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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 20, 2019 at 04:20. 1 comments

Listening to Music Before Getting Anesthesia Can Help You Stay Calm

Listening to Music Before Getting Anesthesia Can Help You Stay Calm

A dose of music might be enough to calm your worries before certain medical procedures. According to a new study out this week, patients who listened to music before having anesthesia injected into them had their level of anxiety lowered as much as those who took a mild sedative.

Doctors have gradually started to turn to the power of music as a way to help patients relax before, during, and...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 19, 2019 at 02:50. 1 comments

Health Care Workers in the UK Turned Over an Undocumented Immigrant Trafficking Victim to Police, Case Report Says

Health Care Workers in the UK Turned Over an Undocumented Immigrant Trafficking Victim to Police, Case Report Says

Doctors are getting increasingly entangled in the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has gripped the U.S. and other countries—and, predictably, it’s having horrible consequences for their patients.

According to a case report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, medical care professionals in the UK turned over a migrant sexual trafficking victim in their care to the police, and...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019 at 03:30. 1 comments

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

If you use a supplement called Big Penis, you should know that it contains an unexpected (or very expected?) ingredient.

Big Penis capsules secretly contain sildenafil, also known by the brand name Viagra, according to the FDA.

“The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use Big Penis, a product promoted for sexual enhancement,” the agency wrote in a statement....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 17, 2019 at 12:50.

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.

In the livestreamed announcement, Musk expressed his long-held concern that humans would be “left behind” by...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 16, 2019 at 22:00.

Scientists Find a New Kind of Cell That Helps Heal the Heart

Scientists Find a New Kind of Cell That Helps Heal the Heart

The human body has plenty of nifty tricks to keep itself alive for as long as possible, and scientists still haven’t come close to figuring them all out. Case in point, a team of researchers this week describe a previously unknown type of cell near the heart that helps it heal from injury. The discovery could lead to new therapies or, at the very least, change how heart surgeons operate on...

Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe Jul 15, 2019 at 15:09.

Google Maps Software Now Lets Your Explore Depths of the Human  Body

Google Maps Software Now Lets Your Explore Depths of the Human  Body

Google Maps makes it easy to pan, zoom and search the world—and now it can do the same for the deep recesses of the human body, too.

A new project by researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia has been borrowing the algorithms used to assemble and run Google Maps to create large, explorable depictions of human tissue, right down to the individual cell. The first example...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 08:30.
Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019.

World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.

The Guardian writes that the report found that roughly three million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to alcohol, of which 2.3 million were men and 29 percent were caused by injuries (including everything from...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 14, 2019.

Five Years After Surgery, Face Transplant Recipients Experience Significant Improvements

Five Years After Surgery, Face Transplant Recipients Experience Significant Improvements

A five-year follow-up of six face transplant patients has found significant improvements in their sensory and motor functions, along with reported improvements to their quality of life.

Much progress has been made since the first partial face transplant was performed at a French hospital in 2005. This cutting-edge procedure offers a much-needed option for individuals with severe facial...

Sarah Zhang Sarah Zhang Jul 14, 2019.

Americans -- Why Is Your Insulin So Expensive?

Americans -- Why Is Your Insulin So Expensive?

Insulin has saved countless lives since its discovery in 1921. But nearly a century later, there is somehow still no cheap, generic version of insulin available in the U.S—making the "wonder drug" too expensive for many patients. Why?

In the New England Journal of Medicine, Jerome Greene and Kevin Riggs call it the "paradox of incremental innovation." Generics drugs only come on the market...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 13, 2019.

DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film

DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted British firm Indivior Plc, the manufacturer of the opioid craving and withdrawal drug Suboxone Film, with misleading doctors and government health programs into thinking the drug was safer and less addictive than it really is, Bloomberg reported. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the company even ran a “Here to Help” program that purported to...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 13, 2019.

FDA Warns Virginia Lab for Illegally Marketing Unproven Genetic Tests

FDA Warns Virginia Lab for Illegally Marketing Unproven Genetic Tests

A suite of genetic tests used to predict a person’s response to specific medications is being marketed illegally by its manufacturer, Inova Genomics Laboratory, as the tests aren’t backed by scientific data, alleges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA sent a warning letter to Inova yesterday, advising the Virginia-based medical firm to refrain from marketing a suite of genetic tests...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 13, 2019.

Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time

Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time

A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has contracted the rat-specific version of hepatitis E, something never observed before in a human patient. Health officials are now scrambling to understand how this could have happened—and the possible implications.

A medical team from the University of Hong Kong assessed the unnamed patient, who had recently undergone a liver transplant, the South China...

Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe Jul 13, 2019.

A Face Transplant Removed This Deadly Bundle of Blood Vessels

A Face Transplant Removed This Deadly Bundle of Blood Vessels

This 3D scan shows a tangle of abnormal blood vessels beneath a patient’s skin. Their presence caused speech and vision problems, and were in danger of rupturing—which could have ended his life. Now, they’ve been removed during the course of a full face transplant.

During surgery performed in February, by Joan-Pere Barret and a team of 45 medical staff at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, a...

Chris Mills Chris Mills Jul 13, 2019.

Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

In the interests of not being a jackass, you should probably be nice to your doctors. But if common courtesy isn’t a good enough reason, a recent paper suggests you’ll get worse medical treatment if you’re worse.

The experiment put 24 different medical teams (1 doctor, two nurses) in charge of a newborn baby with necrotizing entrocolitis (NEC), an inflammation in the intestines which can lead...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 13, 2019.

Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports

Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports

Next time you’re tempted to take a risk to get that perfect selfie, maybe think twice about it. A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces, suffered lethal burn injuries, or otherwise met tragic demises while snapping a...

Jul 12, 2019.

Sugar Molecules May Be the Key to Safer Chemo

Sugar Molecules May Be the Key to Safer Chemo

The ability to aim chemotherapy drugs at cancer cells - and just cancer cells - has been a goal for medical researchers for a long time. So is the recent discovery of a malaria protein that appears to target the tumour and not the patient’s normal cells a significant step forward in the arms race against cancer?

Certainly the idea of targeting cancer cells with proteins that carry a toxic drug...

Robbie Gonzalez Robbie Gonzalez Jul 12, 2019.

About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

A recently conducted study concludes that that when extreme athletes (like ultramarathoners) overextend themselves, their guts can leak microbes into their blood stream, “poisoning” their blood and triggering a harmful inflammatory immune response. Scientific American’s Christopher Intagliata has more details.

Contact the author at rtgonzalez@io9.com.

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 12, 2019.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs

A trio of scientists from the U.S. and the UK have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for using evolution to their advantage, developing new methods of creating molecules that have already helped us produce safer, greener chemicals and new drugs.

The prize was awarded to Frances Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology; George Smith, a...

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