A study conducted in 195 countries, over a 26-year period, concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admitted that moderate drinking may protect against heart disease, but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.
The Ice Bucket Challenge money produced a drug that extends ALS patients’ lives by 7.5 months.
Otto Von Bismarck challenged his political nemesis (and pioneer of social medicine) Rudolf Virchow to a duel, allowing him to choose weapons. Rudolf decided upon sausages. One sauage would be safe, the other infected with parasitic larvae. Otto recinded the challenge.
In the 1960’s an American doctor tested if his patients could develop immunity to cancer by injecting them with cancer cells without their consent. He went on to be president of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Frequent pizza eaters in Italy have been found to have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular disease and digestive tract cancers compared to infrequent pizza eaters.
The Canadian Medical Association voted in support of a ban of Mixed Martial Arts in Canada. They argued from a physician responsibility standpoint they could not overlook activities which cause injury and trauma to Canadians. They had previously come out against Boxing for similar reasons.
After Kanye West’s mother Donda West died, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Donda West Law”, legislation which makes it mandatory for patients to receive medical clearance through a physical examination before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery.
Before the mass marketing of tobacco, lung cancer was so rare that doctors took special notice when confronted with a case, thinking it a once-in-a-lifetime oddity.
Doctors used to prescribe ‘Obecalp,’ a sugar pill that is literally ‘placebo’ spelled backwards, for various illnesses such as psychosomatic disorders and chronic ailments.
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein.