Health Advice



Cancer Deaths Are Down -- And Up

Scott LaFee on

No. 1: Bad blood

No. 2: Softening of the brain

No. 3: Falling sickness

No. 4: King's evil

No. 5: Congestive chills

A) Malaria

B) Scrofula (a swelling of the glands)

C) Encephalomalacia

D) Epilepsy

E) Syphilis


Answers: 1-E; 2-C; 3-D; 4-B; 5-A.

Med School

Q: What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

A: A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments -- tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones together in joints. Ankle sprains are the most common. A strain involves an injury to a muscle or to the band of tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. The conditions are often confused because the injuries are very similar, with some common symptoms (limited flexibility, swelling and pain around the affected joint). Sprains typically involve bruising while strains may feature muscle spasms.

Last Words

"How did the Mets do today?" -- Major League Baseball catcher and World War II spy Moe Berg (1902-1972). The Mets won that day.


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