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Here’s looking at (or videoing) you, kid.

When Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence decided to have his badly damaged eye removed from its socket, he chose to replace it not with a prosthetic, but with a wireless camera. The decision, he says, was easy.”Every person I know who’s lost an eye immediately thinks, ‘I should think about getting a camera,’ ” he says. Although so far, Spence is the only person who has actually acted on the notion.

via Eye wired open

How many people does he know who have lost an eye, I wonder?

August 24, 2010 Posted by | medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on Here’s looking at (or videoing) you, kid.

Three bags full—of popcorn a day. For 16 years??

A New York woman has filed a lawsuit after her 16-year popcorn habit left her with permanent lung damage, the New York Post reports.

Agnes Mercado from Queens devoured two to three bags of Act II Lite microwave popcorn a day between 1991 and September 2007. The popcorn was flavored with diacetyl, a compound that gives food a buttery taste.

Workers who packaged the popcorn for manufacturer ConAgra Foods developed “popcorn lung,” an airway obstruction that does not respond to medicine.

via News.com.au

That’s 17,520 bags of popcorn.

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | , | 2 Comments

20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

More via  Sun Journal.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | Comments Off on 20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions

Senile Agitation is a condition which will be gaining more attention in the future, as our society is slowly increasing in its elderly population. Yosemite Sam is a violently belligerent hothead who cannot control his temper. He is more than willing to lash out at any nearby individual, which puts him squarely into the Senile Agitation category. When Sam gets angry, which is more often than not, he has a tendency to forget things and become reckless in his actions. When our elderly behave in this manner, they are commonly diagnosed with this condition.

via Medical Afflictions of the Cartoon Characters – Explained | moviesoddity.com.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions

Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

A woman has praised ‘miracle’ doctors after she was brought back from the dead 114 times in thirty hours as her heart repeatedly stopped. Ann Mintram said she went through ‘total hell’ as medics battled to save her life with electric shocks.

The 55-year-old ended up with scorch marks on her body from the shocks as doctors at two hospitals repeatedly resuscitated her lifeless body for more than a day and a night. Ann Mintram’Miracle’: Ann Mintram’s heart stopped 114 times over 30 hours but doctors never gave up.

A year on she keeps a mini-defibrillator close by her in case of relapse…(and) she has thanked the dedicated medical teams who refused to give up on her. Mrs Mintram, from Waunfawr near Caernarfon in North Wales, was struck down by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – in which the heart stops for no known reason – after a collapse at home while watching television.

More via  Mail Online.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

Some headlines just write themselves. ” ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path”

A Polish plumber has become a faith healer after finding a ‘mystical’ stone while digging up drains under his house.

Jacek Slominski has been swamped by demands from hundreds of patients since he pulled the stone from the earth where it had lain undisturbed for hundreds of years.

“It has a huge Z carved into it and as soon as I touched it I felt this tremendous energy coming from it,” he said. “I’ve had a bad back for years but all of a sudden all the pain left me and never returned,” he added at his home in Bialystok.

via Ananova – ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical, medicine, Strange | Comments Off on Some headlines just write themselves. ” ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path”

Never too old?

Dr. W.G. Watson, legendary as one of the oldest practicing doctors of all time, this week celebrated his 100th birthday, and his colleagues in Augusta, Georgia, say he has delivered over 15,000 babies in that time!

He has worked at University Hospital since 1947, and delivered several generations of babies for the same family in many cases. As a veteran health care provider he is a legend in the world of medicine, and hero to physicians and practitioners nationwide.

via  NEWS

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Never too old?

Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

“Nasal leech infestation rarely occurs in society today and it is usually reported as an anecdote. In this study, we present seven nasal leeches in six patients from 1984 to 2008… Four patients were less than 8 years old and two patients were older than 60 years old. All patients had spent time in rural streams 2 weeks to 2 months before the symptoms occurred. All of the seven leeches were removed smoothly and one leech migrated to the oropharynx during the operation. The length of the leeches ranged from 2 to 12 cm with an average length of 4.6 cm…”

via  Discoblog | Discover Magazine

That’s roughly 3/4 of an inch to 5 inches, in case you were wondering.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

“Stroke restores sight”… and removes French


A grandfather has described how a massive stroke “miraculously” cured his failing sight, but cost him his ability to speak French.

Malcolm Darby, 70, of Oakham, Rutland, had worn glasses since measles damaged his sight at the age of two. But after waking from surgery to remove a blood clot following a stroke last year, he said he found he had near-perfect vision.

Experts say the side-effects of the stroke are “unusual”.


September 4, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on “Stroke restores sight”… and removes French

Good news…bad news

The good news is that there may be a way to get rid of asthma and allergies. The bad news is that the cure may be lice. Turns out that our ultraclean life style is  hampering the development of our immune systems.

The idea is that if the immune system is not properly primed in childhood, immune cells can improperly react to harmless triggers such as pollen or bits of dander. Bacterial and viral infections do not seem to be the priming factor, but researchers have been focusing lately on parasites.


April 22, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Good news…bad news

Phantom third arm

In a first ever documented case, a 64 year old Swiss stroke victim has developed a phantom third arm that is so real to her that she can see it, move it and even scratch an itch with it.

“Scientists at Switzerland’s Geneva University Hospital used magnetic resonance imaging to confirm that her brain was issuing commands to the phantom limb and acknowledging its actions”

via Metro.co.uk.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on Phantom third arm

Things to remember: Fried insects are bad for your asthma


Thailand’s Health Ministry has warned people with asthma and allergies to avoid eating fried insects, a popular street-stall snack in Bangkok and other cities, media reports said on Sunday.

A recent study conducted by the ministry found that the fried silk worms, grasshoppers and other six-legged delicacies often contain excessively high levels of histamine that can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks, The Nation newspaper reported.

via BrisbaneTimes.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | animals, Medical, medicine, Strange | , | 1 Comment

No extra charge for the oil slick

Water from the English Channel is being bottled and sold as a remedy for blocked noses in the US.

Pharmaceutical experts are charging £10 for the water from a busy shipping lane off the coast of Saint Malo.

Drugs company Shering-Plough says its Afrin PureSea Hydrating Nasal Rinse is ‘the only nasal rinse product made of 100% purified seawater’.

via English Channel water

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine | , | Comments Off on No extra charge for the oil slick

If once you fail for cryin’ out loud don’t do it again!

A King Country [New Zealand] meatworker who saw his hand flapping around after nearly cutting it off with a bandsaw says he thought he was going to die when he saw all the blood.

And to make matters more difficult for the surgeons who operated on him, the man had nearly cut the same arm off in another accident.

Bryan Speers is recovering in Waikato Hospital after surgeons worked for 13 hours to reattach his partially amputated left wrist on Monday.

More at  NZ Herald News.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical, medicine | Comments Off on If once you fail for cryin’ out loud don’t do it again!

“…natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery…”

More at Times Online

The minister charged with overhauling the NHS is testing a new form of scar-free surgery in which diseased organs are pulled out through the patient’s throat.

Professor Lord Darzi, chair of surgery at Imperial College London, has conducted preliminary experiments with the technique in which robotically controlled instruments are lowered into the patient’s stomach.

A hole is made in the lining of the stomach, then the organ – usually an appendix or gall bladder – is cut out and pulled up through the throat before the hole is stitched, leaving the patient with no external scars and a reduced risk of infection because the wounds are not exposed to the air.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | medicine, Strange | Comments Off on “…natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery…”

Can personality be transplanted?

More at the Daily Mail

Yesterday, the Mail told the extraordinary story of how a heart transplant recipient in America committed suicide – just like the man whose heart he had received 12 years previously. In another extraordinary twist, it emerged that the recipient had also married the donor’s former wife.

So can elements of a person’s character – or even their soul – be transplanted along with a heart?

One woman who believes this to be the case is CLAIRE SYLVIA, a divorced mother of one.

She was 47 and dying from a disease called primary pulmonary hypertension when, in 1988, she had a pioneering heartlung transplant in America.

She was given the organs of an 18-year-old boy who had been killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Maine.

Claire, a former professional dancer, then made an astonishing discovery: she seemed to be acquiring the characteristics, and cravings, of the donor.


Claire Sylvia has written a book about her experiences. There is an extract from that book here that is well worth reading. It’s a strange story but there are other examples of the same sort of thing happening to transplant recipients.

April 9, 2008 Posted by | medicine, People, Strange | Comments Off on Can personality be transplanted?

Stand tall(er)

Herald Sun

For diminutive men such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, famously overshadowed by his wife Carla Bruni, a pair of stack heels used to be the only way to stand tall. But a surgeon has devised a new way of adding up to 5cm to a persons height by inserting a silicone head implant.

During a 90-minute operation, an incision is made in the side of the head and the implant squeezed in between the skull and the scalp. Dr Luis de la Cruz developed the procedure to help people who would normally be too short for jobs with a minimum height.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, medicine, People | Comments Off on Stand tall(er)

Give me your best shot! I can take it…maybe


March 29, 2008 Posted by | medicine, People | Comments Off on Give me your best shot! I can take it…maybe

I’ll be with you as soon as I get back from the hardware store…

DIY skull drill

A brain surgeon used a £30 DIY drill to carry out a successful operation on a fully conscious patient. Henry Marsh, 58, used a Bosch cordless drill because he did not have his normal equipment on him.

He was on a trip to Ukraine to help people let down by an inadequate health system, reports the Daily Telegraph.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | medicine, People | Comments Off on I’ll be with you as soon as I get back from the hardware store…

Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.

More at Yahoo! News

Giving stroke patients a caffeine-alcohol mixture in concert with a clot-busting drug was safe and led to better recovery, new research shows.

One of the researchers has a patent on the mixture, called caffeinol, but lead author Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, a neurovascular fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, noted that, “this could easily be put together by pharmacists, it’s easy to deliver and well-tolerated.”

The group has U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to use caffeinol in studies and is hoping approval for “common consumption” will follow.

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.