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December 2007

A little fat during pregnancy is good!

Plump Moms

Fat is not all that bad and when it comes to pregnancy it is probably good. A study conducted by two universities in the US found that curvier women have smarter children. The reason being hip fat contains polyunsaturated fatty acids critical for the development of the fetus’s brain. Terry Pfau DO, HMD

Arnica For Osteoarthritis

In a study comparing the effectiveness of Arnica gel verses ibuprofen felt for osteoarthritis, more patients testing Arnica gel (64%) saw improvement than those testing ibuprofen gel (58.8%). This was a randomized, double-blind study in which the 204 participants had radiological studies that confirmed the presence of osteoarthritis. The conclusion of the 20 Swiss doctors …

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The Last Gift

Going to medical school was both challenging and exhilarating. Although I have many memories one particular one stands out clearly in my mind as though it happened yesterday. As freshmen medical students we were divided up alphabetically into groups of 4 and assigned to a specific table with a cadaver zipped up inside a body …

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Death and Resurrection

The following amusing article appeared in JAMA 100 years ago. The author was poking fun at how newspapers will run stories like this whenever news becomes scarce and copy hard to get. “In the Chicago Record-Herald, Oct 1, 1907, appears a special telegram from Wheeling, W.Va., according to which Mrs. Fred Harzell was the young …

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