Posts tagged with "Dangerous"

Yale psychiatrist: Pelosi ‘has the right’ to submit Trump to an ‘involuntary evaluation’

December 31, 2019

Ya think? Bandy X. Lee, a professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine who also serves as president of the World Mental Health Coalition, is again sounding the alarm about President Donald Trump’s mental health—and warning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not doing enough to respond to the danger it poses, Salon reports.

Lee actually began warning about the dangers posed by the president’s mental health before his election. She then edited the book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President and convened a conference on the president’s mental health at Yale shortly after the president’s inauguration.

In addition, she recently joined psychiatrists across the country in calling for the House Judiciary Committee to convene a panel of mental health experts to weigh in on the ongoing impeachment proceedings.

Worried by the tone and content of President Trump’s tweets, Lee  has gone so far as to “translate” some of them on her own Twitter feed, which she described to Salon as a “public service.” Lee said she wants her “translations” to help readers see past Trump’s efforts to muddle reality with his “negative influence.”

She recently “translated” Trump’s scorching six-page letter to Pelosi  in a Medium post.— noting that the president had accused the speaker of trying to “steal the election” ahead of the House vote to impeach him.

Arguing that the letter effectively served as a “confession,” Lee said that Trump’s letter was an example of the president projecting his own motives onto Pelosi. But Lee warned that Pelosi has not done enough to respond to the president.

“As a coworker, she has the right to have him submit to an involuntary evaluation, but she has not,” Lee told Salon. “Anyone can call 911 to report someone who seems dangerous, and family members are the most typical ones to do so. But so can coworkers, and even passersby on the street. The law dictates who can determine right to treatment, or civil commitment, and in all 50 U.S. states this includes a psychiatrist.

While Lee told Salon that Pelosi’s strategy of withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate has been effective, she also warned that the delay risks making Trump even more dangerous.

“I am beginning to believe that a mental health hold, which we have tried to avoid, will become inevitable,” Lee said.

Among the most troubling symptoms? “First, Lee told Salon, he is highly unwell, which I am glad many finally seem to see now. More specifically, you can tell how unwell he is by the degree he cannot deviate from his defenses: mainly, denial and projection. We often say he is “doubling down.” A truly sick person will be unable to show any tolerance of ambiguity, doubt or flexibility in thinking. The letter, like his lengthy interviews or his chronic tweeting over years, is unable to show any variation from the characteristic rigidity of pathology.

She noted, “Some people will dispute the ethics of disclosing what I see, and my response is: danger. We are legally bound to break patient confidentiality for safety reasons, and a president is not even a patient.”

Research contact: @Salon

Into the unknown: 400,000 UFO enthusiasts who met on Facebook intend to invade Area 51

July 15, 2019

On Friday, September 20, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. (PDT), a huge group of alien enthusiasts—close to half a million—who found each other on a Facebook fan site has agreed to “meet up at the [U.S. government’s off-limits, fiercely guarded] Area 51 … and coordinate our entry.

“If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens,” one of the members of the Facebook site resolves.

Located 80 miles outside north of Las Vegas, Area 51 is one of the most famous military installations in the world—known more for its cloak of absolute secrecy than for the flight testing that the government insists happens at the base.

Conspiracy theorists and UFO spotters believe that the government hid an alien spacecraft, as well as the alien pilot who did not survive the flight, at the high-security superstructure over 50 years ago—and has gone to great lengths to protect its plunder.

For the uninitiated, “Naruto running” refers to the unique running style of the Naruto Uzmaki, the lead character in the Japanese anime series of the same name. He often is depicted sprinting with his head forward and his arms stretched behind him.

The Facebook-spawned event—called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us—may not end well for those who signed the petition and actually show up, according to writer Michael Grothaus of Fast Company magazine.

It may be more dangerous than they participants think, he says. Indeed, some believe the United States uses the site to develop such technology as sci-fi energy weapons, weather control options, and even time travel..

“Since 2013 the U.S. government has acknowledged that Area 51 is a military site, but has never revealed what types of operations go on there,” Grothaus comments. “Still, even if you have 400,000 people who are supposedly willing to overrun a U.S. military installation, it’s probably not a good idea to pre-announce your attack. And man, if they really do have those secret sci-fi energy weapons there, you guys are screwed.”

Research contact: @FastCompany

‘Killer’ butts: Why Brazilian butt lifts are dangerous

August 22, 2018

Bottoms up! Maybe it’s the influence of the Kardashians, but, according to the Americans Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), requests for Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery are on the rise—and have been for several years. In 2017, ASPS reports, about 20,300 buttock augmentation procedures using fat grafting were performed, and the number of procedures has more than doubled during the past five years.

Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, the ASPS warns, that the BBL is one of the most dangerous cosmetic procedures that doctors perform.

There are always risks involved in surgery—however, among BBL patients to date, there has been a daunting mortality rate: As many as 1 in 3,000 people who undergo the procedure die, or 0.033 percent, compared with 0.002 percent for all office-based cosmetic procedures, according to a 2016 study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

And the cause of these deaths is troubling: Fat that’s injected too deep can enter a patient’s circulatory system, possibly leading to a pulmonary embolism. Indeed, because there are a lot of blood vessels in the buttock area that can be torn or punctured if the fat is injected too deeply, the fat can travel through the circulatory system into the lungs—causing immediate and life-threatening complications.

According to Dr. Douglas Senderoff, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in New York City, the BBL is associated with the highest complication rate of any plastic surgery procedure or elective surgery for healthy people. It’s “unacceptably high,” he told the Huffington Post recently.

Senderoff told HuffPost, “[A pulmonary embolism] is basically a blood clot in the lungs, and you can’t get oxygen to your body because there’s obstruction, and that’s fatal,” he said. “You really don’t have much time to do intervention. It’s something a patient can’t [always] recover from, and it can be immediate.”

To find out more about the procedure and why it’s so dangerous, HuffPost also spoke to Dr. Alan Matarasso, then, the president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The first thing you should know about the BBL, Matarasso told the news outlet, is that it’s not really a lift. “It’s a little bit of a misnomer,” the doctor said, explaining that the cosmetic procedure enlarges the buttock area through the injection of fat. That fat is usually taken from other parts of the body―usually the abdomen and thighs—for additional contouring effects.

 “People like the concept of using their own body fat,” he told HuffPost, noting that there’s more of an “overall change” to the body shape. “For example, you may reduce the thighs and enlarge the butt, and they sort of go hand in hand.”

Other elements that can affect the outcome of the procedure, according to Matarasso, include the amount of fat that’s injected, the angle at which it’s injected and the type and size of instrument (a cannula) used.

In addition, the BBL can have a number of non-life-threatening complications—including bleeding, infection,n and issues with skin healing, Matarasso said.

According to Senderoff, patients can also experience fat necrosis, in which the injected fat cells die, resulting in firm lumps that can lead to infection.

The risk increases greatly, if the surgery is performed by an uncertified doctor (or back-alley profiteeer). Indeed, Matarasso said, people who aren’t doctors even are injecting “inappropriate substances,” such as silicone into patients’ butts—which is very dangerous.

“It’s unfortunately not as uncommon as you’d hope it would be,” he told HuffPost—adding, “On any given day, there is somebody going into the emergency room with siliconomas,” or hard lumps of tissue that form around silicone gel that has migrated from an implant or injection site.

Is there any alternative? It’s also possible to combine fat injections with implants, Senderoff told the news outlet. That way, the doctor doesn’t have to rely on the fat to build the core volume of the buttock. He called this method a sensible approach because it allows for more precision.

Exercising, of course, is the most natural alternative. Matarasso noted that while it’s possible to build muscle and enlarge your buttock area, it’s harder to reduce the size of other areas.

Research contact: varun.gupta@vanderbilt.edu