Category: disease

Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may lose the…

Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may lose the ability to smell peanut butter. The “Peanut Butter Test” may offer an early indication of the disease.

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More than two-thirds of teenagers in the U.S. are…

More than two-thirds of teenagers in the U.S. are sleep-deprived. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention urged that schools should not open before 8:30 a.m.

There are underground salt mines that people visit to ease their…

There are underground salt mines that people visit to ease their asthma. Each year thousands of patients spend weeks underground to treat their respiratory diseases. Some claim the mines have a unique micro-climate that reduces symptoms for years at a time.

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Scientists tested a woman who said she could smell Parkinson’s…

Scientists tested a woman who said she could smell Parkinson’s disease. In 11/12 cases, she correctly identified whether patients had Parkinson’s. Eight months later, the twelfth patient was diagnosed with the disease, giving her a perfect record.

Photo : Chris Watt / telegraph.co.uk

A Duke University research revealed that men tolerate sleep…

A Duke University research revealed that men tolerate sleep deprivation better than women. When women don’t get enough sleep, they suffer mentally and physically. They are at high risk of developing heart disease, depression, or blood clots, while men suffer fewer consequences.

An Israeli team of researchers invented a breathalyzer that can…

An Israeli team of researchers invented a breathalyzer that can detect 17 different diseases, including two types of Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, and cancers including lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.

In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera…

In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera (which killed tens of thousands) were spread by bad-smelling air, until a scientist named Jon Snow determined water was the culprit – he became known as the father of modern epidemiology.

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There is a disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as…

There is a disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as bone. Sufferers are slowly imprisoned by their own skeletons.

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2 surgeons after successfully removing a set of brain tumors…

2 surgeons after successfully removing a set of brain tumors during a 32 hour surgery.

The operation involved three surgeons, six anesthesiologists, and eight nurses. Together they performed six separate operations to remove a series of brain tumors from a single patient.

From Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. until Sunday, surgeons worked with great patience at the operating table.

According to the Chinese newspaper the Global Times, this was the longest operation ever undertaken at Fujian Medical University Union Hospital.

One of the surgeons, Dr. Chen Jianping, said about the surgery, “The patient had both an aneurysm and brain-stem hemangioblastoma. We needed to remove both tumors in one surgery. This required six different surgical procedures to be conducted on the patient. It can be difficult, risky, and time-consuming. If you are removing one tumor, and the other one breaks, it can be fatal.”

During the operation, the doctors took only short breaks, and even the patient’s family worried whether the surgeons could handle the physical strain.

But it all turned out well in the end. In the image above, taken shortly after the surgery was completed, one of the surgeons to seen making a V-sign for “victory.”

A woman who is literally fearless due to a rare genetic…

A woman who is literally fearless due to a rare genetic condition known as Urbach-Wiethe disease that hardened her amygdala – part of the brain responsible for fear response. Researchers exposed her to potentially terrifying experiences and none of them scared her.