British actress Emilia Clarke has survived two brain aneurysms and founded a charity called SameYou which helps provide treatment to people recovering from a brain injury or stroke newyorker.com/culture/per…
Many doctors have stopped calling cancer treatment a "fight" or "battle". They argue these terms misrepresent how treatment works and if treatments fail, the patient is left with guilt and a false belief they didn't "fight" hard enough. blogs.scientificamerican.…
In 2013, while watching Flip Flop, a reality TV show, a registered nurse called Ryan Reade noticed a lump on the neck of Tarek El Moussa, the show's host, and contacted the show. Subsequently, Tarek was diagnosed with cancer, got treatment and has been in remission since 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
There is a shortage in chemotherapy treatment medications across the USA due to the slim profit margins that medical companies make from them. journalofclinicalpathways…
Today I learned about The Radium Craze. At the beginning of 20th century, radium was a miracle element, it was used in products from toothpaste to soap, hair and face creams, in food such as butter and milk. Doctors recommended it for the treatment of everything from arthritis to impotence to senility. thehistoryvault.co.uk/the…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
In the US Civil War, the prisoner exchange system broke down over the CSA's treatment of the Union's black soldiers. Officially, the CSA tried them as rebellious slaves, a capital offense. In practice, they were often just killed instead of captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 1946 the US Army commissioned a documentary called " Let There be Light " intended to teach the public about PTSD and the treatment of the veterans with the mental disability, the film after it's release was banned in the US until the 1980s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Today I learned about Dillibe Onyeama who in 1969 became the first black person to finish their studies at the prestigious Eton College in England. He wrote a book about racism at Eton and was subsequently banned from visiting the school. He finally received an apology for his treatment this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dil…
A 9 yr old Pakistani girl, Arfa Karim, was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) until 2008. When she suffered cardiac arrest in 2011, Bill Gates assembled an international panel of doctors to advise the local physicians treating her and offered to pay for treatment in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arf…
Male platypus venom contains a hormone that promotes insulin release, called GLP-1; it's found in humans but degrades quickly. Platypuses make a long-lasting form of it, paving the way to new diabetes treatment; the platypus GLP-1 can be made in the lab so no platypuses will be needed for it. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Today I learned about "The Johnson Treatment", where President Lyndon Johnson used to urinate or expose his penis during conversations to establish dominance. historycollection.co/lbj-…
Today I learned of an incident in which the United States provided military aid to a North Korean cargo ship captured by Somalian pirates. Three of the sailors required medical treatment which was provided by US Medics. North Korean press provided the US with positive coverage, expressing gratitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Billions of cockroaches are being farmed in China to solve urban waste, provide medicinal treatment, develop beauty products, and feed livestock. One particular company has raised over six billion and prevents their escape by surrounding them in a moat filled with fish. businessinsider.com/chine…
Michael Bay's science fiction film "Armageddon" received the prestigious Criterion Collection treatment, dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world. criterion.com/films/578-a…
In 2003, famous skateboarder Rodney Mullen's right femur and hip began to fuse together. Doctors were wary of treatment, so Mullen used homemade instruments to attack the scar tissue and eventually one night, while twisting himself within the wheelwell of his truck, broke free. vogue.com/projects/134562…
Today I learned of Joy Milne, a β€œsuper-smeller” who found she could smell a unique odor on people with Parkinson's disease years before the onset of symptoms. Scientists then isolated biomarkers in sebum (oily substance from face/back) of Parkinson’s patients, paving the way to earlier detection/treatment. discovermagazine.com/heal…
A man who was paralyzed from a surfing accident neck injury was able to walk again from an experimental treatment. Stem cells from the man's own stomach fat were injected into his spinal cord to regenerate and repair the injury. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
Oleandrin was purported as a promising cancer treatment in a 2013 study, however, the study was retracted (by the publisher) in 2016 because it contained plagiarized materials from user-generated web articles. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Sharks can suffer from cancer. The misconception that sharks do not get cancer was spread by the 1992 book 'Sharks Don't Get Cancer' by I. William Lane and used to sell extracts of shark cartilage as cancer prevention treatments. cancerres.aacrjournals.or…
Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, was killed by her own twelve-year-old grandson in 1997. Wanting to return to his mother, who was in treatment as part of a plea agreement for plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, he set his grandmother's apartment on fire. She died weeks later of her injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The discovery of radium ignited a health fad in the early 1900s that saw it being used as a medical cure-all, in lipsticks, chocolates, toothpaste, water, health spas, treatment of impotence and chicken-feed! theatlantic.com/health/ar…
In 2017 a competition for independent filmmakers was organized to submit treatments for music videos for one of three Elton John songs from the 1970s in celebration of his fiftieth anniversary of his songwriting relationship with Bernie Taupin. The winners feature on YouTube as official videos. thecut.eltonjohn.com
Two days before the 1976 Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport to rescue hostages, Idi Amin allowed one of the sick Jewish passengers to be taken to a local hospital and allowed her to stay there after receiving treatment but sent a squad to murder her when he felt humiliated by the Israeli action time.com/5189413/7-days-i…
Today I learned about the ongoing research to make human hibernation possible. It could change the treatment of inflammatory diseases, insomnia, and trauma and will be useful for space travel. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
One of the attractions of the port city Liepaja( Latvia ) is a night in jail. The haunting Karosta district offers accommodation in the old military lockup complete with Soviet-style treatment. latvia.travel/en/article/…
Today I learned about Stone Man's Syndrome, a disabling disorder with no cure or treatment in which the body repairs damaged connective tissue with bone structure. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with even more bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
Coca-Cola has a medical application. It is sometimes used for the treatment of gastric phytobezoars (trapped mass in the gastrointetsinal system). In about 50% of cases studied, Coca-Cola alone was found to be effective in gastric phytobezoar dissolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Today I learned of fascist-era Italian officer Rodolfo Graziani, known for his ruthless treatment of civilians in Africa. Ethiopia's government attempted to have him tried, but were blocked by the British and Italian governments. He was sentenced by an Italian Court for Nazi collaboration but this was commuted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Brugmansia, a common ornamental flower, is a potent hallucinogen, and was once used in South American cultures "as a treatment for unruly children, so that they [would] be admonished directly by their ancestors in the spirit world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
A German study has found the use of lavender oil (Silexan) at 80 mg or 160 mg to be safe and effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders tandfonline.com/doi/full/…
The mother of a sick baby asked Ronaldo for an autographed shirt so she could sell it for the baby's treatment. He sent her a signed shirt and cheque for $83,000. as.com/futbol/2014/03/11/…
In 2007, a group of researchers tried treating Arachnophobia without the use of any spiders, but by showing arachnophobes images with spider-like features. After the treatment, some test subjects were comfortable petting a tarantula in a terrarium. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Dr. Farid Fata, an oncologist who falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Scientists have improved upon CAR-T: a living drug made by genetically engineering a patient's T-cells kill cancer cells. They found a new type of T-cell that could attack a wider range of cancers than the existing CAR-T. This raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment. bbc.com/news/health-51182…
A treatment in the Middle Ages for venomous snakebite was to pluck the feathers from a rooster's arse and place it on the site of the bite. Apparently its anus could suck up the venom. It was considered a good sign if the rooster died. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A woman with a β€˜mutant’ gene who feels no pain and heals without scarring was discovered by scientists. She reported numerous injuries without pain, often smelling her burning flesh before noticing any injury, and could open door to new treatments. independent.co.uk/news/he…
Under German law you can be jailed for up to one year, if you provide alcoholic beverages for someone placed by public order into an institution for withdrawal treatment. lewik.org/term/15888/enda…
Today I learned of the Nocebo Effect, the opposite of the Placebo Effect, where the belief or expectation that a treatment will cause a negative side effect induces that side effect even in those taking a sugar pill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noc…
Only 400 out of the 7000 diseases classified as β€œrare” have an effective treatment. This fact is recognized during Rare Disease Day, which is held every year on the last day of February. This day also holds an extra special meaning on February 29 – the rarest day of the year. startribune.com/leap-day-…
Today I learned about Alice Ball, an African American woman who, in 1915, at the age of 23 revolutionized the treatment for leprosy, by creating an soluble & injectable treatment from chaulmoogra oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
A bezoar is a round, solid mass of indigestible material such as calcium and magnesium phosphate that accumulates in your digestive tract. A 2013 review presented 46 patients treated with Coca-Cola for bezoars. A total of 91.3% of patients had complete resolution after treatment with Coca-Cola. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bez…
Stellate Ganglion Block is a breakthrough treatment thats been proven to significantly diminish various symptom of PTSD. Medal of Honor recipient and Marine veteran Dakota Meyer told 60 Minutes he felt like a million pounds was taken off him immediately after being administered one of the shots. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
About Gambling's biggest recorded losers. The #1 loser is Terrance Watanabe who bet more than $825 million. He would gamble for days on end, often losing more than $5million a day and was responsible for 5.6% of Vegas's gambling revenue. He later was unable to pay for his cancer treatment. casino.org/blog/what-happ…
91 year old Jimmy Carter became cancer free after months of treatment for a deadly cancer that spread to his brain. His doctor said, "He's a physically and mentally active individual who's in the best health possible for someone in his age group..." cnn.com/2015/12/06/health…
The Lucky Iron Fish is a fish-shaped cast iron ingot boiled in water to treat iron-deficiency anaemia developed by Canadian health workers in Cambodia in 2008. It was created to prevent villagers from rejecting treatment, as the fish is a symbol of good luck and happiness in their folklore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Two MIT Scientists successfully planted a false memory into a mouse (Mouseception). When set in a certain box, the mouse freezes in terror, recalling that it receives a shock in this box, when this never happened. This research may lead to new treatments for Depression or Alzheimer's, etc. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
A 3,000-acre wilderness wolf sanctuary in Frazier Park, CA helps heal military veterans who have treatment-resistent PTSD. Vets are paired with hurt, abandoned and exploited captive wolves/wolf-dog hybrids to tend to daily. laweekly.com/this-wolf-sa…
Most adults with autism spectrum disorder are unaware they have it until tested. Being diagnosed can lead to treatment and becoming a more socially comfortable person. psychology-tools.com/test…
Before antibiotics, patients with Tuberculosis were sent to Colorado Springs as it was believed dry air and sunshine helped in the treatment. TB sanatoriums, or small hut-like structures with ventilation, still litter backyards and properties around the city. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Quinine is a historic treatment of malaria and babesiosis that is a flavor component of tonic water and bitter lemon drink mixers. Tonic water was given to soldiers, who often mixed jin to mask the bitter taste. The quinine content of tonic water causes it to fluoresce under black light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell took home a 16 mm camera from the Lunar Module that would have otherwise been destroyed. Mitchell tried to auction the camera to help medical treatments for his son who had cancer before he agreed to relinquish the camera by donating it to the Smithsonian palmbeachpost.com/article…
Today I learned about the discovery of viruses (bacteriophages) that kill bacteria and how they were experimenting with them as a treatment before the discovery of penicillin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies, gave a woman who was dying of kidney disease $20,000 to get a banned stem cell treatment outside the US that could save her life. He only met her once, when he was lost and she gave him directions in a parking lot. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/t…
Flushing cat poop may pose a health risk. If a cat carries the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite can travel long distances in water and may not be eliminated in a citys sewage treatment system allowing it to reach the drinking supply. wusa9.com/article/news/ve…
In 2013, a truck hauling Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope of cobalt often used in cancer treatment, was hijacked by thieves who were unaware of the truck's contents. The truck was found abandoned 2 days later in a cornfield near Mexico City, with the cobalt outside of its protective casing. nbcnews.com/news/world/st…
Steven Spielberg wrote a treatment for a Jaws Prequel focused on a Young Quint on the U.S.S Indianapolis, described as β€œSaving Private Ryan, with sharks”. birthmoviesdeath.com/2018…
A woman's advanced metastatic breast cancer was cured with an experimental immunotherapy treatment. DNA in Judy Perkins' tumor tissue was analyzed for mutations specific to her cancer; billions of her unique T cells were lab-grown & infused back into her body with the aid of two drugs. npr.org/sections/health-s…
A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Robert Downey Junior went blackface for most of Tropic Thunder, but the movie was mostly criticised by Disability advocates for the alleged offensive treatment of individuals with mental disabilities throughout the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
The Rod of Asclepius, a snake winding around a stick and international symbol of medicine, represents the treatment for the bloodworm Dracunculus. This worm travels through the blood and eats its way to the skin: treatment involves wrapping the worm around a wooden stick and pulling it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Sugar is an effective treatment when applied topically to antibiotic resistant MrSA bbc.com/future/article/20…
Metallica's song "The God That Failed" is inspired by lead singer James Hetfield's mother who was diagnosed with cancer and refused medical treatment, relying on her faith in God instead... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
More than two decades before his house arrest for his sympathetic treatment of the Tiananmen Square protestors, former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang was removed from his official positions and paraded through Guangzhou in a dunce cap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
Guinea worm disease (Dracunculiasis) is likely to be the first parasitic disease to be globally eradicated, and that treatment by slowly extracting the nematode by wrapping it around a stick hasn't fundamentally changed since at least 1550 BCE as described in an Egyptian medical papyrus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Platypuses, gila monsters, and cone snails use insulin as venom (and are being studied as sources of diabetes treatments) bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Infliximab (Remicade) is derived from human and mouse DNA and is an approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and psoriasis. ti.ubc.ca/2019/11/11/123-…
Researchers historically have avoided using female animals in medical studies specifically so they don't have to account for influences from hormonal cycles. This may explain why women often don't respond to available medications or treatments in the same way as men do medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Doctor Min Chiu Li was fired from the NIH in the 1950s because he gave chemotherapy to patients even after their tumors appeared to be gone. After firing him, the NIH discovered the long-term survival rates for his patients were far superior to conventional treatments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned of Gus the Central Park Zoo Polar Bear (1985-2013). Reporters dubbed him "neurotic", "depressed", "flaky", and "bipolar" turning him into a "symbol of the stress of living in New York City". As part of his therapy and treatment, Gus was the first zoo animal in history to be treated with Prozac. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
George Washington died when his doctors tried to cure his epiglottitis (i.e. inflamed throat) with blood letting. He lost more than half his blood before they stopped the treatment, and died just hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In traditional Chinese medicine, a tiger penis is said to have important therapeutic properties. The penis of a tiger when consumed is said to be a potent aphrodisiac and an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
The word "Mesmerized" stems from a charlatan who operated in Paris in the late 1700's. Dr Franz Mesmer touted "universal magnetic fluid" existed in all animals and he claimed the ability to heal countless diseases through treatments with hypnotic and exotic elements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The only 2 patients to be cured of HIV were also undergoing cancer treatment at the same time; meaning they became cancer free AND HIV negative at the same time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The use of fecal transplants, a relatively new treatment for certain types of persistent diarrhea, was documented in ancient China where fecal matter was administered orally as a broth. news-medical.net/health/H…
The US Army conducted human research experiments on 200 prisoners to find a treatment for Malaria during WWII. After the war, defense attorneys for Nazi doctors charged with war crimes cited the malaria experiments for defense. nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
Huge warthog getting "spa treatment" from mongooses in win-win symbiotic relationship called mutualism. Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for snacks. newsroom.wcs.org/News-Rel…
The company Samsung accounts for 15% of South Korea's entire economy, and that South Koreans often live in Samsung owned apartment buildings, can get treatment from Samsung-owned medical centers, go to Samsung universities, and even end up at a Samsung funeral parlor when they die. money.cnn.com/2017/02/17/…
Baking soda and vitamins B1 and B9 (found notably in butter and some fishes) are some treatments for alcohol poisoning. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
That, in 2012, the Catholic Church provided one quarter of HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support, worldwide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
New York City is one of four major cities in the United States whose drinking water is pure enough not to require purification by water treatment plants. The city is supplied with drinking water by the protected Catskill Mountains watershed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Today I learned of the Aversion Project in South Africa. Dr. Aubrey Levin treated nearly 1000 patients who were submitted to chemical castrations and electric shock treatment, meant to "cure" them of their homosexual β€œcondition.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aub…
Playing the didgeridoo can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. It strengthens the muscles in the upper airway, which reduces their tendency to collapse during sleep. bmj.com/content/332/7536/…
Today I learned about DNP,a chemical that causes rapid weight loss in humans.It was prescribed to 100,000 people in the 1930s in the US and then discontinued after 2 people used 10x the recommended dose and died.It's being studied as potential treatment for obesity,Alzheimer's,Parkinson's diseases and epilespy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, a Baltic-German Noble gained the nickname 'The Mad Baron' after brutally conquering Mongolia during the Russian Civil War. He also believed he was the reincarnation of Genghis Khan and was known for the ruthless treatment of his subordinates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
During the Vietnam War, the West-German goverment send a hospital ship, the "Helgoland", on a humanitarian Mission to Vietnam as a compromise towards the US request for military aid. The "Helgoland" provided free medical treatment for civilians between 1966 and 1971. dw.com/en/german-hospital…
Malaria was once used to treat syphilis. Dr. Wagner von Jauregg injected sufferers with malaria-infected blood, causing an extremely high fever that would ultimately kill the disease. Jauregg won the Nobel Prize for the treatment and it remained in use until the development of penicillin. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
US sailors captured by North Korea, were flipping the middle finger in photos to protest the propaganda on their treatment. The North Koreans for months photographed them without knowing the real meaning of the finger, while the sailors explained that the sign meant good luck in Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Ink, expelled as a defence mechanism by octopus, cuttlefish and squid, was used in writing for centuries In present times, this ink is used as a sauce for pastas and has also been proven to be effective in treatment for cancer. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephal…
In 1974, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis published a paper titled "The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of 'Writer’s Block.'" The body of the paper has a total of 0 words. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about "bus therapy", which involves discharging destitute psychiatric patients who still need treatment and giving them a bus ticket to go to another state, so the costs are covered by that state. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment. citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/vie…
"Amok Time", a classic episode of Star Trek, was deemed too mature for German audiences in 1967. It was dubbed to suggest Spock went nuts because of a medical treatment and killing Kirk was a hallucination. It wasn't until 1996 that it was finally aired with its intended story. memory-alpha.fandom.com/w…
There is a German hospital that specializes in treatment for traumatized train drivers. An average of 3 people in Germany kill themselves by jumping in front of a train every day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
The father of chiropractic treatment claimed he learnt about the treatment from a seance with a ghost and attributed 95% of all diseased to subluxations - i.e., misaligned vertebrae realclearscience.com/blog…
A respected psychiatrist at a Canadian mental institution, with funding from the CIA, performed experiments on patients without their knowledge or consent involving sleep deprivation, LSD, shock treatments, and sensory deprivation, resulting in many cases in incurable mental illness. youtu.be/TKLy1ALj3Pc
Learning can help heal traumatic brain injuries. In a study, participants assigned to a strategic thinking class saw their "depression index" reduced by almost a third, and nearly 60% of the treatment group transitioned from severe to "minimal" depressive symptoms vs. a control group freethink.com/articles/me…
SSRIs are used not only as an antidepressants, but they are effective for the treatment of premature ejaculation too en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
After she died, a Florida heiress left $3 million and her Miami mansion to her 3 pet chihuahuas. The dogs have full-time staff, wear Β£10,000 Cartier necklaces and enjoy weekly spa treatments. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Tobacco smoke enemas were once an accepted treatment for drowning and other ailments, giving rise to the phrase "blowing smoke up someone's ass." gizmodo.com/blowing-smoke…

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