Man who sniffs dirty socks daily hospitalized with fungal infection in lungs, reports say

A man in China who reportedly sniffed his dirty socks each day learned the hard way that his habit is apparently a health danger. The man, identified only as Peng by the Daily Mail, reportedly developed a habit of sniffing his socks each day after work. But this unusual custom allegedly landed him in the hospital after … Continue reading “Man who sniffs dirty socks daily hospitalized with fungal infection in lungs, reports say”

A man in China who reportedly sniffed his dirty socks each day learned the hard way that his habit is apparently a health danger.

The man, identified only as Peng by the Daily Mail, reportedly developed a habit of sniffing his socks each day after work. But this unusual custom allegedly landed him in the hospital after the Zhangzhou resident complained of chest pains, tightness in his chest and a cough, Science Alert reported.

Initially, doctors at Zhangzhou's 909 Hospital suspected that Peng, 37, had pneumonia. But when his symptoms persisted, doctors re-questioned the man and he eventually admitted he was “addicted to smelling his socks that he had been wearing,” he said, according to the Daily Mail, which cited local Chinese media.


Physicians would later discover the man had a serious fungal infection in his lungs, more formally known as pulmonary fungal disease. The infection was likely caused when the man inhaled the fungal spores found in the dirty socks, Science Alert reported.

Peng's condition may have been worsened by his “lack of rest,” one of the man’s doctors, Mai Zhuanying, reportedly told Fujian Daily, according to the Daily Mail.

"The infection could also be attributed to the patient's lack of rest at home as he had [been] looking after his child, leading to a weaker immune system," Zhuanying said.

Pulmonary fungal disease, or Aspergillosis, is an infection caused by a certain kind of mold.

"The illnesses resulting from aspergillosis usually affect the respiratory system, but their signs and severity vary greatly,” the Mayo Clinic explains online.


“The mold that triggers the illnesses, aspergillus, is everywhere — indoors and outdoors. Most strains of this mold are harmless, but a few can cause serious illnesses when people with weakened immune systems, underlying lung disease or asthma inhale their spores,” the Mayo Clinic continued, noting the infection can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, or cause the infected person to cough up blood, among other symptoms.

Luckily, Peng is expected to make a full recovery, the Daily Mail reported.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Tennessee dad faces fatal, untreatable illness as family hopes for cure

A Tennessee father who was given a year to live after being diagnosed with an extremely rare degenerative illness now requires 24-hour care at a nursing facility as his family hopes for a cure for the currently untreatable condition. Tony Gibson, a 32-year-old welder and ironworker, initially showed symptoms of confusion and forgetfulness earlier this year, his wife, Danielle, told News Channel 5.

Gibson was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), which according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is a degenerative, fatal brain disorder that strikes in about one in a million per year, worldwide. It’s estimated that 350 Americans are diagnosed each year, although it’s typically diagnosed in older patients with symptoms beginning at around 60, and death occurring within one year.


Patients may first exhibit memory issues, behavioral changes, visual disturbances and lack of coordination before it advances to mental deterioration, blindness, weakness of extremities and coma. Gibson told the news outlet doctors believe her husband’s case is sporadic, which occurs in patients with no known risk factors and accounts for about 85 percent of all CJD cases. There are two other types of CJD, with one often compared to mad cow disease.

According to NINDS, symptoms of sporadic CJD are comparable to those of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, but deterioration occurs more quickly in CJD patients. While there are studies underway, no successful treatment has been developed.


In a Facebook post honoring CJD Awareness Day on Nov. 12, Gibson wrote that her husband went from being a strong man to a 90-year-old within months.

“This is the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen,” Danielle Gibson, who is caring for the couple’s four children at-home, told New Channel 5. “I’ve seen a lot of terrible things. I’ve seen ALS, but this has to be the worst.”

Texas prison allowed flesh-eating infection to ‘eat away’ at inmate’s arm, lawsuit claims

A 37-year-old man who was sentenced to six months in prison on drug charges in 2016 is suing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over claims that nobody could take him to the hospital for a flesh-eating bacteria infection (MRSA) that was eating away at his arm due to staff shortages. Harold Millican, who claims he fell while on work assignment at the Gist State Jail, alleges that staff let the infection fester for one week despite his pleas for help, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Millican, who has a projected Aug. 2019 release date and is being represented by attorney Allie Booker, claims that his wound developed MRSA, and that he was taken to the prison infirmary when his foul-smelling wound was developing a green, yellow color and that even then there “was no one available to take him to the hospital.”


Booker claims that it wasn’t until after her client passed out in his cell that staff found someone available to take him to the hospital.

“TDCJ knew that allowing an abscess that was yellow and green in color, growing, painful, damaging the skin, eating away at the skin and muscle of Plaintiff, and that had a foul odor was dangerous and or harmful to his health,” Millican’s lawsuit claims, according to the Houston Chronicle. “TDCJ knew or should have known that the denial of treatment for a wound such as this was an act that was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff’s health and safety.”


Booker and Millican claim he was forced to undergo multiple surgeries to control the infection. Photos show several layers of his skin extending from his elbow to his hand cut away. He is seeking at least $200,000, and is requesting more adequate medical training for prison staff.

Jeremy Desel, TDCJ spokesman, told the Houston Chronicle that the department does not comment on pending litigation.

St. Louis woman, 18, serenaded by Jason Mraz dies while waiting for new lungs

A Kansas teen with cystic fibrosis who was recently serenaded by Jason Mraz reportedly died while awaiting a new pair of lungs.

Madison Taliaferro, 18, of Holton, "passed away peacefully" on Saturday at the St. Louis Children's Hospital Missouri, after she lost a "courageous-long-fought battle," a funeral home obituary stated.

Taliaferro was hospitalized for more than two weeks after her body recently rejected the double-lung transplant she received in November 2012. The high school senior waited months to receive the transplant, which came from Alex Lott, a high school baseball player who died after he fell and broke his neck during a game of football.


A GoFundMe page for the teen states doctors were not sure why the lungs were being rejected, noting that "one minute she was enjoying her homecoming dance and the next week she was fighting for her life."

Mraz, a singer-songwriter known for his popular hit "I'm Yours," visited Taliaferro in the hospital on Dec. 9 while he was in Missouri for a concert. Her mother, Desiree Razak-Taliaferro, wrote on Facebook that her daughter's nurses "schemed" to get the singer to stop by for a visit.

"The very first song was so lovely and inspiring," her mother wrote. "It was a great end to her day."


Taliaferro, according to her family, was the vice president of her high school senior class, the football manager for her school's team, and was active in various clubs. Her mother praised her on Monday as a "beautiful amazing girl."

A "Celebration of Life" to honor Taliaferro is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Holton High School.

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Dad claims food poisoning led to rare paralyzing disorder

A gym-mad dad was paralyzed from the nose down by a rare immune disorder triggered by a chicken curry meal.

David Braham, 40, became unwell while watching his son play rugby after the dodgy meal and within a matter of days was fighting for his life in an induced coma.

Medics discovered he was suffering from food poisoning which caused the rare autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome.


The dad-of-two was left paralyzed from the face down, unable to talk, and ended up on a ventilator for four months, unable to breathe on his own.

Eight months since the Chinese chicken curry which nearly cost him his life, he can finally walk on his own, and he has been allowed home for a short overnight visit.

"I felt fine until I had the chicken curry," Braham, a former driving instructor from Bridgent, Wales, said. "I just picked it up as a quick meal whilst a pupil was taking their test. I regret it. I am almost certain that's what caused it."

"I didn't feel quite right," he said. "That night I felt a bit dodgy and I got really ill over the weekend. I got ill really quickly. It just started with a tingling feeling."

"Before I knew it I was literally locked in my own body. It was absolutely terrifying," he said. "It was like being a living hell. I didn't know if I'd be able to see my kids again and I didn't think I'd ever be able to walk again. It was the thought of my kids that kept me going. I have been fighting for them. I didn't think I'd survive."

"I did wonder if there would ever be a way out," he said. "All I want to do is play with my kids again and be a dad again."

Braham felt poorly while he watched his 7-year-old son played rugby at Liberty Stadium in Swansea in April, but thought it was a “dodgy stomach” caused by the meal from a roadside cafe.

But his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the Princess Wales Hospital on April 10, four days after tucking into the curry he blames.

Braham has his sights set on making it home for Christmas. (SWNS)

He was initially treated with antibiotics and sent home after a six-day hospital stay.

But the next day a tingling feeling started to spread through his body – which eventually caused complete paralysis.

Within 24 hours he "couldn't move a muscle" and was taken back to the hospital by ambulance.

It was only then that medical staff discovered he had been suffering from food poisoning campylobacter which caused the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome.


The serious and rare condition causes the immune system to attack nerve functions and can be triggered by infections including food poisoning.

Braham, who is separated, was placed in an induced coma for four weeks and placed on a ventilator for four months after he lost the ability to breathe on his own.

"When I woke up out of the coma I had no idea what was going on. I was paralyzed and couldn't feel a thing," he said. "I didn't see my children for three months whilst I was in intensive care."

After being woken out of the coma in May, he began on the long and slow road to recovery.

In September he was transferred from the Llandough Hospital to Rookwood in Cardiff for rehabilitation.

Thanks to daily physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and weekly aqua therapy sessions, he took his first steps in early November.

"I had to learn how to wash myself and brush my teeth again. It took me three months to be able to move my legs again," he said. "It was like being a baby and having to learn how to do simple things again. My mind knew how to do everything but my body just wouldn't respond. Spending so much time in hospital has been horrible but I've got a strong bond with the guys here in rehab. Everyone spurs each other on and pushes each other to go one step further."

He was able to visit home and spend time with his children for the first time on Dec. 8.

He now has his sights set on sitting at the dinner table on Christmas Day surrounded by his loved ones.

"To see my kids open their Christmas presents will be the most special feeling ever," Braham, who also has a 4-year-old daughter Georgia, said. "I can't wait to be a dad again, just to spent time with the kids. It will feel amazing. I'm over the moon. It feels like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel."

His old routine would see him take on five or six gym sessions every week, and the weight-lifting enthusiast is now looking forward to getting back in the gym and work next year.

He expects to remain in rehab until at least March.

Boy, 6, diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria after positive strep test

A 6-year-old boy in Mississippi is fighting for his life after a flesh-eating bacteria infection sneakily spread through his legs for days. Chance Wade, whose mom is urging other parents to “never take anything lightly,” had tested positive for strep three days after he started complaining about leg pain, reported.

“He was complaining about his leg, we took him to the doctor he tested positive for strep throat but he was still limping,” Melissa Evans, the boy’s mother, told the news outlet.


By the time he was diagnosed, doctors at Blair E Batson Children’s had discovered that the infection spread through both of his legs.

The boy has already been through three surgeries to stop the infection from spreading further. (Courtesy Melissa Dianne Evans)

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly throughout the body and can lead to death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Timely diagnosis, rapid antibiotic treatment and prompt surgery are vital in stopping the infection from spreading. According to the CDC, group A Streptococcus is a common cause of necrotizing fasciitis.

Evans said she isn’t sure how her son contracted the infection, but that he’s already been through three surgeries to prevent it from spreading further since the end of November.


“It can come from many things, just a small cut, an open wound just a scratch… With all this weather changing, and sick babies, and everything going around, just never take anything lightly,” she told WJTV. “Just continue to pray for me and my baby he’s still fighting and it’s going to be alright.”

She told WJTV that she hopes she can bring her son home in time for Christmas, and has started a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses.

Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure

A 36-year-old California man who was admitted to the intensive care unit with chronic heart failure was coughing so severely that he hacked up a piece of his lung. The unidentified patient, whose case was written about in the New England Journal of Medicine, was receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and had previously been fitted with a pacemaker.


Over the course of a week, the patient had progressed to coughing up phlegm and blood, and during a particularly extreme bout had dislodged a piece of a bronchial tube from his right lung.

“The right bronchial tree consists of three segmental branches in the upper lobe, two segmental branches in the middle lobe, and five segmental branches in the lower lobe,” the case report’s authors wrote. “The patient’s trachea was subsequently intubated, and flexible bronchoscopy revealed a small amount of blood in the basilar branches of the right lower lobe.”


He was extubated two days later, and he had no further instances of coughing up blood, but he died one week later due to complications of heart failure.

Man’s eyes, neck swell in bizarre reaction to hair dye

A man feared he was going blind after his head doubled in size when he had a bizarre extreme reaction to hair dye.

Bradley Reeson, 23, bought the bright red hair dye while on vacation in Egypt and applied it all over his short hair without doing a "patch" test.

A day later his face and neck started to swell up and itch until he could barely see out of his left eye.

Shocking photos show his usually slim face doubled in size, bizarrely swelling at the sides and around his eyes.

Reeson, from Manchester, was rushed to the hospital where doctors gave him an adrenaline injection in a bid to halt the swelling before his throat swelled up.


Embarrassed Reeson had to spend two weeks wearing a bandanna to cover his head until the swelling went down, and is now warning others of the dangers of PPD allergy.

The chemical – called paraphenylenediamine – is found in 90 percent of hair dyes and is also in henna tattoos.

"My head inflated to around double in size and I was unrecognizable," Reeson, a marketing executive, said. "At first I thought that everything was OK but then my neck started to itch. Before long, parts of my head and face then started to swell up especially around my left eye."

Reeson pictured with his girlfriend in November 2018. (SWNS)

"It was very unpleasant and painful," he said. "It got to the point where I couldn't see through my left eye. I was extremely frightened at the time because I thought I was about to go blind."

Reeson bought the unknown brand of bright red hair dye from a supermarket in Sharm El Sheikh while on a four-week trip with his family in June 2011.

He was there with his mom Sue, 68, dad William, 68, and older brother, Luke, 24.

He applied it before going out for dinner and did not test it on a patch of his skin prior to use.


Reeson shaved off his hair hoping to halt the reaction, but it didn't help.

"It was just to prevent further swelling on my head which was painful. I looked like an army recruit," he said.

He was admitted to hospital where doctors said he was experiencing an allergic reaction to chemical PPD.

"I was shocked that I had an allergic reaction because I had never heard about it before," Reeson said. "I was discharged a few hours later after being injected with epinephrine which can relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions."

"After this, I was forced to stay indoors during the day because the doctors said that the swelling would get worse with the heat," he said. "When I went out in the evenings, I had to resort to wearing a bandanna to cover all of the red swelling on my head because it was so embarrassing.

"It was certainly a frightening experience but I now know of my allergy to PPD," Reeson said.

Trip to chiropractor led to brain cyst discovery, woman says

A women's chiropractic procedure to manipulate her neck may have inadvertently led doctors to discover a large cyst in her brain that had likely been there for decades.

The 22-year-old woman went to the emergency room after experiencing headaches, dizziness and blurred vision for about three months, according to a new report of the case, published online Oct. 5 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Her symptoms began right after she had "cervical spine manipulation," a common chiropractic procedure to treat neck and back pain, as well as other conditions. (In addition to chiropractors, other health practitioners may perform cervical spine manipulation, including physical therapists and osteopathic doctors. In the woman's case, it's unclear who performed the procedure.) [10 Surprising Facts About the Brain]

Because the woman's symptoms began immediately after the cervical spine manipulation, doctors were concerned she may have experienced a complication from the procedure, according to the report. For example, the procedure has been linked to tears in the arteries in the neck, as well as stroke, according to a study published in 2013 in the journal PLOS ONE. But imaging of the woman's neck showed her blood vessels appeared normal.

However, a CT scan of her brain showed a large cyst near the front, left side of her head. Specifically, the woman had an arachnoid cyst, a sac filled with cerebrospinal fluid in one of the membranes that covers the brain and spinal cord. These cysts are usually congenital, meaning people have them when they are born. Most people with arachnoid cysts don't have any symptoms; if symptoms do occur, they typically show up in childhood, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).

The new report is the first to link the onset of symptoms from arachnoid cysts with cervical spine manipulation, the authors said. However, the report can't prove that the cervical spine manipulation caused or triggered symptoms from the arachnoid cyst. Instead, it suggests only a possible association between them, said the lead author of the report, Dr. Scott McAninch, an emergency medicine physician at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

The goal of the report is to "make other providers around the world aware of the possible association between cervical manipulation [and arachnoid cysts], so that any future cases may be identified," McAninch told Live Science. More cases would suggest a stronger link between the two, McAninch said.

McAninch said his intent is not to criticize cervical spine manipulation, as he supports fair analysis of the procedure's effectiveness in treating symptoms. Instead, it is "to identify a possible unforeseen complication of a practice so that provider and patients can understand [the] risks [and] benefits of said practice, allowing them to make a more informed decision about treatment options," McAninch said.

Most arachnoid cysts don't change in size, and treatment for the cyst may not be necessary if a patient does not have symptoms, according to NORD. But since the woman had symptoms, it was recommended that she undergo surgery that involves opening the cyst to allow the fluid to drain out, McAninch said. After the surgery, the women's symptoms mostly disappeared, the report said.

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Cases of ‘polio-like’ illness that’s paralyzing children appears to have ‘peaked,’ CDC says

Cases of a rare illness called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) that has affected more than a hundred Americans this year appears to have peaked, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday.


“Based on the number of reported cases of AFM in the United States through November 30, 2018, it appears that the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) for AFM has peaked and will continue to decline for the remainder of 2018,” federal health officials said in a statement.

Of the 299 suspected cases of AFM reported to the CDC in 2018, the health agency has confirmed 134 cases of the illness in 33 states. The latest confirmed cases were in September and October.

The CDC said it has seen an increase of AFM cases every other year since 2014. Mostly young children have been affected.

AFM is a "polio-like" illness that is rare but serious. It primarily impacts the central nervous system, “specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak,” the health agency says online.

The illness can be caused by certain enteroviruses, or “a group of viruses that cause a number of infectious illnesses which are usually mild,” the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says online. For the past four years, the CDC said 90 percent of AFM patients “had a mild respiratory illness or fever consistent with a viral infection before they developed AFM.”


The poliovirus and the West Nile virus have also been known to cause AFM. Treatment for the condition varies.

“Although fewer cases are expected in coming months, CDC and partners continue to carefully study AFM to gain new understanding of the condition so that we can better diagnose, treat, and prevent it in the future,” the CDC said.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.