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You can be the safest driver on the road, but chances are you're not alone on the road, thus the reason to always drive defensively. But other factors also play into driving risk, such as weather, road conditions and even day and time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts ongoing analyses of the most dangerous days and times to drive. Not surprisingly, the evening commute generally ranks as most dangerous, based on numbers of accidents and fatalities. Even with more people working remotely, weeknights between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. remain the busiest.

But the singularly most dangerous time of day to drive is between 9 p.m. and midnight on Saturdays, based on accidents and deaths combined. This is a period of peak DUI arrests. In 2019, the NHTSA reported 529,000 crashes between 9 p.m. and midnight on Saturdays, with 5,052 deaths.

Body of Knowledge

In healthy people, brain temperatures often exceed the familiar 98.6 F by a few degrees and fluctuate by region of the brain, age, sex, menstrual cycle and time of day.

Get Me That, Stat!

Police spend one-quarter to two-thirds of their time dealing with nonviolent people in distress from mental health problems or substance misuse, according to published research and STAT News.

Mark Your Calendar

August is awareness month for glaucoma, birth defects prevention, cervical health, radon and thyroids. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just below the Adam's apple in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It's hard to be aware of because it's inert, colorless and odorless, but there are detectors you can buy for homes and other places.

Counts

1 in 5: ratio of Americans who have a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other device capable of tracking health and wellness data, such as steps walked, heart rate and quality of sleep

Source: STAT

Stories for the Waiting Room

Antimicrobial resistance is in great part due to the inappropriate prescribing or overprescribing of antibiotics, not to mention pathogens' ceaseless evolution to escape treatment. But there's another problem, says the Access to Medicine Foundation: In many low- to middle-income countries, antibiotic use is limited to what's available, not necessarily what's best.

Doc Talk

Anxiogenic: producing anxiety

Phobia of the week

Chorophobia: fear of dancing

 

Never Say 'Diet'

The Major League Eating record for pickled beef tongue is 3 pounds, 3 ounces in 12 minutes, held by Dominic Cardo. The record for cow brains is 17.7 pounds (57 brains) in 15 minutes, held by Takeru Kobayashi. In neither case did surviving bovine speak or think kindly of the professional speed eaters.

Best Medicine

Nobody picks their nose. They're born with them.

Observation

"Medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left." -- English writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Medical History

This week in 2000, a man in Israel became the first recipient of the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart able to maintain blood flow and generate a pulse.

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 2021, the Ig Nobel Prize in peace went to a trio of scientists who tested the hypothesis that males evolved beards to provide protection against punches to the face by absorbing and dispersing energy.

Finding: Synthetic beard constructs absorbed 30% more energy than constructs without beards, so, yeah, maybe.

Last Words

"I hope so." -- steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) to his wife, after she wished him a good night

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