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A patient kept getting kicked off liver transplant waiting lists for alcohol abuse. But she wasn’t drinking, her bladder was making the alcohol

A patient kept getting kicked off liver transplant waiting lists for alcohol abuse. But she wasn’t drinking, her bladder was making the alcohol

A woman insisted she needed a liver transplant. But doctors wouldn’t allow it, removing her from waiting lists and recommending treatment for alcohol addiction instead. She denied, again and again, any problems with alcohol. Her urine ethanol levels, though, told a different story. When the patient showed up on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s…MORE

Gender stereotypes keep boys from reading as well as girls

Gender stereotypes keep boys from reading as well as girls

Girls can’t do math. Boys can’t read. These negative stereotypes are not only reinforced by teachers and parents but by a child’s peers in the classroom as well, a new study finds. “Our study may be the first to investigate how students’ stereotypical beliefs about the reading ability of boys form what you might call…MORE

Opioid manufacturer reaches proposed $1.6 billion settlement

Opioid manufacturer reaches proposed $1.6 billion settlement

A large opioid manufacturer has reached a settlement agreement in principle worth $1.6 billion with attorneys general for 47 states and US territories, according to a company press release. Mallinckrodt announced Tuesday that the proposed deal will resolve all opioid-related claims against the company and its subsidiaries if it moves forward. Plaintiffs would receive payments…MORE

What is a pandemic?

What is a pandemic?

The deadly novel coronavirus outbreak has turned a spotlight on the science of disease, raising the question: What exactly is a pandemic? An outbreak is the occurrence of disease cases in excess of what’s normally expected, according to the World Health Organization. An epidemic is more than a normal number cases of an illness, specific…MORE

Sorry, hard core athletes, those electrolytes don’t help as much as you may think

Sorry, hard core athletes, those electrolytes don’t help as much as you may think

Ultramarathoners and other endurance runners take note: You can’t rely on electrolyte sports drinks and supplements to keep essential salt levels in balance and prevent illness during and after these grueling races, according to a new study. Researchers from Stanford University evaluated 266 athletes who took part in RacingThePlanet — an extreme sporting event that…MORE

Former CDC director: A coronavirus pandemic is inevitable. What now?

Former CDC director: A coronavirus pandemic is inevitable. What now?

Covid-19 will become a pandemic. We don’t yet know how severe it will be, nor do we know if the virus will spread to all continents, but it’s already spreading widely in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and elsewhere — and thousands of undetected and infectious patients have been and continue to travel around the…MORE