This is absolutely terrifying! Beware of stagnant water in the heat!
A rare waterborne parasite known as the "brain-eating amoeba" killed a 9-year-old boy in Virginia earlier this month and most recently, took the life of a 16-year-old girl in Florida this week.
The parasite causes amoebic meningoencephalitis, an infection that attacks the brain and spine, and can be found in stagnant freshwater during hot weather. Symptoms of the scary infection include headaches, vomiting, and neck stiffness.
Although so incredibly rare that some years pass without any incidents, experts suggest using nose clips when swimming in freshwater to reduce the risk of infection.
This definitely makes us think twice about hopping in any lakes for the rest of the summer!
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Just ask your doctor!
Although most people are skeptical, doctors are prescribing yoga to patients with a variety of ailments.
Dr. Loren Fishman, a rehabilitative medicine specialist at Columbia University's New York-Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, believes in the healing power of yoga, saying:
"Yoga lowers your tension. It relaxes the basic tone of your muscle. And the minute you notice that yoga helps, it raises your confidence that you can help yourself. It gives you the feeling of 'I can do it.'"
Check out ten examples of how yoga has helped patients overcome ailments traditional medicine couldn't!
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Our head hurts thinking about this…
Check out the video (above) of a man who had a 4 inch rusty blade stuck in his head for years!
Guess they were able to remove it successfully, because he's currently in the hospital, recovering.
We're glad to hear he's all right, but now every time we have a bad headache, we'll be thinking about this.
We'd know it if we had a 4 inch rusty blade in our head, right?
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