A 4-month-old baby in Maryland was found to have several fully formed teeth growing inside a rare type of tumor in his brain.
It is believed that the baby’s case is the first in history.
The child underwent surgery to remove the tumor and teeth, which have since been sent to a pathologist, the New England Journal of Medicine reported.
It all started with a routine health check that showed the child’s head was growing rapidly.
The doctors had him get an MRI scan, which revealed a tumor in the baby’s pituitary gland, measuring 4.1 centimeters by 4 cm by 3.5 cm. The scan also showed that the tumor contained fully formed teeth to those found in the lower jaw.
Doctors determined that the tumor was a slow-growing mass known as adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma. It seemed to have grown out of the baby’s Rathke’s pouch, which is the pituitary gland’s embryonic precursor.
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“It’s not every day you see teeth in any type of tumor in the brain. In a craniopharyngioma, it’s unheard of,” Dr. Narlin Beaty, a neurosurgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, who performed the surgery with his colleague, Dr. Edward Ahn, told Live Science.
He adds that craniopharyngiomas commonly contain calcium deposits, “but when we pulled out a full tooth...I think that’s something slightly different.”
The baby will now undergo thyroid and hormone treatments, but doctors say he is progressing well in the year since he underwent surgery.
“He's doing extremely well, all things considered,” Beaty said. “This was a big tumor right in the center of his brain. Before the moderate surgical era this child would not have survived.”
This is not the first time teeth have been found in people’s brains, according to The Independent.
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A woman with a potentially life-threatening eating disorder who visited a hospital in Clarenville, Newfoundland, says a nurse told her to “go get some supper and come back” to the emergency room if she felt more ill.
Carla Lamb, 31, suffers from anorexia and bulimia, and had a relapse last week. She spoke to a counselor at the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, who told her to go look for help at Cross Memorial Hospital.
"I was in a lot of pain, physically and mentally. I was ready to start cutting myself and needed to speak to somebody ... and I needed to know that I was safe. I didn't feel safe," Lamb told CBC News.
A nurse at the hospital in Clarenville didn’t see any injuries, so she told Lamb to go get something to eat and come back to the ER if she still didn’t feel well.
"She said, 'We've got five more people that definitely are ahead of you. Can you go get some supper and come back?' I don't want supper; I am here for an eating disorder. I'm hungry, and I told you that, but it doesn't mean that I can eat," she said.
Lamb said if it weren’t for her husband's support when she came back home, she would have developed an urge to hurt herself.
An eating disorder, according to The Western Star, is a mental health issue and mainly affects people between the ages of 12 and 24, with women comprising about 80 percent of sufferers.
Lamb only weighs approximately 70 pounds and has been on leave for four years from working as a massage therapist.
“I have anorexia and bulimia,” she said. “With that came a lot of other physical and mental problems. It's so important that mental health, eating disorders, these things are all as painful and cause as much internal damage. Look at my liver, all these things, it's not OK. I can't see the ribs in my back right now. For some reason that was a pride for me that you could see that. There need to be the right people at the front line to help.”
Pro-life groups are calling for a boycott of the Girls Scouts’ annual cookie drive over the Girl Scouts USA’s support for abortion-rights advocates.
According to The New American, the groups supporting the boycott include the Pro-Life Action League, American Life League, the Radiance Foundation, LifeNews, Operation Rescue, the National Black Pro-Life Union, Life Coalition International, Texas-based Pro-Life Waco, Glendale, and California-based Shield of Roses.
“While some local troops' activities may be wholesome, sadly, Girl Scouts USA promotes radically anti-life women, such as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, as role models, regularly partners with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood for 'educational' activities, and encourages girls to fight for abortion on demand,” said Pro-Life Wisconsin in a newsletter to supporters of the so-called CookieCott 2014.
The groups were angry over a tweet that linked to a recent Huffington Post panel discussion recognizing Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who became well-known last year for a filibuster of abortion restrictions, as one of the most influential women of 2013.
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) December 18, 2013
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, another Democrat who supports abortion rights, was also mentioned as an influential woman in a Washington Post article linked to by the Girl Scouts organization.
“It’s very clear that they are not citing any pro-life leaders with any praise, even though their official stand is they are not taking any position on abortion,” said John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco and boycott organizer.
Girl Scouts spokeswoman Kelly Parisi says the organization does not endorse politicians or take stands on political issues. She says the posts were meant to get people involved in discussing top newsmakers of 2013.
In a statement, the national Girl Scouts organization says it "does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that – personal and private – and should be addressed accordingly."
In 2004, Pisciotta organized a cookie boycott in Waco after the leader of the local Planned Parenthood chapter was honored by the local Girl Scouts council for her achievements, according to the Associated Press.
“It does fire up people who are against what we do, or what they think we do,” said Girl Scouts of Central Texas spokeswoman, Lucia Weinmeister, who claims the boycott of 2004 gave the council its best year for cookie sales. “It also fires up our strongest supporters.”
A man on phencyclidine (PCP), a drug that can cause hallucinations, attempted to swallow his cellphone.
The Internal and Emergency Medicine journal reports that the 35-year-old patient attempted to consume his 4 cm x 8 cm device in response to “auditory hallucinations.” When the man arrived at the emergency room, the phone could be seen sticking out from his throat. Physicians noted that he was breathing very quickly in his agitation; he had 24 respirations per minute while a healthy adult will take about 12 to 16 breaths per minute.
Doctors tried to get the phone out with forceps, but were unsuccessful. A surgical specialist and an anesthesiologist were brought in and the patient was taken to an operating room.
“The patient was emergently transported to the OR and ‘double prepped’ for both emergent cricothyrotomy and oropharyngeal intubation,” the case study authors wrote. “The device was successfully removed under procedural sedation without the need for surgical intervention.”
A tear was noted at the back of the patient’s throat, but he was treated for seven days and discharged from the hospital after two weeks.
It’s not the first time a person on PCP has downed a foreign object. In 2012, a New Jersey man under the influence of the drug bit off and swallowed his own finger at a Hudson County jail.
A German doctor who left a patient from the United Kingdom dead due to a mistake he made over his painkiller drugs is taking legal action against the dead man’s son in his country because he missed a post-conference dinner.
According to the Daily Mail, Rory Gray and his brother Stuart interrupted a speech Dr. Daniel Ubani was giving at a 2010 plastic surgery conference in Germany, describing him as “charlatan.” Both men were arrested but later released.
Ubani is demanding £2,800 - plus legal and court costs - from Rory Gray who lives in Germany.
Ubani, 67, was working for an out-of-hours medical service in 2008, when he gave David Gray a fatal injection with 10 times the recommended dosage of diamorphine, the BBC reported.
Gray died at his home in Manea, Cambridgeshire, on Feb. 16, 2008. His death was ruled “gross negligence and manslaughter” by coroner William Morris, who issued 11 recommendations to the Department of Health for the improvement of out-of-hours GP services.
Cambridgeshire Police issued an arrest warrant for Ubani to be extradited to stand trial, but was shocked when he was convicted of causing Gray’s death by negligence, received a nine-month suspended jail sentence and ordered him to pay €5,000 ($6765.50), according to the Guardian.
The General Medical Council barred him from ever working in Britain again, and he did not want to attend the inquest into his victim.
The German Doctors Chamber still wants Ubani struck off, but they can’t do anything about it because he still has the backing of the local authority which licences him.
David Gray’s sons Dr. Stuart Gray and Rory have been campaigning to get ubani struck off in Germany.
Rory now has two weeks to appeal the cash demand from Ubani.
"Ubani is claiming for money to compensate him for missing the function in the evening after the Lindau conference that he had paid to attend,” he said. And for compensation for not being paid at Lindau for his talk. I find it disgusting that he is still allowed to practice."
An Illinois woman featured on TLC’s “My 600-Pound Life” lost nearly 200 pounds after a suicide attempt opened her eyes.
The woman, identified only as “Olivia,” weighed 440 pounds and had been bullied about her weight for most of her life. She was also sexually abused by her cousin at the age of 7.
“I grew up in an abusive house,” Olivia (pictured) told ABC News. “My stepfather was not sexually abusive, but he did hit us.”
By the age of 12, Olivia weighed 180 pounds. After constantly being ridiculed by classmates, Olivia dropped out of high school her senior year.
It was then that Olivia began her path toward morbid obesity.
She confined herself to her parents’ basement, where her family enabled her obesity by bringing her any and all snacks she asked for.
Only her twin sister brought her healthy snacks, Olivia notes.
When a basement flood nearly ended her life, Olivia knew she had to make a change.
“I was half-way up to my waist in water,” she told ABCNews.com. “I had been depressed and my parents were separated, and I was alone and trapped. I knew I would have to pull myself high up. … I fell asleep and the next thing you know, I had collapsed in black, dirty water. I didn’t think twice about putting my feet in the water with the electricity running through the house.”
Her sister eventually rescued her from the basement, but all of her belongings were destroyed during the flood.
Shortly thereafter, Olivia attempted suicide.
She reportedly swallowed 50 vicodin in a desperate effort to kill herself. She told ABC that seeing her twin sister’s face after waking up in the hospital forced her to confront reality.
Now, Olivia has vowed to transform her entire lifestyle. She has reportedly moved to Houston and lost more than 200 pounds. She suffers from extreme lymphedema in her legs, which makes it incredibly painful for her to walk around.
Olivia underwent gastro sleeve surgery in June, notes ABC. She has lost 233 pounds so far.
“I just set my mind to it,” she told ABC. “It was determination, wanting to lose weight. I am Mexican and we eat tortillas and rice and beans, the food that makes you gain weight. I just stopped eating all that.”
Olivia lives with family now, but hopes to eventually be completely self-sufficient.
“I feel wonderful,” she said. "I feel as if I have been reborn. I can go out and face the world. There is nothing to scare me or bother me. Nothing stops me now.”