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American Airlines Jet Makes U-Turn Over Illness

One flight attendant 'literally just fainted'

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles had to return to London on Wednesday after passengers and crew fell ill on board. One flight attendant "literally just fainted ... just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor," one of 188 passengers on board tells ABC... More »

Drunk Guy Bursts Bladder in Weirdest Way Possible

Plenty of beer followed by a dive in a lake did the damage

(Newser) - Too much beer and a lake dive proved a nasty combination for a Maine man—but probably not for the reasons you might think. The unidentified man, whose case is described in the Journal of Emergency Medicine , arrived at an emergency room complaining of severe pain in his abdomen after... More »

17-Hour Erection Sends Man to Hospital

Jason Garnett suffered from priapism after having sex

(Newser) - Last Friday, Jason Garnett greeted a new day, as many men do, with an erection. But 17 hours later, doctors were stabbing the British man's penis with needles in order to end his member's persistent salute, UPI reports. The 23-year-old North Yorkshire man didn't worry when his... More »

Madoff Sent to Prison's Medical Wing

But there's no word from officials on what's wrong

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff has been transferred to the medical facility at the federal prison in North Carolina where he has been serving his 150-year sentence since July. A spokeswoman tells Bloomberg the Ponzi schemer was transferred on Dec. 18, but would not say why. Neither a federal prisons official nor Madoff’... More »

The Memorial Killings: What Katrina Doctors Did

Report details how staff responded to agonizing situation

(Newser) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the staff at one New Orleans hospital faced a torturous dilemma: For critically ill patients who would have to be carried down as many as 8 flights of stairs and back up to the roof of a garage, evacuation seemed impossible. With rumors of... More »

911 Call: Jackson Wasn't Breathing

(Newser) - An emergency caller from Michael Jackson's home yesterday said he wasn't breathing or responding to efforts to revive him. The Los Angeles Fire Department released the audio of the 911 call today. The caller reported that Jackson—whose name he didn't use—was on a bed, wasn't breathing, and wasn't... More »

With 20 Sick, US Declares Swine Flu Emergency

Napolitano stresses declaration is 'standard operating procedure'

(Newser) - The White House declared today a public health emergency to fight the spread of swine flu, the New York Times reports. With 20 confirmed infections in the US, the declaration frees up money and resources for diagnosis, prevention, and antiviral medication. “We’re preparing in an environment where we... More »

Usher's Wife in 'Stable Condition'

(Newser) - Usher’s wife is in “stable condition” following an unidentified problem during surgery, People reports. A statement from the family said 37-year-old Tameka Raymond is resting after “suffering complications from routine surgery in Brazil. No further details will be released, and the family requests privacy at this difficult... More »

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