Archive for the ‘Medicine’ Category

Man’s Incurable, Deadly Disease Could Be Treated — If He Had $400,000 A Year

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Date: May 22nd, 2017

expensiveLOS ANGELES- Medical breakthroughs — seemingly every day — are giving unimaginable hope to people suffering with once incurable diseases.

But the treatments are cost prohibitive — and that would be a major understatement.

The question facing the medical community — what are these drugs worth and who ought to pay for them?

Moreover, what to do when a patient’s only hope is one of the most expensive drugs ever made.  More

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Stay away from ghost peppers

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Date: May 20th, 2017

ghostA puree made from these peppers — which are infamous for their off-the-charts level of spiciness — led to a rare, life-threatening condition in an otherwise healthy, 47-year-old man in California, according to a recent report of the man’s case.

Ghost peppers are among the hottest chili peppers in the world, the report said.

They have a measured “heat” of more than 1 million Scoville heat units, according to the report.

(For comparison, a poblano pepper measures at 2,000 Scoville units, and jalapeños come in at 5,000.  More

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Doctor Discovers A Particular Roller Coaster Helps People Pass Kidney Stones

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Date: May 18th, 2017

rollerBALTIMORE – A Michigan State University professor emeritus discovered recently that riding a roller coaster helps patients pass kidney stones with nearly a 70 percent success rate.

That coaster is Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain.

“Basically, I had patients telling me that after riding a particular roller coaster at Walt Disney World, they were able to pass their kidney stone,”

Michigan State University professor emeritus David Wartinger says. “I even had one patient say he passed three different stones after riding multiple times.”   More

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Hospital Provides Masks for Women Too Shy to Get a Potentially Life-Saving Pap Smear Test

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Date: May 11th, 2017

masksThe gynecology ward at the Nong Krot Hospital, in Thailand’s Kamphaeng Phet province, looked more like a masked ball hall a couple of days ago, as both patients and staff wore masks to conceal their faces.

The initiative was meant to make women more comfortable about getting a pap smear test.

Named after its inventor, Greek doctor Giorgios Papanikolaou, the pap smear is a medical test that can detect abnormal cells that have the potential to cause cervical cancer.

It involves collecting cells with a small brush from the cervix, a procedure that many Thai women apparently find so embarrassing that they would rather risk their lives to avoid.   More

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Pair of ballpoint pens extracted from man’s body after 36 years

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Date: May 11th, 2017

pensDoctors in China said they surgically removed two ballpoint pens from a man who swallowed them more than three decades ago.

Surgeons at the hospital in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, said the man, surnamed Wang, told them he swallowed the pens as part of a lost bet when he was just 14 years old — 36 years ago.

Wang told the doctors he forgot about swallowing the writing implements until February, when they showed up on an X-ray during a body examination.  More

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Woman’s skin ‘melts off’ after medication error

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Date: May 10th, 2017

skinSNELLVILLE, Georgia – In 2014, Khaliah Shaw went to a doctor’s office because she felt depressed.

She received a prescription for lamotrigine. A pending lawsuit claims Shaw received the wrong dosage, and her pharmacy didn’t catch it.

For the first two weeks, “everything was ok.”

And then it wasn’t.  More

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‘Simultaneous Surgery’ — What’s Really Going On, When You Go Under?

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Date: May 7th, 2017

surgeonNEW YORK – You probably assume that when you go under the knife, your surgeon is there for the entire procedure, but that may not always be the case.

So, what’s really going on in your operating room?

Moments before going under anesthesia, it’s comforting to think your surgeon will be right by your side the whole time.

But, as CBS2’s Maurice DuBois reported, as you drift off to sleep, the doctor may be drifting out of your room.   More

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‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’ Is A Very Real Disorder

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Date: April 8th, 2017

sleepingPITTSBURGH – Delanie Weyer is adventurous, fishing, traveling and skydiving.

Like many 23-year-olds she wants to experience the world.

But at 18, something happened to her on a school trip that wouldn’t be explained until years later.

“When I was 18 was my first episode is what they call it.   More

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