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10Apr 2018

Man ends up in A&E after eating world’s hottest chilli

A man who ate the world’s hottest chilli pepper in a chilli-eating contest ended up in A&E after experiencing “thunderclap” headaches.

The 34-year-old man had eaten one Carolina Reaper chilli in the contest in New York State.

The “crushingly painful” headaches came on in the next few days.

His experience has been published in the BMJ Case Reports as it is the first case to be associated with eating chilli peppers.

The doctor who reviewed his case has warned anyone eating hot chilli peppers to seek medical attention immediately if they experience sudden onset headaches.

“Thunderclap” headaches are caused by the sudden tightening of the vessels that supply blood to the brain, a condition known as reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCSV).

Immediately after eating at the contest, the man experienced dry heaves.

Severe neck pain developed over the next few days along with debilitating severe headaches, lasting just a few seconds at a time.

The pain was so bad he went to the emergency room and was tested for various neurological conditions, but the results were negative.

A CT scan showed that several arteries in his brain had constricted, leading doctors to diagnose him with RCVS.

Read full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43699484

4Apr 2018

NHS no to dandruff and diarrhoea treatment

NHS England has announced a crackdown on the treatment of “minor” ailments such as dandruff and diarrhoea.

Thirty-five treatments responsible for £570m of spending have been targeted.

All are available over-the-counter in pharmacies. And the restriction will apply only where the ailment is judged to be a minor, short-term problem.

NHS bosses says the move could cut spending by a fifth. But experts warned the poorest risked losing out on treatment.


The treatments targeted include those for:

  • constipation
  • athletes foot
  • mild acne
  • dandruff
  • diarrhoea
  • head lice
  • cold sores
  • earwax

Read full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43576044

4Apr 2018

Brain back-up firm Nectome loses link to MIT

A company attempting to map people’s brains so their memories can be stored in computers has lost its link to one of the United States’ top universities.

US start-up Nectome revealed its brain back-up plan last month, warning at the time that the process involved would be “100% fatal”.

A number of neuroscientists subsequently poured scorn on the plan.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has now announced that it is severing ties with the project.

One of the university’s professors had previously benefitted from a federal grant given to Nectome and was attempting to combine its work with his own research into mouse brains.

Neuroscience has not sufficiently advanced to the point where we know whether any brain preservation method is powerful enough to preserve all the different kinds of biomolecules related to memory and the mind,” said the MIT in a blog explaining its decision.

Nectome has responded saying:

We appreciate the help MIT has given us, understand their choice, and wish them the best.

Read full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43642786