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A priest, a rabbi and a minister are all admitted into a hospital together for alcohol poisoning. They had apparently been visiting too many bars together.

Observation

"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." -- Oprah Winfrey

Medical History

This week in 1984, Baby Fae died, who had been born just one month before and who had lived for 20 days with a transplanted, walnut-sized young baboon heart. At birth, Fae was diagnosed with an almost-always-fatal heart deformity. Leonard L. Bailey, a heart surgeon at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, proposed an experimental xenotransplant to the mother. A handful of earlier animal heart transplants into adults had provided less than four days of sustained life, but Bailey believed the infant's underdeveloped immune system might be less likely to reject the transplanted tissue, and a new drug cyclosporine would help. Fae died of complications from the transplant, but the heart itself had not been rejected.

 

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 1997, the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to Carl Charnetski and Francis Brennan of Wilkes University and, um, James Harrison of Muzak Ltd. for their discovery that listening to so-called elevator music stimulates the immune system and may help prevent the common cold.

Self-Exam

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