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A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds

Emergency room visits can be a costly ordeal, with the average bill running close to $2,000 by some estimates. In response, some insurers have implemented or are considering policies that would let them later deny coverage to people whose ER visits were judged to be “non-essential,” in hopes of discouraging…

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more.

Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports

Next time you’re tempted to take a risk to get that perfect selfie, maybe think twice about it. A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces,…

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Scientists Who Used Evolution to Create Safer Chemicals and New Drugs

A trio of scientists from the U.S. and the UK have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for using evolution to their advantage, developing new methods of creating molecules that have already helped us produce safer, greener chemicals and new drugs.

Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Researchers Who Harnessed the Immune System to Fight Cancer Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Researchers Who Harnessed the Immune System to Fight Cancer

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to a pair of immunologists for devising an effective new class of cancer therapy that unshackles the body’s immune system.

Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time

A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has contracted the rat-specific version of hepatitis E, something never observed before in a human patient. Health officials are now scrambling to understand how this could have happened—and the possible implications.

World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.

Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds

It’s become a heartbreakingly common sight on the internet: People using crowdfunding sites to raise money for their expensive health care, including cancer treatment. But a new report published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that desperate people are often using this money to pursue dubious, possibly dangerous…

Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’ Bizarre Reaction to Antibiotics Gave Woman ‘Black Hairy Tongue’

While recovering in hospital after a serious car accident, a 55-year-old woman from Missouri began to complain of nausea and a bad taste in her mouth. A subsequent oral examination revealed an alarming sight—the patient’s tongue had turned black and was covered in hair-like structures. But while this rare condition…

'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation 'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation

Researchers looking into bizarre reports of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and later China hearing troubling noises before developing symptoms very similar to brain trauma have pinned the most likely cause—and it’s not some form of mysterious sonic device, as previously speculated.

New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers

The opium poppy is famous for its ability to produce painkilling molecules. Now, by sequencing its genome, a team of scientists from China, the United Kingdom and Australia uncovered several events in the poppy’s history that, together, could have led to the evolution of its opium-producing behavior.

EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine

The EpiPen, a life-saving medical product for treating severe allergies, is in short supply as American kids head back to school. But Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that owns the EpiPen, has come up with a solution to the shortage: Expand the expiration date on some of its products. The U.S. Food and Drug…

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000 These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

Americans who opened the newspaper on January 5, 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were…

Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male Women Are More Likely to Die From a Heart Attack If Their Doctor Is Male

There’s a strange gender paradox at the heart of cardiovascular disease. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with a heart condition in their lifetime than women, but diagnosed women are less likely to survive. A study out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers a new theory for this…

AC Lung, Space Stairs, 3D Guns and the Quietest Place on Earth: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week AC Lung, Space Stairs, 3D Guns and the Quietest Place on Earth: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

August 2018 rolled in with a bang, literally, as explosions rocked Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro—and government officials later said bomb-carrying drones were to blame. If the accounts of an attempted assassination using unmanned aerial vehicles is confirmed, the New York…

Can You Get Sick From Air Conditioning? Can You Get Sick From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler,…

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually end up forming our skin and lining our organs and blood vessels. They think the scutoid shape is extremely efficient at keeping cells tightly-packed and organized in…

The US Threatened Ecuador, World Health Officials With Retribution Over Breastfeeding Vote The US Threatened Ecuador, World Health Officials With Retribution Over Breastfeeding Vote

With its endless parade of corporate shills, industry flacks, cronies, and quacks, it’s become clear that there are no acts of pettiness too shabby—or grifts too cheap—for Donald Trump’s administration. Still, a Sunday report in the New York Times alleging that the US threatened Ecuador and the World Health…

Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After

The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job of making sure the doctors who review drugs for possible approval are free of bias, alleges a new investigative report published this week in Science. Many of these reviewers, while having no clear financial conflicts of interest prior to their work for the FDA,…

Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data

E-commerce giant Amazon wiped out nearly $15 billion in value from Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid this week when it announced a nearly $1 billion deal to acquire PillPack, an online prescription service, sending the competition scrambling for cover. It’s unclear just how Amazon plans on integrating PillPack into the…

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