Active Body-Builder Comes Close to Death Due to Late Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

Meeting John Scirica in August of 2012, it would be hard to accept that he was 64-years-old, let alone that he was near death from a rare case of bilateral pulmonary embolism.  The condition left the pulmonary arteries in both of his lungs blocked from blood clots that very likely traveled there from his leg. …

Sepsis in the News, Part 4: Larger Study Planned to Validate Vitamin C benefits in Sepsis

This is the fourth and final post on the topic of the small study published in the journal CHEST, which concluded that, “early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine (VCCT), are effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction, including acute kidney injury, and in reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis …

Sepsis in the News, Part 3: As Public STEM Literacy Declines, So Does the Number of Simple Stories in Science

While the public rarely notices remarkable medical innovations, why did the overworked and skeptical U.S. healthcare media give wall-to-wall coverage to a theoretical sepsis cure involving vitamin C in a study with fewer than 100 patients?  It took nearly a decade for forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu to finally get the attention he deserved for his …

Sepsis in the News, Part 2: The Wonders of Vitamin C, Real and Imagined

The miraculous qualities of vitamin C have intrigued readers, and therefore reporters and editors, ever since two-time noble laureate chemist and biochemist Linus Pauling asserted that vitamin C could cure not only the common cold, but also heart disease and nearly all forms of cancer. Often called a “mega-myth” due to its staying power, Americans …