Health Advice



How Do You Stay Hydrated?

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Water remains the drink of choice for most people, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which analyzed nonalcoholic beverage consumption between 2015 and 2018.

More than 51% of persons surveyed said they prefer water, followed, in order, by coffee, sweetened beverages, tea, fruit drinks, milk and diet beverages. Men were less likely to consume water or tea compared with women but more likely to drink coffee, sweetened beverages or fruit juices.

Water consumption decreased with age, while coffee, tea and milk consumption increased.

Body of Knowledge

Stress can make blood "stickier," in preparation for an injury, but it also increases the probability of developing a blood clot.

Get Me That, Stat!

Wild polioviruses used to paralyze an average of 75,000 children across Africa each year, but the Africa Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication says vaccine efforts appear to have succeeded: There has not been a new case of wild poliovirus infection in the past four years.

Doc Talk

Xerostomia: dry mouth

Mania of the Week

Choreomania: excessive desire to dance

Never Say 'Diet'

The Major League Eating record for watermelon is 13.22 pounds in 15 minutes, held by Jim Reeves. Reeves' 15-year-old record might be considered something of a surprise. He's not among the top seeds in professional speed eating. On the other hand, presumably, there were no seeds in the watermelons either.

Best Medicine

A man walks into the doctor's office and the doctor says, "I've not seen you for a while."

"Yes," the man replies, "I've not been ill."



"To burp or not to burp. That is the indigestion." -- Unknown

Medical History

This week in 1987, Paul Holc became the youngest person in the world known to have an organ transplant of any kind when he received a new heart at just 3 hours old. Surgeons at Loma Linda University Medical Center performed the procedure. At birth, young Holc weighed less than 7 ounces and suffered from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a fatal heart defect where the heart's left chamber is missing or atrophied. He was delivered early by caesarean section because a donor heart became available from a brain-dead baby in Canada. By the time Holc was 10 years old, hundreds of similar transplants had been performed at Loma Linda.

Sum Body

The average human spine has:

-- 220 ligaments

-- 100 joints

-- 120 muscles

-- 33 vertebrae

Just for fun: Giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks; so, too, do humans.


"Before you jump in here with me, / make sure you bring good memories. / For here they're all we have to trade, / and where you are is where they're made." -- gravestone of Harold J. Story (1919-1993)


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