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Dentist finds live maggots inside patient’s mouth

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A dentist, in a gruesome video clip, shows opening up his patient’s mouth to find scores of wriggling maggots, the slimy insects, usually found in rotting meat.

This is the revolting moment an unfortunate dentist encountered with a mouth infested by live maggots. As the dentist tugs the patient’s bottom lip, her yellow, rotting teeth protrude past her eroded gums — an obvious sign of poor oral hygiene, strongly linked to oral myiasis, the MailOnline reported.

In the 56-second long clip, suspected to have been shot in South India, was posted to LiveLeak and YouTube , the unnamed patient can be heard breathing heavily.

As her top lip is also pulled away, the true extent of her infestation is revealed and the insects can be seen swarming in her gums.

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The woman appears to suffer from myiasis, which comes from the Latin words “myia” meaning fly and “iasis” meaning disease.

The flies’ larvae can feed on the host’s living or dead tissue, liquid body substance, or ingested food. When the tissues in the oral cavity are invaded by parasites, this is known as oral myiasis.

Those at risk of the rare condition include those from poorer social backgrounds and people who have suffered wounds or other injury to the face. It is also more common in regions with a warmer climate.

Infestations of the nose and ears are dangerous because of the possibility of penetration into the brain, the fatality rate is 8 per cent in such cases.

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Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk

IANS Indo Asian News Service




Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk. Representational Image

NEW YORK — People who are suffering from urinary or respiratory tract infections may face nearly double the risk of heart attacks and strokes than obesity, researchers have warned.

The study — led by a researcher of Indian origin — found that if the frequency of these common infections causing hospitalisation continues for a longer period it may even lead to death.

Patients diagnosed with any one of these common infections were three times more likely to die than those without prior infection after developing heart disease, and almost twice as likely to die if they had a stroke.

“Our figures suggest that those who are admitted to hospital with a respiratory or urinary tract infection are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke, than patients who have had no such infection, and are considerably less likely to survive from these conditions,” Rahul Potluri, researcher at Britain’s Aston University, said in a statement.

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The effects of the common infections were of similar magnitude among the people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol, researchers said.

“It is notable that infection appears to confer as much, if not more, of a risk for future heart disease and stroke as very well established risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” Potluri added.

Researchers conducted the study over 34,027 patients who had been admitted with a urinary or respiratory tract infection with an age and sex-matched control group without infection.

Factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, obesity and tobacco use, as well as medical conditions including excess cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation were also taken into account.

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