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8 Cons that Seem Too Ridiculous To Be True

Confidence artistry requires both a tricky scheme and a victim to fall for it. In observance of the grand history of clever lies and chicanery, here …

11 Simple Inventions That Could Change The World

We have a tendency to lionize mankind's mind-bogglingly complex inventions. It's why we teach our children about the Alexander Graham Bells and Thomas Edisons of the world, and scour the Internet for every little iPhone rumor we can find.<p>But sometimes, it's the simple technologies that truly change …

Failed stem cell treatment causes nasal growth on woman's spine

A woman who received stem cell treatment for paralysis needed a growth of nasal tissue removed from her spine eight years later.<p>We're still learning about stem cells and what they can and can't do, so it's unsurprising that there will be a few strange accidents. One such accident happened to a …

Medicine

Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery

Infant's Death Linked To Suspected Massive Workers' Compensation Scheme | Fox News

A doctor accused of being part of a massive workman’s compensation scheme in California is also facing criminal charges for causing the death of a 5-month-old baby.<p>Dr. Andrew Jarminski was one of 15 people rounded up Tuesday and charged with a widening healthcare scam in which doctors and …

“Firsties!” — those guys, sometimes

“Firsties!” — those guys, sometimes<p><b>#5. Multiple Surgeons Dabble in Organ Graffiti</b><p>Simon Bramhall, a respected surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England, was suspended in December last year when co-workers noticed him burning his initials into a patient’s liver. The hospital is now concerned that he may have done this to hundreds of patients’ organs over the course of his 10-plus years working there, though maybe they should be more worried that Bramhall will someday decide to reclaim the …

How Harmless Bacteria Quickly Turned Into a Flesh-Eating Monster

Just four changes gave Streptococcus the ability to cause deadly disease.<p>By examining decades' worth of stored bacteria samples, researchers have determined how a benign organism evolved into a deadly pathogen that causes necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria disease.<p>Using …

Parents are going to prison for a medical diagnosis that may not exist

In 3,000 criminal cases, the shaken baby syndrome debate goes on<p>On a cold Wednesday evening in January 2009, Josh Miller was finishing his 8:00-to-5:00 shift as an automotive detailer at a garage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was just like any other day; he was tired and ready to go home. But that …

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here - CNN.com

We've found electronic throat tattoos, password pills and memory chips. Find out how "grinders" are already embracing <b>our cyborg future...</b><p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack yourself!<p>Biohack …

A Simple Invention to Help Women's Health

A Simple Invention to Help Women’s Health<p>BBC News reports the story of <b>Arunachalam Muruganantham</b>, a school dropout in rural India who invented a …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Real Estate

Scientists deem new super toxin too dangerous to make public

Botulinum toxin type H has no known antibodies<p>A new type of botulinum toxin — the most toxic substance known to man — has been discovered in the feces of a child. Botulinum toxin type H is the eighth type (types A-G being the first seven) to be detailed by scientists; the naturally occurring toxin …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

India's abandoned widows struggle to survive

<b>The Hindu temple town of Vrindavan, a few hours south-east of Delhi, is known by another name locally: it's called the city of widows.</b><p>While most come here to find religion, many come because they have nowhere else to go. Others are just dumped here by families who no longer want to pay for their …

India

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer's - Futurity

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a …

Alzheimer's Disease

Vaccine Refusals Fueled California's Whooping Cough Epidemic

When the whooping cough vaccine was invented in the 1940s, doctors thought they had finally licked the illness, which is especially dangerous for babies. But then it came roaring back.<p>In 2010, a whooping cough outbreak in California sickened 9,120 people, more than in any year since 1947. Ten …

Museum Day Live!

Download a voucher from the Smithsonian museum to receive two free tickets to one of more than 20 New York City museums and cultural centers. …

New York City

6 of the most important drug milestones of all time

From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.<p>In <i>The Drug Book</i>, author Michael C. Gerald details 250 milestones in the history of drugs, from the introduction of arsenic and Xanax to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, the first major legislation aimed at protecting …

Element of the week: plutonium | video

This week's chemical element is plutonium, which has the symbol <b>Pu</b> and the atomic number <b>94</b>. Inspired by the previous two elements in the periodic …

T-cell receptor latches to skin cancer - Futurity

CARDIFF U. (UK) — Scientists have engineered a T-cell receptor that binds to melanoma cells …

Cancer

Summer May Be Best Time to Make Babies

It almost seems like a mystical correlation. Babies conceived at certain times of the year appear healthier than those conceived during other times. …

Swallow insulin instead of inject it? - Futurity

BROWN (US) — With a new “bioadhesive” coating, intestines better absorb nanoparticles into the bloodstream—a …

Bird vaccine for West Nile Virus

Researchers have developed a vaccine that may halt the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) among common and endangered bird species.<p>WNV, a mosquito borne …

Public Health

Poison-proof mosquitoes might trigger a deadly crisis for thousands

Amid warnings of a looming malaria battle, new website puts the threat of insecticide resistance in stark relief<p>An <i>Anopheles stephensi</i> mosquito feeds on a human. The species is a common malaria carrier, and has grown increasingly resistant to pesticides in some regions. (Photo credit: Wikimedia …

Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

That cat poop can pose a health risk to humans no longer surprises us.<p>Some cats carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii<i>.</i> Infected cats shed embryonic <i>T. gondii,</i> called oocysts, in their feces.<p>These oocysts are easily transmitted to humans, and researchers have explored their possible link to …

There's Alien Gas Flowing Through New York City's Subways

No need to fear, though: it's an experiment to see exactly how gases are dispersed through the hundreds of miles of New York City subway tunnels.<p>Starting today, New York City authorities will be releasing perfluorocarbon gas into several subway stops, some above and some below ground. Sounds scary, …

Antibodies during pregnancy linked to autism - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Antibodies found only in mothers of children with autism cross the …

Autism

Electronic Pee Sniffer Can Detect Bladder Cancer

The Odoreader goes where no human nose wants to.<p>A new kind of electronic nose could make diagnosing bladder cancer a whole lot easier, according to a new study published this week in PLOS ONE.<p>Doctors typically diagnose bladder cancer through cytoscopy, a "costly, invasive and undignified …