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Medical Fun Facts

  • Chlamydia, though traditionally sexually acquired, can spread on flies- to your eye.
  • Plague (aka the Black Death) obstructs the gut of the flea biting you, causing it to literally throw up plague into your open wound*.
  • Eating unpasteurized "health foods" is one of the easiest ways to catch a plethora of horrendously unpleasant bacterial infections.
  • Medicalese: Malingering.
    Lay definition: faking it.
  • Up to 50% of ectopic pregnancies can be directly traced to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) secondary to chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.
  • Ladies, the vast majority of UTI's are from wiping "the wrong way" or not washing after sex.
  • Endometriosis is displaced uterine tissue that bleeds too. It may show up in the lung.
  • Medicalese: Non-compliant.
    Lay definition: stubborn.
  • Up to 90% of men older than 70 have BPH & trouble peeing.
  • Diabetic mothers tend to have big babies.
  • Sickle Cell disease protects against malaria.
  • Lung cancer from smoking is more common than either prostate cancer in men or cervical cancer in women.
  • While hemophiliacs are "bleeders", the type of bleeding that you're probably thinking about is actually associated with a different disease (Von Willebrand's).

*gross. just... gross.

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  1. what about the fact that birth control can prevent ovarian cancer, but it causes cervical cancer?!?!?

  2. peasley: Any estrogen-responsive tissue it at risk w/long-term use of traditional contraceptives. I tend to remember breast cancer being at a higher prevelance, tho. That’s why as responsible future physicians, we should encourage the “pull-out” method. šŸ˜›

    As for “malingering,” I thought those were slow cancer cells. Shows what I know.


  3. Hello, fellow med student (although I am Canadian, and thus do not have boards, bwahahaha) – I have a fun fact for you. One lecturer during obs/gyne told us that he had a patient with endometriosis IN THE BRAIN, and thus that patient had seizures EVERY MONTH. Mmm, continuous birth control.

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