February 11, 2011

Suffering for Art

1 Man Removes Camera Implant from Back of Head

A man who had a camera inserted into the back of his head last year at a body-piercing studio in Los Angeles has had to have it removed after his body rejected part of the camera, reports BBC. (A camera strap just wasn't fashionable?) Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilal identifies himself as an artist on a year-long quest to take a photo every minute from the back of his head. Yet, the artist's plans were foiled since one of the three posts holding the camera up posed an infection risk. The posts were attached to a titanium base which was placed between the man's skin and skull. Bilal originally asked doctors to insert the camera implant, but they refused. The infection isn't deterring Bilal. He's hoping to have the camera re-inserted soon.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Part of Gifford Skull Removed

Tags: Camera Inserted Back of Head, Real Eyes in Back of Head, Weird Artists, Insane Artists, Wafaa Bilal, Piercing Studio in Los Angeles

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No House Arrest for Angelo MacD

2 Giant Dutch Prisoner Must Remain in Tiny Cell

A Dutch court denied a giant's request to serve out his two-year prison sentence under house arrest. The man, identified as Angelo MacD, insists that the conditions at the prison are inhumane for a person of his stature: 6 feet and 9 inches. Serving a sentence for fraud, Angelo MacD must crouch to shower and can only sleep on his side, and even then he must "sleep with one eye open in case he falls out of bed," says Angelo MacD's lawyer, Bas Marten. The lawyer told BBC that Angelo MacD isn't obese, but a giant like in comic books: "a metre wide and a metre deep." Angelo MacD is scheduled to be released from prison on April 12, 2012.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Giant Too Big for Prison Cell

Tags: Angelo MacD, Small Jail Cell, Jail Too Small, Giant Begs to Serve House Arrest, Dutch Giant in Prison for Fraud

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Sickle Cell Worsens Risk

3 Anemic Kids May Have Silent Strokes

Strokes with no immediate symptoms (silent strokes) occur in many severely anemic kids, particularly those with sickle cell disease, say researchers. The silent strokes could cause long-term learning and cognitive deficits. The researchers, presenting at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011, found that one-quarter to one-third of kids with sickle cell disease show evidence of silent strokes. "These are 5- to 10-year-old children who have brains that look like the brains of 80-year-olds," says lead author Michael M. Dowling, M.D., Ph.D. About 20 percent of children with sickle cell disease and acute anemia had silent strokes. A smaller number of severely anemic children without sickle cell disease also experienced silent strokes, detected with MRI.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Experts Question Breast-Only Advice

Tags: Silent Stroke, Severely Anemic Children, American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 20, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas

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Monitors Too Close to Cribs

4 Babies Strangled with Video Monitor Cords

Two infants have died after baby video monitors from Summer Infant Inc. were placed too close to their cribs, resulting in strangulation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Summer Infant have announced a voluntary recall to provide new on-product labels and instructions for the 1.7 million video monitors with cords. Infants and toddlers may be strangled by the electrical cords if they're placed within three feet of the crib. The recall affects more than 40 different models, including digital, handheld and color video monitors. Parents should make sure the cords, including those from devices mounted on the wall, are not within arm's reach of infants and toddlers. Consumers may contact Summer Infant for a permanent electric cord warning label and revised instructions.

More at CPSC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Summer Infant Inc, Summer Infant Video Baby Monitors, Labels for Electric Cords, Dangerous Products for Infants, Baby Recalled Products, Recalled Infant Products, Baby Death Risks, Baby Video Monitors Recalled

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Improves Diagnostics

5 3D Mammograms OK'ed for Use in the U.S.

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved 3D mammograms based on studies that concluded there was a 7 percent improvement in "distinguishing between cancerous and non-cancerous cases as compared to viewing 2-D images alone." The device is called Selenia Dimensions System and is made by Hologic. It combines a 3D image with a 2D image and eliminates distortions that are caused by density of the breast and tissue shadowing. This will also result in fewer women being called for another mammogram due to inconclusive results. It takes a few seconds longer than the traditional mammography and increases the amount of radiation exposure but the FDA does not believe the increased risk is higher than the natural risk of developing cancer and that of 2D mammography.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Could Portable Breast Scanner Replace Mammography?

Tags: Hologic, Selenia Dimensions System, 3D Mammography, 2D Mammography, Mammograms, United States Food and Drug Administration

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Stressors in Birth May Pose Risk

6 Apgar Scores in Babies May Predict ADHD Risk

A newborn’s Apgar scores, which measure signs such as heart rate, breathing and muscle tone, may be an indicator of their likelihood of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as kids. The higher the score, the less likely they are to develop ADHD based on a study involving over 980,000 Danish children born between 1998 and 2001. Kids who scores were 5 or 6 had a 63 percent greater risk of developing ADHD while those with a 4 or 5 had a 75 percent greater risk compared to kids with a 9 or 10. The results were the same even after other factors were accounted for. One hypothesis is that a stressor, such as decreased oxygen supply, may lead to an increased risk of developing the condition that has been diagnosed in one in 10 children in the U.S.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: ADHD May Be Genetic

Tags: ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Apgar Scores

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