Charles Darwin's ailments are 'typical of Lyme disease' in UK

Naturalist ’s symptoms of diarrhoea, rashes, palpitations and flatulence could have been tick infection, say researchersHe travelled the world studying exotic creatures in dangerous lands, but the disease that marred Charles Darwin ’s life may have been caught closer to home as he trudged around Britain collecting insects, shooting birds, and picking up stones, researchers say.The Victorian naturalist who gave the world the theory of evolution is a strong contender for the most famously ill scientist in history. His diaries, notebooks and letters brim with despair over ailments ranging from diarrhoea, rashes and heart palpitations, to vomiting, muscle pain and incessant flatulence.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Charles Darwin Science Insects History of science Wildlife Environment UK news Source Type: news

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Research ArticlesL. KRBKOV Á, L. HOMOLA, A. HLAVÁČOVÁ, P. MIKOLÁŠEK, J. BEDNÁŘOVÁ, Z. ČERMÁKOVÁ,Epidemiology&Infection,Volume 144 Issue 12, pp 2597-2604Abstract
Source: Epidemiology and Infection - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The experience of specific SHCs in the first 6 months after an SCI is related to greater long-term disability. In order to reduce the disability burden of people with SCI, efforts should be directed toward early prevention of these SHCs. PMID: 30882288 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Spinal Cord Med Source Type: research
Authors: Arrebola LS, Yi LC, de Oliveira VGC Abstract PURPOSE: To determine the effect of rehabilitation using video games combined with conventional therapy in children with loss of range of motion (ROM) after conservative or surgical treatment of upper limb fractures. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included 12 children (9 boys, 3 girls; mean age: 6.75 ± 2.83 y) treated with combined video game and conventional physical therapy following upper limb fracture. Children completed 60 minutes of combined therapy (20 minutes of game therapy and 40 minutes of physical therapy) two times per we...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: J Pediatr Rehabil Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Both the tablet-based tool and the custom PMDD performed better than manual assessment. The PMDD may be useful when the deficit is mild or assessment of dynamic proprioception is desired. As the tablet-based measure does not have the ceiling effect that is associated with the PMDD, it may be useful with any level of proprioceptive impairment, and may be preferable if testing or clinician training time needs to be minimized, or pain or spasticity is present.Video Abstract available for more insights from the authors (see the Video, Supplementary Digital Content 1, available at: http://links.lww.com/JNPT/A256). ...
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Neurol Phys Ther Source Type: research
This patient's back pain and radiculopathy was initially misdiagnosed as an epidural abscess and spondylodiscitis. What was discovered upon surgery?Journal of Medical Case Reports
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news
FDA busted two manufacturers of silicone gel-filled breast implants this week for failure to comply with post-approval study requirements. The agency sent warning letters to Irvine, CA-based Mentor Worldwide, a unit of Johnson &Johnson, and to Santa Barbara, CA-based Sientra for deficiencies in each company's post-approval study for silicone breast implant approvals. Breast implants have been a source of contention between patient advocacy groups, industry, and FDA for decades. Implants were banned from the U.S. market from 1992 to 2006, and the devices have been the cause of an over...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news
As doctors endeavor to comply with CDC guidelines aimed at reducing opioid use in patients experiencing non-cancer pain, it's possible they may encounter an increase in patient violence, two pain experts warn.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news
We read with interest the Focal Point case report by Ma and Bourke1 describing symptomatic benign distal biliary stricture in the setting of anomalous pancreaticobiliary junction (APBJ), pancreaticobiliary maljunction, treated with metal biliary and temporary plastic pancreatic stents. They described a young woman who underwent multiple ERCPs for choledocholithiasis and cholangitis because of  a distal biliary stricture and APBJ. After placement of biliary and pancreatic stents, the patient’s pain improved significantly.
Source: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Authors: Doğan N, Şengül İ, Akçay-Yalbuzdağ Ş, Kaya T Abstract BACKGROUND: Although a number of therapeutic interventions for trigger-point inactivation have been studied, it remains controversial which intervention is better. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of the kinesio taping and dry needling methods in patients with trigger-point related myofascial pain syndrome of the upper trapezius muscle. METHODS: A total of 42 patients were randomly allocated to the kinesio taping group (n= 23) and dry needling group (n= 19). The patients were assessed for pain, pressure pain threshold (PP...
Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil Source Type: research
Authors: Manafnezhad J, Salahzadeh Z, Salami M, Ghader F, Ghojazadeh M Abstract BACKGROUND: Chronic neck pain is associated with various myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). OBJECTIVE: A single-blind randomized clinical trial was designed to compare the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) with dry needling (DN) techniques on the upper trapezius muscle trigger point in patients with non-specific neck pain (NSNP). METHODS: Seventy patients with NSNP and active MTrPs of the upper trapezius muscle were randomly divided into two groups: an ESWT group (n= 35) and a DN group (n= 35). Treatment sessio...
Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil Source Type: research
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