Sure, cracking your neck can be oddly satisfying. But it can also be seriously dangerous. A 28-year-old man in Oklahoma recently suffered a massive stroke after cracking his neck in an attempt to reduce some neck soreness. Now he’s warning others that the relief isn’t worth the risk.
Doctors Removed a Tick From This Boy’s Eardrum After He Complained of a Buzzing Noise in His Right Ear
Many people have felt a “ringing” in their ears at some point or another, which can be symptomatic of tinnitus, a condition that affects up to one-fifth of people.
The latest in flesh-eating bacteria stories is a red flag for any fishermen (or women) out there. Mike Walton of Ozona, Florida was hospitalized after contracting a rare bacterial infection while on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico when his fishing hook pricked his hand, according to ABC Action News.
Amid shutdown, those without much savings are struggling to make their rent and mortgage payments. “Any delay in a mortgage payment could harm an individual’s finances and their credit, which would affect potential purchases in the future,” said Jessica Lautz, the managing director of survey research at the National Association of Realtors.
Some 800,000 federal workers across the country find themselves in financial uncertainty as the government shutdown crawls into its 12th day. “It’s very difficult to figure out how long we can survive with the savings we have,” said David Arvelo, a health communications specialist with the Food and Drug Administration.
Warren Buffett’s home state of Nebraska is dealing with the aftermath of record flooding, but don’t expect the billionaire investor to jump to the conclusion that climate change is responsible. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has huge holdings in insurance and utilities, two sectors that face rising risks and investing decisions related to climate change. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is among the world leaders in wind energy production, but also remains a major player in coal.
Jason Edwards, a communications professor, learned seven years too late that he didn’t qualify for public service loan forgiveness. Then a surprise came. Last year, Congress authorized a $350 million “fix” to the public service loan forgiveness program, which gave him another change at applying. More challenges emerged. Then a rare, happy ending.
A 35-year-old man in India died after his rectal cancer metastasized to his skin, according to a new case report from the BMJ.
One way or another, we all eventually learn that you really can have too much of a good thing. A Canadian man learned that lesson the hard way: For more than two years, he regularly took an extremely high dose of vitamin D—which unfortunately caused permanent damage to his kidneys.
One unfortunate man recently experienced every guy’s most harrowing nightmare: Thanks to a medical error, he had to have the head of his penis surgically removed.
As if getting a tapeworm wasn’t terrifying enough, imagine getting its eggs in your brain. Yep, it sounds like it’s straight out of a horror movie, but it really happened to an 18-year-old man in India. The unnamed man went to the emergency room after suffering seizures, but he soon learned he had parasites in his brain. Talk about a spine-chilling diagnosis.
Just about everyone knows Miley Cyrus’ famous lyric, “Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.” Yeah, it’s super inspiring and all, but some people who should not take comfort in Miley’s motto.
Constipation isn’t, um, pleasant for anyone, but for one man, it almost became life-threatening. The 80-year-old, who lives in Taiwan, was found collapsed in his living room. When he got to the hospital, he told doctors he hadn’t been able to poop for a week. It turned out he was so constipated, his bowels almost exploded.
By now you’ve probably heard about the man who went viral for having the inside of both of his ears cut out. If not, here’s the story: Charles Bentley reportedly traveled from Australia to Sweden to have his inner ears surgically removed by a man who calls himself a “body modification practitioner.” The procedure is apparently called “conch removal,” and as soon as Bentley’s post-op photos hit the Internet, people started freaking out.
Pet owners are at risk for countless animal-related diseases. But you probably wouldn’t guess that owning a fish could be detrimental to your health. However, a recent article published in BMJ Case Reports tells the story of a 73-year-old man who contracted a horrifying bacterial infection after cleaning his fish tank.
We all love our fur babies, but sadly, our pets can be the cause of some seriously scary illnesses. The most recent proof: A 14-year-old Midwestern boy developed suicidal and homicidal thoughts after being scratched by his cat, according to a recent case report published in the Journal of Central Nervous System Disease.
As innocent as they look sitting on your bathroom counter, cotton swabs can actually do more damage than you realize. A man in the U.K. developed a potentially life-threatening infection in his skull after the tip of a cotton swab got stuck inside his ear without him realizing.
When you think of old-timey illnesses making a comeback in recent years, mumps and measles probably come to mind. But a new report out of Oregon highlights another disease that’s been pretty much eliminated thanks to modern-day vaccines—until, that is, those vaccines don’t get administered.
A man recently died while undergoing a penis enlargement procedure in Paris. Ehud Arye Laniado, a Belgian and Israeli citizen, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack just moments after an unknown substance was injected into his penis, according to Belgian media outlets.
There are a lot of things we would miss if we went vegan, like melted cheese on top of pizza and Ben & Jerry’s, just to name a few. But one man says he missed something a little, uh, different while he was a vegan…ejaculating.
Actor Luke Perry, best-known for his role on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, has died at age 52 after reportedly suffering a massive stroke in his California home last week.
Everybody knows that somebody—or maybe you are that somebody—who freaks out about every new bump or blemish, convinced that it’s some harbinger of deadly disease. Of course, it’s usually not, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, right? That was certainly the case with the patient featured in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Images in Clinical Medicine series. What started as a bothersome lump on the man’s tongue turned out to be a rare form of cancer.
When you’re sick, having a stuffy nose is pretty much the worse: You can’t breathe, you can’t taste or smell, you can’t sleep … but thankfully, these symptoms only last a few days. Now, imagine having those symptoms for two years straight. Then, imagine being told by a doctor that the cause is a random tooth growing in your nasal cavity.
We all make decisions that we deem not the smartest every now and then. But one man says he made the ultimate stupid decision that cost him his life. Since he’s not here to tell the tale, he let his obituary do the talking.
As much as everyone wants to think of their spouse as their partner for life, we have to be realistic about how complicated marriage can get. That’s why many people sign prenups, to keep things fair in the event of divorce. One would-be groom, however, didn’t seem to get the fairness memo when it came time to draft a prenup with his wife-to-be. In fact, we’re not sure he knows what the word means at all.
One of the downsides of being in a long-term relationship is love chub—the extra pounds that can creep on when you get so comfortable as a couple, you stop doing all the activities you did when you were single, like meeting friends and the gym or just being more on the go and active.
It’s almost as tragically romantic as Romeo and Juliet: A man in Northern India was bitten by a venomous snake, but not wanting to face death without his wife, he bit her on the wrist so the venom would kill them both. Plot twist: This Juliet lived.
My partner is dealing with some health issues, and I wish he were more proactive about getting the right care. How can I nudge him without becoming a nag?
Most teenagers argue with their parents about things like staying out late or borrowing the car. But Ethan Lindenberger has other concerns. The 18-year-old and his parents disagree over whether Ethan should be vaccinated against serious contagious viruses like measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio—or any disease for that matter, since his parents are committed anti-vaxxers.
The best part about preparing and cooking a big feast is having enough delicious leftovers to last you the next few nights. But there’s one crucial step when it comes to eating leftovers never to skip: storing them in the fridge. One young man who dined on leftover pasta didn’t do that, and it appears to have cost him his life.
Ah, men. Sometimes we just can’t comprehend what goes on inside their heads. A prime example is the case of a man in Ireland who thought injecting his own semen into his arm would cure his chronic back pain. Yeah, you can’t make this stuff up.
If a patient is contemplating suicide, a therapist will try to reason them out of it by reminding the person that the suicide attempt may not work. Whatever means of self-harm they choose to inflict might not actually kill them, they’ll explain, but possibly leave them incapacitated for the rest of their life.
Rashes are tough to figure out. Everything from changing your laundry detergent to wearing an itchy sweater to skin conditions like eczema and poison ivy to a food allergy can cause one. So dermatologists have their work cut out for them when someone comes through their doors with a mysterious rash.
Photographs of medical conditions aren’t usually pretty (and that’s an understatement), but they’re definitely fascinating—and they can almost always teach us something about our bodies and our health. Take, for example, photos in today’s New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrate what can happen when chronic inflammation goes unchecked throughout the body. Here’s a hint, and a warning for squeamish readers: It involves blackened fingers and toes.
You’ve heard of a foot fetish, but what about a sock fetish? One man’s strange obsession with smelling his socks when he got home from work every day recently led to some major medical issues.
When his snoring got so bad that he felt lethargic during the day, Mike Smallwood consulted a doctor. The doctor looked inside Smallwood’s nose for what felt like 10 seconds before declaring that he had a deviated septum (the thin piece of cartilage that separates your nostrils) and therefore wasn’t breathing properly at night. All it would take was a minor surgery—a few snips inside his nose to realign his septum and help Smallwood breathe better.
After a terrible coughing fit, you’ve probably brushed it off by saying, “I thought I was going to cough up a lung.” You were exaggerating, of course. But it turns out you really can cough up a lung, or at least a clot that’s formed into a mold of one.
If you’ve ever been given a second chance, you know how meaningful it can be. Cameron Underwood knows that better than most people—he was given a second chance at life. The 26-year-old underwent a face transplant after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face.
This is what psoriasis looks like—on your nails.
Last night’s notably low-key episode of This Is Us spent most of its hour focused on the Pearson siblings finding their places in the world—both in the present and in the immediate aftermath of Jack’s death.
Catching an illness from a pet is rare, and people don’t usually have to worry about their own health just because their furry friends are feeling under the weather. But a truly terrifying case of cat-to-human transmission described in this month’s New England Journal of Medicine is enough to give even the most fervent feline fanatics reason to be cautious: According to his doctors, a 68-year-old man caught a life-threatening infection from his sick cat—and developed large, swollen bulges on his face and neck as a result.
Mac Miller Struggled With Substance Abuse for Years—Here Are 4 Resources to Turn to if Your Partner Is Battling Addiction
Rapper Mac Miller, who died on Friday of an apparent overdose, used his music as an outlet to deal with his inner demons for years. His songs chronicle his battle with drug abuse and depression, and he never shied away from admitting that some of his darkest lyrics were born from personal experience.
It’s not uncommon for a text conversation to go awry thanks to a misunderstood acronym. And if you’ve ever exchanged messages with your much less text-savvy parents (No dad, “LOL” doesn’t mean “lots of love”), then you can understand why this hilarious spelling mistake left one mom in a panic.
First dates are tough enough, but one couple’s first outing turned into an unexpected medical emergency. Max Montgomery, a 56-year-old man, was paddleboarding on a first date with Andi Traynor in Santa Cruz, California, when he felt an unusual burning sensation in his chest. After pulling himself out of the water, Montgomery collapsed onto the sand; he was having a heart attack. Traynor, a doctor, immediately came to his rescue, performing CPR to save his life.
A 71-year-old man needed his forearm amputated after eating raw seafood, according to a case report in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Just six months ago, Kevin Smith was in the hospital recovering from a serious heart attack that nearly killed him. Now he’s 51 pounds lighter—and determined to never experience a potentially deadly health emergency again.
While the poop emoji may be one of our favorite responses to texts with friends, an incident in the U.K. has us re-thinking all of our #2 jokes. A 24-year-old man almost died from constipation, and it’s so not funny.
Most dog owners welcome a happy lick from their pups now and then. But two cases have made headlines recently after a lick or a bite from dogs had life-threatening consequences.
Vibrio Vulnificus: What to Know About The ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ That Has a New Jersey Man Fighting For His Life
A 60-year-old New Jersey man is fighting for his life, and his limbs, after contracting an infection while crabbing in the Maurice River, near the southern tip of the state. Angel Perez developed swelling and pain in his right leg on July 2, according to WPVI TV. “It turned brown, blackish color,” his daughter said.
A Russian guitarist, whose overpowering body odor required a plane to make an emergency landing, died on Monday.