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COVID's Longer-Lasting Consequences

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17.2: Percentage of Americans over the age of 18 who binge drink, defined as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08%. For a typical adult, this corresponds to consuming four or more alcoholic drinks (female) or five or more drinks (male) in about two hours.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stories for the Waiting Room

Early screening, such as regular mammograms, are fundamental to preventing severe or fatal outcomes from breast cancer, but sometimes they lead to "overdiagnoses" that can cause more harm than good. A new study found that in 1 in 7 breast cancer cases, overdiagnoses occurred. That's still good news because it underscores the idea that in 6 of 7 cases, the benefits of mammography generally outweigh its risks.

Doc Talk

Bruxism: teeth grinding


Phobia of the Week

Asthenophobia: fear of fainting

Food for Thought

Rennet is a complex set of enzymes traditionally used to separate milk into solid curds and liquid whey. It's used in the production of cheese. Historically, the source of rennet was from the stomachs of ruminant mammals, such as cows. Most rennet, or more specifically, its key component chymosin, is derived from bacterial sources these days.


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