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Oxygen Bias

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Clinomania: an excessive desire to stay in bed

Best Medicine

When an employment application asks who is to be notified in case of emergency, write, "a very good doctor."

Hypochondriac's Guide

Vampire syndrome, or what doctors would actually call xeroderma pigmentosum, is a rare skin disorder that causes heightened sensitivity to ultraviolet sunlight. People who have it may be up to 10,000-fold greater risk of developing skin cancer, often experiencing burns and blisters after as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure.

Observation

 

"I was a Caesarian birth, but you can't really tell, except that every time I leave the house I go out through the window." -- comedian Steven Wright (1955-)

Medical History

This week in 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first U.S. city to begin fluoridating drinking water to reduce tooth decay. One part per million of fluoride was added to the water supply.

Self-Exam

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