DOCTORS were shocked when a woman turned up at a clinic with a rare, but deadly gum disease. The unnamed woman's teeth were almost entirely engulfed by her overgrown gums. She told medics her gums had started to grow around six weeks earlier. The patient had also been suffering nose bleeds and had three nasty ulcers on her face, causing her skin to be "eaten away".'Strawberry gums' After inspecting her gums, doctors noted their bizarre grainy appearance. And they recognised it as a sign of a condition dubbed "strawberry gingivitis" - because the gum tissue can look so like the fruit. The medical name for the condition is granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Dr Maryam Ghiasi, one of the medics who treated the woman at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran, said lab tests confirmed the diagnosis of GPA. Scans of the head and chest showed no signs of the disease in the patient's sinuses, but several nodules in her lungs. In a case report, published in the New England Journal of … [Read more...] about Woman’s teeth ‘disappear’ as killer ‘strawberry gum’ disease engulfs her smile
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It seems trite given, his extraordinary musical talent, to focus on Freddie Mercury's teeth, but if you're going to make a movie about Queen's legendary frontman, that overbite can't be underestimated. Rami Malek has already won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA, and is nominated for an Oscar, for his portrayal of Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," a singer born with four additional incisors – "More space in my mouth means more range," he proclaimed in the film. But even Malek admits he couldn't have done it without the man behind that mouth: Chris Lyons, a dental technician by trade. "It's the biggest tooth movie I've ever worked on," Lyons said. He does real dental work for real people at his offices outside London, but he has a side business, called Fangs FX. He's helped monsters, and those monstrously famous. He gave Meryl Streep a set of Margaret Thatcher teeth for "The Iron Lady," and gave Tilda Swinton a mouthful of his work, too, for "Snowpiercer." And he helped John … [Read more...] about “Bohemian Rhapsody”: Sinking one’s teeth into a role
HALF the nation don’t like their smile, with many believing the state of their teeth has held them back at work and in their personal lives, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study found a large percentage of the population are so self-conscious about their teeth that it affects them on an almost daily basis. Teeth also came third in a list of the things in life we stress most about - with only finances and relationships ranked more highly. In fact, one in five felt their teeth had more of a negative effect on their confidence than their physique, hair or wrinkles. One in five expressed fears they were becoming increasingly ‘introverted’ because they feel so self-conscious about smiling and laughing. It also emerged 61 per cent of the 2,000 adults who took part in the study have been affected by 'Posh Spice Syndrome' - being wrongly considered 'miserable' because they don't smile very often. Dr Aalok Shukla CEO and co-founder of on-demand … [Read more...] about ‘Posh Spice Syndrome’ affects ‘miserable’ Brits with bad teeth who rarely smile
ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
Todd Pitman, Esther Htusan and Dake Kang, Associated Press Updated 11:26 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 In this March 21, 2018, photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of captivity, rape and abuse deep in China. As the demand for "brides" in China rises, The Associated Press has pieced together the tragic ordeal of one woman who escaped, but had to leave her son behind. less In this March 21, 2018, photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of ... more Photo: Esther Htusan, AP In this July 12, 2018, photo, Li Mingming, whose foot is chained to a bed, a practice sometimes employed by families in rural China to keep mentally disabled … [Read more...] about 6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity