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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 09, 2019 at 02:00. 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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Hudson Hongo Hudson Hongo Nov 08, 2019 at 23:05. 2 comments

Help! I'm Obsessed With Disgusting Parasites

Help! I'm Obsessed With Disgusting Parasites

By the time I knew I was sick, it was already too late. I had already binged on Diagnosis and burned through The Medical Detectives. It was only after I turned to the truly hardcore shit, a show about parasites called Monsters Inside Me, that I realized I had a problem.

My favorite TV characters now have names like “leishmaniasis” and “raccoon roundworm.” My dreams? A tangle of squirmy eyes...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 02, 2019. 5 comments

A 1964 Earthquake Might Have Unleashed a Deadly Fungus on the Pacific Northwest

A 1964 Earthquake Might Have Unleashed a Deadly Fungus on the Pacific Northwest

Two decades ago, a rare but deadly fungal infection began killing animals and people in the U.S. and Canada. To this day, no one has figured out how it arrived there in the first place. Now a pair of scientists have put forth their own theory: Tsunamis, sparked by a massive earthquake in 1964, soaked the forests of the Pacific Northwest with water containing the fungus.

The yeast-like fungus...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 26, 2019. 5 comments

A Woman May Have Gotten 'Broken Heart Syndrome' After Eating Too Much Wasabi at a Wedding

A Woman May Have Gotten 'Broken Heart Syndrome' After Eating Too Much Wasabi at a Wedding

One woman’s wedding wasabi—apparently mistaken for avocado—ended up sending her to the emergency room with a strange medical condition called broken heart syndrome, according to a new case study.

In a paper published this month in the journal BMJ Reports, doctors detailed the unusual incident, which took place in Israel. According to her doctors, the 60-year-old woman had been a guest at a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 25, 2019. 14 comments

Pesticides, Not Sonic Weapons, May Have Made Diplomats in Cuba Sick, Preliminary Study Finds

Pesticides, Not Sonic Weapons, May Have Made Diplomats in Cuba Sick, Preliminary Study Finds

One of the weirdest medical tales to unravel in recent years—the wave of U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba stricken by unexplained, concussion-like symptoms as well as hearing loss—has taken another turn. A group of researchers in Canada say they’ve found evidence that pesticides, not sonic energy weapons, might be to blame for sufferers’ agony.

Much of the attention over the mysterious...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Sep 21, 2019. 5 comments

A Woman's Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

A Woman's Toothache Remedy Left Her With Horrifying Blue Blood

A Rhode Island women’s toothache ended up causing her a literal case of the blues, thanks to a bizarre reaction she had to pain medication. According to her doctors, the woman developed a rare and potentially life-threatening disorder that deprived her of precious oxygen and turned her blood dark blue.

The women’s case was laid out by her doctors in a report published this week in the New...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 17, 2019. 5 comments

A Woman Lived with a 'Twin' Inside Her for 17 Years Without Knowing

A Woman Lived with a 'Twin' Inside Her for 17 Years Without Knowing

A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two decades, her doctors say. According to a case report out this week, the woman had a sac containing her still-growing “twin” lodged in her abdomen for 17 years. The twin had hair, teeth, and even a spine.

Formally known as fetus in fetu, the condition is thought to happen when...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 13, 2019. 9 comments

A Man's Dentures Got Stuck in His Throat During Surgery, Leaving Him Bleeding for Weeks

A Man's Dentures Got Stuck in His Throat During Surgery, Leaving Him Bleeding for Weeks

Here’s a story that’ll haunt you into your golden years. Doctors say their elderly patient endured a nightmarish week of his throat bleeding out and weeks more of surgeries and hospital care, all because surgeons had forgotten to remove his dentures—dentures that then became lodged in his throat.

According to one of the 72-year-old man’s UK doctors, who wrote about the case in BMJ Case Reports...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 10, 2019. 15 comments

A Woman's Vaginal Steaming Left Her with Second-Degree Burns

A Woman's Vaginal Steaming Left Her with Second-Degree Burns

A 62-year-old Canadian woman ended up with painful second-degree burns on her genitals after she attempted an at-home vaginal steaming, according to a case report. Ultimately, it delayed the reconstructive surgery she needed to treat an earlier vaginal injury.

The women’s tale was detailed by her doctor in a report published online last October in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 02, 2019. 12 comments

A Sexually Transmitted Cancer in Dogs Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

A Sexually Transmitted Cancer in Dogs Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

Our precious pooches can carry one of the strangest diseases known to exist—a sexually transmitted form of cancer that’s jumped from host to host for thousands of years. Now, a large group of researchers say they’ve unpacked the evolutionary history of this disease, all the way back to the first dogs in which it arose. And it’s even weirder than expected.

Most cancers—the mutated,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 08, 2019. 5 comments

Woman Relieved After Suspected Brain Tumor Turns Out to Be Tapeworm Egg

Woman Relieved After Suspected Brain Tumor Turns Out to Be Tapeworm Egg

You wouldn’t expect that finding a tapeworm egg in your brain would be seen as good news, but such was the case for New York resident Rachel Palma this past fall. That’s because the larva found inside was the true cause of Palma’s worsening symptoms of insomnia and hallucinations, rather than a brain tumor that her doctors initially suspected. Once the egg was removed, though, her health...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 03, 2019. 14 comments

Doctors Had to Put Out a Fire in Patient's Chest During Open Heart Surgery

Doctors Had to Put Out a Fire in Patient's Chest During Open Heart Surgery

An Australian patient’s life-saving surgical procedure went up in flames, and unfortunately we don’t mean that figuratively. Doctors say their attempts to perform emergency heart surgery on the man went slightly awry at one point, when a flash fire sparked in the man’s cracked-open chest cavity. Amazingly, the doctors were able to put out the fire and complete the surgery with no other...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 01, 2019. 20 comments

Man Suffers 9-Day Erection After Bruising Taint in Moped Accident

Man Suffers 9-Day Erection After Bruising Taint in Moped Accident

A man’s fall from a moped caused him much stranger trouble than anyone could have imagined. According to his doctors, a bruise near his genitals left him with a days-long erection—one that eventually required a trip to the emergency room to treat. Thankfully, doctors were able to resolve his awkward complication, and the patient had no lasting damage.

The bizarre tale was described by the UK...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara May 27, 2019. 20 comments

A Man's Love of Licorice Tea Landed Him in the Emergency Room

A Man's Love of Licorice Tea Landed Him in the Emergency Room

One man’s hot tea habit turned out to be much less relaxing than he hoped, according to his doctors. An 84-year-old Canadian ended up in the emergency department with a serious case of high blood pressure, headache, and chest pain, with the only likely cause of his symptoms being his two weeks straight of drinking homemade licorice root tea. But it’s hardly the first time licorice has been...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 03, 2018. 22 comments

Man Chugs Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Ends Up With Permanently Red-Tinted Vision

Man Chugs Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Ends Up With Permanently Red-Tinted Vision

One man’s experience with a common erectile dysfunction drug turned out to be a lot more eye-opening than he expected. According to his doctors, he developed a seemingly permanent red tint to his color vision after taking a massive dose of sildenafil citrate.

Sildenafil is sold as a generic drug for erectile dysfunction as well as under the brand name Viagra. Despite being relatively safe,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 17, 2018. 18 comments

If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone

If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone

A small but very real percentage of people often smell odors that aren’t actually there. About one in 15 Americans over the age of 40 regularly experience so-called phantom odors. But we have no idea why, according to a new study published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.

The study, led by researchers from the National of Institutes of Health, is the largest to take a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 15, 2018. 12 comments

Doctors Find Tapeworm Larvae in Spine of Woman Hobbled by 'Electric Shocks' in Legs

Doctors Find Tapeworm Larvae in Spine of Woman Hobbled by 'Electric Shocks' in Legs

A tapeworm that normally infects barn animals and dogs came as a literal shock for one 35-year-old French woman, according to a case report published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The woman learned her three-month ordeal of worsening muscle weakness and electrical zaps in both legs was ultimately caused by worms that had lodged themselves inside her spine.

By the time the...

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Kate Knibbs Kate Knibbs Oct 02, 2017. 16 comments

Struck By a Duck: The Strangest Codes in the US Medical Billing System 

Struck By a Duck: The Strangest Codes in the US Medical Billing System 

When you go to the doctor, there’s a medical code that determines how your treatment gets billed. Getting treated for urban rabies? Well, that’s distinct from woods-based sylvatic rabies, and your invoice will reflect that. Until today, the system in the US was the same one we used in the 1970s. But there’s a new catalog of ailments, and some of it is weird as hell.

Doctors in the US will now...

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