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Nine-month-old baby can’t open his mouth

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A 9-month-old baby from Ottawa has doctors puzzled — because he isn’t able to fully open his mouth. 

Wyatt Scott has an extremely rare disorder called congenital trismus which doesn’t allow the boy to open his jaw. CBC says it’s so rare that the hospital where Wyatt is currently being treated doesn’t even have a case study to consult. 

One Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario doctor told CBC what they do know about the disorder.

“It can cause issues of getting food in with any nipple or bottle feeding and it can also have trouble for the secretions, so they often have associated swallowing difficulties.”

Daily Mail notes that Wyatt was monitored by doctors in a hospital for his first three months of life, and since he was sent to live at home his parents have had to rush him to the hospital six times because he was choking.

Congenital trismus is usually caused by an extra band of tissue or a fused joint in the mouth, but both CT and MRI scans show this isn’t the case for Wyatt.

Doctors believe there might be a muscle problem, but ABC says to find out Wyatt would have to be sedated. Anesthesiologists are wary to do that because they wouldn’t be able to monitor his airways, since Wyatt can’t open his mouth. 

Because no one has been able to come up with a solution for Wyatt, his mother, Amy, created a website called WhatsWrongWithWyatt? Both Amy and her husband Scott hope someone will come across the website and know what to do.

A writer for the Ottawa Citizen says Wyatt is currently being fed through a nasal tube, but his parents hope doctors will soon be able to insert a tube through his abdomen wall to feed their son that way. 

Amy and Scott are currently teaching Wyatt sign language in case he won’t ever be able to speak. They told the Ottawa Citzien that Wyatt already understands some basic signs.

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Woman ditches diets, loses 160 pounds

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(CNN) –

Teena Henson’s “journey to life” began with a newspaper ad.

She remembers wishing they had an Anytime Fitness in her hometown of Gilmer, Texas. She specifically wanted to join Anytime Fitness because it is open 24/7 and is made for men and women of all levels of fitness.

“Then there was an ad in the local paper that Anytime Fitness was opening,” she said. “It was like, ‘Here it is; it’s in your hands. Now, what are you going to do with it?’ “

Determined to get herself on the right track, Henson signed up at the gym while it was still under construction.

It was March 2011; Henson was 5-foot-4 and 332 pounds. She knew that her poor diet and inactivity were not the path to a long, healthy life. She didn’t suffer from any serious health problems, but her parents and three brothers were all diabetic so she knew the potential consequences.

Henson, 54, is very close with her family. Loved ones, especially her mom, would often approach her with concerns about her health, telling her she should lose weight.

“I think the older I got, the more concerned my mom became because she knew she wouldn’t be there to take care of me,” Henson says. “She was my No. 1 supporter on my plan to exercise and lose weight.”

In the past, Henson would put herself on diets to make everyone happy, but they wouldn’t last long.

There was an endless array of rules, from eating nothing but grapefruits to nothing but carbs, until she realized that “diets” just weren’t for her.

“For me, ‘diet’ is a four-letter word for failure,” she said.

What she was looking for was a lifestyle change. And not because her friends and family wanted it for her, but because she wanted it for herself.

With Anytime Fitness’ hours, Henson had no trouble finding time to work out. She goes to the gym every day after work for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. She even created a mantra:

“I have a desire to work out. I keep a determination to work out. I created a discipline to work out, and I choose to work out.”

What she struggled with most was changing her eating habits.

She started by cutting out soft drinks and dropped 18 pounds in the first month.

Her mom, known as Mama Henson to many of Henson’s friends, cheered her on daily and was excited to see her daughter start to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“Every day she would ask me, ‘How much you lose today?’ I would laugh and say, ‘Mom, I can’t lose every day.’ But she would tell me that I was trying and that’s all that matters,” said Henson.

After cutting out soda, Henson started making healthier food choices.

She continued to eat at fast food restaurants because it was convenient, switching out fried chicken for grilled, a side of fries for a side salad.

By December 2011, Henson was down 64 pounds and healthier than ever. Unfortunately, her mom’s health was deteriorating. Mama Henson had suffered several seizures and mini-strokes that severely weakened her.

Henson’s healthier lifestyle would help provide the mental and physical strength she would need in the final months caring for her mother.

Two months before her mother died, Henson remembers walking into the house after a workout. She had lost 100 pounds at this point. Her mother looked up at her and said, “You’re pretty.”

“We both just started crying,” Henson said. “I don’t have a clue why she said it; it was a memorable moment.”

Mama Henson passed away in August 2012.

Whenever Henson loses sight of why she’s working out or skipping sweets, she thinks of her mom’s smile and how much she wanted her daughter to be happy.

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Gene Variants Linked with Pain Tolerance

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A new study has shown that the ability to cope with chronic pain might be genetic.

Some people have higher tolerance for pain than others. Understanding how people tolerate chronic pain can help researchers find new treatments for chronic diseases. Chronic pain is different from normal, acute pain in that it lasts for days, weeks or even years.

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“Chronic pain can affect every other part of life,” said Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove Biosciences. “Finding genes that may be play a role in pain perception could provide a target for developing new therapies and help physicians better understand their patients’ perceptions of pain.”

The study found that certain genetic variants were linked with patients’ ability to cope with long-term pain. Data for the research came from 2,721 patients. Participants were asked to rate the intensity of their pain. All the patients were on opioid pain medications.

Researchers then classified people based on pain intensities; low, high and moderate pain perception.

The team found that a variant of DRD1 gene was more common in people in the low-pain group than others. The gene variants of COMT and OPRK were more likely to be seen in moderate-pain group than high pain group.

Also, the gene DRD2 was 25 percent more prevalent in people who reported higher levels of pain than others.

 ”Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels,” Onojjighofia said in a news release. “Identifying whether a person has these four genes could help doctors better understand a patient’s perception of pain.”

The study results will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

Related research has found that personality might affect a person’s response to pain, with introverts reporting more pain than extroverts. Researchers at the Stanford University reported that there is a link between anxiety and level of pain.

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5 things you do that may make spring allergies worse

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While the spring months bring warmer temperatures and longer hours of sunshine, they also bring about seasonal allergies for millions of people. And with a predicted “pollen vortex” threatening to make this spring the worst allergy season on record, you may need all the help you can get.

According to the latest statistics from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunity (ACAAI), hay fever (or allergic rhinitis), the nasal condition that causes cold-like symptoms — stuffy nose, watery eyes — will affect nearly 50 million Americans this season.

As many allergy sufferers are aware, the best forms of treatment include medication (whether over the counter or prescription), immunotherapy (shots) and decreasing exposure to pollen, which is the main allergen that triggers this temporary condition. However, even the most informed patients could be unknowingly hindering their well-being.

Here, three allergy specialists identify the most common errors made at this time of year and the simple strategies that can make you breathe easier:

Getting a late start

“Many people think of their allergy medications as something they take in response to their symptoms rather than trying to be proactive and taking them ahead of time,” says Dr. James Sublett, managing partner of Family Allergy and Asthma in Louisville, Ky., and president-elect of the ACAAI. Instead of waiting until you start sneezing and wheezing, he recommends beginning your allergy meds around one to two weeks before your symptoms surface. For most of us, that means now. “At the very least, take medications at the first sign of any symptom as oppose to waiting until things get really bad,” he says.

Letting the outside air in

“A huge mistake allergy suffers make is opening their windows in order to air out their home or office,” says Dr. Rana S. Bonds, interim director at the Division of Allergy/Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. However, this action will have the opposite effect — the plant pollen will make its way indoors and attach itself to your surroundings. And, while a warm spring breeze can feel invigorating, it’s bad news for someone with springtime allergies. “The most beautiful days with a breeze are the worst!” says Bonds. The reason: The pollen count, which differs from day to day, tends to be higher on dry days because it’s easier for the plant powder to become airborne.

Exercising outside in the a.m.

Save the power walking and jogging for the afternoon or evening hours — pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning, says Dr. Andrew W. Murphy, Allergy Chief at The Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. “I hate to tell people to stay inside, but if you’re suffering badly, a better alternative is working out indoors.” And unless you’re dealing with a severe case of allergies and/or are prone to asthma, don’t forgo working out altogether, he adds. “Exercising is good, in general, since it can make your nose and chest feel better.”

Forgetting to take an evening shower

“Once you’re in for the night, hop in the shower — even if it’s the second one of the day — and wash the pollens off,” says Murphy. Keep in mind that it only takes one step into the great outdoors for tiny pollen particles to cling to your body. If your schedule does not allow for a quick scrub during the early evening, Murphy highly advises taking a shower just minutes before climbing into bed.

Self-diagnosing your allergy triggers

“If you have moderate to severe allergies, don’t expect OTC medication to totally take care of the problem,” says Sublett. Your best bet is to seek care from a board-certified allergist who can pinpoint your specific allergies. “For instance, someone may think they’re suffering from a tree pollen allergy when their allergies are caused by a mold,” he explains. “Instead of guessing, allow a professional to identify the problem so he/she can customize a treatment that will be more effective.”

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ER trips for kids’ pain and coughs often end with codeine

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite recommendations against the use of codeine in children, a new study found many emergency room doctors still give the potentially dangerous opioid to kids, such as for pain and coughs.

While researchers found that codeine prescriptions for children in U.S. emergency rooms decreased slightly from 2001 to 2010, between about 559,000 and 877,000 kids were still receiving the drug in that setting each year.

“My colleague and I felt like this was an important question to look at to get a sense of how often it’s being used in the U.S. and to heighten awareness of the issue,” Dr. Sunitha Kaiser told Reuters Health.

Kaiser is the study’s lead author from the University of California, San Francisco.

Codeine is an opioid that has historically been used to treat pain and coughs in children. The drug, when broken down to morphine in the body, changes how pain is perceived by the brain. It also dampens the urge to cough.

Codeine also slows breathing. Depending on their ethnicity, up to a third of people are known to break down the drug much faster than usual, which could lead to an overdose.

Over a dozen reports of children dying from normal doses of codeine have been reported among those so-called ultra-rapid metabolizers, Kaiser and her colleagues write in the journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Alan Woolf, who co-wrote a commentary accompanying the new study, added that some people’s bodies may not break the drug down enough for it to be effective. It can also be abused.

A number of organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), recommend against codeine use for coughs or upper respiratory infections in children.

The Canadian Ministry of Health and the European Medicines Agency prohibit its use in anyone younger than 12 years old.

For the new study, the researchers used data representing 189 million ER visits by children and teens between the ages of three and 17 years old. The visits took place between 2001 and 2010.

The proportion of kids getting codeine during their ER visit or being sent home with a prescription for the opioid decreased from about 4 percent to 3 percent over the 10 years.

“But ultimately when we looked at the actual number of prescriptions that were given during the visits, it was still hundreds of thousands per year,” Kaiser said.

She and her colleagues found that the decrease was mostly among the youngest patients.

The researchers also looked at whether the guidelines issued by the AAP and ACCP in 2006 against codeine for coughs and upper respiratory infections were tied to a decrease in prescriptions. They were not.

Kaiser’s team did find that the likelihood of writing codeine prescriptions during ER visits varied by the location of the ER. Non-Hispanic black children were also less likely to receive a prescription than non-Hispanic white kids.

“We don’t know the reasons behind those differences,” Kaiser said, adding that knowing why some doctors are less likely to prescribe codeine in certain areas or to certain patients may be useful in bringing down the rates of use.

In his commentary, Woolf and his colleague wrote that in 2011 more than 1.7 million codeine prescriptions were written in the U.S. for use in children 17 years old and younger.

Woolf, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, told Reuters Health that parents could ask doctors if there is an alternative treatment without codeine.

“Far be it from me to contradict their pediatricians and doctors, but at least open the dialogue,” he said, adding that doctor education is also important.

For example, doctors can be told about the other common side effects of codeine. Those include allergic reactions and constipation.

“At Boston’s Children Hospital, we’ve taken it off the formulary so you can no longer easily prescribe it,” he said.

Kaiser said it’s important for doctors outside ERs to bring down the number of codeine prescriptions, too.

“We looked at ER prescriptions because it is a really common place for kids to be seen for pain, coughs and colds,” she said. “But it’s just as important that we reduce codeine in other settings as well.”

SOURCE: Pediatrics, online April 21, 2014.

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Tiger Shroff gives Chetan Bhagat a complex?

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Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon during the music launch of the movie Heropanti in Mumbai. (Pic: Viral Bhayani)

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‘Marathi films are my first love’ says Swapnil Joshi

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On winning the award

It’s an honor to receive this award. Duniyadari is a cult movie. We all have put our best efforts but had no expectations that it would get such a terrific response.
It is indeed a moment of pride for me that I was chosen for an award that has a visionary’s name associated with it. Raja Paranjape is one of the pillars of Indian cinema. This award is like a blessing from him.

My inspiration
My mother is my inspiration. She motivates me to keep moving on in life no matter what the situation is.

Memorable films
Both Duniyadari and Mumbai Pune Mumbai are close to heart. I have memorable experiences with these movies.

Upcoming projects
I have two major releases this year, Mitwa and Pyaar Vali Love Story

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Kareena Kapoor is famous everywhere, says Pakistani designer

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Renowned Pakistani designer Faraz Manan says Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, who is the brand
ambassador of his lawn collection, is fond of his royal ethnic dresses and even dons them on certain occasions.

Kareena, 33, is the face of his latest Crescent Lawn Collection, which consists of digital lawn floral prints with embellished necklines presenting an embroidered look to the outfits. (Also read: Kareena, Nargis, Freida, Kajol, Abhishek and Khans star in Koffee bloopers

“Kareena likes it (my collection). She wears it at home also. She is someone who really needs to like something before wearing it. She is currently like a modern nawab. She is married to a nawab and it’s all about a whole new approach. I like designing for nawabi culture,” Faraz, who was in the capital for M B Jewellers and Sons fashion show, told PTI.

“Nawabs play polo and sort of have a modern approach to life. So my collection favours that. Kareena is not just famous here. People know her in Pakistan and Dubai. So it’s good,” he added. (Also read:
Kareena Kapoor: Karisma Kapur looks younger than any Bollywood actress

Faraz, who is popular in Pakistan for his couture, bridal wear, luxury pret, and lawn, has been a frequent visitor to the country as Kareens’s elder sister Karisma Kapur was his campaign’s brand ambassador for three years.

“I have been here (India) before. I come here to visit my friends and also for my campaigns. I do my shoots sometimes in Jaipur, Bombay and Delhi. The appreciation we get every time
we come here is great,” he said.

Apart from the Kapoor sisters, Aashiqui 2 star Aditya Roy Kapoor too has been associated with his collection, having walked the ramp as the showstopper for his formal couture designs last year.

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Salman Khan’s younger sister Arpita dating a Delhi boy?

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s younger sister is reportedly dating an acting aspirant Aayush Sharma from New Delhi. Arpita Khan was earlier in a steady relationship with Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor. Arjun had recently admitted that Arpita was his ‘only and serious relation’.


Both Arpita and Aayush Sharma are often seen with their friends or in a group and have also been tweeting a number of cozy images on Twitter.


While for Aayush ‘there is no dull moment with Arpita’, she counts Aayush among her ‘awesome friend’.


Arpita Khan is the adopted daughter of Salim Khan and Helen.


According to a report published in an English daily, Arpita and Aayush are going steady and have also been on a holiday to Shimla with their respective families. There are rumours that the two may soon get engaged.


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Aishwarya, Abhishek Bachchan "touched" by anniversary wishes

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Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, who celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on Sunday, have thanked their friends, family and fans for leaving them “truly touched” with their wishes.

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“Thank you all so very much for all the anniversary wishes. Truly touched. Big love, Aishwarya and Abhishek,” junior Bachchan posted on his Twitter page.

Together, the actors have a daughter named Aaradhya.

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