Recent Medical Findings You May Find Interesting

The medical industry is a vast one with new discoveries and findings coming up each and every day. Sometimes there are shocking discoveries and sometimes life saving ones. Here are a few interesting findings that medical experts were not aware of until recently.

Discovery about cancer relapse

blood-testThere are chances of a person suffering again from cancer, even after undergoing surgery. Cancer relapse or reoccurrence can occur days, weeks, months or even years after the cancer treatment. Normally, it is not easy to know if the patient is again suffering from cancer. CT scans and X-rays cannot detect cancer until the end of the first stage of the disease. But recently, scientists have discovered a way to know about the relapse of lung cancer in advance. Scientists have developed a blood test which can detect the reoccurrence of lung cancer during the early period, so that it can be easily cured. In this blood test scientists take the blood of the patient and search for the certain broken bits of DNA. They were able to identify the patients who had high chances of suffering from cancer again. The important fact about this scientific discovery is that this blood test can show signs of cancer relapse way earlier than CT scans or X-rays, and so can make treatment easier for both the patients and doctors.

Sleep deprivation makes the brain eat itself

Most people think that sleeping less is okay, and many teenagers think that being an insomniac is very cool. However, scientists have recently discovered that sleep deprivation can cause much more harm than anybody has ever anticipated. Scientists have discovered that lack of sleep can make the brain start eating itself. Sleep deprivation for prolonged periods can lead to brain cells practically eating other brain cells. More specifically, prolonged lack of sleep make astrocytes eat out portions of other brain cells, which leads to the brain connections being harmed or even destroyed in the long run.

Cockroach in the skull

Naturally, the nose holes are smaller than the size of a big cockroach. Not even in the wildest nightmares would have anyone thought of a big cockroach going through someone's nostrils into the skull. In February 2017, doctors were shocked when Selvi, a woman residing in Chennai, complained of something crawling inside her nostril and a burning sensation in her head. What doctors thought to be simple signs of fever was shattered when the x-ray showed a live cockroach sitting between the eyes and the brain of the woman. The baffled doctors had to perform a serious surgery to pull the cockroach out of the skull.