Category Archives: Medical

Teen Will Have Surgery to Shorten His Unusally Long Neck (Photo)

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*Wow, you have got to admit, there are people struggling with problems most of us never even thought of. A group of surgeons in China are about to perform an operation on a teenage boy who was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis – resulting in an usually long neck. They are hoping to help him alleviate pain by shortening it.

Fu Wengui, 15, of Beijing, will go under the knife because he has immense pain which is caused by three extra vertebrae in his neck. Continue reading

Man Described as ‘Nice’ By Neighbors Visits Wife in Hospital and Kills Her

Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Ron Moten, left, stands with in front of Kennedy Hospital with hospital chief of safety, David Condoluci, as he answers a question about shootings at the facility Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stratford, N.J.
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Capt. Ron Moten, left, stands with in front of Kennedy Hospital with hospital chief of safety, David Condoluci, as he answers a question about shootings at the facility Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stratford, N.J.

 

*How does a man that neighbors describe as “a nice man” end up visiting his wife in a hospital only to murder her? Doesn’t make any sense at all, but allegedly, that’s what one man did last Wednesday before he tried to kill himself. Add to that, puzzled  investigators decided to go and search the couples’ home, and found their son, 35, fatally shot, authorities said.

The Camden County prosecutor’s office is investigating whether the same handgun was used in the two deaths and in the man’s suicide attempt. Continue reading

‘Hopeful Signs’ to Ebola Outbreak by Two Survivors: But What Saved Them? (Video)

SIM missionary Nancy Writebol stands with her husband David, in an undisclosed location on Aug. 20. Writebol was released from Emory University Hospital Tuesday.
SIM missionary Nancy Writebol stands with her husband David, in an undisclosed location on Aug. 20. Writebol was released from Emory University Hospital Tuesday.

 

*Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, the two medical missionaries who became infected with the Ebola virus, have walked out of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta – infection free.

The two were the first human beings to receive ZMapp, an experimental drug developed following the infection of approximately 2,500 people in West Africa, and the deaths of more than or more than half that number. The two are not the first people to have recovered from Ebola, and while some are skeptical about whether it was indeed the drug that cured them, or if it was simply good hospital care. Continue reading

Hysteria Around Ebola Raises Important Question: Who Decides Who Will Live or Die?

Nathaniel Dennis in Liberia 2012. Courtesy of Natasha Dennis
Nathaniel Dennis in Liberia 2012. Courtesy of Natasha Dennis

*I am sure there are no easy answers to the question raised in the title of this article. The 800 lives already taken by the disease, not including the two health care professionals who lost their lives in the process of caring for the victims, continues to create hysteria in the wake of anyone showing any sign of symptoms. It is with cautious anticipation that we can see what appears to be some hope on the horizon, as two Americans with the infection was flown in from Liberia over the past week and is being treated with a “secret serum” that will hopefully help them successfully combat the deadly virus.

Such a serum did not even exist before so… Continue reading

Wow! New Research Shows Healthier Babies Born to Women Over 40

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*Who says the clock ticks louder for women considering pregnancy once their 30s are long gone?

They lied!

As women in the spotlight (and many who are not) continue to have babies well into their forties, new research showing the positive results of  their decision has been revealed.

Birkbeck University of London and University College London say that babies born to women over 40  stand a better chance at a healthier life overall; including less hospital visits by the age of three and they are less likely to injure themselves. Continue reading

No Discrimination Here: Check Out 8 Celebrities ‘Living Out Loud’ With Severe Illnesses

*Its easy to get caught up in believing that the lives of the “rich and famous” is perfect. But there is one thing that even money and being popular can’t buy: good health.

Time and again audiences have come to hear stories about one celebrity’s brush with the IRS, or another celebrity’s breakup; but we don’t often hear about the challenges some of our most loved people of note go through  – some in silence, others out loud.

Yet they all continue to move forward in spite of it. Here are 8 such people.

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Young Scientist Working Hard to Find A Cure for Cancer

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Keven Stonewall (pictured), 19, is working on a potential cancer cure at a Rush University laboratory, reports DNAInfo Chicago.

 

*Fascinated by science since fifth grade, when he studied the appearance of cells under a microscope, the parents of Keven Stonewall knew the perfect Christmas gift for their son would be four microscopes.

He felt compelled to find a cure for colon cancer during his freshman year at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, where he watched a dear friend’s uncle succumb to the disease and saw how the illness negatively impacted his school mate, telling DNAInfo Chicago, “Cancer has taken over a whole bunch of lives, and I felt like I needed to step up and do something about it.”

He jumped at an opportunity to do an internship at the university that serves as the academic arm of the Rush Medical Center when he became a senior, and worked in the lab; where a professor taught immunology/microbiology and general surgery. He studied literature on how a chemotherapeutic agent could possibly destroy certain cancer cells while still promoting a healthy immune response. Continue reading

Special Delivery: Singing Obstetrician Brings Babies Into the World

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Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja sings to his newest little patient

*When the big moment comes and a new mother finds herself being rushed to the maternity ward to have her baby, suffice it to say, she is not in the best mood. She will need a lot of pampering to get her through these next hours.

Then the time comes to bring that little bundle of joy into the world, and after all the laboring is over, all you want to know is, is my baby alright? Is he or she going to give that first cry?

The doctor will no doubt be offering encouraging words to you. “You’re doing fine.” “This is going to be over before you know it!” But, if you are a patient at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital of UMPC, and Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja is in your room doing the honors, he is softly clearing his throat because he plans to deliver your precious bundle of joy with…a song? Continue reading