Bed Bugs Are Pooping Histamine Into Our Homes—And Possibly Making Us Sick

There are few living things on earth that can set our nerves more on edge than the aptly named bed bug (Cimex lectularius). Even if you’ve never had the displeasure of being their unwilling blood bank, you probably know someone who has. Since at least the 1990s, bed bugs have started to resist the pesticides we’ve long used against them and stormed back from near-extinction to once again become a common household pest. Read More >>

Here’s The Disturbing Selfie of Dental Students at Yale With Severed Cadaver Heads

In June of last year, dental students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took a selfie with severed cadaver heads during a medical training workshop at Yale University, Connecticut, which, according to the Associated Press, “focused on dental-related facial deformities.” The wire broke the story on Monday but declined to publish the photo because the person who took it “would not give the AP permission to publish it for fear of being expelled.” Read More >>

Kidney Stones Are Getting Diagnosed More, but We’re Not Entirely Sure Why

Passing on a kidney stone is one of the most physically painful things a person can go through this side of childbirth. And a new study published this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that they’re seemingly becoming more common. But by how much, and why, we’re still not really sure. Read More >>

After Eight Days of Itchy Eyes, Woman Finds 14 Worms

It’s a medical discovery you’d hate to be part of: A 26-year-old woman in the US is believed to be the first human ever reported to be infected with a certain species of eye worm. Read More >>

Banning Mermaids Will Just Force Them Underground

A lady who describes herself as being a mermaid — because she owns the relevant wearable tail accessory — has claimed unfair discrimination by swimming pools in Bristol, which have banned her and her kind from swimming in the city's leisure facilities. Read More >>

New Drugs Extend Lives of Men With Resistant Form Of Prostate Cancer

As a general rule, cancer patients have to worry about the possibility that their cancer will return with a vengeance, no matter how successful their initial treatment course may have been. But some men with prostate cancer are left in an even more nerve-wracking state of uncertainty. Their cancer appears practically frozen, not spreading elsewhere but also not responding any further to treatment. Sadly, some patients will eventually develop a full-blown, incurable, and ultimately fatal cancer. Read More >>

Scientists Have Mapped Out How Our Genes Might Lead to Mental Illness

It’s often said mental illness runs in the family. But while that’s true, scientists have had very little luck actually understanding how our genes influence our risk of developing major depression or schizophrenia. New research published Friday in Science seems to provide something big needed for that greater insight: A roadmap of how genes are expressed differently in the brains of people with one of five major psychiatric disorders. Read More >>

The 2018 Winter Olympics Is Now Hosting a Norovirus Outbreak

The stomach flu has touched ground on the 2018 Winter Olympics, which begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Thursday, and officials are pulling out the stops to keep it from derailing the games. Read More >>

Report: Yale Dental Students, Staff Took Selfie With Severed Heads

Dental school grad students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took a selfie “with two severed heads used for medical research at a training workshop at Yale University” in 2017, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Read More >>

Health Watchdog Wants Vaping Dens in Hospitals

Public Health England has carried out a monster review of the e-cigarette world, and has decided they're so much better for the health of smokers that vaping products should be sold in hospital shops and their use embraced on the premises, as an aid to assisting those who can't fully quit to transition to the electronic world. Read More >>

The Philippines Halts Mass Use of Dengue Fever Vaccine, Saying It May Be Linked to Three Deaths

On Friday, Filipino authorities tied at least three deaths to the 2016 deployment of Dengvaxia, the world’s first dengue fever vaccine, Reuters reported. Read More >>

A Nasal Spray That Shoots Nanosized Opioids to the Brain May Help People Avoid Addiction

As doctors and scientists struggle to turn the tide of an opioid addiction crisis, there are others looking further ahead, trying to create a world where addiction can’t take hold in the first place. One such approach, created by a team of scientists here in the UK, is a nasal spray that shoots a naturally produced opioid straight to the brain—seemingly without causing the euphoric high and tolerance that can lead to dependence. Read More >>

Smartphone Radiation Poses no Real Threat to Humans. Shame The Same Can’t be Said For Rats

Unless you're a tech-hating Luddite, there's a good chance you'll have a smartphone pressed up against your face on a daily basis. Ever since mobiles became commonplace in the late '90s, the medical community has raised concerns regarding the negative effects of prolonged phone usage. Thankfully, a new study suggests the type of radiation smartphones emit really isn't that harmful to humans. Read More >>

The UK is Officially Letting Doctors Create a 3-Parent Baby

The modern era of the so-called “three-parent baby” has officially kicked off, and it will begin here, in the UK. Read More >>

Wales Bans Genital Piercing Fun for Kids

The Welsh government now has an official opinion as to what the under-18s it administrates may or may not do to their genitals and tongues, with a law on "intimate" piercings now in place to stop them getting holes made that they may eventually regret. Read More >>