Posted by: luliana | April 13, 2008

Strange medical facts

(Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a great friend of mine – Luliana. He’s a medical student (about to graduate, I hope) and he has joined the blog as a moderator. Below is his first post. Now the Chhamanator has become a double threat with the addition of a new contributor. THE CHHAMANATOR – THE ONLY BLOG WHERE YOU GET TWICE YOUR MONEY’S WORTH!!)

Got these strange but true medical facts and stories while surfing. Pretty intresting..

1. The human body has about 100 trillion cells – thats as 20,000 times more than the number of people in the world.

2. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg, while the smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. Now thats an odd couple!

3. One cannot catch cold at the North Pole in winter. Neither can one contract the flu, nor most of the disease transmitting viruses and germs. The winter temperature is so low in this part of the world that none of the standard disease causing micro-organisms can survive.

4. A woman’s arthritic pains will almost always disappear as soon as she becomes pregnant. No one knows why.

5. A 36 year old farmer from India was emergently taken to the hospital and doctors at the hospital believed he had a giant tumor. When they operated to remove the bulge in his belly it was discovered that he had a partially grown twin inside of his body which had been there since birth.This condition is an extremely rare situation that occurs when a fetus gets trapped inside its twin. The trapped twin may survive as a parasite even past the time of birth by leaching its twin’s blood supply until it becomes quite large and starts to harm the host.

6. A condition known as hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tongue can sometimes reach such extremes that the tongue becomes too large for the mouth and protrudes over the chin, reaching down as far as the chest. This extraordinary enlargement may cause deformity of the teeth and jaw, and may even cause the sufferer to choke on his or her own tongue.

7. In November, 1972, a student skydiver named Bob Hail jumped from his plane and quickly discovered that neither his regular parachute nor his backup chute had opened. He dropped 3,300 feet at a rate of 80 miles per hour and landed on his face. “I screamed, “Hail recalled later. “I knew I was dead and that my life was ended right then. There was nothing I could do.” A few moments after landing, however, he got up and walked away with nothing worse than a broken nose and some missing teeth. No one has been able to explain how he escaped unhurt.

8. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, 125,312 people are injured in 1 year while in or around a bed. These injuries resulted from such mishaps as tripping over the bed, hurting oneself on the headboard, or simply falling out of bed.

9. According to the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, women are two and a half times more likely to have an automobile accident when they are menstruating. According to researchers, reflex and sensory alertness are impaired during the monthly period, and spatial judgment may be altered.

10. The most common health problem in the world is toothache.

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Responses

  1. Nice collection, Doctor dude. Just remember no 9 when you go out riding with your sisters. Now whats two and a half time four?? Ten? Now dat’s scary!!


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