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Woman Paralyzed By Hickey

I figured you needed some medical news now that the Health Care debate has entered the absurdity phase:
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The next time you find yourself getting intimate, be sure to cover your neck — a hickey might be more dangerous than you thought.
That’s right, a woman in New Zealand suffered a small stroke that partially paralyzed her after receiving a hickey — or as the Kiwis call it, a “love bite” — from her eager bedfellow, reported New Zealand Medical Journal.
At first, doctors struggled to find the cause of the stroke, until they discovered a small “bruise” on the woman’s neck — located very close to a major artery.

The force of the hickey-giver’s suction had caused a blood clot in the artery, which then travelled to the woman’s heart, doctors told the The Press. The woman made a full recovery.

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Founder of Arts And Letters Daily has Died.

Gee… this is one of my favorite websites… and Dutton was only 2 years older than me! I find this devastating for internet folks.

Thanks to BoingBoing for spreading the word.

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Via the Submitterator, BB reader C. White says,

Dennis Dutton, who founded and edited the website, passed away on 28 December 2010. Dutton was born in 1944, and was also a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Skeptics. Although Dutton is “nearly irreplaceable” in running Arts & Letters Daily, a longtime collaborator will continue to produce the site.

More at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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