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Doctors Find Symptoms of Brain Trauma in U.S. Staff in Cuba, But No Evidence of 'Sonic Device' Doctors Find Symptoms of Brain Trauma in U.S. Staff in Cuba, But No Evidence of 'Sonic Device'

The bizarre saga surrounding what officials have alleged was an attack on U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba using a “covert sonic device” has continued to get weirder, with the first comprehensive medical study of the affected personnel revealing that they indeed suffered symptoms resembling the effects of traumatic brain…

Transgender Woman Breastfeeds Her Baby After Experimental Treatment Transgender Woman Breastfeeds Her Baby After Experimental Treatment

A medical team from Mount Sinai in New York City is the first to formally report on the details of an experimental therapy that allowed a transgender woman to exclusively breastfeed her newborn baby for six weeks.

Purdue Pharmaceuticals Says It Will Stop the Aggressive Opioid Marketing That Made It Billions Purdue Pharmaceuticals Says It Will Stop the Aggressive Opioid Marketing That Made It Billions

Purdue Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies which has made billions of dollars selling massive amounts of opioids across the country even as addiction rates and overdose deaths skyrocketed, has announced it will no longer be directly marketing the painkillers to U.S. doctors.

New Drugs Extend Lives of Men With Resistant Form Of Prostate Cancer New Drugs Extend Lives of Men With Resistant Form Of Prostate Cancer

As a general rule, cancer patients have to worry about the possibility that their cancer will return with a vengeance, no matter how successful their initial treatment course may have been. But some men with prostate cancer are left in an even more nerve-wracking state of uncertainty. Their cancer appears practically…

Report: UConn Dental Students, Staff Took Selfie With Severed Heads (Updated) Report: UConn Dental Students, Staff Took Selfie With Severed Heads (Updated)

University of Connecticut dental school grad students and an orthodontics professor took a selfie “with two severed heads used for medical research at a training workshop at Yale University” in 2017, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

'Abortion Reversal' Is Not a Thing 'Abortion Reversal' Is Not a Thing

A typical medication abortion involves two doses of pills. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone that the embryo or fetus needs to grow and thrive. The second, misoprostol, triggers the uterus to expel its contents. But there is a growing political movement to get people who have taken the first drug to undergo an…

Scientists Slammed for Synthesizing a Smallpox-Like Virus in the Lab Scientists Slammed for Synthesizing a Smallpox-Like Virus in the Lab

The dreaded smallpox virus was eradicated more than 40 years ago, but the threat of its return still looms. In an effort to develop a safer vaccine substitute, Canadian researchers have resurrected a close relative—the extinct horsepox virus—from scratch. Critics say the exercise was pointless, and because the results…

New AI System Predicts How Long Patients Will Live With Startling Accuracy New AI System Predicts How Long Patients Will Live With Startling Accuracy

By using an artificially intelligent algorithm to predict patient mortality, a research team from Stanford University is hoping to improve the timing of end-of-life care for critically ill patients. In tests, the system proved eerily accurate, correctly predicting mortality outcomes in 90 percent of cases. But while…

White House Made 24-Year-Old Campaign Staffer Second in Command at Its Anti-Drug Office White House Made 24-Year-Old Campaign Staffer Second in Command at Its Anti-Drug Office

When last we checked in on the Donald Trump’s response to the opioid crisis, the news was hardly encouraging: The closest thing to someone at the helm was wildly corrupt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and extremely bad liar Kellyanne Conway.

A Common Sweetener May Be Worsening the Spread of These Deadly Bacteria A Common Sweetener May Be Worsening the Spread of These Deadly Bacteria

Stool transplants are exactly what they sound like: moving poop from a healthy person into a sick person, perhaps via a pill or an enema. I bring this up because most people cringe at the idea—but they’re a treatment proven effective for some antibiotic-resistant infections caused by the Clostridium difficile, or C.…

White House Fires Entirety of HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Via FedEx White House Fires Entirety of HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Via FedEx

The White House’s purge of Barack Obama-era federal appointees has taken a few more turns with the termination of all remaining 16 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDs, allegedly via a FedEx letter that offered no explanation, the Washington Blade reported this week.

Living in North Korea, It Seems, May Be Bad for Your Health Living in North Korea, It Seems, May Be Bad for Your Health

At least four defectors from North Korea’s Kilju County, the location of the pariah government’s notorious Punggye-ri nuclear test site, have tested positive for symptoms of radiation exposure, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

We Spoke With the Italian Woman Who Can't Feel Pain  We Spoke With the Italian Woman Who Can't Feel Pain 

Earlier this month, scientists discussed a new syndrome, “Marsili syndrome,” a rare disorder in which people feel significantly less pain than others—so little pain, in fact, they they can break bones without noticing. As far as scientists can tell, there’s only one family that has Marsili syndrome: The Marsili family…

Theranos Somehow Manages to Snag $100 Million Lifeline Theranos Somehow Manages to Snag $100 Million Lifeline

Theranos, the beleaguered health care company that has fallen into serious financial trouble since 2016 over allegations its signature blood testing technology didn’t work and it misled investors, has found a lifeline.

Man Had So Many Prostate Orgasms He Couldn't Stop, According to New Paper Man Had So Many Prostate Orgasms He Couldn't Stop, According to New Paper

One 63-year-old man had so many prostate orgasms that he couldn’t stop.

The NIH Lifted a Ban on Deadly Mutant Virus Research—Here's Why The NIH Lifted a Ban on Deadly Mutant Virus Research—Here's Why

The National Institutes of Health has lifted a ban on “gain-of-function” research on Tuesday—the kind of research that requires genetically modifying viruses to make them more deadly or more contagious.

Boy, I Sure Wonder Why the CDC Has Banned Staff From Using a Bunch of Words Like 'Science-Based' Boy, I Sure Wonder Why the CDC Has Banned Staff From Using a Bunch of Words Like 'Science-Based'

Do you remember a time when life did not consist entirely of having your brain bludgeoned to mush with copies of The Art of the Deal? Nope? Didn’t think so. Anyhow, our rapidly decaying consensus reality took another neuron-devastating blow this week with news that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and…

AI Will Turn Regular Fitness Trackers Into Potentially Life-Saving Medical Devices AI Will Turn Regular Fitness Trackers Into Potentially Life-Saving Medical Devices

When the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it had approved the first-ever medical accessory for the Apple Watch—a wearable EKG monitor made by the medtech company AliveCor—it was big news. Apple has increasingly invested in health tech, eyeing it as a market where the Watch might hit big. The FDA…

Woman Born Without Uterus Gives Birth in US Medical First Woman Born Without Uterus Gives Birth in US Medical First

A healthy baby has been born at a Dallas hospital to a mother who received a uterus transplant. It’s a medical first for the United States, and an important milestone in the battle against infertility.

Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital

When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed onto the man’s chest—with the word “NOT” underlined and with his signature beneath it. Confused and alarmed, the medical staff chose to ignore the apparent DNR…

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