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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 18, 2019. 17 comments

The Weirdest Medical Cases of 2019

The Weirdest Medical Cases of 2019
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year.

2019 has truly been the year of too much. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the bizarre medical cases that made the news this year. So let’s go ahead and take a trip down memory lane, just in case you were hoping to get a good night’s sleep ever again.

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 09, 2019. 10 comments

'Yikes, I'm a Host': What It's Like to Have Parasitic Eye Worms

'Yikes, I'm a Host': What It's Like to Have Parasitic Eye Worms

It’s not every day that you turn into a medical curiosity. But that’s exactly what happened to Dianne Travers-Gustafson, a retired medical anthropologist and public health researcher from Nebraska. In February 2018, her eyes had the misfortune of becoming infected by a particular kind of parasitic roundworm spread by face flies. She likely fell victim to the parasite while trail running along...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 07, 2019. 20 comments

A Second Woman Has Gotten Parasitic Eye Worms, and Surely We're All Next

A Second Woman Has Gotten Parasitic Eye Worms, and Surely We're All Next

A species of worm that can infect human eyes has done it again, and this time it chose a 68-year-old woman from Nebraska. The woman is thought to be only the second human victim of these worms ever documented. But the incident signals they could become an emerging parasitic disease in the U.S.

The disturbing details of the case were laid out in a paper published this October in the journal...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Feb 21, 2018. 8 comments

After Eight Days of Itchy Eyes, Oregon Woman Finds 14 Worms

After Eight Days of Itchy Eyes, Oregon Woman Finds 14 Worms

It’s a medical discovery you’d hate to be part of: A 26-year-old Oregon woman is believed to be the first human ever reported to be infected with a certain species of eye worm.

The woman’s case, reported in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Monday, began in the summer of 2015, soon after she returned home from a ranch in Gold Beach, Oregon, where she had been horseback...

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