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HOW TO CONFUSE AN ARIZONAN Yesterday at 2:49 PM
In August, a state appeals court overruled a lower court and decided Thomas and Nancy Beatie could divorce, after all. The first judge determined their out-of-state marriage wasn’t valid in Arizona because they were both women, but Thomas has had extensive surgery and hormone therapy and become a man — though he’s also the spouse who bore the couple’s three children, since he retained his reproductive organs.
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, July 16
A 60-year-old man with a blood clot has recovered, no thanks to the South Western Ambulance Service driver taking him on a long trip to Derriford Hospital's emergency room in Plymouth, England, on April 6. The patient's family later reported the …
SQUAAAAWWK Yesterday at 2:52 PM
Regulatory filings revealed in August that AOL still has 2.3 million dial-up subscribers (down from 21 million 15 years ago) paying, on average, about $20 monthly. Industry analysts, far from rolling on the floor laughing at the company’s continued success with 20th-century technology, estimate AOL’s dial-up business constitutes a hefty portion of its quarterly “operating profit” of about $122 million.
TOOK IT TOO FAR Wednesday, July 16
New York customer service company United Health Programs of America provoked a federal lawsuit in June by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its employee esprit-de-corps policy of requiring workers to pray to God on the job and to say …
DEFINITIONS Yesterday at 2:54 PM
Commentators have had fun with a new system of medical diagnostic codes (denominated in from 4-10 digits each) scheduled to take effect next October, and the “Healthcare Dive” blog had its laughs in a July post. The codes for “problems in relationship with in-laws” and “bizarre personal appearance” are quixotic enough, but the most “absurd” codes are “subsequent encounters” (i.e., at least the second time the same thing happened to a patient) for events like walking into a lamppost, getting sucked into a jet engine, receiving burns from on-fire water skis, or having contact with a cow beyond being bitten or kicked — those have separate codes. Also notable was S10.87XA, “Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter,” which seems to describe a “hickey.”
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, July 16
Police in Delray Beach barely broke a sweat in July arresting Perry Martin, 55, two days after he burglarized cars, since the crime was caught on the resident's security camera, and the perp was wearing his company work shirt. An officer showed the …
NOTW CLASSIC (December 2009) Wednesday, July 16
October 2009's "Miss Asia" beauty pageant in Hong Kong mostly followed a traditional script, but special bonus competitions were added, according to a report in The Straits Times. Contestants appeared behind boards with only certain body parts …
PLAY IT AGAIN, DOC Yesterday at 2:57 PM
For patients who are musicians, deep brain stimulation (open-brain) surgery can provide entertainment for operating-room doctors as they correct neurological conditions such as hand tremors. In September, concert violinist Naomi Elishuv, who’s performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, played for surgeons at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center so they could locate the exact spot in the brain for inserting the pacemaker to control the hand-trembling that had wrecked her career.
WHO YOU CALLIN’ SHRIMP? Yesterday at 2:58 PM
Buddhists believe in the wholesale “mercy release” of living creatures, with smaller and less consequential animals making even stronger statements of reverence, according to a July New York Times story from Yushu, China, describing the freeing of river shrimp the size of a fingernail clipping.
TAKE A LOAD OFF Yesterday at 3:02 PM
University of Arizona Medical Center surgeons removed a 47-pound tumor from a woman’s stomach in April — not even close to being the largest ever mentioned here, but likely the only such large tumor held in the arms of a member of the surgical team, as pictured in a post-op photo.
 
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