Wondering if your kid is dealing with an ear infection? Soon, according to researchers at the University of Washington, there’ll be an app for that. They claim to have created a simple test that uses a smartphone and folded up paper to detect one of the telltale signs of infection—fluid in the ears—with about the same or greater accuracy as a doctor. Ear infections are one of the first health problems people tend to experience. By the age of three, most everyone has had at least one ear infection. These infections often cause fluid build-up in the ear, as can another condition called otitis media with effusion (OME). But though most infections or cases of OME go away on their own, too much or chronic fluid can cause pain or even severe complications like hearing loss. Advertisement There are already very accurate tests (around 80 to 90 percent) that can diagnose ear fluid by looking for subtle changes in the eardrum, such as tympanometry, but these need to be … [Read more...] about Scientists Say They’ve Created a Smartphone App That Can Hear Ear Infections
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The FDA announced yesterday that it was going to assemble a panel of experts to look into the plastic mesh used in surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse, a slipping of the organs caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. The mesh helped keep the organs in place, but indications are that it harmed more than it helped. Some women who had the surgery using it have reported "painful sexual intercourse, infections, urinary problems, overall discomfort, and bleeding, usually from the mesh eroding through the stitched tissue or from skin contracting tightly around it." Last year, 75,000 women had the vaginal form of the corrective surgery, and in the past two years, adverse event reports to the FDA have quintupled. Advertisement The FDA has also received reports that three women died in connection with the surgery, and several other women are suing the device makers. One of their lawyers, who represents 75 patients, told the Globe, "It is unfortunate that the FDA doesn't come to these … [Read more...] about Vaginal Mesh: Proceed At Your Own Risk
Welcome to Jezebel’s Midweek Madness, where Adele is getting divorced and Joan Summers is getting married. Did her publicist schedule the announcement to ruin my life (and recent engagement)? Probably not. Am I narcissistic enough to believe my own conspiracy regardless? Absolutely! Let’s dive in. Advertisement In Touch: Looks like it was a slow news cover the scandal in print, In Touch is back with a new angle and familiar sources. Rather than the scorned Kate Middleton, we were introduced toQueen Consort. But before she became the universally adored symbol of colonial white womanhood, rumors of social climbing and scheming followed her early fling with Prince William. And if there’s anything we can verify about the ruling class.Meghan Markle. It’s wild that we allowed the British press to influence the global opinions on a woman who was briefly the most famous human being in existence. Despite previously asserting that Meghan’s … [Read more...] about This Week In Tabloids: Does Scooter Braun Require
Did you take a lot of bubble baths in the '60s, '70s, or '80s? Did you suffer from UTIs long before you ever had sex? You might be a member of the Mr. Bubble Generation. As a child, I repeatedly experienced burning and irritation when I urinated, along with a constant urge to pee, way before I ever knew what a UTI was... or that it even had a name. I'm not sure that I even complained about it to my mother, thinking it was just a way of life. I was big into bubble baths, and was partial to the pretty pink packaging of Mr. Bubble. Advertisement Right after I lost my virginity to my boyfriend, Anthony, at the age 17, that familiar feeling of fiery pee and the feeling of having to go but nothing coming out returned. It got so bad — including peeing blood — that I finally told my mother, who freaked out, saying, "I know what you've been doing! It's called honeymooners disease." She told me that she was going to put me on birth control, but for some reason, took me to the … [Read more...] about Are You A Victim Of Mr. Bubble?
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a diagnosis for dead people. Last month, Junior Seau was found in his home in Oceanside, Calif., with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. A familiar sequence unfolded: His brain was requested by both the Brain Injury Research Institute and Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy—the two main brain banks chasing damage in former football players. If the family consents, the brain will be sliced open and put under a microscope. Given Seau's profession and the nature of his demise, the expectation is that the tissues will show a buildup of a protein called tau, creating tangles like the ones found in victims of Alzheimer's disease. But so what? It's one more brain, to go with the 60-plus brains of former players who have already demonstrated postmortem signs of CTE. Advertisement The question, after a decade of brain-slicing autopsies, is when any of this will help players before they're … [Read more...] about Can Science See Inside An NFL Player’s Skull Before It’s Too Late?