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Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds

It’s become a heartbreakingly common sight on the internet: People using crowdfunding sites to raise money for their expensive health care, including cancer treatment. But a new report published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that desperate people are often using this money to pursue dubious, possibly dangerous…

Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’ Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’

While recovering in hospital after a serious car accident, a 55-year-old woman from Missouri began to complain of nausea and a bad taste in her mouth. A subsequent oral examination revealed an alarming sight—the patient’s tongue had turned black and was covered in hair-like structures. But while this rare condition…

'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation 'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation

Researchers looking into bizarre reports of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and later China hearing troubling noises before developing symptoms very similar to brain trauma have pinned the most likely cause—and it’s not some form of mysterious sonic device, as previously speculated.

New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers

The opium poppy is famous for its ability to produce painkilling molecules. Now, by sequencing its genome, a team of scientists from China, the United Kingdom and Australia uncovered several events in the poppy’s history that, together, could have led to the evolution of its opium-producing behavior.

EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine

The EpiPen, a life-saving medical product for treating severe allergies, is in short supply as American kids head back to school. But Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that owns the EpiPen, has come up with a solution to the shortage: Expand the expiration date on some of its products. The U.S. Food and Drug…

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000 These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

Americans who opened the newspaper on January 5, 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were…

Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male

There’s a strange gender paradox at the heart of cardiovascular disease. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with a heart condition in their lifetime than women, but diagnosed women are less likely to survive. A study out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers a new theory for this…

AC Lung, Space Stairs, 3D Guns and the Quietest Place on Earth: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week AC Lung, Space Stairs, 3D Guns and the Quietest Place on Earth: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

August 2018 rolled in with a bang, literally, as explosions rocked Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro—and government officials later said bomb-carrying drones were to blame. If the accounts of an attempted assassination using unmanned aerial vehicles is confirmed, the New York…

Can You Get Sick From Air Conditioning? Can You Get Sick From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler,…

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually end up forming our skin and lining our organs and blood vessels. They think the scutoid shape is extremely efficient at keeping cells tightly-packed and organized in…

The US Threatened Ecuador, World Health Officials With Retribution Over Breastfeeding Vote The US Threatened Ecuador, World Health Officials With Retribution Over Breastfeeding Vote

With its endless parade of corporate shills, industry flacks, cronies, and quacks, it’s become clear that there are no acts of pettiness too shabby—or grifts too cheap—for Donald Trump’s administration. Still, a Sunday report in the New York Times alleging that the US threatened Ecuador and the World Health…

Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After

The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job of making sure the doctors who review drugs for possible approval are free of bias, alleges a new investigative report published this week in Science. Many of these reviewers, while having no clear financial conflicts of interest prior to their work for the FDA,…

Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data

E-commerce giant Amazon wiped out nearly $15 billion in value from Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid this week when it announced a nearly $1 billion deal to acquire PillPack, an online prescription service, sending the competition scrambling for cover. It’s unclear just how Amazon plans on integrating PillPack into the…

FDA Approves First Drug Made From Cannabis FDA Approves First Drug Made From Cannabis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Epidiolex to treat two severe forms of epilepsy, making it the first cannabis-based drug to be legalized in the United States. It’s welcome news—but patients won’t have access to the medicine until the Drug Enforcement Agency changes the Schedule 1…

New Medical Analysis Shows What Really Happened on the Night Robert F. Kennedy Was Assassinated New Medical Analysis Shows What Really Happened on the Night Robert F. Kennedy Was Assassinated

It was 50 years ago this month that Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin. In what is now the first study of its kind, a team of specialists has conducted a systematic review of the medical care he received during the critical hours following the shooting. Their findings offer unprecedented details about…

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Officials with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels saying brewed coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide.

Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma, 16 Company Officials for Allegedly Lying About OxyContin Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma, 16 Company Officials for Allegedly Lying About OxyContin

The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, the company that developed the semisynthetic opioid OxyContin in 1995 and aggressively marketed it while downplaying the risk of addiction. It’s part of a growing backlash to Purdue, a pharmaceutical giant the New Yorker characterized as an …

Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Allegedly Looking to Start Another Company Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Allegedly Looking to Start Another Company

Elizabeth Holmes lost everything—and nearly $900 million of other people’s money—when her bunk blood-testing startup Theranos went into full meltdown, resulting in the layoff of nearly all staff and civil charges of “massive” fraud for Holmes and former company president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani.

Synthetic Brain-Destroying Human Prions Created in the Lab for the First Time Synthetic Brain-Destroying Human Prions Created in the Lab for the First Time

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have synthesized an artificial human prion, a scientific first that could eventually lead to treatments for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other deadly brain-wasting disorders.

Lizards With Toxic Green Blood Are Super Freaky Lizards With Toxic Green Blood Are Super Freaky

Lurking quietly in the deep dark jungles of New Guinea are a group of lizards who share a rather striking feature: green blood. It’s a rare trait for vertebrates to have, but new insights into this strange blood could lead to innovative medical treatments.

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