Health Advice



Surgery and Birthdays Don't Mix

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Body of Knowledge

An adult human contains 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood, accounting for 8% to 10% of body weight. A baby, on the other hand, carries only about a cup, or the same as the average adult cat.

Get Me That, Stat!

Cancer incidence in adolescents and young adults has increased nearly 30% since 1973, primarily in carcinomas, or cancers that originate in cells, such as skin or tissue lining inner organs.


60: percentage of 12th graders who report being sexually active


Source: Guttmacher Institute

Stories for the Waiting Room

German anatomist Lorenz Heister proposed this treatment option for "Bible cysts," which appear on the hands or wrists: strapping a bullet that had killed an animal to the cyst or touching it with a dead man's hand.

Perhaps more convenient, he advised smacking the cysts with a heavy book. Incidentally, they were called "Bible cysts" because Bibles were supposed to be good books to smack with, tending to be large and heavy.


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