Eyespy: May 2009
Brings you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Face transplant—A surgical team in Cleveland, Ohio, has successfully completed an exceptional operation, replacing 80% of a patient’s face. Out of four facial transplants performed worldwide to date, this is the most complex. After experiencing major trauma, the patient had lost her ability to eat, speak, and drink because of missing parts of her face. In a 22 hour operation, doctors replaced the woman’s lower eyelids, cheeks, nose, and bone tissue, restoring the motor functions of her face and enabling her to perceive smell and taste again (www.telegraph.co.uk, 17 Feb 2009, “AAAS: Face transplant patient given new nose, jaw and cheeks can eat and drink”).
Meat affects our eyesight—Consumption of red meat is linked to a higher risk of developing age related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in old age, a study from Australia in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates (2009;169:867-76). The scientists found that compared with