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Imagine it, a widely used and comfortable replacement for the colonoscopy. Well, soon it could be a reality. The PillCam is just that, a pill that holds a camera at each end. There was a first generation with one camera, the new one is second gen. The tech is affordable enough that the pill need not be retrieved after it is passed, there's some good news huh? It is FDA approved and in trials currently.

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Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 09, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Health

Ambition Pills for Weak and Nervous Men

Ads for these pills ran in many papers in the late 19th century. What was it in the pills that provided the ambition? If these pills were the same as 'Wendell's Ambition Pills,' which came on the market slightly later, then it was strychnine:

"Louisiana chemists reported that each pill was found to contain a little over one-thirtieth of a grain of strychnin and about one-fifth of a grain of iron in the form of the sesquioxid (ferric oxid). Pepper, cinnamon and ginger were also found and what was probably aloes in very small amounts. These pills are sold at 50 cents a box, each box containing forty-two pills. Under our present lax methods of permitting almost any dangerous drug to be sold indiscriminately, provided it is in the form of a 'patent medicine,' it seems, from the Louisiana findings, that it is possible for any one to purchase enough strychnin in a single box of Wendell's Ambition Pills to kill an adult."
The Journal A.M.A., Apr 6, 1918.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 15, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Health, Medicine, Nineteenth Century

Shakespeare Got It Wrong

When Shakespeare wrote, "First kill all the lawyers." he may have gotten it wrong. Insurance adjusters seem to be closer to the mark. Trying to cheat someone out of insurance for cancer treatment over a 26 cent error is just heinous.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Aug 14, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Health

Dr. Rich Lather

'Dr. Rich Lather' commercial - Englewood Hospital from Kurt Ritta on Vimeo.

See, here's what I don't understand: when the two hands are shown scrubbing towards the end, are they the same intelligent face-bearing hands depicted earlier, bashing their facial features against one another till they all fall off? I mean, that's the logic of this nightmare world, right? But if so, where's the screaming?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 30, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Health, PSA's

A Brief History of Artificial Respiration

Courtesy of Boys' Life, April 1964.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 19, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Health, Medicine

Life and Death

Pregnancy tests can confirm new life, but it turns out they can also warn of something deadly as well. A Reddit user, or his friend, found a pregnancy test that was left behind by an ex. He took it as a lark and got a positive result. Upon seeing the post about it several of the site's commenters warned that the hormone that causes a positive test for a pregnant woman is also produced by testicular cancer tumors. This resulted in the man who took the test getting treatment for his early stage testicular cancer. Lucky guy to find out right away like that. The internet has many uses and a few of them have nothing at all to do with porn, who knew?!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Nov 07, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Health

Cold Wind Causing Facial Paralysis

A search on Google Scholar reveals that common causes of facial paralysis include Herpes simplex virus, lyme disease, Bell's palsy, and Ramsay Hunt syndrome. But in Shanghai, doctors are reporting numerous cases of facial paralysis caused by the cold autumn wind. Fatigue is also a contributing factor. A Shanghai doctor cautions that, "Elderly people, new mothers, children with weak immunity, and those exposed to cold wind after drinking are the most likely to suffer facial paralysis."

It's also reported that the "majority of the patients are male between 20 and 50 years of age." (I'm guessing they're the ones being exposed to the cold wind after drinking.) They're coming into hospitals complaining of sudden paralysis on one side of the face. A little bit of acupuncture and massage, and they're set right. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 18, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Health, Medicine, Weather

The Bar Sinister

Yale University researcher Marsha Guess recommends that female cyclists should raise their handlebars above the level of the seat in order to avoid genital numbness. She concluded this after examining 48 female cyclists, using a biothesiometer to measure how sensitive their genitals were to vibrations after riding with the handlebars at different heights. Her study, "The Bar Sinister: Does handlebar level damage the pelvic floor in female cyclists?" is published in a recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. More info here.

Incidentally, Dr. Guess has carved out a niche for herself as a specialist in the relationship between bicycling and female sexual health. Some of her previous publications include, "Women's Bike Seats: A Pressing Matter for Competitive Female Cyclists" and "Genital Sensation and Sexual Function in Women Bicyclists and Runners: Are Your Feet Safer than Your Seat?"
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 12, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Health, Genitals



A salve made from turpentine? The same stuff you clean your paint brushes with? A wonder drug! And apparently, it cured colds, burns, and so much more!



You say you wish you could get your hands on some of this miraculous stuff? The Russians still make it! Follow the Amazon links below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Comments (15)
Category: Health, Hygiene, Medicine, 1920's, Russia, Diseases
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