medicine

8.29.19

This Australian Scientist Is Sending Cancer Cells Into Space to See if They Survive

Experiments on Earth suggest that cancer cells are radically affected by near-zero gravity conditions.

4.7.19

The World's Other Opioid Crisis

How the war on drugs forces sick, poor people to die in unnecessary agony.

4.1.19

A Woman in China Tried to Cure Her Cancer by Swallowing Maggots

When she checked back into hospital, doctors thought the woman's cancer might have relapsed—until they found her intestines riddled with fly larvae.

3.27.19

The Power of the Nocebo Effect

Nocebo is the evil twin of the placebo effect—and my constant companion. I set out to find out what it is, and how I could learn to harness the more positive effects of medical mind games.

1.23.19

15 Cans of Beer Saved This Guy From Alcohol Poisoning

Doctors in Vietnam treated a severe case of methanol poisoning with a strong dose of tinnies.

1.21.19

This Artist Is Making Work Out of the Literal Blood of LGBTQ People

Jordan Eagles is protesting the FDA's discriminatory blood donation policies.

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11.13.18

Court Finds This So-Called Healer Swindled Cancer Patients out of Millions

The founder of Universal Medicine thinks he's the reincarnation of Leonardo Da Vinci. Others think he's the leader of a cult.

11.12.18

An Aussie Researcher Insists Maggots Are the Best Way to Heal Wounds

Got an infected scab? Try letting fly larvae eat away the dead flesh.

11.1.18

Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns Are No Longer Banned for Medicine in China

A 25-year ban has been altered to allow the animal parts to be used in medical research and healing, despite the fact that both species are worse off now.

10.12.18

Indonesians are Buying and Selling Human Kidneys on Facebook

The going price for a kidney can range from 5,000 to 90,000 Australian dollars.

10.11.18

Funeral Companies are Losing Millions Because Not Enough People are Dying

Several thousand less people seem to have died this year because of a powerful flu vaccine.

10.9.18

Funnel-Web Spiders Could Hold the Cure to Skin Cancer

A chemical from the spider's venom gland also proved effective at treating the facial tumours of Tassie devils.

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