Hot Pavement is More Dangerous Than You Realise

Doctors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are warning about a less-recognised danger of summer heat: pavement burns. Their recent study suggests that people in hot places can end up in the hospital with serious burn injuries caused by contact with sizzling pavement. Read More >>

Serious Injuries Are More Likely to Be Fatal for People With O Blood Type 

The thing we’re most likely to not know when filling out a government form—our blood type—might mean the difference between life and death following a traumatic injury, a new study published Tuesday in Critical Care suggests. Read More >>

New Evidence Shows Even Mild Concussions Can Raise Risk for Dementia

One of fiction’s most commonly used plot devices—a knock on the head used to render someone momentarily unconscious—is a lot more harmful in the real world. A new study published this week in The Lancet Psychiatry reaffirms that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), even those that are relatively mild, are linked to a higher risk of dementia in our later years. Read More >>

Crashing Into Boiling Water and Other Ways Hoverboards Send Thousands of Kids to Hospital Each Year

When it comes to hoverboard injuries, it’s tempting to think a good portion of them are severe burns caused by those overheating battery packs. New research shows this is very much not the case, and that each year around 13,500 kids are treated in US hospital emergency rooms after falling from their hoverboards. That amounts to about 40 A&E visits each day. Read More >>

John F. Kennedy Lived With More Pain Than We Realised

A re-evaluation of JFK’s health history and medical records paints a portrait a man who had to endure a surprising amount of physical discomfort throughout his short life. As president, he did his best to hide his misery from the public—no small miracle, given just how much pain he was forced to endure. Read More >>

Angry Kid Chops Own Finger Off in Smartphone Spite Fury

A Chinese boy in the midst of a domestic about mobile phone use came up with a quite brilliant way to stop his dad shouting at him -- chopping his own finger off in a rage of spite. Read More >>

Nine Electrocutions, Three Bites and Multiple Kickings Make up Jack Bauer’s Injury List

Someone, to help promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of the latest series of 24, has added up all of Jack Bauer's most memorable injuries, revealing that he's been shot in the chest five times, punched in the head 19 rimes and been generally roughed up so badly he's required defibrillating twice. Read More >>

Brain Expert Says Heading Footballs is “Not Safe” for Children

The next looming childhood health and safety issue may be football related, after a brain specialist suggested that the brains of footballing children could potentially be damaged by heading balls. Read More >>

Pig Bladders Could Be the Secret to Healing Severe Muscle Injuries

When large chunks of muscle are lost in severe injuries, they don't grow back. But now, scientists have discovered a way to regenerate some lost muscle with material from pig bladders—a technique quite common in medicine. Read More >>

An Injury Primer: When to Heat, When to Ice It

When you're faced with a sports-related injury, half of your friends will be adamant that ice is the only way to treat it. The other half will tell you that heat is the way to go. The problem is that most of your friends are idiots. So, which of your idiot friends are you supposed to listen to? Read More >>

Construction Worker Impaled Through the Brain Is a Modern-Day Phineas Gage

If you've taken so much as one psychology course, you've probably heard of Phineas Gage, the man who survived having a railroad tie driven through his skull. It sounds like a one-of-a-kind thing, but a Brazilian construction worker just survived a similar injury. Read More >>

Watch How a Rod Impaled a 19th Century Man’s Skull Without Killing Him

You might have heard the story of Phineas Gage, the 19th century construction foreman who was impaled through the brain with a tampering rod, but lived a relatively normal life. Researchers at UCLA have a new twist: Gage's brain was damaged far more severely than we thought. Read More >>

Man Survives Shooting Himself in the Heart with a Nail Gun (Warning: Graphic Imagery)

In a horrifying real life cross between Happy Gilmore and a Bon Jovi song, a New Jersey man accidentally shot himself in the heart with a 4-inch nail while trying to un-jam a nail gun. Somehow, he survived. Read More >>