Eyespy: July 2009
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
DIY brain surgery—A quick thinking doctor in rural Australia has saved a boy’s life by using a drill from the hospital maintenance cupboard to relieve the pressure from a haematoma. The boy, aged 13, from Maryborough, Queensland, hit his head when he fell from his bike and began having headaches. The boy arrived at hospital and was slipping in and out of consciousness. Rob Carson, a rural general practitioner, realised the need to evacuate the blood. The neurosurgeon David Wallace gave directions over the phone, and Dr Carson successfully operated before the boy was transferred to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (www.dailymail.co.uk, 22 May, “Doctor uses household drill to bore into boy’s skull to save his life after accident swelled brain”).
The gene that makes flies drunk—A new gene, happyhour, which makes fruit flies more sensitive to alcohol, has been identified by researchers at the University of California. The gene seems