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New Mole, New Problem

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Pointing to an x-ray, he opined: "As you can see, this patient limps because his right fibula and tibia are radically arched."

The doctor then turned to the class and asked a young man in the front row: "What would you do in a case like this?"

The young man replied, "I suppose I would limp too."

Observation

"I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee."

--American writer and humorist Flash Rosenberg

Medical History

This week in 1997, American biology professor Stanley B. Prusiner won the Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering "prions," described as "an entirely new genre of disease-causing agents." The name refers to "proteinaceous infectious particles," linked to neurological diseases in both humans and animals, such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or "mad cow disease" and its human variant: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Medical Myths

Drinking warm milk before bed may make you sleepy, but there's no evidence that it's the milk itself. The drowsiness some people experience is more likely due to the warmth of the milk or a full stomach. Milk does contain trace amounts of tryptophan, but not enough to produce a physiological effect.

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