Broccoli Be Gone

By Scott LaFee

July 8, 2020 4 min read

A study published in Pediatrics says parental demands that kids eat all their vegetables or parents' restricting the kinds of foods kids eat don't make picky eaters less picky. It might make them more so.

Researchers followed 300 parent/child pairs for five years and found that finicky eating was a persistent trait, often lasting from age 4 to 9. Their conclusion was that if parents want to intervene with any chance of success, they likely need to begin early in life.

The bad news: Nobody has found established strategies that work.

Doc Pay Docked

Physician salaries continue to rise: Medscape estimates the average salary is now $240,000 for a primary care physician and $346,000 for specialists, both up approximately 2% over last year.

But the survey was compiled early in the year before the pandemic, and analysts say that with the health care industry suffering significant financial losses, physician pay is likely to be trimmed in cost-cutting measures.

Body of Knowledge

Fifteen percent of people do not have a palmaris longus muscle. To see if you have one, touch your thumb and pinky, and flex your wrist. Place the thumb of your other hand on the center of the wrist of the hand with thumb and pinky touching. If you feel two tendons, you have a palmaris longus. The other tendon closer to the thumb is the flexor carpi radialis.

Missing a palmaris longus is just a quirk of heredity, and you're not missing much. The palmaris longus is not needed to have full use of your hand.

Get Me That, Stat!

Researchers examined 69 of the most-viewed English-language videos on COVID-19, all shorter than one hour, with a mix of visual and audio content, and a combined 260 million views. They found 28% contained inaccurate information including conspiracy theories, the false belief that pharmaceutical companies already have a secret cure, and racist or discriminatory remarks.


14,000: Average cost, in dollars, of childbirth among Americans with employer-sponsored insurance. Costs ranged from $8,000 in Arkansas to almost $20,000 in New York and Oregon.

66: Percentage of births that were vaginal (remainder were C-sections)

Source: Health Care Cost Institute

Mania of the Week

Opsomania: abnormal love for one kind of food.

Best Medicine

Patient: Doc, every morning when I get up and look in the mirror, I throw up. What's wrong with me?

Doctor: I don't know, but your eyesight is perfect.


"The cost of living is going up, and the chance of living is going down." — comedian Flip Wilson (1933-1998)

Medical History

This week in 1550, Europe was introduced to chocolate, which a lot of people insist has therapeutic qualities.

Sum Body

Ten heart conditions with unusual names:

1. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

2. Cardiac syndrome X.

3. Prinzmetal angina.

4. Kawasaki disease.

5. Torsades de pointes.

6. Tetralogy of Fallot.

7. Barlow's syndrome.

8. Ebstein's anomaly.

9. Eisenmenger syndrome.

10. Kounis syndrome.

Most are named for the doctor or researcher who first described the condition.


Headstone in Boston, Massachusetts:

"Here I lie bereft of breath

"Because a cough carried me off

"Then a coffin they carried me off in."

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