Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old-fashioned medical trivia with the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five FFFF.
This week we celebrate World Cup Fever with soccer related injuries, energizing substances and tips on taking a dive…
What is the similarity between a frightened hedgehog and a footballer ‘taking a dive?’
- Both draw in their legs and fall to the ground…
- The hedgehog does this as a defence mechanism…the football player has no such excuse
Between 1979 and 1993 in America, 9 people were injured and 18 killed when struck by which type of sporting equipment?.
- Soccer goal posts which collapsed.
What did the Incan army use as an ‘energiser?’
- Use of cocaine spans thousands of years, with a duality of effects noted throughout history.
- Knowledge of its mind-altering function dates to at least 2000 BC.
- For centuries, indigenous mineworkers in Andean countries have used cocaine derived from the chewing of coca leaves as an endurance-enhancement agent. This may explain why an increasing number of elite athletes are using the
What does the patient with Fregoli delusion believe?
- They identifies a single enemy in the form of many different people
- The Fregoli delusion or the delusion of doubles is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise.
- The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion, and is often of a paranoid nature with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise
What is Köhler disease?
- Avascular necrosis of the navicular bone
- Usually found in children between six and nine years of age.
- Thought to be associated with an abnormal strain on the dorsiflexed foot (e.g. striking a soccer ball with the foot dorsiflexed) causing a strain on the weak, un-ossified navicular bone.
- This causes the navicular bone to temporarily lose its blood supply and as a result, tissue in the bone dies and the bone collapses
- The disease typically affects boys, but it can also affect girls. It was first described in 1908 by Alban Köhler (1874-1947), a German radiologist.