Medical Minute: Pica (Eating Disorder)

mom eats toilet paper

25-year-old Jade Sylvester, of England, has unusual eating habits. In addition to eating 3 square meals a day, Sylvester also consumes one roll of toilet paper per day.

“I started craving toilet roll. I still don’t know why,” Sylvester told UK’s Liconshire Echo.

“I like the dryness. My family tell me it isn’t very good for me — but I can’t help it,” Sylvester said.

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Medical Minute: Acid Reflux (GERD)

Barack Obama

According to published reports, President Barack Obama was rushed to a military hospital near Washington D.C. on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat. Doctors there diagnosed Obama with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) caused by acid reflux.

Comedian Joan Rivers also suffered from acid reflux (GERD). She was undergoing an endoscopy (a test to diagnose GERD acid reflux) when she died tragically in a Manhattan clinic on Sept. 4 at age 81.

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Todd Tucker’s Mother Dies from a Stroke

Todd Tucker mother passes away

Yesterday it was reported that reality TV producer Todd Tucker‘s mother, Miss Sharon, died from complications related to a stroke. Miss Sharon collapsed on Monday afternoon in Mew York City. She was rushed to a hospital where she died on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Tucker is married to former Xscape singer and reality TV star/entrepreneur Kandi Burruss. Miss Sharon appeared in episodes of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Medical Minute: Blood-Sucking Parasite Infects 300K Americans

Chaga blood-sucking bug

A deadly blood-sucking parasite, introduced into America by Mexicans crossing the porous southern border, has infected up to 300,000 Americans — and 300,000 more Americans are expected to be infected by year’s end according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Doctors at the CDC compare the deadly “kissing bug” disease to the virus that causes HIV/AIDS.

Chaga blood-sucking bug

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Medical Minute: Permanent Color Contact Implants

Tameka Harris

Last week, rumors spread wildly that former Xscape singer and reality TV star Tameka “Tiny” Harris flew to Tunisia to undergo a controversial cosmetic procedure to permanently change her eye color.

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Medical Minute: Vaginal Orgasms Don’t Exist

intimacy

For centuries, women have fretted about their inability to achieve internal orgasms through sexual penetration. Millions of women sought treatment under the mistaken assumption that their inability to climax internally was mental or physical. Now new research suggests the vaginal orgasm does not exist.

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Medical Minute: PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS means Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or many ovarian cysts. PCOS can cause health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and high cholesterol levels. The cause is unknown and the condition is thought to be genetic (runs in the family).

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