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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch. See more »

An Adorable and Heartbreaking Gallery of Cute Animals In Casts

 An Adorable and Heartbreaking Gallery of Cute Animals In Casts

Somehow these are adorable. Just absolutely adorable. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch. See more »

Weird Medical Conditions: Disappearing Bone Disease

 Weird Medical Conditions: Disappearing Bone Disease

Here's a weird medical condition for you: One where your bone just kind of disappears in your body. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

 The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch. See more »

 SYSK Follow-Up: Typhoid Mary

Follow up on the Typhoid Mary case See more »

 Surgery Nightmares, JAMA-style

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 Buried with a Pacemaker? You're a Jerk

The process of being prepared for the grave is fairly ghastly business: There's the removal of blood and most of the organs, incisions and sewing with thick thread and lots and lots of make up. In the U.S., after the funeral and procession, it's off to the graveyard or the crematorium, depending on one's tastes and religion. Somewhere along the way, if you've been the fortunate recipient of a pacemaker, it too is removed -- and taken out of circulation, either being thrown away or put into storage. See more »

 Epigenetics and PTSD: Nature and Nurture Working in Conjunction to Give you Flashbacks

It seems pretty sensible that the Columbia University epidemiologists conducting a recent study on biological markers of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder would travel to Detroit to find their sample population. Again, to quickly find 100 participants suffering from PTSD for their study, researchers from New York went to Detroit. After ferreting out the people who'd had experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, but didn't meet the six criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, the Columbia researchers took blood samples from 23 people they determined had PTSD. What they found is another mark in favor of epigenetics, a subbranch of genetics that's lending a lot of substantial credence to the nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate. See more »