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Baby loses all his hands & feet after throat infection turns to sepsis

August 14th, 2019

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A mum has shared the horrifying details of her baby losing all four of his limbs after a throat infection turned into deadly sepsis.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, that her 11-month-old son wasn’t going to pull through.

And even after he beat the infection, Abigail, from Cleethorpes, in the UK, had to endure the horror of Oliver’s leg self-amputating and coming away in her hand as she held him in his hospital bed.

It was a shocking ordeal considering just 48 hours earlier he’d been a happy, giggling little boy.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

“Oliver had seemed a bit under the weather. But that night, he got more ill and seemed lifeless,” Abigail said. “When I moved him, it was as though his bones were aching.”

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A Woman Needed Her Hands and Legs Amputated After Contracting Infection from Dog ‘Kisses’

August 7th, 2019

A little lick from a puppy may have led to a life-threatening infection for one woman in Ohio, who ended up needing her hands and legs amputated to save her life, according to news reports.

The woman, Marie Trainer, went to the emergency room on May 11 after developing a fever, nausea and backache, according to CNN. Trainer had recently returned from vacation in the Caribbean, and doctors at first thought she had a travel-related illness.

But the exact cause of her illness remained a mystery, and Trainer’s health worsened. She lost consciousness and was put into a medically induced coma, according to her GoFundMe page. Her skin also started to turn a purplish-red color and the tissue started to die, CNN reported. [11 Ways Your Beloved Pet May Make You Sick]

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A Common Cold Virus Wiped Away Bladder Cancer in One Patient

July 13th, 2019

A simple cold virus could wipe out tumors in a form of bladder cancer, a small new study suggests.

Though the idea of using viruses to fight cancer isn’t new, this is the first time a cold virus effectively treated an early-stage form of bladder cancer. In one patient, it eliminated a cancerous tumor, the group reported July 4 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

A group of researchers conducted an early-stage clinical trial in which they infected 15 bladder cancer patients with coxsackievirus A21, which is one of the viruses that cause the common cold. Coxsackievirus is not a genetically modified virus; it’s “something that occurs in nature,” said senior author Hardev Pandha, a professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey in England. [Exercise May Reduce the Risk of These 13 Cancers]

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FLESH EATING VIRUS WAS EATING AWAY HIS LEG. HE TELLS HIS STORY

May 28th, 2019

Layne Perkins nearly lost his leg to a rare flesh-eating virus

IT SOUNDS like the premise of a horror movie: a flesh-eating virus fiercely and quickly eating away at its victim.

But for one Mount Chalmers man, that nightmare became a reality over nine weeks ago, when he noticed his leg slowly begin to melt away.

In early March, Layne Perkins noticed something was wrong with the bottom of his leg.

However, it wasn’t until he went on holiday at Rainbow Beach at the end of the month that the symptoms suddenly “blew up” and he was left bed-ridden and unable to walk.

“It all started with a red rash on my foot that turned into a bit of a pimple,” Mr Perkins said.

“Then a black spot came up and suddenly within 24 hours I had a half-inch hole eating away at my flesh.

“That’s how aggressive it is. My leg was all eaten out.

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‘Young Blood’ Transfusions Are Mostly Ineffective and Dangerous, FDA Warns

February 22nd, 2019
The agency has called out ‘unscrupulous actors’ who claim that plasma from young donors can combat everything from natural aging to Parkinson’s disease

Transfusions of blood plasma are used to treat a host of medical conditions, including burns, surgery-induced blood loss, and disorders that prevent a person’s blood from clotting properly. But as Live Science’s Rachael Rettner reports, the Food and Drug Administration has raised the alarm about companies that purport to use blood plasma—specifically the blood of young donors—to combat the effects of aging and several severe ailments.

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Scientists Find a Possible Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression

February 22nd, 2019

A new report identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brain cells

The human microbiome—a collection of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses commingling in the gut and intestines—has been linked to a wide range of human health conditions, including digestive health and the prevention of autoimmune diseases. Some research has even identified a possible link between gut health and brain function. Building on this work, a study published yesterday in Nature Microbiology reveals that clinical depression could be affected by the amounts of certain bacteria in the gut.

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Melbourne Australian 54 year old father of two travels to Switzerland to end his life

February 22nd, 2019

Troy Thornton says he would have preferred to die at home but Victoria’s assisted dying laws − which come into effect only just this year − would not have allowed it.

Troy Thornton with his wife and two children on a family holiday.
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Retired Melbourne firefighter Troy Thornton is a long way from home.

And he won’t be returning from Europe after deciding to end his life in Switzerland on Friday.

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Gene therapy procedure to save eyesight

February 22nd, 2019

Surgeons in the UK have performed a pioneering gene therapy operation to tackle age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of sight loss.

Surgeons in Btitain have claimed a world first after carrying out a gene therapy operation to tackle the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes the deterioration of cells in the macular, the central part of the retina, and affects more than 600,000 people in the UK alone.

Medicos at the John Radcliffe Hospital said their pioneering operation could have a real impact on the quality of life and independence of those who suffer from AMD.

The operation involves detaching the retina and injecting a solution containing a virus underneath.

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Sydney man who contracted rat lung-worm after eating slug dies

February 21st, 2019

SAM Ballard never did anything wrong, if you ask family and friends.

The teenager from Sydney’s upper north shore was having a laugh and some red wine with mates in the backyard, “trying to act like grown ups”.

It was 2010 and it was a night that would change the 19-year-old’s life, and the lives of everybody around him, forever.

A slug crawled across the concrete patio and, teens being teens, a dare emerged for Sam to eat it.

One of his best friends, Jimmy Galvin, later described the moment.

“We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown up and a slug came crawling across here,” he said.

“The conversation came up, you know. ‘Should I eat it?’ And off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

Sam Ballard was infected with rat lungworm after eating a slug in 2010.

Sam Ballard and his maes.

He didn’t become sick immediately, but complained of serious pain in his legs in the days after.

He was worried it might’ve been a symptom of eating the slug, but his mother told him not to worry: “No-one gets sick from that,” she said.

Sam was worried he might have developed Multiple sclerosis, like his father, but that was ruled out.

Doctors later determined Sam was infected with rat lungworm.

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Building Practice causing deaths & serious illnesses as reported in Qld Australia

September 18th, 2018

AN IMMEDIATE ban has been issued on a certain building practice after dozens of new cases of the disease silicosis are brought to our attention.

Recent cases of trades people contracting the life-threatening lung disease prompted the Queensland government to announce an immediate ban on dry-cutting artificial stone benchtops.

More than 20 new cases have come forward in the past three weeks alone – including six terminal cases.

Andrew White is a Gold Coast stonemason who went public with his diagnosis, urging other tradies to protect themselves.

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