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Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"... More »

Woman Says Rare Condition Is 'Most Painful Thing in World'

Kayla Hansen has blisters and sores up and down her arms

(Newser) - In late December of 2015, Kayla Hansen was at her job as a restaurant manager when her hand became stuck in a slammed door. She describes the sensation that shot out from it as "electric shock pain" and the swelling was just as bad two months later, reports the... More »

Mystery Bug Bite Lands Man in Hospital

Arizona's Thomas Jay describes it as a cross between a spider and a scorpion

(Newser) - It was just another night taking the trash to the curb in Chandler, Arizona, until Thomas Jay suddenly felt a pinch followed by the "most excruciating pain" of his life. He swatted off what looked like "a cross between a scorpion and a spider," per Fox 10... More »

The 23-Year-Old Lost His Memory. Then Came the MRI

He's one of 14 patients to suffer from the newly named CHIAS in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Since 2012 , doctors in Massachusetts have observed a most unusual kind of patient just 14 times—or, 14 times that we know about. It all started with Max Meehan, who was taken to the hospital after his behavior freaked out his family: his memory had suddenly vanished. "The kid... More »

Deadly Brain Illness Blamed on Fruit

Toxin in lychee led to brain inflammation in kids: study

(Newser) - The Muzaffarpur area produces 70% of India's lychee fruit. It's also the site of a mysterious and deadly illness plaguing children in May and June for each of the last 22 years. Researchers now say the two facts go hand in hand. In a Lancet study, they say... More »

Each Night, These Brothers Become Paralyzed

Fine during the day, they can't eat, talk, or even open their eyes at night

(Newser) - Two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids," in a case that has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Aged 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state—unable to... More »

Teen Girl's Bleeding Eyes Are Ruining Her Life

And doctors are stumped

(Newser) - Marnie-Rae Harvey isn't a James Bond villain. She's just a typical 17-year-old British woman who happens to regularly bleed from her eyes—as well as her ears, fingernails, tongue, nose, and scalp, Cosmopolitan UK reports. But the really scary thing is no one knows why it's happening.... More »

Man Has Suffered Persistent Deja Vu—Since 2007

Researchers think anxiety could be to blame in case of 23-year-old Brit

(Newser) - The Telegraph calls it "one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded in medical history": A 23-year-old British man can't lead a normal life because he feels he's "trapped in a time loop," as he describes it. When his episodes first started... More »

Mystery Disease Strikes Just One Family on the Planet

Joselin, Hilary Linder determined to wipe out strange genetic ailment

(Newser) - In the late 1980s, William Linder, a healthy 40-year-old doctor, came home from a vacation fatigued and with swollen legs. By 1996, he was dead, with the cause officially listed as "unknown." The years in between were full of gruesome symptoms: Swelling squeezed some of his veins so... More »

Doctor Saves Guy's Life Thanks to ... House Episode

Figured out patient was experiencing cobalt poisoning

(Newser) - A doctor in Germany says Fox medical drama House helped him find the right diagnosis for a heart failure patient whose symptoms had baffled others for months. The 55-year-old patient reportedly went from doctor to doctor for a year, but none of them could figure out why he was going... More »

Doctor Pulls Small Feather Out of Baby's Neck

It may have come from a feather pillow

(Newser) - Seven-month-old Mya Whittington had been crying and pulling at the skin under her ear for weeks, leading her parents to think she might be teething. They had no idea how wrong they were. The left side of her face finally began to swell last weekend, leading Mya's parents to... More »

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