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January 11

Word of the Day
Definition: (adjective) Having or causing a whirling sensation.
Synonyms: whirling, dizzy
Usage: At the end of the trail, they still faced a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff.

This Day in History
Insulin Is Used to Treat Diabetes (1922)
In 1869, spurred by a medical student's observation of cells in the pancreas called "Islets of Langerhans," scientists began working to identify the role of insulin, as well as to extract and purify it. Today we know that insulin is a hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism. Patients with diabetes have either decreased production of insulin or decreased abilities to absorb it. A fourteen year old diabetic was given the first insulin injection in 1922. Did the treatment work? More...

Today's Birthday
John A. MacDonald (1815)
MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, serving from 1867-1873 and 1878-1891. He played a crucial role in expanding Canada's territories to include the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. These acquisitions helped Canada become a major power in international trade and commerce as well as a popular destination for European immigrants. More...

Quotation of the Day
I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.
Jerome K. Jerome