Minerva: May 2003
When researchers asked patients to compare a “virtual colonoscopy” (using computed tomography) with the real thing, they were surprised that most patients said neither test was particularly painful or embarrassing, despite bowel insufflation with gas for the “virtual” procedure. When pressed to make a choice, 58% of patients said they would go for the virtual option next time. Bowel preparation was most patients least favourite bit (American Journal of Gastroenterology 2003;98:578-85).
Minerva buys organic vegetables for their flavour. She could also buy them for their flavonoids, according to food chemists from California. Their study of corn, strawberries, and marionberries found that organically grown fruit and vegetables contained more flavonoid antioxidants than regular varieties (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2003;51:1237-41). Flavonoid production, part of a plants stress response, is suppressed by pesticides.
A bad case of the yips can ruin your golfing handicap. The involuntary flinching, jerking, or freezing usually