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brain fluid leak

Woman with chronic runny nose was actually leaking brain fluid

May 9th, 2018

In a case that is sure to make anyone with the sniffles second-guess what exactly is causing their congestion, a 52-year-old Nebraska woman who complained of a runny nose was recently diagnosed with a brain fluid leak. Kendra Jackson of Omaha believed she had a nagging cold that just wouldn’t go away, but after two …

rabies remedy

Homeopathic ‘doctor’ gave dog rabies to a child and claimed it cured his behavioral issues

April 18th, 2018

A four-year-old boy named Jonah is at the center of a heated debate over the ethics of homeopathic treatment after receiving a diluted rabies solution administered by a “naturopathic physician” in Canada. In a blog post, naturopath Anke Zimmermann explained how she “cured” the young boy of supposedly rabies-like symptoms including bouts of aggression and …

antibiotic resistant bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant ‘nightmare’ bacteria spreads to 27 states

April 4th, 2018

Doctors and scientists have been warning us for years that the overuse of antibiotics could result in a “super bug.” An antibiotic-resistant bacteria, they said, could utterly devastate entire populations, and potentially lead to utter catastrophe. Now, with over 200 confirmed cases of various different “nightmare” bacteria already in dozens of US states, the Centers …

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Scientists taught an AI to diagnose brain cancer

March 15th, 2018

Sure, artificial intelligence might end up being the downfall of humanity as we know it — that is, if Elon Musk’s fears come to fruition — but for the time being it’s actually quite useful. A new research effort by an international team of scientists reveals that machine-learning algorithms can be a powerful tool for …

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Platypus milk might save your life some day

March 15th, 2018

Modern medicine has done a great job at creating antibiotics to fight infection — in fact, it might be doing too good of a job. As antibiotic use has spiked over the past century or so, the potential for antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” has grown ever more frightening. Now, new research is helping scientists rethink their approach …