The Daily Dose: World’s oldest profession? Veterinarians, of course.

Friends, how many of us have them?: That’s the age-old question a certain rap duo posed way back when audiophiles still recorded songs from the radio. Safe to say, nobody’s figured it out because knowing who’s a friend or foe or passing acquaintance is till an almighty grey zone. A recent study by Jeffrey Hall, a communications professor at the University of Kansas, took a stab at answering the dicey question, how long do acquaintances need to know each other before transitioning to friends. Hall’s answer? 50 hours for casual friends; 90 hours for full on friends; and 500 hours for close friends. He’s obviously never spent a night indulging in happy pills surrounded by strangers… All of whom are your best friends… All he needed to do was listen to “Sorted For E’s & Wizz” to be fair.

The world’s oldest profession: Turns out it might be veterinarians. That’s if you believe archaeologists in France who found a Neolithic cow skull with a biscuit size hole in it. (For the record, I have no reason to doubt them.) According to Fernando Ramirez Rozzi from the French National Center for Scientific Research, it is an example of trepanation, a form of cranial surgery wherein the skull is scraped or drilled until an opening emerges. If you’re inclined to accept Rozzi’s theory, it suggests that perhaps the ancient skull-scraper had already made the connection between the brain and physical problems like seizures. That’s some leap, isn’t it?


Damn-vaxxia: In an attempt to mitigate the damage already done by Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxxia vaccine, the WHO announced that only people who have already been infected by the Dengue virus already should receive the immunization. That’s because for people receiving the vaccine who have not been previously infected, it can actually cause severe hemorrhagic fever in unsuspecting patients. That’s terrible news for anyone who’s never had Dengue, many of whom are children.

Onwards and upwards: GW Pharmaceuticals’ cannabinoid-based anti-epilepsy drug, Epidiolex, is one step closer to hitting shelves across the Fifty States. A Food and Drug Administration advisory board voted unanimously in favor of it. That means that they consider Epidiolex a favorable treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy.

Main man no more: According to the FiveThirtyEight, Carmelo Anthony is having his worst season ever. EVER. And the Thunder don’t seem to mind. Maybe, just maybe, it’s because they have some guy – Westbrook, I think his name is – who is a walking triple-double.

PHOTO CREDIT: Creative Commons; Fernando Ramirez Rozzi

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