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Exercise I

The levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle is, translated from Latin, the “lifter of both the upper lip and of the wing of the nose”. It has the longest name of any muscle in an animal. You get the feeling the guy who named this muscle wanted future anatomy students to suffer. Not that we …

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A Manly Check-up

I can state with a lot of confidence that the male species of the human race do not fancy hospitals. No reason can motivate a man to go to a hospital out of his own will and good pleasure. It is always out of being compelled…because there was no other unimpeachable choice. It just had …

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Tongue trouble

When I was ten or so years younger, reading newspapers was a tradition in our family. The Sunday newspaper was never missed, and we would walk with my brothers 2 or so kilometers to buy a copy every Sunday morning. After flipping through the pictures, I would home in on ‘Young Nation’, a section with …

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Posture

How do you sit? Don’t look down. Simple as it sounds, it’s a question that carries considerable weight. The simple things in life are the ones that matter the most, someone once said. That being said, how we sit can impact how we breathe. Yes, I said the trivial things in life matter. You probably …

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Waspy diets

Eat up! I know that sounds like blasphemy in this era of lifestyle diseases. It may even inspire feelings of execration from some models who aspire to have the enviable waistline of a wasp, and their ambitious apprentices who religiously adhere to slimming diets. But hear me out, I am encouraging this with noble intentions. …

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Pink flair

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body. Probably a cliché by now. A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth. Meh. Your tongue is all whitish and that’s okay. Sure thing. Wait, what? Yup. Pink and ruddy-looking tongues are by default the reference standard for what is healthy. That’s …

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Ear care

Ever heard of Q-tips? I only became aware of their existence yesterday. At least by that name. On this side of the Atlantic, we call them earbuds. The internet has very many uses for them, from helping collars stay straight to cleaning the grooves in the sole of your shoe. Granted, some of the uses …

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