20 Medical Myths

Interesting Medical Myths

See how many you get right,check your answers below.

  1. We only use 10 percent of our brains?

  2. Drinking hot coffee will help sober you up after drinking alcohol?

  3. The drowsiness some people experience may be from the warmth of the milk

     on a full stomach?

  4. Eating too many carrots will turn your skin orange?

  5. Spinach is a good source of iron?

  6. Eating honey reduces seasonal allergy symptoms?

  7. Staring at the sun can cause blindness?

  8. Using Aloe Vera helps your sunburn?

  9. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is good for your health?

10. Sucking the thumb as a child will give you buck teeth?

11. Your heart stops for an instant when you sneeze?

12. Shaving hair causese it to grow back faster, darker and coarser?

13. Reading in dim light hurts your eyesight?

14. You will catch a cold if you go to bed with wet hair?

15. A flu shot will give you the flu?

16. Eating chocolate causes acne?

17. Eating stuffing from the turkey will cause salmonella poisoning?

18. Placing a wet tea bag or cucumber on your eyes helps reduce wrinkles?

19. You should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before swimming?

20. Your hair and fingernails continue to grow after you die?

ANSWERS

  1. False: People without a neurological condition use almost all of their brain, according to the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.  And the brain is always active and involved in all of the conscious and unconscious activities of the body.

  2. False: Coffee cannot reverse the effects of alcohol.

  3. False: Warm milk may help one relax but no evidence of making one sleepy.

  4. True: Eating too much of food that is high in beta[carotene can cause a     yellowish discoloration of the skin, according to the Dermatology Clinic at    UAMS.

  5. False: Spinach is not particularly rich in iron.

  6. False: Honey doesn’t prevent any problems with seasonal allergies. In theory it honey is purely thought of as anecdotal especially among homeopathic and non-scientific publications.

  7. True: According to ophthalmologists the sun emits solar radiation which damages the retina.

  8. True: Research has shown that the aloe vera plant does aid in healing mild burns and sunburns.

  9. False: Water is definitely good for one’s health but there is no definite amount but it is the key in reducing kidney stones.

10. True and False: Normally does not cause a problem for young children however if continued beyond the age of 5 when permanent teeth begin to come in it may affect the shape of the palate by changing the relationship between upper and lower jaws.

11. False: Sneezing changes the regular heart beat momentarily to adjust but the heart doesn’t stop.

12. False: Shaving doesn’t effect the part of the hair shaft below the skin which is where color and pigmentation occur.

13. False: Neither dim or bright light changes the health or function of your eyes.

14. False: No medical evidence shows that going to bed with wet hair can cause a cold.

15. False: You can not get the flu from either the flu shot or the nasal-vaccine.

16. False: No definitive evidence has been linked to chocolate or any foods causing acne.

17. False: As long as everything is prepared properly. Salmonella bacteria is killed by cooking foods at a high temperatures.

18. True: Cucumbers and tea bags contain some botanical elements which can temporarily reduce wrinkles but which ones work not known.

19. False: The theory that eating increases the blood flow to the stomach and intestines to absorb nutrients therefore less blood to deliver oxygen to remove waste products from the exercising muscles. Truth is the body has enough oxygen to supply the stomach and muscles.

20. False: Hair and nails appear to grow longer because skin around them retracts.

Were you able to get all correct?

Doctors Baffled: Girl, 16, Has Body of a Toddler, Still Can’t Speak

Thursday, June 25, 2009 foxnews_story

 

2_61_320_BrookePartyIt’s surprising how much we take for granted until we read a story like Brooke’s. How often do we say babies are a “Miracle”? Let’s take it a step further and not only use the word Miracle but include the words” Miracle and healthy”?

Normally you would expect your 16 year old daughter anxiously hoping she will be asked to the prom, get her drivers’s license or at least permit, etc. I know when we were expecting our daughters I can honestly say I didn’t give those words a second thought. I did think about it but mostly as a passing thought.  How blessed we are!!  …..flagranny2

Click here to see pictures of Brooke

To learn more about Brooke, watch “Child Frozen in Time” at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 on TLC.

Indian Baby Born With Heart, Liver Outside of Body

Friday, November 28, 2008

I think it’s safe to say that we all know that birth of a healthy baby is a miracle but how many of us ever consider such extreme conditions as this?

 

1_61_320_heartbabySurgeons in India will attempt to save the life of a baby girl who was born with her heart and part of her liver growing outside her body, Reuters reported.

The 4-day-old girl is being cared for at the Bengal Medical College, which is located on the outskirts of Siliguri, India.

“This is a very rare case, we are not sure if we can perform surgery to put her heart and liver back, but we’ll try our best,” said Miridula Chatterjee, a child specialist.

Last year, then 2-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, underwent surgery in Bangalore, India, to remove six extra limbs and a parasitic twin.

The surgery took 27 hours and Lakshmi has been able to live a relatively normal life ever since. Lakshmi’s surgeon spoke to FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly in June.

Click here to read more from news.com.au.

How a $2 toy ball saved a little girl’s life

By Kate Sikora
September 24, 2008 12:00am
SOURCE: The Daily Telegraph – AU 

The next time you play table tennis you may look at ping-pong balls differently…flagranny2

IT costs as little as $2 and until now has been considered little more than a toy, but a simple ping-pong ball is keeping liver transplant patient Mackenzie Argaet alive.

In a world first, a Sydney surgeon has used the radical method in a transplant operation, which has won him international accolades.

Dr Albert Shun, from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, used the unorthodox approach when confronted with a medical problem while operating on the two-year-old.

Born with biliary artresia, Mackenzie, from Canberra, needed the life-saving operation earlier this year.

But after inserting a portion of the adult-size liver in the little girl, Dr Shun discovered it was too big and was placing pressure on her blood vessels which could have been fatal.

Having heard about the use of ping-pong balls in operations overseas, he decided to test their suitability in transplant surgery.

“I rang my wife and asked her to go to Big W and buy me some ping-pong balls,” he said.

“I was using a sponge as a back-up purpose but there was no way I could close her up the way it was.

“She is the first (transplant patient) in the world that the ping-pongs have been used for these purposes.”

In Mackenzie’s case, the ball keeps the liver off the arteries. Since Mackenzie’s operation, Dr Shun and his team have performed the procedure several times.

However, the ball has only remained in the patients for a few days to allow the swelling to reduce after the transplant.

Dr Shun said Mackenzie’s liver would grow around the ball without causing an infection.

“There shouldn’t be any complications. We are in a unique situation in Australia because we have a low donor rate so we have to be adaptable,” he said.

Unaware she has a foreign object inside her body, little Mackenzie is now running around like every toddler her age.

Her parents Letice Darswell and Guy Argaet are thrilled their daughter is well after she was so seriously ill from birth.

“We didn’t get told about the ping-pong until after the operation,” Ms Darswell said.

“It was a shock when (Dr Shun) came out of surgery.”

Biliary artresia is a rare gastro-intestinal disorder in newborns where the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the intestine are destroyed. Mackenzie’s liver became so scarred that she began to develop cirrhosis and needed a transplant.

“She is so normal now. She is a happy kid,” Ms Darswell said.

World’s Shortest Man Stops Traffic in New York City

Friday, September 19, 2008
Source: Associated Press

A short story – Smallest man is 2’5.37″ to launch 2009 Guinness’s World Book of Records

He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, the world's smallest man, sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova from Russia

He Pingping, the smallest man in the world

NEW YORK — It apparently takes a visit by the world’s shortest man to bring New York City to a halt.

Cab drivers, police officers and other busy New Yorkers paused in their hurried lives to look at tiny He Pingping as he walked along 42nd Street in Manhattan on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Chinese man is 2 feet 5.37 inches tall. He was in the city to launch the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. He is listed as the shortest man on the planet.

His brother-in-law told the Daily News in Friday editions that coming to New York is “like a dream” for Pingping, who lives in Mongolia and was born with primordial dwarfism.

Crowds in Manhattan stopped to gawk wherever he went. His brother-in-law said Pingping likes the attention.

Girl’s Disease Turning Skin to Stone

Friday, August 01, 2008
Fox News

11 year old girl suffers from rare health condition that causes one’s skin to turn to stone…….
[This is a rare disease I have never heard of but certainly can image how hard it must be on her parents to watch and the digression of their daughter’s condition…. ]   

Young girl’s skin is turning to stone as she suffers from a rare, incurable disease called acute systemic scleroderma, Scotland’s Daily Record reported Thursday.

The autoimmune disorder means Hope Barrie’s body produces too much collagen, causing her skin to tighten and harden.

It is difficult for the 11-year-old from Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland, to move around, and she has already had to give up one passion.

“I loved playing the violin and it would be amazing to start playing again,” Hope said.

Hope suffers from the systemic version of the disease, which starts out with poor circulation in the fingers and progresses to thickening of the skin, according to the International Scleroderma Network’s Web site. The disease may even spread to her organs.

As the disease progresses, the hardening of the skin makes it difficult to move fingers and toes, and open the mouth. It also can form scar tissue around the internal organs.

In America, the disease affects about 300,000 individuals [ which in my opinion is too many not be aware of ] many of whom are females between the ages of 30- to 50-years-old at the disease’s onset, according to the International Scleroderma Network.

Hope’s family told the newspaper they’re hoping that pioneering stem cell treatments being done in the U.S. may also help Hope, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy to fight the disease.

Although there is no cure for scleroderma, researchers at Virginia Mason Research Center and Duke University Medical Center are working with a stem cell procedure that has been shown to reverse the symptoms of the disease.

Emily Woods, of Plano, Texas, had the experimental procedure in 2006, according to a New York Times article. Within six months, the 87-pound mother — who had been close to death — was back on her feet and enjoying her daughter, the article said.

The transplant process involves doctors removing the stem cells from a patient’s own blood cells and returning them to the body, where it is hoped they will regenerate.

Click here to read the full story from the Daily Record

[ I know I came across “Gastroparesis” when a good friend of mine called and told me she had been diagnosed with this condition and I was just recently diagnosed with a condition called “hyperparathyroidism”.  It just makes you wonder how many diseases there are that we don’t know about.  I’m thinking of starting a blog on rare conditions that need public awareness.  If anyone would like to help me work on this project just let me know……flagranny2 ]

Two in a Million: Twins Born – One Black, One White

FOXNEWS.COM HOME > HEALTH > INCREDIBLE HEALTH

Thursday, July 17, 2008

 

Twins with different skin colors — one black and the other white — have been born in Berlin, Germany.

Doctors say it is an extremely rare occurrence, but it is possible if genes combine in a certain way.

The twin boys, named Ryan and Leo, are the offspring of a mixed-race couple.

The mother, Florence, hails from Ghana in western Africa, and dad, Stephan, is from Potsdam in Germany.

“Ryan came first, and everything was as usual,” said the hospital’s doctor, Birgit Weber. “But when Leo was born, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

“Both kids have definitely the same father,” the doctor added.

Click here to read more and see video of the twins from Sky News.

Video Shows Woman Ignored While Dying in New York Mental Hospital

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Article from Associated Press as reported by FoxNews

After watching the video I was in disbelief that someone actually let this happen with no conscience at all.  I guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked by what people allow to happen when they could have helped but something like this makes me feel ashamed to think there are people that can ignore a situation like this………flagranny2

 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. —  Stunning video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while staffers ignore her.

The video was released by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the medical facility.

Click here to watch the video.

(when you click on this vide it will take you to the one or several ones taken from different views however the one that was originally posted that I first saw closer resembels the 3rd one down on the list at the right where she was completely ignored.) …flagranny2

The video shows the 49-year-old woman falling out of her chair at about 5:30 a.m. June 19, then lying face-down on the floor and thrashing around before going still. The woman died.

People nearby, including two security guards, do nothing to help. An hour passes before a fellow patient finally gets the attention of a staffer.

The tape also suggests that staff at the hospital might have faked medical charts belonging to the victim, Esmin Green, to cover her lack of treatment, the New York Daily News reported.

Her medical chart claims the Jamaica native got up to walk to the bathroom when she was actually writhing on the floor, the News reported. The records also have Green sitting quietly in her chair when she was already dead.

“Thank God for the videotape because no one would have believed this could have happened,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital — the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. — fired six staffers, including the two security guards.

Click here for more on this story from the New York Daily News.

Airlines Thwart Plans of ‘Too Sick’ Girl, 5, to Travel to China for Stem Cell Treatment

Monday, June 30, 2008
FoxNews

As a parent what would you do?….flagranny

Two airlines this weekend declined to fly Miranda Goranflo and her daughter Hailey to Beijing, where the 5-year-old was to receive stem-cell treatments for a rare fatal disease, the Courier-Journal reported.

The airlines, Air China and Air Canada, decided during a layover in Vancouver, British Columbia, that Hailey was “too sick” to fly this weekend. After being treated at a Vancouver hospital for seizures, the girl and her mother were forced to fly home to Shepherdsville, Ky., the report said.

“I’m completely distraught,” Goranflo, who disagreed that her daughter was unfit to fly, told the Courier-Journal from Vancouver. “I cannot believe we’ve come this far and we have to come home.”

Click here for photos of Hailey.

Hailey and her 3-year-old brother Carter suffer from an incurable disorder called Late Infantile Batten Disease. The disease causes seizures, dementia, and blindness. Most sufferers don’t make it beyond the age of 12. Hailey can no longer walk, talk or eat without a feeding tube, the report said.

Batten disease is relatively rare and occurs in an estimated 2 to 4 of every 100,000 live births in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

After raising $78,000, Hailey’s parents planned to take her to China for an experimental stem-cell treatment that is not offered in the U.S.

Details of Hailey’s thwarted trip were posted on the family’s blog Saturday.

Click here for more on this story from the Courier-Journal.

‘Elephant Man’ Refuses to Hide From Facial Deformity

Friday, May 30, 2008
news.com.au

O’Neal, of Kirkland, Wash., said he knows his deformity is shocking — but he refuses to hide like other people with his disorder. 

[This is an awesome and heartwarming article I came across.  The admiration I have for this man is tops and I truly commend him for doing what he does as you will see if you click on the link to see the photo.  I must warn you it is quite a shocking picture and probably not for the faint of heart but the article that is included with the picture shows such compassion for someone who has not let his physical disease/appearance hinder him in anyway…flagranny2] 

James O’Neal compares himself to John Hurt’s character in the 1980 film “The Elephant Man.”

A genetic disease known as neurofibromatosis has left O’Neal’s face horribly disfigured, but several surgeries may be able to reconstruct his facial features.

Click here to see a photo of O’Neal.

Although it was at one time believed that Joseph Carey Merrick, the subject of the 1980 film, also suffered from neurofibromatosis, he actually suffered from Proteus syndrome, a congenital disorder that causes skin overgrowth and atypical bone development, often accompanied by tumors over half the body.

Gina Agiostratidou, a biologist and scientific program manager for the Children’s Tumor Foundation in New York, told FOXNews.com that there are three types of neurofibromatosis: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis.

All three are caused by deletions or mutations of certain genes. NF1, which is the type suffered by O’Neal, is characterized by large benign tumors that grow on the cranial nerves, face, brain and spinal cord. The disease occurs in about 1 out of every 3,000 births and is more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, according to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

NF2 is much rarer, occurring in 1 out of 25,000 births. It causes tumors to grow on the cranial and spinal nerves, as well as both auditory nerves. It often results in hearing loss beginning in the teens and 20’s.

Researchers know very little about schwannomatosis. It occurs in about 1 out of every 40,000 births and symptoms differ greatly among sufferers, according to the foundation.

O’Neal, of Kirkland, Wash., said he knows his deformity is shocking — but he refuses to hide like other people with his disorder.

“I just tell people this is who I am, it’s the way I am,” O’Neal told KOMONews.com. “If you don’t like me, you don’t like me.”

But O’Neal — who works as a cashier at Kingsgate Safeway — is well-liked by his customers.

In fact, his regular customers said O’Neal is an “inspiration” and they have started raising money for his surgeries, since insurance likely will not cover the full cost.

“He is an amazing man, and we love him,” said customer Aubrey Richins. “He’s the kind of person that makes your day.”

At the moment, there is no cure for neurofibromatosis, Agiostratidou said.

“There are so many different manifestations of the disease,” she explained. “Surgery is usually a last resort because it does affect the nerves and removing the tumor can create paralysis of the nerve. Currently, the treatment includes chemotherapy (and then) surgery, and we are working on clinical trials for different medications, but it is still very early for us.”

Contributing: Marrecca Fiore, FOXNews.com health editor