Today we’re launching a new feature on the blog called “Short Takes and Quick Consults” that will appear about once a week. Short Takes are highlights of recent medical events and health topics. Quick Consults are brief updates of stories we’ve written about before or previews of future posts.
Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn suffered a bruise (contusion) of her shin that she reportedly treated with “painkillers” and soft cheese (Austrian topfen curd). The latter is a home remedy that is said to reduce swelling.
Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) and Cyndi Lauper campaigned for safe sex and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness.
|Passings||Age||Cause of Death|
|Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, best known for his 1979 hit “My Sharona”||57||Lung Cancer|
|Author of horse racing crime novels, Dick Francis||89||Natural causes|
|Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili||21||Olympic training accident|
|Reagan-era Texas politician Charlie Wilson, best known for opposing the Soviets in Afghanistan||76||Enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy)|