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    Post  George on Wed 06 Mar 2019, 21:14

    [biochemistry] Glycogen can be enzymatically hydrolysed to yield glucose, maltose, and dextrins.


    This is what I learned just now by reading about amylase in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary. I already know that ptyalin, which breaks down starch, is salivary amylase. And ethanol – which I have not consumed in any drink for 9 weeks 1 day 21 hours 14 minutes – is broken down by the liver.



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    Post  Harald on Fri 08 Mar 2019, 07:02

    [pathology] Some drugs which can cause virilization in women can also lead to damage to liver.

    This is something I’ve just learnt by reading about anabolic in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Ian on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 12:41

    [history] Admiral John Byng was executed after failing to save Minorca from the French during the Seven Years’ War.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about the major events and achievements of Duke of Devonshire, 5th Prime Minister (1756–7/Whig) in the chapter “Prime Ministers of Britain” in the section of facts about PEOPLE of the Reader’s Digest Book of Facts.
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    Post  Harald on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 12:45

    [medicine] A patient with Anton’s syndrome is blind but firmly believes that he or she can see.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about anosognosia in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Ian on Sat 23 Mar 2019, 13:53

    [history] The Treaty of Amiens was signed in March 1802.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about the major events and achievements of Henry Addington, 15th Prime Minister (1801–4/Tory) in the chapter “Prime Ministers of Britain” in the section of facts about PEOPLE of the Reader’s Digest Book of Facts.
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    Post  Harald on Sun 24 Mar 2019, 13:28

    [anatomy] The valve that prevents regurgitation of blood from the aorta into the left ventricle is a semilunar valve.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about aortic valve in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Melissa on Sat 30 Mar 2019, 14:48

    [toxicology] The venom of Latrodectus mactans, a species of black-widow spider, can cause muscular pains, convulsions, nausea and paralysis.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about arachnidism in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary (which misspells the genus name “Lactrodectus”).
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    Post  Harald on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 21:10

    [physiology] Noradrenaline is released by nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system, whereas those of the parasympathetic nervous system release acetylcholine.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about autonomic nervous system in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Melissa on Wed 17 Apr 2019, 19:17

    [biology] Bacteria which can synthesize organic nutrients from inorganic substances are not parasitic.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about autotroph in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Harald on Fri 24 May 2019, 20:16

    [anatomy] The lenticular nucleus consists of the putamen and the globus pallidus.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about basal ganglia in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Vicky on Fri 24 May 2019, 21:50

    [journalism] Some people cannot spell the word stubbornness.

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    As I learned this evening while reading a story in the Evening Standard.
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    Post  Harald on Tue 04 Jun 2019, 22:29

    [anatomy] The thin delicate membrane at the base of an epithelium is composed of mucopolysaccharide and protein fibres.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about basement membrane in the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary.
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    Post  Michael on Thu 04 Jul 2019, 15:27

    [popular fiction] District 12, the original home of Katniss Everdeen in the nation of Panem of The Hunger Games universe, is also the home of Peeta Mallark.

    As I’ve just learnt by playing Quiz Planet on Facebook.
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    Post  Harald on Thu 04 Jul 2019, 15:31

    [anatomy] The calcium content of bones is what gives them their strength and whiteness.

    As I’ve just learnt by reading about WHY IT IS POSSIBLE TO FIND VERY OLD SKELETONS in the chapter “The Why of Man” of Dean’s Tell Me the Answer.

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