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The growing case against IV Tylenol, once seen as a solution to the opioid crisis

In the midst of the opioid crisis, Boston Medical Center added an intravenous version of Tylenol to its arsenal of drugs for pain management. But IV Tylenol was expensive, and after drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals increased the price, the hospital projected it was on track to spend $750,000 …

Medicine

Can You Fly With Weed You Bought Legally?

Cannabis lawyers share how things really work.<p>Buds, oils, tea, brownies, cookies, gummies, lollipops ― today, you can get THC in just about any form.<p>What a time to be alive.<p>Marijuana is legal in some capacity in 29 states and Washington, D.C. As long as you adhere to local laws, you don’t have to …

Cannabis

Have Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Students Solved The Nuisance Of Nasal Congestion?

A team of five biomedical engineering undergraduates at John Hopkins University (JHU) plan to manufacture and sell a device that they say would achieve the same effect as nasal reconstructive surgery for sufferers of chronic nasal obstruction – a condition that affects tens of millions of …

Medicine

Doctor suspended after video of tense stand-off with patient goes viral

An emergency room physician has been suspended after a video showing an tense dispute with a patient went viral.<p>20-year-old Samuel Bardwell was …

Health Care

He's dying of cancer. Now, he's the first patient to go to trial to argue Roundup made him sick

<b>(CNN) —</b> On bad days, Dewayne Johnson is too crippled to speak. Lesions often cover as much as 80% of his body.<p>Doctors have said they didn't expect him to live to see this day. But Monday marks a milestone: Johnson, 46, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients to see his case against agrochemical …

Glyphosate

For Women In Papua New Guinea, Income From Selling Betel Nut Can Come At Heavy Price

The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.<p>But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out …

Papua New Guinea

Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia

Officials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness.<p>The Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech said in a Facebook post that 30 giant hogweed plants were …

Virginia Tech

With Lyme disease on the rise, why do so many chronic sufferers struggle to convince doctors they're sick?

New York-based writer Porochista Khakpour has spent 12 years seeking answers to a variety of strange physical symptoms that have baffled doctors, from convulsions and tremors that feel like a panic attack, to debilitating fatigue. She’s sought midnight answers for strange fevers and painful …

Disease

I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I 'speak English' to her

I felt her staring at me on the playground as I called out to my daughter.<p>She must be someone’s grandmother, I thought. She must be curious, as people often are.<p>Then she took one step toward me — pink fingernails, dark blond hair — and opened her mouth, e-nun-ci-a-ting each word.<p>“Speak English,” …

Language Learning

Woman dies after contracting virus spread by rodent droppings

A 67-year-old Oregon woman died on Wednesday after contracting a rare, incurable disease typically transmitted through rodent droppings. The …

Disease

Doctors saw immigrant kids separated from their parents. Now they're trying to stop it.

<b>(CNN) —</b> The toddler pounded her fists on the play mat, sobbing, with no parent to comfort her.<p>Dr. Colleen Kraft watched from across the room, shaken by what she saw.<p>"She was just inconsolable. ... We all knew why she was crying," says Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "She was …

Immigration

Many Doctors Feel They Have to Hide Their Suicidal Thoughts

"I think physicians want to see themselves as strong and being able to fix things on their own, and not needing too much help."<p>In the early 2010s, John* showed up at the office of Michael Brog, a psychiatrist in private practice in St. Louis. John was a young physician nearing the end of his …

Depression

Early-stage Respiratory Syncytial Virus vaccine trial begins

Phase 1 study will enroll a small group of healthy adult volunteers.

Medicine

Medicine for her diabetes kept her alive -- and it was killing her, too

<b>Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Emmy Reeves shows off the My Little Pony mural she painted in her sister's room.<p>She points out other displays of her work around the family home: a portrait of a cat, a painting of a hillside overlooking Lake Superior, a small sculpture of her riding a wolf.<p>At 13, …

Type 1 Diabetes

This Tree Is So Toxic, You Can't Stand Under It When It Rains

The Tree of Death.<p>In 1999, radiologist Nicola Strickland went on a holiday to the Caribbean island of Tobago, a tropical paradise complete with …

Red Cross

Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?

Ever since he had Lasik surgery two years ago, Geobanni Ramirez sees everything in triplicate.<p>The surgery he hoped would improve his vision left the 33-year-old graphic artist struggling with extreme light sensitivity, double vision and visual distortions that create halos around bright objects and …

Ohio State University

The scariest horror films ever – ranked!

25 Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972)<p>Now that Lars von Trier has offered what may be a backhanded homage to it in his serial-killer nightmare The House That Jack Built, attention may well refocus on this cult giallo classic from Italy. A journalist investigates a series of murders in a …

Horror

Statin recommendations may change, especially for African-Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dr. Sanjay Basu was treating an African-American man whom he intuitively thought would be at a high risk for a stroke. The patient smoked; he was older and had high cholesterol. But when the doctor of internal medicine and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University put these …

Medicine

Abortion AMA: How Do I Schedule An Appointment For An Abortion?

<i>Welcome to Bustle's</i> Abortion AMA <i>column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical</i> …

Planned Parenthood

Nipah Virus, Rare and Dangerous, Spreads in India

A rare, brain-damaging virus that experts consider a possible epidemic threat has broken out in the state of Kerala, India, for the first time, infecting at least 18 people and killing 17 of them, according to the World Health Organization.<p>The Nipah virus naturally resides in fruit bats across …

Disease

New Immunotherapy Treatment Removes All Tumors In Woman With Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer

Research published today in <i>Nature Medicine</i> by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has described a new immunotherapy approach, which led to a complete disappearance of tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live.<p>The findings show how …

Cancer

Prostate cancer breakthrough as new drug keeps men with previously 'untreatable' cases alive

Men with previously “untreatable” prostate cancer are being kept alive by a new drug in what experts believe may be a breakthrough for patients with the worst form of the disease.<p>A British trial has for the first time shown that state-of-the art immunotherapy can be used to target prostate …

Cancer

The wind in my hair: one Iranian woman’s courageous struggle against being forced to wear the hijab

Masih Alinejad unties her hair, and a sea of corkscrew curls cascades down her shoulders. It looks amazing, but the significance of Masih’s hair isn’t looks – it’s politics. Masih is an Iranian activist who has spent her life fighting for women’s rights in her country through one simple battle: a …

Cherry Blossom

For Some Breast Cancer Patients, The Chemo Decision Just Got Easier

For many breast cancer patients, one of the most difficult treatment decisions is whether or not to go through chemotherapy.<p>Now, the choice is getting easier for some patients. A study published Sunday finds that many women with early-stage invasive breast cancer could safely forgo chemotherapy, if …

Cancer

Prices Keep Rising for Drugs Treating Painful Sex in Women

For years, Lenny Hanson has watched in alarm as the price of a drug she takes has ticked steadily upward, doubling in the past five years to more than $200 a month today.<p>The product, Vagifem, is one form of a drug, estradiol, that is used to improve women’s sex lives by treating a painful, often …

Sexual Health

Model taken hostage by abusive boyfriend saves herself using selfie of badly beaten face

A brave model from London managed to save herself from a life-threatening hostage situation after secretly sending a selfie of her bruised, battered face to a friend.<p>Martha Dolak, 31, has decided to speak out about the harrowing ordeal in order to raise awareness for those suffering from domestic …

Crime

Anorexic woman is given choice to seek out-of-state medical treatment or die

A Georgia woman who weighs 58 pounds was told she had two choices — either seek out-of-state treatment for anorexia or die of the disorder.<p>Katrina Howard, 25, of Americus, was receiving treatment at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, but doctors were not sure what more they could do to save the woman …

Mental Health

Gel, wand, belly, ultrasound: the moment life as I knew it ended

It’s late 2001 and Crown Princess Masako of Japan is having a baby. Her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, is heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy. Sinking into its fourth recession in a decade, Japan hungers for good news and hopes Masako might have a boy. The …

Pregnancy

Why a terminally ill young woman has changed her mind about living

<b>La Jolla, California (CNN) —</b> To face each day, Claire Wineland undergoes hours of breathing treatments. It's a reality of living with cystic fibrosis she's come to accept.<p>But last month, as the nebulizer hummed loudly in her La Jolla, California, hotel room, she breathed in medicine through her …

Medicine

The Poor Girl And The Rich Boy — How A Murder Has Left A Country Grappling With Abortion

The murder of a pregnant teenager has exposed the horrors faced by young women in the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal.<p>CENOVÍ, Dominican Republic — Emely Peguero had been missing for less than 24 hours when her boyfriend decided to hold a press conference. Peguero was 16 years old and …

Crime