Tuesday 15 February 2022

More Buzzwords: INSECTS, part #2


A continuation of the post from August 15, 2020 "Buzzwords: VERSES about INSECTS"

CURRENT CONTENTS:
Insect repellents
Ladybug diner
Mosquitoes
Ricardo the dragonfly
Roaches (etymological approach)
Termites
Toothpick grasshoppers
Woollybear caterpillars
Yellow jackets
Clothes moths (3 verses, a 'brief saga')



Learn more about DEET at Wikipedia.











Authors' Note: Adult dragonflies are carnivores who hunt on the wing, consuming daily up to a fifth of their body-weight in various flying insects, mosquitoes being one of their favorites. 

In the photo by GC, shot in the Muskoka region of Ontario, the insect temporarily has lighted (with wings typically spread) on a tiger lily, presumably to seek as prey the pollen-seeking insects attracted there. 




Authors' Note

cucaracha: Spanish for cockroach, presumably giving rise in the early 17th century to the English name for the insect

cockroach: adjectival form for the common insect (of thousands of species, only four are characterized as pests; cockroachlike might also be used in appropriate instances)   In the 1830s, Victorians adopted the shortened form roach to avoid the sexual connotations of the insect's name.






 











Authors' Note: 

bello, bella: Italian (male, female forms) for fine, handsome or beautiful

  The best-known name for this common North American insect derives from the larval form, the banded woolly bear. The caterpillar, with reddish-brown midsection and vertically demarcated black front and rear ends, is often seen in the autumn, appears playful to children, and is non-toxic. There is no easily appreciated visual difference between the genders for either larval or adult stages. Several small locales in the United States celebrate these cute caterpillars with fall 'woollybear' festivals.



Authors' Note: A million Emergency Room (ER) visits per year in the United States are caused by concern over stings from insects of the order Hymenoptera; stings can result in significant local reactions and even anaphylaxis. Many people attribute these incidents, without differentiation, to 'bees'. In fact, the common honeybees and bumblebees are considerably less aggressive than yellow jackets, such as Vespula maculifrons; these pesty wasps make us miserable in the summer and early fall, particularly at fairs and other outdoor events, by their relentless search for sugar-containing foods. Vespine is the adjective relating to wasps.






Armchair entomologists with a sense of adventure might wish to continue their  travels by proceeding to a later blogpost dealing with "A Selection of ECTO-PARASITES".   

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Thursday 10 February 2022

PATIENTS and THEIR MALADIES, part #2

This post is a continuation of "PATIENTS and their MALADIES, part #1", as posted on this blog February 2020.

previous poetic posts (part #1)

amblyopia
anosmia
bph (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
brain symptoms (post-concussion)
common cold
Conn's syndrome (aldosterone excess)
claudication
diabetes insipidus



CURRENT CONTENTS:
Dyspareunia
Eye discharge
Flu-like symptoms
Ganglion cyst
Gluten sensitivity
Graves disease
Gynophobia

Hemorrhoids
Hives
(for continuation, see the link below)


Authors' NoteDyspareunia is the adjective that describes suffering from dyspareunia. That disorder, that may be either transitory or recurrent, is explained elsewhere; please consult as dictionary.




Authors' Note:

dacryocystorhinostomy: a surgical procedure used to relieve lacrimal obstruction (blocked tear drainage)

 DCR: abbreviation for above, used by surgical ophthalmologists, who usually perform the procedure





Authors' Note: These common small limb lesions that may fluctuate spontaneously are most often found at the wrist. The name ganglion, Greek for "knot", is a misnomer, as examination by ultrasound or aspiration shows that they are thin-walled cysts filled with synovial (i.e. joint) fluid — such testing is not needed in most cases. Incidentally, the term tumour is a synonym for "growth" or "lump"; health professionals avoid using the term in dealing with lesions that have no oncologic significance in order to allay unnecessary patient anxiety. 




Authors' Note: Celiac disease (also spelled coeliac), is a classic gastrointestinal disease characterized by poor absorption of nutrients and wasting, that is caused by sensitivity to gluten, a composite of two storage proteins that are found extensively in certain cereal grains. Diseases involving other body systems have also been described even in the absence of the classic GI symptoms. For uncertain reasons, there has been a recent dramatic increase in a less severe but contentious problem referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, whose treatment is the same as for the classic disease, i.e. elimination of sources of gluten from the diet. 

We have discussed this type of food intolerance, among others in a longer poem that you can review HERE.



Authors' Note Graves' disease (often shortened by medical types to the ominous-sounding Graves' ), described by Robert Graves in 1835, is a common auto-immune disease that attacks the internal controls in the thyroid gland, and results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Significant symptoms result from hyperthyroidism, the hypermetabolic state that is produced.

Among several effective treatments, antithyroid drugs, taken over months or years, block production of these hormones, and often result in resumption of the euthyroid (normal) state.    





Authors' Note

pro tem: frequently used short form for the Latin 'pro tempore' -- for the time being, in the short term.

Readers might also enjoy a verse on the same part of the anatomy presented in September 2021 in the collection "The Bottom Line of Medical Humor". Click HERE.




Authors' Note: Hives, known medically as urticaria, is a symptomatic skin condition attributed to the release of the immune mediator histamine, and manifesting at some point in up to 20% of people. Allergy is a common underlying instigator, with drug reactions being causative in some cases. The onset, with progressive randomly distributed spread of batches of reddish raised lesions, is often acute, but the condition may be repetitive and "chronic", as is the case with Eve's experience.

Formulation of the above poem required the use of binomial phrases, as indicated by italics.



Requests from many health professionals, and layfolks as well, have come to fruition; there is now another followup post continuing this theme that you can easily access.  Click HERE for part #3 of 'Patients and their Maladies'



Here's a LIST OF LINKS to collections of intriguing poems (over 160 of these!) on medical/dental topics that can now be found on various posts. 


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Saturday 5 February 2022

PALINKUs (poetic novelty) -- the fifth set, incredibly


A continuation, proudly displaying 10 more of our introductory group of poems .... 

 Go back to review the first ten 'palinku' poems by clicking HERE, the second set by clicking HERE, the third set HERE, and the fourth set HERE. And, be sure, if you need a brush-up on palindromes, to follow the links given with the first set for the didactic offering 'Political Palindromes'.





An additional point: Where do these palindromes come from?

The majority are in the 'classic repertoire' of this constrained but nonsensical form of writing. The authors are proud to report that they have apparently concocted at least some of the remainder. 





























 






In a post on our blog "Daily Illustrated Nonsense", you can find more information about the 'Exotic Destination': Paris (Ontario). Click HERE.



You can continue this incredible exploration of our new poetic form. Click HERE for more palinkus.

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