600 lb. Pennsylvania Man Extricated from Home

From JEMS:

When emergency responders arrived, they called in a hazmat team about 2:30 p.m. from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety to check an odor in the home.

The odor was not deemed harmful and was identified as “residual stink,” according to Dan Stevens, the county’s deputy emergency management coordinator.

Program helps cut emergency-room visits

From the Daily Record:

A pilot program launched a year ago by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has led to lower use of high-cost services such as emergency room visits and hospital admissions, according to a company study scheduled to be released today.

12 Underappreciated (But Equally Precious) Bodily Fluids

From Mental Floss:

12. Cerumen

Cerumen is just the fancy name for earwax, a combination of sebaceous and modified sweat-like secretions that protect the ear canal from potentially harmful foreign bodies. There are actually two kinds of earwax: the brown, sticky “wet” kind, and the grey, flaky “dry” kind. Turns out there’s a genetic difference between the two, identifiable in a single DNA base pair. Wet-type cerumen is the dominant type, more common in people of European and African heritage. Dry-type cerumen is recessive, and more common in people of Asian and Native American decent. Tracing the earwax gene has recently given researchers a window into the history of human distribution.

How emergency rooms work

From Suburban Journals:

Are you a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy” or “House”? Did you watch every episode of “ER”? Hospital dramas have been a television staple since the days of “Marcus Welby, MD.” The reality is rarely quite as exciting as the on-screen portrayals. Still, the emergency department is a busy, vital part of the hospital and there’s often plenty of activity in this tightly controlled setting.