During the latter stages of the American Civil War, the H.L. Hunley made history by becoming the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship. The Confederate crew never returned from its mission, sparking a mystery that’s lasted for over 130 years. An exhaustive new analysis suggests these pioneering submariners…
A re-evaluation of JFK’s health history and medical records paints a portrait a man who had to endure a surprising amount of physical discomfort throughout his short life. As president, he did his best to hide his misery from the public—no small miracle, given just how much pain he was forced to endure.
New research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that around 12,500 kids are treated in US hospital emergency departments each year for injuries caused by cotton tip applicators. That’s about 34 each day. In most cases, the swabs were used for cleaning, but as this study shows, it’s simply not worth the risks.…
There’s always buzz in the weeks leading up to the X Games about what insane, unprecedented maneuvers you might see. Max Parrot might try the quadruple underflip. Marcus Kleveland may go for the first quad cork. The 1620 is the new 1440. These promises, of things we’ve never seen before, are the reason we watch.…
Trevor Bauer tried to pitch in Game 3 of the ALCS this evening despite a fucked up finger. He made it 21 pitches and two outs into the game before the dam burst and he started bleeding everywhere. His hand looks like art from “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.”
HTC and Valve’s Vive VR headset lets you physically move around in virtual reality. You can walk, run, jump, flail your arms, and all that good stuff. You can also be a shambling disaster zone.
Diagnosis is hard. Especially when it comes to joint injuries. Doctors can make educated guesses based on your symptoms, to be really sure, they’ve got to look inside. While MRI is the most popular option, it’s expensive, time-consuming, and not particularly accurate. That’s why this new, miniaturized camera that can…
It is time for a Deadspin holiday tradition like no other: our annual trawl of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's database of emergency room visits to discover the strangest, unlikeliest, and most awkwardly shaped objects America inappropriately shoved into its various holes. God bless us, everyone.
Santa Claus, bless his magical heart, somehow makes it safely onto millions of icy roofs every Christmas. But us mortal humans are not so lucky. Every year, 15,000 Americans end up in the emergency room thanks to Christmas decorating accidents—a decidedly unhappy start to the holidays.
Did you know July 4 is the busiest day of the year for firefighters and emergency rooms? Here's how to treat fireworks-related injuries. Everyone should read this by Friday.
When large chunks of muscle are lost in severe injuries, they don't grow back. But now, scientists have discovered a way to regenerate some lost muscle with material from pig bladders—a technique actually quite common in medicine.
As in past years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a searchable database of emergency room visits around the country. And as in past years, we have trolled the data for the finest examples of insertions showcasing extraordinarily bad luck and/or ingenuity. [Note: Headline has been updated. These…
When you're faced with a sports-related injury, half of your friends will be adamant that ice is the only way to treat it. The other half will tell you that heat is the way to go. The problem is that most of your friends are idiots. So, which of your idiot friends are you supposed to listen to?
Don't watch this video. No, seriously, it's really rough. The best thing is that Matthew Gough, the guy who plummets while base jumping, actually survived the fall with only minor injuries. He hit the ground at 40mph from a 1,000 foot cliff because his parachute malfunctioned. The footage is taken from his helmet cam.
Happy holidays, guys: last year, 13 kids died while playing with toys, and over a quarter of a million children were sent to the ER by their own toys. The biggest lesson here? Scooters are time bombs.
If you've taken so much as one psychology course, you've probably heard of Phineas Gage, the man who survived having a railroad spike driven through his skull. It sounds like a one-of-a-kind thing, but a Brazilian construction worker just survived a similar injury.
So, uh... cat bites are pretty bad, as it turns out. I was in the ER yesterday, after my sweet cat Franny sunk a tooth into the top of my left hand, causing it to swell up like a balloon. I'm now on a strong antibiotic and some stronggg painkillers, but it's still a baseball mitt-sized mit that hurts like hell in any…
In a horrifying real life cross between Happy Gilmore and a Bon Jovi song, a New Jersey man accidentally shot himself in the heart with a 4-inch nail while trying to un-jam a nail gun. Somehow, he survived.
If you've ever had a broken bone, it's not just about dealing with the pain. It's about dealing with how confusing the whole healing process can be. This is a cast that could take some of the mystery out of what your body's doing.