Most people think that electro-convulsive therapy is barbaric, brutal – and banned. But on an average day In Britain, 10 people undergo ECT. Despite its horrific past and the dramatic images of Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest having his brain fried, the current medical consensus is that ECT is still the
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An Italian family are reported to have such a high threshold to feeling pain that they barely notice broken bones or feel burns. Six members of the Marsili family have the strange medical condition, that is so rare and unique, that doctors have named the condition after them – Marsili Syndrome. Letizia Marsili knew she
A 7 year old boy missing the part of the brain used for sight has baffled doctors by being able to have almost perfect sight. The boy, from Australia, known only as “Bl” is reported to have lost the primary visual cortex part of his brain due to a rare medical disorder soon after being
In the world of breast feeding Elisabeth Anderson Sierra is a superhero. She has a weird medical condition known as Hyperlactation Syndrome which means her body manages to produce over 200 ounces (5.6 litres) of breast milk every day. In comparison an average mother produces around 10-20 ounces. So that’s a lot of extra milk
The strange case of the girl who bleeds from her eyes. Teenager Marnie-Rae Harvey from Stoke-on-Trent, England, has a weird medical condition that means she regularly finds herself bleeding from her eyes, and disturbingly no one knows why. “It burns and then if it covers the pupils of my eye I can’t see,” says Marnie-Ray.
There is a place in the Dominican Republic where girls, at the age of 12 suddenly start growing a penis. We know it sounds like some weird sci-fi tale but this is a strange but true story. Ever since the 1970s there had been strange rumours of girls turning into boys in Salinas, an isolated
Hazel Jones is special – she has two vaginas. 27 year old Hazel, from High Wycombe in England didn’t know this until she was 18 and visited a doctor after a boyfriend said she was “different” down there. Hazel has a bizarre condition called uterus didelphys which means she has two vaginas, two uteruses and two
A Mexican man is claiming to have the world’s longest penis and he has an X-ray photo to prove it. Roberto Esquivel Cabrera’s penis is 18.9 inches long, The x-ray confirms this – although there is a catch – his actual penis is only 6 inches long, the rest is made from “extra skin”.
Sanju Bhagat had felt self-conscious his whole life about his big belly. His stomach was often so swollen, he looked nine months pregnant and could barely breathe. But one night in June 1999, Bhagat’s problem erupted into something much larger and far freakier. That night, Bhagat who lived in the city of Nagpur, in India, his