medical

Kansas City woman visits doctor for “water in ear”, doctors find highly venomous brown recluse spider nested deep inside her ear canal.

Susie Torres visited her Kansas City doctor for what she believed was “water in her ear”. It’s a familiar feeling for most – an uncomfortable pressure and slight tickle when water trapped inside the ear canal moves and sloshes about. In Torre’s case however, the final diagnosis was the stuff of nightmares. A medical assistant examined Torres’ ear using a traditional otoscope, a magnification tool used to peer deep inside the ear canal. Torres says the assistant looked alarmed and said, “I’m going to get a couple more people” before running from the room. As she left the room, the assistant told her: “I think you have an insect in there.” Torres says she did not panic even though she was left not knowing exactly what was

16-year-old French boy encodes Bible and Quran into DNA and injects them into his body – and lives.

16-year-old Adrien Locatelli, from Grenoble, France, has succeeded in transcribing the book of Genesis and the Quran into DNA and injecting them into his body. He injected the text of the books in each thigh. Locatelli documented the procedure and published his research in a paper that “relates the first injection in a human being of macromolecules whose primary structure was developed from a religious text.” How the boy injected encoded DNA into his own body It has long been known that any type of information could be encoded in DNA, the molecule that stores information needed for living things to grow, age, and function. Locatelli recognized that even words could be encoded in a DNA strand. The boy says no special equipment was needed to implant the

Photo from scene of deadly motorcycle accident shows ghostly spirit leaving victim’s body

A photo from a motorcycle accident in Stanton, Kentucky is getting a lot of attention from paranormal researchers this week. The crash occurred on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 around 5:30 PM in Powell County, Kentucky. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist was gravely injured and pronounced dead at the hospital. Saul Vazquez witnessed the accident from the opposite lane and snapped a photo of paramedics working to revive the victim. He uploaded the photo to Facebook with this explanation: “I took this picture just few minutes ago from the cab of my truck it was an accident between Campton and Stanton on the service road just off of the mountain parkway, zoom in and pay attention to the shadow just off the top of the state trooper hat. All

23-year-old man stuck in mind-numbing deja vu loop – relives each moment over and over again for 8 years

It’s a fairly rare occurrence but something all of us experience from time to time. That unusually strong sensation that you’ve been there before or already experienced what you’re doing (or reading) in the present time – it's called déjà vu which is French for “already seen. For most people, the feeling passes quickly leaving us slightly frightened and more often, confused. But not so for a 23-year-old British man who researchers say has become victim to one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded in modern medical history. For the past eight years, he’s been “trapped in a time loop”, feeling as if he was reliving every moment of his life. The condition began in 2007 shortly after the man, who has not been named,

Bizarre accident – man fighting fire dies after accidentally swallowing molten lead (1755)

A no more unusual circumstance than swallowing molten metal can be imagined but in fact, there are many recorded cases of people swallowing molten metals (both by accident and as a method of torture). After a particularly unusual incident in Plymouth, a series of experiments were conducted on dogs, cats, and fowl to determine the effects of swallowing molten material. The case that sparked the interest within the medical community was the death of Henry Hall who accidentally swallowed molten lead while fighting a lighthouse fire in 1755. The death of Henry Hall 94-year-old Henry Hall was a lighthouse keeper who worked on the Eddystone Lighthouse in the English county of Devon. At around 2:00 AM on December 2, 1755, Hall discovered that a spark from a

Mysterious Sleeping Beauty illness hits Soviet village – residents collapse where they stand and sleep for days on end

What is causing Kalachi villagers to fall asleep for up to six days straight? Scientists are unclear what is causing the mysterious Sleeping Beauty sleep syndrome that has affected dozens of villagers in the Kalachi village and nearby Soviet town of Krasnogorsk. Beginning in the spring of 2013, Villagers began seeking medical help for fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, loss of coordination, partial memory loss, and occasionally even hallucinations. By January 2014, patients were dozing off, collapsing where they stood, and remaining asleep for several days straight. One woman, Lyubov Belkova, was selling clothes at her local market stall when she suddenly keeled over. Two months later, a woman who worked with Lubov at the market fell asleep in the same manner. Soon, all women at the small market

Man develops bizarre star-shaped cataract eyes after 14,000 volt electrical shock

Giving him the appearance of some sort of mythical creature, a California man has developed bizarre star-shaped cataracts in both of his eyes after suffering an electrical injury whereby 14,000 volts of electricity passed through his body.  According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the 42-year-old electrician was working when his left shoulder accidentally came into contact with 14,000 volts of electricity.  The massive electrical current passed through his body, including the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eyes to the brain.  Unfortunately, the man’s vision was impacted by the accident.  Doctors are unsure how the electrical shock caused the strange star-shaped cataracts. Sources: New England Journal of Medicine

African “muti murders” – organs harvested from live (or dead) victims and sold for good luck and black magic spells

It’s a dirty little secret in South Africa, one that as of 2010, is a problem once again on the rise. Called “muti murders” or “medicine murders” (sometimes termed “ritual murder” or muthi-murder), it takes its name from the Zulu word “muti”, the term for traditional black magic medicines that utilize human body parts and flesh as critical ingredients in order to produce supposedly miraculous medicinal effects. The phenomenon is widely acknowledged to occur in southern Africa where it is estimated that from 50%-90% of the population believe in black magic and witchcraft. Body parts from dead corpses work fine for their purposes but the best muti medicine ingredients are taken from body parts that are harvested while the victim is still alive.  The Limpopo province alone

UK girl has been hiccupping every two seconds for the past three months – doctors are baffled

In January 2013, 13-years-old Emily Marsh, from the United Kingdom, was on her way to math class when she began to hiccup.  At first it was funny but now, three months later, not so much.  Emily hiccups every 2 seconds and has been hiccuping continuously, even while she sleeps, for over three months.  The physical action is so exhausting, she has to take afternoons off from school to rest.  She has undergone a series of tests, including an ultrasound scan, chest X-ray, endoscopy and MRI scan, but doctors have so far been unable to cure her condition.  She has tried sucking on sweets, a spoonful of vinegar, osteopathy, hypnosis, sneezing, gargling, and other old-wives tales but to date, she is still hiccuping. Emily explained to the Telegraph: "I've tried drinking backwards,

Natasha Demkina – Russian girl with X-Ray eyes can see inside the human body

Natasha Demkina, from Saransk, Russia, has a special gift, a gift that her parents have known about since she was a child but up until the mid-2000’s, kept secret from the world. Her eerie ability to see inside of human bodies has been demonstrated before witnesses time and time again. Experts say nobody since Edgar Cayce has demonstrated such a profound ability to confound scientists with her “X-Ray eyes” - her innate ability to see organs, tissues, bacteria, viruses, and make accurate medical diagnosis. Natasha's abilities first manifested themselves in 1997 when she was 10 years old. She explained to the Discovery Channel, who produced a television documentary about her unique abilities in 2004, how she discovered that she could peer inside a human's body. “I was

Nineteen Year Coma

The Accident In 1984, on Friday the 13th, Terry Wallace, then 19 years old, and a friend were involved in a major car accident in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Their car careened off the road into a ditch and came to a halt under a bridge.  Terry's passenger was killed while Terry suffered major injuries and was found comatose.  Terry's wife and 1 month old daughter waited, hoping Terry would recover quickly.  The family carried Terry home from the Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and back during the next 19 years hoping Terry would regain consciousness. Terry remained comatose until June 13, 2003 (yes, also on Friday the 13th) when he awoke in his hospital bed and uttered his first words.  His daughter

The Heyday of the American Lobotomy Craze

For more than 800 years, man had known that finding a way into the delicate brain cavity and cutting or poking at the liquid filled tissue, would produce a dramatic change in a person’s behavior and demeanor. It was commonly used to “drive out the devil”. Although archaic and seldom used, by 1935, the practice had returned to favor. A description in 1986 by Elliot Valentstein in the Great and Desperate Cures explains how he process was initiated. “After drilling two or more holes in a patient’s skull, a surgeon inserted into a patient’s brain any of various instruments – some resembling an apple corer, a butter spreader, or an ice pick – and often, without being able to see what he was cutting, destroyed parts