Bmj Usa: Minerva

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BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.03010004 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E182

From BMJ USA 2003;Jan:56

A study recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists found that white women with red hair required 20% more anesthetic to block limb movement in response to a painful stimulus than women with dark hair. The investigating team says this has something to do with the genetic mutation in a receptor for hair pigment that only redheads have.

Tans to die for. It's not awareness of the dangers of sun lamps that's missing, but a profound belief that tans are attractive and healthy. At one American university, 47% of students interviewed admitted they had used a tanning lamp during the preceding 12 months. Over 90% were aware that premature aging and skin cancers were possible complications. A change in behavior will require a fundamental change in societal belief about what is aesthetically admirable (Archives of Dermatology 2002;138:1311–1315).

Humans may have two nostrils, but these don't necessarily share the same sense of smell. Elusive scents may be detected by one nostril but not the other. According to a brief communication in Nature (2002;419:802) individual nostrils that are initially nondetectors can be trained through repeated exposure to pick …

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