Prescription drugs are so expensive, an insurance company is flying members from Utah to Mexico to fill their drugs, stay in a hotel overnight, and giving them a $500 stipend on top of the free travel and lower copays.
After discovering a rare tumor on an unborn fetus, a Nigerian doctor removed the baby at 26 weeks, successfully operated on the tumor & put the baby back into the mother’s womb. She carried her daughter full term & both are happy & healthy four years later.
For generations doctors assumed that the appendix had no function. But recently it is determined it “acts as a good safe house for bacteria”. Sometimes bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. The appendix’s job is to reboot the digestive system in that case.
Breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners in study of almost 50,000 women.
In 1995, an artist named William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to make art for the last few years of his life, both as documentation of his daily life and of his decline in cognitive function. Looking through these pieces, you can trace his cognitive changes.
The earliest form of smallpox immunization was used in China in the 1500’s. Doctors would take ground up scabs from people with mild cases of the disease, and blow the material into their nostrils. This lead to a mild version of the disease which had a mortality rate of ~2%. (20-30%if untreated)
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956.
In 2011, a man in China sold his kidney to buy a iPhone 4 and iPad 2 when he was 17. Now he is bedridden for life.
The jacuzzi was invented by Candido Jacuzzi to provide pain relief for his 15-month-old son, Kenny Jacuzzi, who was born with rheumatoid arthritis.
A cyberchondriac is someone who scours the Internet looking for details of their illnesses.