Surgeon on Flight Drains Bladder of Elderly Passenger to Save His Life

Quick-thinking surgeons on board a flight from southern China had to improvise to save the life of an elderly passenger who had almost a litre of urine trapped in his bladder. The unnamed passenger ran into trouble around 10 hours into the China Southern Airlines flight to New York on Tuesday, after complaining to cabinContinue reading “Surgeon on Flight Drains Bladder of Elderly Passenger to Save His Life”

How to make phosphorus by doing disgusting things with urine

by Esther Inglis-Arkell Hennig Brand discovered the element of phosphorus in 1669. That sounds like quite an achievement, but Brand’s life wasn’t one that should, necessarily, be emulated. His steps to discovering this element were undignified, to say the least. His first step was marrying well; he was an officer in the army, but hisContinue reading “How to make phosphorus by doing disgusting things with urine”

Urinary biomarker of Parkinson’s disease identified

New findings indicate that phosphorylated LRRK2 (leucine-rich repeat kinase 2) protein levels in urine are elevated in patients diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson Disease (PD), and that urinary phosphorylated LRRK2 levels correlate with the presence and severity of symptoms such as cognitive impairment in individuals with PD. Researchers affiliated with the University of Alabama at BirminghamContinue reading “Urinary biomarker of Parkinson’s disease identified”

New irrigation methods mean veggies and fruits serve up used pharmaceuticals

Through vegetables and fruits, the drugs that we flush down the drain are returning to us. In a randomized, single-blind pilot study, researchers found that anticonvulsive epilepsy drug carbamazepine, which is released in urine, can accumulate in crops irrigated with recycled water—treated sewage—and end up in the urine of produce-eaters not on the drugs. TheContinue reading “New irrigation methods mean veggies and fruits serve up used pharmaceuticals”

People tell more convincing lies when their bladder is full

David Cameron’s full-bladder technique really does work – but perhaps not in a way that the UK prime minister intends. Before important speeches or negotiations, Cameron keeps his mind focused by refraining from micturating. The technique may be effective – but it also appears to help people to lie more convincingly. Iris Blandón-Gitlin of CaliforniaContinue reading “People tell more convincing lies when their bladder is full”

Study shows lemurs use communal latrines as information exchange centers

Emily loves Justin – Stop global warming – Two more weeks till I graduate!: The exchange of information in public toilets is widespread. It also occurs in the world of white-footed sportive lemurs. Only instead of writing on the walls, they use scent-marks in order to communicate with their own kind.. In a study publishedContinue reading “Study shows lemurs use communal latrines as information exchange centers”