Monday, May 30, 2016

String of Medical Pearls Around the World

Over the recent past, a bunch of the articles in which I have been quoted have been picked up in countries outside of the US, in languages other than English.  Some of you may enjoy seeing some of these pieces, and could use them to sharpen your language skills.  So, in no particular order, enjoy the following:

Here’s an article from Jordan that might change your bathroom habits

لن تستعملوا سيفون الحمام بنفس الطريقة عندما تقرؤون هذا المقال!

If you get burned while in Indonesia, here are some thoughts to keep in mind

Atasi Luka Bakar dengan Cara Ini

If you are planning to have a vasectomy in Vietnam

Chồng thắt ống dẫn tinh vợ vẫn có bầu

And here is some advice from Indonesia about airplane travel

I hope you enjoy these, and I do look forward to posting more as they show up!  It really is a World Wide Web!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is a soda tax an idea whose time has come?

They seem to tax just about everything except taxes, and someone is likely working on that, so how about a tax on the sugary soda that many love to consume.  It is just a way to raise revenue, or could there be some health benefits?  Here is a discussion from the MedPage Today website with a variety of views, including mine, on that topic.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thoughts about being snipped

Looking for the most foolproof form of birth control, many men turn to vasectomy, an effective and permanent form of contraception.  Only problem is that it does not work immediately.  Although the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from production to insemination, is cut, residual sperm in the system are still present, and can still impregnate.  Here is a piece from the Self site that looks at this situation.

Shortly after publication, this piece was picked up by Fox News on their site:

Sunday, May 8, 2016

When the pain killer kills more than the pain

As the news continues to come out about the death of Prince, it is beginning to appear as though prescription pain relievers, medication he needed to deal with pain from a variety of sources, may have been a significant factor in his death.  Unfortunately, you don’t need to be a celebrity to walk this same path.  People from all walks of life can find themselves taking too many of these medications, sometimes with dangerous consequences.  Here is a look at the problem, and some warning signs to watch for along the way.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When Poochie Gives a Smoochie

Not all babies are fond of dogs, and not all dogs are fond of babies, but there are other reasons to avoid having your dog plant a slurp on your baby’s face.  Your dog’s intent may not be what you think it is, and his tongue is not the cleanest object in the world.  Here is a little article with some appropriate cautions.