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Gabby Gingras is an energetic 9-year-old girl who is determined to be just like every other child around her. What makes her different from most of us, is a rare and extremely unusual disease known as CIPA – congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. There are only 100 documented cases of CIPA around the globe.

Gabby was born without the ability to feel pain, cold and heat. It might seem like an amazing gift, but actually it’s a devastating condition. Pain sensitivity is crucial, because pain works similar to a warning and defense mechanism. Gabby’s parents noticed something wasn’t right when their daughter was five months old. She was biting her fingers until they bled. Later on, the girl lost an eye and severely injured the other one due to excessive rubbing and scratching. Various measures have been taken to prevent these types of accidents. The desperate parents are doing their best under the difficult and challenging circumstances. Brave Gabby was the subject of a documentary. “A Life Without Pain” by Melody Gilbert.  It tells the powerful story of Gabby Gingras.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 0 comments READ FULL POST

A man in New York has “grown” over six inches through painful limb-lengthening surgeries as he intended to  increase his height artificially. While the reason behind Apotheosis (his pseudonym) having undergone the surgery might be cosmetic, there are in fact numerous patients suffering from dwarfism or deformities who have and are currently going through the process of surgically lengthening their limbs.

Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dror Paley claims that the majority of the patients that visit her at St. Mary's Medical Center for cosmetic reasons, are suffering from height dysphoria which she claims is one of the few psychologic-psychiatric disorders that actually can be cured with the knife.

Akash Shukla is just one of those patients who has undergone the surgery for the cosmetic reason depicted by Paley. At age eighteen, the young man from New Jersey discovered that he would ultimately only grow to be a mere 4'11.5″ tall. Due to his short height, Shukla opted to undergo the painful process of lengthening his limbs in order to increase his height. Nearly 5'2″ after surgery, Shukla is now significantly taller than before.

This rare procedure is performed by only a few doctors in the United States and costs roughly $85,000. Painful, time consuming, and expensive are just a few words to describe this incredible surgery which has assisted those like Shukla, Apotheosis, and many more, to achieve a height beyond that which they were otherwise destined to have.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Absolutely determined to have a son, 70-year-old Omkari Panwar has become the oldest mother of twins.Along with her her husband Charan Singh Panwar, 77, they paid for In-Vitro fertilization(IVF) treatment --vital to producing a male heir to the family's smallholdings-- after selling their buffalos, mortgaging their land, spending their life savings and taking out a credit card loan. The Panwars already had two adult daughters, and five grandchildren, but they just wanted a son... and got two instead of one son.

Monday, July 9, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Akrit Jaswal is a young Indian who has been called "the world's smartest boy" and it's easy to see why. His IQ is 146 and is considered the smartest person his age in India—a country of more than a billion people.

Akrit came to public attention when in 2000 he performed his first medical procedure at his family home. He was seven. His patient — a local girl who could not afford a doctor — was eight. Her hand had been burnt in a fire, causing her fingers to close into a tight fist that wouldn't open. Akrit had no formal medical training and no experience of surgery, yet he managed to free her fingers and she was able to use her hand again.

He focused his phenomenal intelligence on medicine and at the age of twelve he claimed to be on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer. He is now studying for a science degree at Chandigarh College and is the youngest student ever accepted by an Indian University.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Dr. Alexander Khoruts, a gastroenterologist, saved a patient by transplanting a piece of her husband's excrement into her colon. He decided his patient needed a transplant but he didn't give her a piece of someone else's intestines, or a stomach, or any other organ. Instead, he gave her some of her husband's bacteria. He mixed a small sample of her husband's stool with saline solution and delivered it into her colon. Aparently it worked as his patient's diarrhea vanished in a day. Her Clostridium difficile infection disappeared as well and has not returned since. The microbes in the man's excrement replaced those absent in the patient.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Doctors from the Texas Heart Institute have successfully replaced a patient’s heart with a device that keeps the blood flowing, thereby allowing him to live without a detectable heartbeat or even a pulse. Here’s how it works:
The turbine-like device, that are simple whirling rotors, developed by the doctors does not beat like a heart, rather provides a ‘continuous flow’ like a garden hose.Craig Lewis was a 55-year-old, dying from amyloidosis, which causes a build-up of abnormal proteins. The proteins clog the organs so much that they stop working, according to NPR.
But after the operation, with the ‘machine’ as his heart’s replacement, Lewis’ blood continued to spin and move through his body.
However, when doctors put a stethoscope to his chest, no heartbeat or pulse can be heard (only a ‘humming’ sound)—which “by all criteria that we conventionally use to analyze patients”, Doctor Cohn said, he is dead.
This is proof that “human physiology can be supported without a pulse”.
With all the talk of replacing human organs with those of an animal and electronic hearts, it’s surprising that medical researchers overlooked taking a trip to the plumbing section of the hardware store for replacement parts!

Monday, June 18, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Patients who do not have an addiction to plastic surgery are satisfied when they leave; addicts think just one more procedure—and then another, and another, and another—will make them look perfect. This addiction can be the result of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which is an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance or a specific body part. A famous addict is millionaire Jocelyn Wildenstein, who spent over $4,000,000 on cosmetic surgery over the years. The exact cause or causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder is unknown, but most clinicians believe it to be a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 2 comments READ FULL POST

Sarah Ottoson was born without a uterus due to a rare genetic disorder. However, if Swedish surgeons are successful, she could eventually carry a child to term, in the very uterus from whence she came. Sarah's mother Eva will donate her uterus—which clearly works—to her daughter via voluntary hysterectomy.

The surgery, which is scheduled in the spring of 2012, is not the first attempt to transplant a uterus. Another attempt in 2000 by Saudi doctors was initially successful, but the transplanted uterus was removed four months later due to complications. The surgery is apparently ridiculously complicated and involves connecting tiny blood vessels from the ovaries to the transplanted uterus. Even if the surgery is successful, doctors are unsure whether the transplanted uterus would be able to stretch and deliver enough blood to sustain life.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Surrogate mother Carole Horlock, 42, has delivered 12 babies in 13 years - including triplets, setting the world record for the most prolific surrogate mother. She told the ABC News program "20/20." : "When I first started being a surrogate I expected to do it once," she said. "I hadn't looked past that. But I enjoyed it so much. Before I actually had given birth to the baby I wanted to do it again." Surrogates receive an average $25,000 to $30,000 for their services, "20/20" said. The downsides include in-vitro fertilization, morning sickness, bed rest, Caesarean sections and stretch marks.

Horlock will make no demands on the parents of the triplets beyond requesting an annual letter and photograph to let her know how they are doing. But her surrogacy experiences have not all been positive. Her father rarely speaks to her, distressed that she is effectively giving away his grandchildren.

Friday, June 1, 2012 1 comments READ FULL POST

Chilean doctors successfully separated conjoined twin girls after a marathon 18-hour surgery. The 10-month-old twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose are in stable condition even after losing a lot of blood and they are resting in the intensive care unit at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital. Parents Jessica Navarrete and Roberto Paredes kept an anxious vigil at the hospital in Santiago as doctors separated the twins at the thorax, stomach and pelvis. It was the seventh and most complex operation yet for the twins. He added that the twins came out of the surgery in 'good condition'.

Navarrete said she was waiting for 'a miracle from God' when the high-risk operation began, which was widely followed in the South American country on television and the Internet. The Chilean twins presented a particularly difficult challenge because they were born sharing many of the same internal organs and even urinary system. About 100 people participated in the procedure, including 25 surgeons and anaesthesiologists.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one out of every 200,000 live births worldwide results in conjoined twins. About 35 per cent survive only one day, while the overall survival rate is from 5 to 25 percent.

Monday, May 7, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Surgeons have apparently saved a young girl's hand in China – by grafting it on to her leg for three months. Ming Li, 9, lost her left hand when she was run over by a tractor on her way to school in July 2010. However it was too badly damaged to reattach immediately, so doctors decided to attach it to her right leg while it healed. After three months, a medical team at a hospital in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, transplanted it back on to her arm. Spokesman Dr Hou Jianxi said: "When she came in, her left hand was completely severed from her body. It was very scary. But Ming Li can now move her wrist again, and her left hand is a healthy pink color proving that the blood is circulating well." Ming Li will need two more operations over the next year to improve her hand functions and remove scars.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

When 15-year-old Louisa Ball takes a nap, she doesn't mess around. She sleeps for days on end, and no amount of shaking or prodding can fully wake her up. The British girl has a rare condition called Sleeping Beauty Sickness, but there's no Prince Charming on the way to rescue her. Doctors don't know what causes it or how to cure it — only that it strikes teenagers and goes away by itself after 8 to 12 years.

She was eventually diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, whose victims worldwide may number no more than 1,000. The victims live normally for weeks or months at a time, with normal sleep patterns and normal energy levels. Then, with little warning, they'll go to sleep for days or weeks at a time. So far, Louisa's longest bout in bed has been 13 days. Victims will wake briefly, but be disoriented and not fully alert. Louisa's parents force her awake so she can use the bathroom and eat.

Friday, April 13, 2012 2 comments READ FULL POST

Non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder (Non-24) is a chronic circadian rhythm sleep disorder defined as "a chronic steady pattern comprising one- to two-hour daily delays in sleep onset and wake times in an individual living in society"he pattern of delay persists literally "around the clock", typically taking a few weeks to complete one cycle. This disruption of the body clock causes cyclical bouts of nighttime sleeplessness and excessive daytime fatigue and napping.

Non-24 is a neurological sleep disorder. It has been traced to a number of genetic abnormalities that affect specific
biologic factors in the brain. While both sighted and blind people are diagnosed with Non-24, the disorder affects proportionately more totally blind individuals than sighted.

In people with this disorder, the body essentially insists that the day is longer than 24 hours and refuses to adjust to the external light/dark cycle. This makes it impossible to sleep at normal times and also causes daily shifts in other aspects of the circadian rhythms such as peak time of alertness, body temperature minimum and hormone secretion. Left untreated, non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome causes a person's sleep-wake cycle to change every day, the degree determined by how much over 24 hours the cycle lasts. The cycle progresses around the clock, eventually returning to "normal" for one or two days before going "off" again. This is known as free-running sleep. Most cases that have been reported in the medical literature have occurred in blind patients; Non-24 occurs in more than half of all people who are totally blind.

People with the disorder may have an especially hard time adjusting to changes in "regular" sleep-wake cycles, such as vacations, stress, evening activities, time changes like daylight saving time, travel to different time zones, illness, medications (especially stimulants or sedatives), changes in daylight hours in different seasons, and growth spurts, which are typically known to cause fatigue. They also show lower sleep propensity after total sleep deprivation.

Common treatments for non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome include light therapy with a full spectrum lamp giving—usually—10,000 lux, hypnotics and/or stimulants (to promote sleep and wakefulness, respectively) and melatonin supplements. 

Monday, March 12, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST

Obviously, each person makes the individual decision of when to have sex for the first time, but recent studies show that your genetics can play a role in how early you make the decision. In fact, a study of twins who were separated at birth shows that there is a strong genetic link in the age a person chooses to lose his or her virginity.
"It's not like there's a gene for having sex at a certain date," says Nancy Segal, a psychologist at California State University in Fullerton, who led the new study. But inheritable traits such as impulsiveness do affect the decision, although social mores play a major role as well. In fact, there was less of a consistent genetic effect in twins born before 1948 than those born after 1960.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 0 comments READ FULL POST



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