33 Genders and a Real Death by Bagpipe

Yup, you guessed it. It’s another instalment of our bizarre medical stories series. This is where we bring you all the strangest bits of news from around the world related to biology, health and medical news.     Bizarre Medical Stories- Sep 2016.png   For starters, we now have 33 gender options. Also, one can die from a bagpipe. One fertility doctor attempted to single-handedly repopulate his home state, Nanobots are finally here, and children can’t yet practice medicine, but they can go to jail. Don’t laugh. okay, go ahead and laugh. Just make sure you’re doing yoga as you laugh. It will all make sense soon, hopefully. We swear none of this was made up.    

Sex Survey Question About Gender With 33 Possible Responses

  [caption id="attachment_3677" align="alignnone"]screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-5-04-25-am (Source: australiansexsurvey.com.au)[/caption]   Not exactly medical news, but certainly biological as the subject is sex. One could argue, the whole of our existence rests on this important facet of life, so it’s sort of all-encompassing. The Queensland University of Technology, along with several online dating sites, have created an online sex survey intended to gain insight into our sex lives. While there is nothing too interesting about this news, what is a sign of the changing times is the answer to one of the questions. There are 33 possible responses to the question: “Which of the following terms do you feel best describes your gender?” It seems the answers may have less to do with biology and more to do with perception. Answers start with the familiar, man or woman, but go on to differentiate between trans person, trans male, trans female and then cisgender, cis female or male. Options venture into definitions most wouldn’t recognise, like demigender, intergender, pangender, third gender and neutrois. At the risk of offending, we had to look up that last one too. It's a brave new world.    

Death By Bagpipe

  [caption id="attachment_3681" align="alignnone"]bmzmil6ccaenm7y (Source: twitter.com)[/caption]   So you think playing the bagpipe is just silly? What if we told you it could be downright deadly? A man in Liverpool (England, not Australia) passed away recently at age 61. The cause of death. mold built up in his bagpipe. It has a name: bagpipe lung. The real medical name is hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This happens when the immune system cannot fight off a foreign body like mold or yeast. There is a scar tissue built up in the lungs, making it harder and harder to breathe. The man in this story lived with bagpipe lung for seven years. In his case, by the time they discovered the source of the problem, his symptoms were too far on.    

Fertility Doctor Used His Own Sperm

  [caption id="attachment_3685" align="alignnone"]44653900-01a3-427e-8008-0f295f643a3f-large16x9_dr-donaldclinearrested (Source: cbs12.com)[/caption]   It’s a case of technology catching up with you. Doctor Donald Cline, who is now retired at 77 years old, used his personal sperm approximately fifty times over the course of his career. Cline’s former practice in Indiana (USA) has been the subject of investigation since 2014. Initially, Cline denied the accusations, but has since admitted to the fraud but pleaded not guilty in court. In most places, the law restricts how many children one donor may spawn. In Australia, for example, we regulate that number by the number of potential donor recipients. That number is ten in Victoria and SA, but five in New South Wales.    

Science Has Finally Created Nanobots

  [caption id="attachment_3688" align="alignnone"]nanobot-swimmers-2015-06-19-01 (Source: engadget.com)[/caption]   They have a tail and they swim. Call them nanofish. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego, USA have created the first nanobot. They are the first robots small enough to navigate the human body, smaller than a grain of sand by 100 times. While they may not yet be ready for primetime, plans are underway. In short order nanobots will help deliver medication, access internal problems, monitor patients, repair tissue and more.    

"Doctor" in Florida Arrested Because He’s a Teenager

  [caption id="attachment_3691" align="alignnone"]malachi-6 (Source: heavy.com)[/caption]   Authorities arrested Maluchi Love-Robinson earlier this month for extraditing money from an 86-year-old patient. Love-Robinson was posing as a doctor. The arrest took place after he attempted to use his new earnings to buy a Jaguar.. the car, not the wild cat. It was the fact that he brought his 86-year-old patient with him as the co-signer for the loan. While it seems kids get smarter and smarter, this one it seems, got a little too smart for his own good, which was stupid. The accused has not been to trial yet.    

Laughter Yoga is a Real Thing

  [caption id="attachment_3694" align="alignnone"]circleofsmiles (Source: sf.funcheap.com)[/caption]   As reported by Spectator Health in the UK, laughter yoga is something people really do. It is exactly as you would imagine. During otherwise normal yoga poses, one engages in hearty laughter. As the philosophy goes, while no doctor has yet prescribed it, laughter appears to contain some kind of medicinal benefit. The proponents of laughter yoga cite a case where the practice made a measurable improvement on stress for cancer patients. We’re not gonna hold our breath, but… who are we to judge? Laugh away.   [caption id="attachment_3717" align="alignnone"]fdw-29-pancake-face (Source: pinterest.com)[/caption]   Since last month, we were afraid there would be a pause in the bizarre news, but humans are still humans. The anticipation of what silly things are about to happen is barely tolerable. We’ll see you next month with more silly world medical news. Oh yeah, and if you want to see more images like these... Come Join us on Pinterest!  
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