Potty Training

By Scott LaFee

June 13, 2018 4 min read

The number of parents with kids in the home who smoke marijuana is growing. Researchers writing in the journal Pediatrics found that 7 percent of parents with children living with them had used cannabis in the past month, up from 5 percent in 2002. Parents who smoked tobacco products were nearly four times more likely to also smoke cannabis.

Body of Knowledge

The average person's skin weighs more than twice that of his or her brain: 8 to 10 pounds compared to just over three, respectively.

Get Me That, Stat!

The CDC reports that there were 30,000 deaths due to falling among adults age 65 and older in 2016, up from 18,000 in 2007. The increase spanned gender and most racial groups. If the trend continues, 59,000 older adults will die after falls in 2030, more than the number of Americans who died last year in vehicle accidents or due to opioid overdose.

Life in Big Macs

One hour of showering burns 136 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.2 Big Macs. It also consumes more than 130 gallons of water or 1,084 pounds or more than seven times the weight of the person showering.

Doc Talk

Capillary refill: When a fingernail is pressed, the nail bed turns white. Capillary refill refers to the return of blood to the nail bed, giving it a pinkish color. A good "cap refill time" is 2 seconds or less.

Mania of the Week

Theomania: belief that one is a god

Never Say Diet

The Major League Eating record for pork and beans is 84 ounces in 58 seconds, held by Micah Collins. It was a stunning feat Collins would recall several more times that night.

Best Medicine

After a checkup, a doctor asked his patient, "Is there anything you'd like to discuss?"

"That's a big decision. Have you talked it over with your family?"

"Yes, we took a vote. They're in favor of it 15 to 2."


"A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care."

—Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Sum Body

The Bristol Stool Scale is used by doctors to assess health excrementally There are seven types:

Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (severe constipation)

Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy (mild constipation)

Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface (normal)

Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft (normal)

Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (lacking fiber)

Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool (mild diarrhea)

Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid (severe diarrhea)

Med School

Q: What is the pH of normal urine?

A: About 6. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the number, the more basic or alkaline. The lower the number, the more acidic. Urine is normally slightly acidic, but ranges from 4.5 to 8. Urine pH changes depending on diet, certain disease processes and medications. Excreting acidic or alkaline urine helps maintain the body's internal balance between acidity and alkalinity. The first urine specimen in the morning is usually more acidic than urine produced later in the day because you breathe less and more shallowly while you sleep, producing a slight respiratory acidosis in the blood.

Curtain Calls

In 1982, a 30-year-old golfer named George M. Prior died in Arlington, Va. from a severe allergic reaction to Daconil, a fungicide used on the course he frequented. Prior unwittingly ingested a toxic amount of the substance through his habit of carrying his ball tee in his mouth when playing.

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