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Syndromes: Foreign Accent Synrome

Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a person speaks with a “foreign” accent.  The...

Medical Oddities: Pica

Pica is a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive (e.g., metal, clay, coal, sand, dirt, soil, feces, chalk, pens and...

Ron Sveden: Pea Plant Grows in Man’s Lung

In May 2009, retired teacher Ron Sveden,  who had been fighting emphysema for months was shocked when doctors told him there was a PEA...

Dancing Mania: Dancing Plague

Dancing mania (aka dancing plague, choreomania, St John’s Dance and historically St. Vitus’ Dance) was a phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between...

Stendhal Syndrome: Illness Caused By Intense Beauty

Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art that is particularly...

Aquagenic Urticaria: Water Allergy

Aquagenic urticaria, also known as water urticaria and aquagenous urticaria, is a very rare skin disorder that causes a painful reaction to the body...

Cancer Proof Naked Mole Rats

With its wrinkled skin and bucked teeth, the naked mole rat isn’t the prettiest of animals. But the burrowing, desert rodent is exceptional in...

Trichobezoar: Rapunzel Syndrome

Trichobezoar is a rare intriguing disorder in which swallowed hairs accumulates in the stomach. First reported in 1779, trichobezoar is a combination of “trich”...