Health Advice



Statins Are Not a Pain

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Adjuvant therapy: extra therapy given after a primary treatment to increase the effectiveness of the latter. One example is receiving chemotherapy after surgery or radiation treatment for cancer.

Phobia of the Week

Cacophobia: fear of ugliness.

Food for Thought

Polydimethylsiloxane is an inert, nontoxic and nonflammable compound used as an anti-foaming additive in many cooking oils to help prevent oil splatter during the cooking process (think fast food French fries but also milkshakes). That utility comes from its ability to remain viscous and elastic at varying temperatures, which also makes it useful in shampoos, lubricants, medical devices and Silly Putty, which is 65% polydimethylsiloxane.

Best Medicine


Q: Why do phlebotomists always carry red pens?

A: In case they need to draw blood.

Hypochondriac's Guide

Bromodosis tends to be worse for those around than for the sufferer. It's the medical term for stinky feet, caused when bacteria in your shoes or on your skin break down sweat produced by your feet. One remedy: Don't wear the same shoes two days in a row. Let them air out.


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