September 19, 2014

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1 Ig Nobel Prize for Pork As Nosebleed Cure

One of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes is going to a medical team which found that when all else fails to stop a nosebleed, sticking cured pork in the shnoz does the trick. The gimmick, an old folk remedy, was used for a single rare condition called Glanzmann thrombasthenia, in which blood fails to clot, and was applied to an uncontrollably bleeding 4-year-old, for whom it "stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly and effectively." Pork contains certain clotting factors, and its saltiness draws off nasal fluids, but the procedure is not recommended for ordinary nosebleeds because of the potential for serious infection. Another Ig Nobel winning discovery: cat owners are more likely to be depressed, but whether cat owning causes depression or depressed people get cats has yet to be determined.

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Tags: 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes, Ig Nobel Winners, Pork Can Stop Nosebleeds, Depression and Cat Owners, Strange Scientific Findings

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