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Blood and sexual orientation

Ellis L, Ficek C, Burke D, Das S. Eye color, hair color, blood type, and the rhesus factor: exploring possible genetic links to sexual orientation. Arch Sex Behav. 2008 Feb;37(1):145-9. Based on a sample of 2000+ college students and people found in internet chat rooms, the authors of this paper found that gay men and…

Adventures with ill-fitting dentures

Arora A, Arora M, Roffe C. Mystery of the missing denture: an unusual cause of respiratory arrest in a nonagenarian. Age Ageing. 2005 Sep;34(5):519-20. A nonagenarian is someone between 90 and 100 years old. That’s really old. Behold the power of swallowing a loose denture: It got stuck in her hypopharynx, the part of the…

Fun with celebratory gunfire

So the word is on the street that if you fire a bunch of bullets up in the air, they eventually end up falling back to earth at speeds capable of killing people. Great way to celebrate, eh? Celebratory gunfire injuries occur worldwide, and represent the ultimate in preventable injury. Incorvaia AN, Poulos DM, Jones…

Oh, the places you’ll find dead people!

I really wanted to make a Sixth Sense joke in the title of this post, but thankfully I managed to overcome my deep-seated desire to fill this blog with nine year old pop culture references and decided that classic Seuss was the way to go. Now to offend some of you. Catanese G, Bloom T.…

Online suicide encouragement

Chodorowski Z, Sein Anand J. [Internet as a means of persuading a patient to commit a suicide] Przegl Lek. 2002;59(4-5):375-6. Polish. So apparently this lady in Poland trolled the internet for a depressed student, found one, and then proceeded to badger her into committing suicide by sending her near-daily memos on how to efficiently off…

The collision of science and music

Lane N, Graudins A. “Punk” rock can be bad for you: a case of surgical emphysema from a “punk” rocker’s leather jacket. Emerg Med J. 2006 Jun;23(6):e35. Sheena is a “punk” rocker / Sheena is a “punk” rocker / Sheena is a “punk” rocker with a hole in her chest — le Roux FH, Bouic…

That damn constant saddle vibration

Sauper T, Lanthaler M, Biebl M, Weiss H, Nehoda H. Impaired anal sphincter function in professional cyclists. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2007;119(5-6):170-3. Professional cycling: Voluntary defecation control is for pussies.

Injurious (and occasionally deadly) microwaves

Frey FJ. [Microwave-induced heating injury] Ther Umsch. 2004 Dec;61(12):703-6. German. This one’s in German. Though I no spreken ze deutch, the translated abstract tells the sad medical tale of a diabetic who was burnt by a warm-up pillow that was overheated in a microwave. The burns lead to amputation followed by infection with MRSA (a…

Loathing your limbs

Pearce JM. Misoplegia. Eur Neurol. 2007;57(1):62-4. Epub 2006 Nov 20. Review. Hemiplegia is paralysis of one side of the body. It can be congenital or acquired as the result of disease or injury involving the spinal cord and/or brain. Stroke is a common cause. Misoplegia is the hatred of paralyzed body parts in those afflicted…

Straumanis JP. Disclosure of medical error: is it worth the risk? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007 Mar;8(2 Suppl):S38-43. Hells no. Not unless you get off on having personal injury lawsuits filed against you. Which, admittedly, would be an interesting kink. — Comparison of a manual and an automated method to estimate the number of uterine…