The Mad Cow Panic of the 1990s

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In the 1990s, the world watched in horror as a terrible disease swept the English cattle industry. An illness that turned victims’ brains to mush, “mad cow disease,” or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was a nightmare and one that was a disaster for Britain in more ways than one. The Very Beginning, and the First Mishandling… Continue reading The Mad Cow Panic of the 1990s

Medical Miracles: Advances of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s

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Children born in 2020 will grow up in a time where they take many medical miracles for granted: devices and treatments that just a few short decades ago were unknown and desperately needed. As recently as the 1980s, diagnostic tools like MRIs and treatments such as angioplasty were unknown. Doctors worked much more in the… Continue reading Medical Miracles: Advances of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s

The Dark History of Artificial Hearts

The heart is a vital organ that pumps blood through blood vessels throughout the human body, and is considered arguably the most important organ we possess. But despite its vital role in the everyday lives of humans, the heart can and does still get sick or damaged, making it nearly impossible for the affected person… Continue reading The Dark History of Artificial Hearts

The US History of The Drug RU-486

The abortion pill was an amazing discovery that eventually gave women a new power over their reproductive systems. But the path between its discovery and widespread access to RU-486 (the abortion pill) spanned two decades. For those 20 years, bitter contempt surrounded the drug. Advocates for RU-486 touted the drugs medical and societal uses, including… Continue reading The US History of The Drug RU-486

The Connection Between Tampons and Toxic Shock Syndrome

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Widely considered more convenient and less messy than their sterile pad competitors, tampons have been around for hundreds of year,s with surprisingly little mass incident. However, the 1970’s and 80’s turned the tampon industry on its head with the discovery and epidemic of TSS. Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS, is an acute disease caused by… Continue reading The Connection Between Tampons and Toxic Shock Syndrome

“Dr. Death” Sentenced to Prison in 1999

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You may or may not have heard of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the man known as “Dr. Death.”  But in the 1990’s, he was a hero to some, and the devil to many. A man who made a big impact on the debates surrounding death and suicide. Whether you agree with his philosophy or not, the… Continue reading “Dr. Death” Sentenced to Prison in 1999

The Untold History of Breast Implants

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You probably already know that breast implants and modern-day “boob jobs” are the most common form of plastic surgery. More than a million breast augmentation surgeries happen every year around the world, with the biggest beneficiaries of new breast implants located in the United States and Brazil. Whether silicone or saline, implants are big business in… Continue reading The Untold History of Breast Implants