Doctors have warned us that using cotton swabs to clean our ears is not a good idea. In fact, the swabs can do a lot of damage. They can cut up our ear canals, rupture our eardrums and dislocate our hearing bones, leading to hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). And instead of removing earwax from our ears, the swabs are just as likely to push wax up against the eardrum, causing it to become impacted and muffling our hearing. Yet, that’s not all. In an account published last week in BMJ Case Reports, British doctors report on a rare but truly frightening outcome from using a cotton swab: a potentially fatal brain infection. In this instance, it resulted when the tip of a swab broke off and became lodged deep within a young man’s ear canal. The case underscores “the dangers of cotton bud use,” write the doctors. Perplexing symptoms The case involved a 31-year-old man who arrived at the emergency department of the doctors’ hospital in … [Read more...] about Cautionary tale: Cotton swab stuck in ear leads to skull infection
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IT can affect around half of sexually active people and can be high or low risk depending on the type. The sexually transmitted virus HPV is the most widespread worldwide, according to Jo's Trust.org - but what else do we know about it? What is the HPV virus? The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease which affects at least half of people who are sexually active. The STD is the most widespread worldwide and four out of five of the population will contract some form of the virus at least once in their life. In most cases, the body's immune system will fight off the virus and there won't be any need for further tests, in fact, some people may not even know they contracted it at all. The HPV infection affects the skin and mucosa (any moist membrane, such as the lining of the mouth and throat, the cervix and the anus). And different types impact different parts of the body, causing lesions e.g. HPV types 1 and 2 cause verrucas on the feet. Out of … [Read more...] about What is the HPV virus, can women and men get vaccinated and what are the symptoms of cervical cancer? All you need to know
DESPITE being a recognised neurological condition, there's still an element of taboo surrounding Tourette's. It is often associated with outbursts of swearing and other rude language, but this is just one element of the condition - which not everyone has. Here we tell you everything you need to know about Tourette's syndrome. What is Tourette's syndrome? Tourette's is far more common that most people realise - affecting around one in every 100 people. Famous people affected by the condition include Big Brother winner Pete Bennett, while unlucky-in-love patients have gone on a string of dating shows in a bid to find love. YouTube star Caspar Lee released a video to his seven million subscribers speaking out about his battle with Tourett’s Syndrome. In the honest YouTube post, the vlogger explained that he had struggled to control the things he said since he was a child. Among them is First Dates joker Damian Friel, who stole the hearts of the nation - and his dinner … [Read more...] about What is Tourette’s syndrome, is it hereditary, how is treated, what causes the condition and is it linked to OCD and ADHD?
SOARING temperatures mean many Brits spent the weekend tossing and turning, struggling to get a good night's sleep. From dehydration, exhaustion, sun stroke and trouble sleeping, the hot weather can impact us all and we've got the advice to help. How can I get to sleep when it's hot? Experts have issued the following tips to help get a good night's sleep. Keep bedroom curtains closed during the day Use cotton sheets, which will absorb sweat and help you sleep more comfortably Open a window an hour before you go to bed Use a fan to circulate air around the room Put sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime When it comes to coping with higher temperatures, Dr Thomas Waite of Public Health England has said: “It’s really important to remember that there are some people whose health suffers in hot weather. “Older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children may all feel the ill-effects." What does the NHS advise about sleeping … [Read more...] about How to sleep when it’s hot – here’s the official advice for coping with the heat when UK temperatures soar
THE majority of us enjoy a drink or two, but few will be fully aware of what too much booze can do to our bodies. It all seems fun and games when we head to the pub on a Friday - but what exactly are the risks? Beyond your standard hangover and texting-the-ex-regret, most of us aren’t too clued up on what binge drinking is actually doing to our brain, liver, stomach and heart. And if we did, we probably wouldn’t be so blasé about that fifth glass of rosé. Professor Kate Conigrave, a specialist in addiction medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, is well-versed in the short-term effects of overdoing the booze. “Up to 30 per cent of people attending emergency departments have alcohol-related presentations,” she says. “If I can use a pun, it is sobering.” Below, is a look at exactly what’s going on when you drink too much.Brain damage There are reasons some people knock back a “personality drink” before social … [Read more...] about What happens to your body after a night of heavy drinking? From liver poisoning to brain damage
N 47.51575°, W 123.52133°—Amid the panoply of greenery that makes up the Hoh Rainforest, a gap in the old growth forest arises. Well, more accurately it’s a gap in a tree—a hollow inside a towering sitka spruce that stands like an open door. Beyond it, a short game trail through ankle deep mud and pools of water accumulated from the week’s rains ends in a clearing lined with ferns. Gordon Hempton guides a group to the clearing where, on a log dotted with the tiniest plants and mosses sits a red stone, roughly one square inch. Hempton walks up to it, opens his satchel, grabs another similar red stone and places it on the log while grabbing the original one. It’s like the opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Hempton looks the part, except in a Northwest twist this Indiana Jones has swapped a leather jacket for a thick wool sweater and a whip for an umbrella. He turns and presses his meaty palm into mine, closing my hand around the burnt red … [Read more...] about The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone