Saturday, September 17, 2011

Man caught with kilo of coke in belly, people who eat dirt, and yellow eyeblobs may mean hidden heart disease

Good Morning Humboldt County!

It’s another day in paradise and I’ve got a trio of headlines dealing with medical issues. So pull up a chair and have a cup of coffee with me. It never ceases to amaze me what some people will do. Swallowing nearly a kilogram of cocaine is just plain nuts!

How can 72 bags of cocaine fit in man's belly?

The gruesome images are a graphic reminder of just how far drug smugglers will go to elude law enforcement to get their product over the border. The images, which show an arrested man’s digestive tract that is literally stuffed with dozens of thumb-sized bags of cocaine, are also testimony to how far the digestive tract can expand. The 20-year-old Irish man was arrested at a Brazil airport with 72 bags filled with nearly a kilogram of cocaine.

Hospitalizations for dirt eating nearly double in past decade

The number of people hospitalized with pica, the disorder in which people eat non-edible substances including dirt and chalk, has nearly doubled within a decade, a new study finds.

Between 1999 and 2009, yearly hospitalizations in the United States for this disorder increased 93 percent, from 964 to 1,862, said the report from the government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Pica is most commonly found in children, pregnant women and people with autism and other developmental disabilities. In many cases, the disorder lasts several months and then disappears without treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health. Dermatology - EYE: xanthelasma

Yellow eyelid blobs hint at hidden heart disease

We’ve all seen a few people, like maybe grandpa or grandma, with those little patches of yellowish plaques around the upper and lower eyelids. You know the ones, the tiny patches that look something like chicken fat. (Shown in photo)

As it turns out, if somebody you know has these (and it can occur in younger people, too), you should encourage them to be checked carefully for heart disease. A study published in the most recent British Medical Journal found that these patches, called xanthelasma, were predictors of heart attack, heart disease and death. In men between the ages of 70 and 79, those with xanthelasma had a 12 percent higher risk of heart disease than men without the eye blobs. The rise in risk in older women was 8 percent.

Time to walk on down the road…

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