powerful addictions we know and that a smoker has to be motivated to quit before more...

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