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"I have the perfect cure for a sore throat. Cut it." -- American horror filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). Hitchcock was joking, we think.

Medical History

This week in 1936, X-ray moving pictures of human internal organs were reported for the first time at the 37th annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society in Cleveland by William H. Stewart, William J. Hoffman and Francis H. Ghiselin of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. They used a home 16-millimeter camera to film moving X-ray images on a fluoroscopic screen at 16 frames per second. Two seconds of exposure could capture two or three beats of the heart, the act of breathing, movements of the diaphragm or motion of joints.

Ig Nobel Apprised

The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh, then think. A look at real science that's hard to take seriously, and even harder to ignore.

In 2019, the Ig Nobel Prize in psychology went to Fritz Strack for discovering that holding a pen in one's mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier -- and for then discovering that it does not.

Sum Body

Here are the top deadliest infectious diseases, based on mortality rate if untreated. Fortunately, most are either rare or prevented through vaccination:

No. 1: (tie) Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (Mad cow disease)

No. 2: (tie) Rabies Mortality rate:

No. 3.: Balamuthia encephalitis (amoeba borne disease)

No. 4: Brain-eating amoeba, i.e. Naegleria fowleri


No. 5: Nipah virus (bat-borne)

No. 6: Avian flu (H5N1)

No. 7: Hendra virus (bat-borne)

No. 8: (tie) Marburg virus

No. 9: (tie) Ebola virus

No. 10: African sleeping sickness

Med School

If you're training to become a psychiatrist or mental health worker, here are the top five most stressed out states in the country (go where the patients are), according to, which analyzed the mindsets of residents based on 5 million tweets: South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia, Rhode Island and New York.

Curtain Calls

American author Olivia Goldsmith (1949-2004) became well-known after publication of her debut novel "The First Wives Club," which in part satirized cosmetic surgery. She died at the age of 55 after suffering complications (heart attack) following cosmetic surgery.


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