Health & Spirit

Pain Gain

Scott LaFee on

Nineteen percent of doctors say that they'd be able to give their patients a lethal injection. But they also went on to say that the patient would have to be really, really behind on payments.


"If your doctor's last name is Google, it's time to get a second opinion."

--Toni Bernhard

Medical History

This week in 1933, an American doctor and a refrigeration engineer prepared dried human blood serum for the first time. The freeze-dried serum is the clear fluid in blood containing proteins and antibodies. In its powdered form, it became widely used to prevent childhood diseases and to treat wounded soldiers during World War II.

Med School

Q: What is a pulled muscle?

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A: Muscles are comprised of networks of fibers laced together in specific patterns. When a muscle is "pulled," some fibers are forcibly moved out of play and the muscle cannot function without causing pain. The healing process involves repairing and realigning the affected fibers so they expand, contract and slide smoothing, without pain.

Final Words

"Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done. I'm finished. I'm going to die."

--Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) to his nurse


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