The Best Way to Take a Pill

pillpicI came across an interesting article about a week ago regarding the most effective way to take a pill. The result was totally surprising…and non-intuitive. I thought the question was so interesting that I decided to do a Twitter poll, asking the question “What’s the most effective way to take a pill?” I provided four choices: (1) standing upright, (2) sitting upright, (3) lying on your right side, (4) lying on your left side. The poll results surprised me a lot less than the article results did: 77% of respondents chose standing upright, and 23% of respondents chose sitting upright. The correct answer is lying on your right side…and the reason is…in that position a pill lands in the lowest part of the stomach where the pill dissolves and is absorbed into the intestine…at a faster rate than when taken in the other three positions. The article describing the results of the study, performed by a team from Johns Hopkins University, can be found here.

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Word of the Week – August 22

Increase your word power by incorporating my word of the week into your own vocabulary. Today’s word is bacciferous. Leave a comment showing how you would use the word in a sentence.

bacciferous (adj) bearing or producing berries

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Word of the Week – August 15

Increase your word power by incorporating my word of the week into your own vocabulary. Today’s word is tintinabular. Leave a comment showing how you would use the word in a sentence.

tintinabular (adj) having a big belly

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Word of the Week – August 8

Increase your word power by incorporating my word of the week into your own vocabulary. Today’s word is abdominous. Leave a comment showing how you would use the word in a sentence.

abdominous (adj) having a big belly

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Currently Reading …

I’m currently reading Mercy by David Baldacci. It’s the fourth book in a series that features FBI agent Atlee Pine.

Atlee’s twin sister was abducted at the age of 6, and Atlee has been searching for her ever since…without success. Atlee has discovered evidence that leads her to believe that her sister had escaped her captors and is still alive…and she’s following up on her leads.

This is a fast-moving page-turner…the kind of book that makes you want to read it in a single sitting…and it’s the first book in the Atlee Pine series that I’ve read. I think this is one of Baldacci’s best books yet. I really like the Atlee Pine character, and I want to know more about her. When I finish this book I’m going to start from the first book in the series and go from there.

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