New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

If you have kids, you invariably get sick more often—but how often, exactly? A new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine reveals that big families have viral infections for an amazing 87 percent of the year.

Source: New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

Kids, especially young ones, pick up everything.  The only avenue I could see skewing the findings in the study would be for people who work in healthcare.  I don’t think I’ve ever been sicker than when I worked in a hospital, and that was on the maternity ward.

The study confirms what we’ve known, but provides nothing of real value.  Is anyone going to stop having kids because of this?

Why Do People Still Get the Plague?

People don’t die of the Black Plague in the 21st century — except when they do. And the disease won’t be going away any time soon.

Earlier this month, a high school student in Colorado died of the disease. On average, seven people in the U.S. catch the plague every year; some years, it’s only one, and in other years, it’s as many as 17. Worldwide, the plague strikes about 2,000 people every year, and about 10% of them will die. That’s quite a step down for the disease that killed nearly a third of the population of Medieval Europe in its heyday. But why hasn’t the plague faded quietly into the history books?

Source: Why Do People Still Get the Plague?

Lest we forget the story of WHO wanting to announce that malaria had been eradicated.  But the press release couldn’t happen, because the speaker came ill …with malaria. 😉

What Happens When You Get The Wrong Blood Type?

Being transfused with the wrong type of blood is incredibly rare, but it has occasionally happened. What does it feel like to have the wrong type of blood coursing through your veins?

Source: What Happens When You Get The Wrong Blood Type?

Scared?  How about after reading this article suggesting that blood transfusions are overused.  The medical system being prudent about blood transfusions saves money, conserves blood for when necessary, and minimizes the possibility of getting the wrong blood type.

My understanding is that people on blood thinners are not permitting to donate blood, but if you are able to, please do.  Similarly, encourage those who can.

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Can You Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

In [the movie] Se7en an obese man is made to stuff himself until his stomach bursts. Is this really possible? Wouldn’t you just naturally throw up?

Although extremely rare, some people actually have ruptured their stomachs after eating too much, and, perhaps not surprisingly, many did not survive.

Source: Can You Really Bust a Gut from Eating Too Much at Once?

I was surprised to see Weekly World News quoted.  I’d dismiss that paragraph entirely.

Related: Monty Python – Meaning of Life clip, Mr. Creosote Blows (3:28 minutes)