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Apr 21, 2020. 7 comments

A Woman's Breast Implants Saved Her Life From a Gunshot, Doctors Say

A Woman's Breast Implants Saved Her Life From a Gunshot, Doctors Say

Doctors say a woman’s silicone breast implants deflected what could have been a fatal bullet, stopping it from reaching her heart. Amazingly, this is not the first time such a thing has been reported in the medical literature.

The miraculous bullet deflection was detailed earlier this month in a report published in the journal Plastic Surgery Case Studies, written by doctors in Canada.

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Feb 08, 2020. 15 comments

Men Are Experiencing Days of Weird Vision After Taking Erectile Disfunction Drugs

Men Are Experiencing Days of Weird Vision After Taking Erectile Disfunction Drugs

Doctors are finding yet more men with strange episodes of vision problems after taking the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil citrate, better known by the brand name Viagra. A new case study this week from Turkey details 17 men who took sildenafil and developed light sensitivity, blurred eyesight, and even blue-tinted vision—symptoms that were thankfully only temporary and likely very rare.

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Jan 31, 2020. 10 comments

This Woman’s Mouth Keeps Growing Hairs

This Woman’s Mouth Keeps Growing Hairs

A woman in Italy developed a rare, literally hair-raising medical condition, her doctors say. In a case study, they describe how the woman grew eyelash-like hairs inside of her mouth. What’s worse, the hairs kept returning after their initial removal.

According to study author Khrystyna Zhurakivska, a clinical dental researcher at the University of Foggia, the woman’s symptoms began over a...

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Jan 15, 2020. 4 comments

A Man's Worm Infection Left Him with a 'Stony Hard' Testicle

A Man's Worm Infection Left Him with a 'Stony Hard' Testicle

There’s no good place for parasitic worms to wreak havoc in the human body, but doctors in India say their 80-year-old patient developed a particularly unfortunate case. The man’s worm infection left him with a massively swollen, calcified right testicle.

According to the paper, published earlier this month in BMJ Reports, the man had visited the doctor complaining of blood in his urine, a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 27, 2019. 9 comments

A Woman's Skin Whitening Cream Gave Her Mercury Poisoning

A Woman's Skin Whitening Cream Gave Her Mercury Poisoning

A woman’s years-long beauty regimen caused severe mercury poisoning and irreversible neurological damage, say her doctors in a recent case report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month.

The 47-year woman’s ordeal was detailed in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a clearing house for public health information collected by the CDC from state health...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 24, 2019. 14 comments

An Ultramarathon Runner Puked So Hard He Tore Open His Esophagus

An Ultramarathon Runner Puked So Hard He Tore Open His Esophagus

Even for the best of us, running a marathon

can be hellish . But for one 37-year-old man running his first 100-mile ultramarathon in California, the experience became a downright nightmare when he vomited so hard that he tore a hole in his esophagus.

The strange medical case was published in August in the journal BMJ Case Reports, though the journal saw fit to highlight it this week as part of...

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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 28, 2019. 16 comments

A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

A man’s love of delicious hot pot led him down a far more perilous path than he expected. His doctors in China say that the undercooked meal exposed him to a tapeworm infestation that riddled his brain with larval cysts and caused him to have seizures. Thankfully, though, he’s now on the mend.

Last week, doctors at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University published a report on the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 27, 2019. 15 comments

German Man Develops Fatal Infection After Being Licked by His Dog

German Man Develops Fatal Infection After Being Licked by His Dog

An unassuming lick from a dog is being blamed for the death of an otherwise healthy German man. It’s a strange medical case involving a normally harmless bacterium, but experts say it’s nothing to worry about and that most of us can continue to let our dogs slobber all over us.

Humans have germs in their mouths, and so do dogs. For the most part, dog germs aren’t a huge issue except in rare...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 19, 2019. 17 comments

A Man Developed 'Feather Duvet Lung' After Getting New Bedding

A Man Developed 'Feather Duvet Lung' After Getting New Bedding

A UK man’s innocent decision to change his bedding caused him to develop a strange, rare condition that left him gasping for air, his doctors say. In a new case study out Monday, they detail how the man came down with a rare form of allergy to the bird feathers that filled his new duvet and pillows.

According to the study, published in BMJ Case Reports, the 43-year-old man had suffered months...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 16, 2019. 6 comments

A Woman's 'Velvety' Palms Revealed Her Lung Cancer

A Woman's 'Velvety' Palms Revealed Her Lung Cancer

A Brazilian woman’s strangely textured palms led to the discovery of a much more serious underlying health problem: lung cancer.

According to a case report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, the 73-year-old woman had visited a local dermatology clinic with complaints of itchy and painful lesions on the palms of both hands. The symptoms had first shown up nine months...

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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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Hudson Hongo Hudson Hongo Nov 08, 2019. 14 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 13, 2019. 23 comments

Is Cleaning Your Ears With Cotton Swabs Really That Dangerous?

Is Cleaning Your Ears With Cotton Swabs Really That Dangerous?

A real-life horror tale that’s gotten renewed media attention this week is sure to make you think twice about digging earwax out of your ears. An Australian woman says she developed a life-threatening infection that ate away parts of her skull after years of swabbing her ears with cotton. But how likely is that scenario—and how dangerous are cotton swabs to our ears really?

First things first,...

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