In 2003 a teen with cancer died because his naturopathic Dr assured his parents he will cure his cancer with photo luminescence: taking a vial of blood from him, exposing it to ultraviolet light from a device, injecting the treated blood back in a hydrogen-peroxide solution. He died 9 days later.
To study wind currents, the US Navy sprayed San Francisco with S. marcescens, thought to be a non-pathogenic bacterium. Doctors soon noted drastic increases in pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
A Swedish study found that heart attacks were more common the first three weekdays after the spring transition into Daylight Savings Time.
The UK virtually eliminated salmonella by vaccinating chickens. The U.S. has declined to mandate such vaccinations.
The Medical Students’ Disease is a diagnosis common among medical students who think they have the diseases that they’re studying.
Alabama husband saved wife’s life by donating kidney after spending a year dieting and exercising to get his blood pressure low enough for surgery.
In 2010 a UK man had chronic hiccups for 2 1/2 years, and was told by doctors it was probably heartburn. A Japanese variety show picked up the story, and in the course of filming, discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was removed, his hiccups went away, and this possibly saved his life.
The Spanish Flu was named that because it’s effects on countries involved in WW1 were censored for morale. Spain was neutral and thus papers reported on the flu hitting Spain, making people believe Spain was hit especially hard.
Surgical masks are designed to trap respiratory secretions (including bacteria and viruses) expelled by the wearer and prevent disease transmission to others. Surgical masks are not designed to protect the wearer from contracting the flu virus.
A woman correctly detected 11 out of 12 subjects in a Parkinson’s study using her sense of smell. 8 months later the one extra she believed had Parkinson’s was diagnosed with the disease making her 12/12.