Examining lymph nodes: a ticklish problem

UK dermatologists have come up with a way of examining lymph nodes without reducing ticklish patients to giggles.

As a reflex muscular contraction or laughter fit from tickling can lead to a missed diagnosis of cancer spread to nodes, they say it is ‘no laughing matter.’

The technique involves making a ‘hand sandwich’ with the patient’s fingertips sandwiched between the