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Palliative Care Helps Parkinson's Patients

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Doctor: "You have a very contagious disease. We must quarantine you, and you will be fed only bologna and pizza."

Patient: "Will that cure me?"

Doctor: "No, but that's all we can fit under the door."


"To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors." -- author Tia Walker

Medical History


This week in 1986, the first virus produced with genetic engineering was approved for use in a vaccine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The virus was designed for veterinary medicine to fight a form of swine herpes.

Perishable Publications

Many, if not most, published research papers have titles that defy comprehension. They use specialized jargon, complex words and opaque phrases like "nonlinear dynamics." Sometimes they don't, and yet they're still hard to figure out. Here's an actual title of actual published research study: "Prevalence and persistence of male DNA identified in mixed saliva samples after intense kissing."

Slovakian researchers were interested in whether kissing might be useful in solving crimes, or at least those involving, say, kissing bandits. They asked 12 couples to passionately smooch for at least two minutes and then tested the women's saliva for evidence of male DNA at intervals of five, 10, 30 and 60 minutes later.


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