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Eighty-Eight Pound Mucus-Filled Cyst Removed From Woman’s Body

Listen to the cat.

Listen to the cat.

The woman had been complaining of  a rapidly expanding midsection, but was otherwise healthy. When surgeons opened her up they discovered – well. Let’s just call it pure, gooey nightmare fuel. The eighty-eight pound cyst looks like a cross between the xenomorph egg from Alien, a rotten cantaloupe and maybe a meatloaf gone horribly wrong. If you want to see the pictures you’ll need to go to LiveScience. Your call.

Via LiveScience:

The 57-year-old Brazilian woman noticed her midsection grew over the course of a year, but other than a heavy feeling in her belly, and breathing that was slightly faster than normal, she had few other symptoms, according to a report of her case, published March 4 in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.

Mucus-filled ovarian cysts, known as mucinous cystadenomas, are fairly common, and most often strike women ages 30 to 50, said Dr.

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Ear Worm: Flesh-Eating Larvae Discovered to Be Cause of Woman’s Ear Ache

462px-Screwworm_larvaMeanwhile, in the world of your nightmares…

Via LiveScience:

Though doctors at first dismissed the symptoms as nothing more than an ear infection, specialists soon made a startling discovery: Harris’ ear was filled with flesh-eating worms, according to the Daily Mail.

The worms that Harris, 27, was hosting were the larvae of the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax). The fly is a notorious livestock pest that also seeks out pets, zoo animals and occasionally humans as hosts.

A pregnant female screwworm fly seeks an open wound on the skin of a warm-blooded animal to lay her eggs. Within 24 hours, the eggs hatch into tiny larvae that feed on living tissue and bodily fluids, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Doctor Assisted Bulimia or Revolutionary Weight Loss Tool?

Wannabe weight loss cyborgs take note! Dean Kamen, inventor of the segway, has come up with an invention designed to help you lose your lunch. It is now possible to get a port implanted into your stomach, through which you can purge about a third of the food you eat at each meal. This bizarre device is currently in use in Europe, but not yet available in the US. The Register reports:
The cynical among you might observe that there's also a practical similarity between Aspiration Therapy and a certain, much older technique, one well known to ballerinas, runway models, and Roman senators. But Aspire is quick to point out that this new technique has significant advantages over sticking one's finger down one's throat. For one thing, patients are meant to practice Aspiration Therapy only under the supervision of their doctors, who will monitor their electrolyte and metabolite levels and administer supplements as necessary. Furthermore, vomiting causes stomach acids to enter the mouth and esophagus, which can cause long-term damage over time. The Skin-Port presents no such risks. Moreover, Aspire says, people who habitually vomit after meals are often bulimics, while candidates for Aspiration Therapy are just obese people who want to lose weight. "There is little overlap between people with bulimia and obesity," the company says, adding that patients will be screened for bulimia and other psychological disorders to determine their eligibility for the treatment. Aspire says patients should be able to bathe, swim, and conduct most other activities normally with the Skin-Port installed. And if you want to back out, or if you've managed to wean yourself off the therapy, the A-Tube can be removed in a 15-minute procedure under conscious sedation.
What do you think about this technology? Is it responsible to peddle a device which essentially mimics the function of  a dangerous eating disorder, or are the differences significant enough to justify marketing it to people who may otherwise opt for more invasive surgical measures?
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The Care and Maintenance of ‘Satan’

I used to have a terrible snake phobia. It took about a year of concentrated effort to rid myself of it. These days, I'm not afraid of snakes at all, with the exception of one particular snake known as "Satan". Satan is sixteen feet of very ill-tempered Burmese python that has become the unlikely mascot of YouTube program Snake Bytes TV. Check out Satan's care regimen for a taste of what the guys have to deal with on a regular basis.
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Nightmare Fuel: Chinese Doctor Removes Spider from Woman’s Ear Canal

Via Huffington Post:

I can’t hear you, there’s a spider in my ear!

The horrifying pictures were taken at China’s Changsha Central Hospital, after the patient checked in, complaining of itching inside her left ear.

Doctors were left with the challenge of extracting the spider while trying to ensure it would not burrow deeper or even bite the woman.

Read more at Huffington Post. Or don’t. I wouldn’t blame you.

 

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