Migraines might have made people see angels. Head pain and the heavens were strangely linked with each other; divine revelations were sometimes accompanied by headaches, which could be explained by the phenomenon of scintillating scotomata — the colorful, serrated, C-shaped hallucinations brought about by a migraine. The illustrations of Hildegard of Bingen’s divine visions, in particular, were quite similar to descriptions of what patients had seen during a migraine attack.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here