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If you’re squeamish, here’s a story you might not want to hear.
Doctors in England were having a hard time figuring out what was giving a Chinese man headaches and seizures and causing disturbances in his sense of smell. After the 50-year-old man tested negative for various diseases, a series of brain scans revealed the cause of the strange symptoms — a tapeworm had been living inside the man’s brain for four years. Freaky!
The parasite measured about one centimeter in length and had tunneled five centimeters through the man’s brain before surgeons removed it in 2012, The Guardian reported. The man is now reportedly cured of the infection.
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Over the course of four years, the worm migrated 5 cm from the right side of the brain to the left, as shown by the cluster of ring-enhancing lesions the larvae produced.
Researchers identified the parasite as a Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, a rare species of tapeworm normally found in China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Only 300 cases of infection by the parasite have been reported in humans.
Scientists believe that Spirometra erinaceieuropaei may be contracted by eating crustaceans and reptiles that harbor it, or by using a —> Read More Here
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In the supermarket, it’s paper or plastic. In many public restrooms, it’s paper towels or electric hand dryers–and a new study from England adds to a body of research suggesting that paper towels may be the healthier choice.
The study shows that as they remove moisture from users’ hands, the dryers spew bacteria into the air and onto people.
Well that blows.
Conventional (warm air) and high-velocity (jet air) dryers alike spread bacteria into the air, according to the study. Airborne germ counts near warm-air dryers were found to be 4.5 times higher than the counts near paper towel dispensers, and the counts near jet air dryers were a whopping 27 times higher.
It doesn’t take a lot to figure out what’s probably going on here. As study leader Prof. Mark Wilcox, professor of medical microbiology at the University of Leeds, told The Huffington Post in an email:
“While jet air dryers are good at hand drying, they achieve this by using air velocities of about 400 miles an hour… Unfortunately, this means that the dispersed water droplets (containing more or less bacteria/viruses depending on how hands were washed and how contaminated they were in the first place) will be —> Read More Here