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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 17, 2019 at 03:20. 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 17, 2019 at 01:05. 10 comments

Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why

Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why

The number of people afflicted and hospitalized with serious lung disease connected to vaping continues to grow. This week, multiple states reported similar cases, and the toll of confirmed and possible victims has climbed into the dozens. Right now, health officials and outside experts still seem to be in the dark as to what exactly is going on.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 04:03. 5 comments

The FDA Is Previewing Some Grisly New Cigarette Warnings

The FDA Is Previewing Some Grisly New Cigarette Warnings

The federal government wants to scare the living hell out of you—at least if you’re thinking about smoking. This week, the Food and Drug Administration previewed a series of new warnings that it plans to have plastered on all cigarette products and advertisements. And they’re a doozy.

The proposed warnings, 13 in total, feature much of the same text that can already be found on cigarettes,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 01:05. 4 comments

Scientists Say They've Found a New Organ in Skin That Processes Pain

Scientists Say They've Found a New Organ in Skin That Processes Pain

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team in Sweden claims to have uncovered an intricate network of cells underneath skin that helps process certain kinds of pain. The find could broaden our conceptions of how we feel pain, as well as how to relieve it.

Typically, it’s thought that we perceive harmful sensations on our skin...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 01:00. 12 comments

These Robotic Shorts Make Walking and Running Easier

These Robotic Shorts Make Walking and Running Easier

Exosuits—wearable robotic technologies that enhance our physical abilities—are slowly but steadily leaving the world of comic books and becoming a practical reality. This week, scientists introduced an exosuit that seems to reach a new milestone, helping users both walk and run with less effort.

The exosuit is the result of a collaboration between researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 15, 2019 at 00:20. 2 comments

Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Cat Allergies, but You Can't Have It Yet

Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Cat Allergies, but You Can't Have It Yet

People unjustly kept away from feline companionship due to an allergy are rejoicing this week, after news resurfaced of a potential vaccine that makes cats less able to cause allergies. But while this research is promising, a finished product won’t be available any time soon.

The vaccine in question is being developed by Swiss-based Hypocat and is the company’s lead experimental and namesake...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 14, 2019 at 03:25. 8 comments

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A vaccine for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.—the bacterial disease chlamydia—is now a substantial step closer to reality. On Monday, researchers reported that two of their vaccine candidates were found to be safe in a phase 1 clinical trial of 35 women. Though the trial wasn’t meant to prove their effectiveness, the vaccines also seemed to provoke an...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 13, 2019 at 23:37.

Massachusetts Man Reportedly In a Coma After Contracting Brain Infection From a Mosquito

Massachusetts Man Reportedly In a Coma After Contracting Brain Infection From a Mosquito

A rare, sometimes fatal viral infection spread by mosquitoes has resurfaced in Massachusetts—and has likely sent at least one man into a coma. Over the weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that a local resident contracted the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Dozens of communities remain at critical or high risk for the virus, and residents are being advised...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 13, 2019 at 05:30. 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 at 05:01. 9 comments

A Dangerous Algae Is Killing Our Dogs—and Climate Change Is Going to Make It Worse

A Dangerous Algae Is Killing Our Dogs—and Climate Change Is Going to Make It Worse

A pair of tragic stories reported this past weekend are raising awareness of a threat to both people and animals in the water: algae. At least four dogs in two states along the Southeast U.S. have reportedly died from swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds filled with toxic blue-green algae. And as the climate warms, these sad cases could become more common in the U.S. and elsewhere.

In a...

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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 09, 2019. 3 comments

Scientists Find How Much Coffee Is Too Much for Migraine Sufferers

Scientists Find How Much Coffee Is Too Much for Migraine Sufferers

People who live with chronic migraines but also love coffee might be in luck. A new study by Harvard researchers seems to show that it takes a lot of caffeine to actually set off a painful episode. They found that people who drank fewer than three caffeinated beverages in a day weren’t more likely to have a migraine than they did on days when they drank no caffeine at all.

The relationship...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 09, 2019. 12 comments

A Nurse's Alleged Opioid Theft Led to a Blood Infection Outbreak at a New York Hospital

A Nurse's Alleged Opioid Theft Led to a Blood Infection Outbreak at a New York Hospital

An outbreak of a rare infection at a western New York hospital in 2018 was sparked by a nurse’s opioid use disorder, a new case report out Thursday seems to confirm. The nurse is alleged to have taken intravenous opioid painkillers for her own personal use, replacing the fluid she took with water—water that turned out to be contaminated with harmful bacteria. Her actions ultimately led to six...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 08, 2019. 14 comments

Fluoride Linked to Worse Kidney Function in Teens, but Don't Flip Out

Fluoride Linked to Worse Kidney Function in Teens, but Don't Flip Out

There are few things that can set off the paranoid-minded faster than talking about fluoride in the drinking water. But a new study out Thursday cautiously suggests that even low levels of fluoride in teens could be linked to changes in their kidney and liver function. It’s still unclear whether these changes are actually affecting teens’ health, though—or even if fluoride is really the main...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

CDC Calls for Millions More Naloxone Prescriptions to Reverse Opioid Overdoses Across the U.S.

CDC Calls for Millions More Naloxone Prescriptions to Reverse Opioid Overdoses Across the U.S.

There have been few glimmers of hope when it comes to the opioid crisis. But a new

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 07, 2019. 11 comments

Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

For men, especially men of color, coming face to face with the police may be one of the most likely ways to die young, a new study out Monday finds. The study estimated that black men are twice as likely to be killed by police than men of other races. It also found that police use of force is one of the leading causes of death for all young men.

To reach their conclusions, researchers at...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 06, 2019.

Here's When Using a Fan Will Actually Make You Hotter

Here's When Using a Fan Will Actually Make You Hotter

Electric fan fans are in for some bittersweet news. A new study out Monday suggests that while fans can help people cool down on hot and humid days, in hot and arid environments they may actually make you more uncomfortable—and may even be unsafe.

The researchers, based at the University of Sydney in Australia, recruited 12 healthy college-aged men for their experiment. The shorts-wearing men...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 06, 2019. 10 comments

Sesame May Join Dairy and Nuts on Food Allergy Warning Labels

Sesame May Join Dairy and Nuts on Food Allergy Warning Labels

Sesame allergies seem to be a lot more common that previously thought. According to a new study out this weekend, as many as 1.5 million Americans could be allergic to sesame, and the findings may prompt the Food and Drug Administration to require new warning labels that identify sesame in foods.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago looked at nationally representative survey data...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 03, 2019. 22 comments

Wisconsin Health Officials Urge People to Stop Vaping After a Sudden and Mysterious Rise in Lung Disease

Wisconsin Health Officials Urge People to Stop Vaping After a Sudden and Mysterious Rise in Lung Disease

More people hospitalized with serious lung problems linked to vaping have been found, Wisconsin health officials reported Friday. Last week, health officials reported eight cases of this strange cluster, all involving teens . The cases now involve teens and young adults. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 11 cases have been identified (including the cluster of eight),...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 03, 2019. 3 comments

Most Americans Do Trust Scientists, Heartening Survey Finds

Most Americans Do Trust Scientists, Heartening Survey Finds

Good news, science folk: Most of America thinks you’re pretty okay and worth listening to. According to a new report out Friday by the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans trust scientists, and to a greater degree than any other public-facing profession. What’s more, the country’s confidence in scientists has actually increased in the past few years.

The findings come from a nationally...

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