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The human body is a weird and fascinating thing. A lithopedion Ancient Greek: λίθος = stone; Ancient Greek: παιδός = child, or stone baby, is a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy,[1] is too large to be reabsorbed by the body, and calcifies on the outside, shielding […]

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http://fontanelle.stumbleupon.com/review/30892137/ Fontanelle again: She’s obsessing over an antiquated medical textbook listing of foreign objects found in women’s hoo-hoos. Personally, I found the inclusion (both definitions) of “compass” quite sweet: At least one Victorian lady’s lover was making a concerted effort to find the clitoris.

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Mal de debarquement – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal_de_debarquement I’m surprised at the rarity of this condition, but maybe that’s because I get it myself, and assumed everyone else did too. My first experience with MdDS was after taking two boat trips and two long-haul overnight trains (on the top bunk, where the sway is most noticeable). I spent the next week with […]

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How horrors of the plague made Europe safer from Aids scourge – Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article424915.ece And, on a related note, a much earlier article explaining how the scourge of the Plague on Europe may have made its subsequent generations less susceptible to our own modern plague. Scientific research now suggests, however, that the terrible suffering of our forebears means that a significant proportion of modern Europeans is resistant to […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081112/ap_on_he_me/eu_med_aids_treatment;_ylt=Au.mbORwB6VHTXZT4Q8M_bFh24cA Some encouraging (though faintly so) news from Berlin, about bone marrow transplants apparently curing AIDS. The ever-necessary grains of salt? The procedure is fatal to up to 30% of the patients, and there’s no guarantee that the “wily” AIDS virus isn’t just lying in wait in a mutated form. But still, any progress in […]

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Drug overdose – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overdose Some fascinating information on the biological process of heroin “overdosing”, as unearthed on one of my Wikipedia tours. (My, but my interests are wide-ranging!) If you know of anyone with an addiction, wising them up to this research may be the next best thing to wising them up to quitting entirely. Canadian researcher Shepard […]

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