AN English teacher who was bitten by a tick believed he just had the flu before he dramatically worsened and was left with life-changing brain damage. Keith Poultney was struck down by the devastating disease encephalitis - which causes the brain to swell - while volunteering as a teacher in Nepal. The 40-year-old, who was volunteering as a teacher in the south Asian country, was given antibiotics after discovering a tick had embedded itself in his right ear and had to be removed by a friend. However, his infection was resistant to the drugs and Mr Poultney began to feel seriously ill as he flew home to the UK, with his temperature soaring to more than 40 degrees Celsius. When he was seen by doctors after he arrived home, they believed he had a tropical disease and discharged him as he showed signs of improving. But the terrified teacher rushed back to hospital after he began to suffer hallucinations and severe headaches caused by the brain swelling. Doctors discovered he did not have … [Read more...] about English teacher severely brain damaged by tick bite in Nepal after initially mistaking symptoms for the flu
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A PARAMEDIC has been struck off after he dismissed a patient who suffered a stroke, saying: "What a load of b******s, it's only a migraine". Kristian Williams dismissed concerns from colleagues who said the woman was in so much pain she was rocking back and forth and retching, a disciplinary hearing was told. Despite her complaining of suffering a "thunderclap headache", he refused to give her painkillers even though she was later discovered to have experienced a bleed on the brain. Colleagues told a Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) hearing that when Williams arrived on the scene in February 2016 he made a string of mistakes which meant the patient was left in considerable pain until she was taken to hospital. The patient had described feeling a "pop" go off inside her head followed by intense pain. The ambulance crew member who was first on the scene described telling Williams that she had given the patient pain relief but this had been vomited up. The ambulance … [Read more...] about Paramedic struck off after dismissing STROKE patient with ‘thunderclap headache’ as having a migraine
Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 1, 2018 / 5:37 PM GMT By Nicole Spector The midterm elections are turning out to be nearly as stressful as the 2016 presidential election — especially for Democrats. According to a poll conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the fitness site DailyBurn, Democrats are 50 percent more likely than Republicans to say they’re “eating their feelings” as a result of the current political climate. They’re also drinking more (a 2-to-1 ratio over their GOP counterparts). The ostensibly good news is that these stressed out Democrats are also working out more, by as much as 40 percent; but even exercise can be overdone. “I’m seeing some people so stressed at the moment they're doing two, even three soul cycle classes at day,” Dr. Navya Mysore, a primary care doctor, tells NBC News BETTER. “Exercise is good for you, but too much is not. You [risk] dehydration and your body needs time to rest and … [Read more...] about The political climate is making Democrats ‘eat their feelings.’ Here’s how to manage the stress.
Story highlights Thanks to technology, exposure to traumatic events has rapidly increased over the past few decades Chronic levels of stress can lead to headaches, muscle tension or pain, stomach problems, anxiety and sleep issues (CNN)With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health. In the past year, hurricanes battered communities around the globe, a monster earthquake wreaked havoc in Mexico, the American West erupted in flames and continues to burn, there have been more school shootings, and the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea is pouring lava into the Pacific Ocean, threatening the lives and homes of residents. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, the United States experienced 16 weather and climate disasters last year, with losses exceeding $1 billion and total costs of approximately $306 billion -- a national record. … [Read more...] about Too much bad news can make you sick
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff April 12, 2018 A new therapy is limiting chemotherapy-induced hair loss, an emotionally devastating side effect of cancer treatment. But the cost — and the refusal of some insurers to pay — could put the therapy out of reach for less-affluent patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the state’s Medicaid system are among the insurers that don’t cover the therapy, called scalp cooling, with Blue Cross saying it hasn’t been shown to be widely effective. But breast cancer doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital said good evidence exists that cold caps prevent hair loss for patients on certain chemotherapy regimens. The two Boston hospitals recently rented scalp-cooling machines, which pump cold air through a hose into a cap fitted snugly on a patient’s head, … [Read more...] about New therapy allows cancer patients to keep hair, but most insurers won’t cover it