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Ankle pain led to ominous medical mystery

Gajavelli’s doctors — among them an internist, rheumatologist, podiatrist, neurologist and two orthopedists — were puzzled after tests failed to reveal an underlying cause. A physical therapist suggested the problem might be in his head.

Frustrated, Gajavelli, who lives near Philadelphia, turned to experts more than 8,000 miles away in his native India. During a week-long visit to see relatives, he consulted two specialists, one of whom ordered a scan that proved to be pivotal.

“There was something odd about his presentation” early on, said Mona Al Mukaddam, the University of Pennsylvania endocrinologist who made the diagnosis a few weeks after he returned from India. “If someone had really taken his history and looked at all the factors [in his case], it might not have taken so long.”

A puzzling stress fracture

The pain in his left ankle was slight at first. Gajavelli said he continued walking regularly for exercise

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We Were Promised the World’s Most Delicious Mangoes. They Never Came.

On April 27, 2007, a shipment of 150 boxes of Indian mangoes arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York in what The New York Times described as “probably the most eagerly anticipated fruit delivery ever.”

This shipment was the result of years of maneuvering and lobbying efforts that went straight to the top; even then-president George W. Bush had been plied with an Indian mango sample. The importation of Indian mangoes into the US had been officially banned since 1989, ostensibly due to concerns over pests that might have spread to American crops. Even before the ban, mango shipments from India had been vanishingly rare.

Indian-Americans, in particular, knew exactly what they had been missing. India is the spiritual, cultural, botanical, agricultural, and culinary homeland of the mango—scientifically, Mangifera indica. The South Asian nation grows far more mangoes than any other, representing over 40 percent of the

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‘I broke my back, 4 ribs and lost half my face’ Betty Kyallo on near death experience

Betty Kyallo

Betty Kyallo has narrated how a near death experience toughened her up. This was after she recovered following a month and a half of hospitalization.

Betty then a 17 year old, got into a nasty accident that scarred her for life. Narrating her story the Churchill show, the mother of one said

‘When I was 17 and in form three I had a dental appointment and a date later, so I showered and off I went.

Kufika railways as I was crossing the road towards Afya Centre I was hit by a matatu.

It dragged me under it,My blouse got hooked so I was dragged for a few inches.

I could see the matatu inches away from crushing my face. It was a near death experience and it changed me.’

Betty says the accident was a major one

‘My lungs were crushed,four of my ribs were broken my face was

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City girl takes to his outdoors with first camp-out

Kellie Barba had just gotten out of a relationship and she wasn’t looking to start another one.

She thought the guy who waited on the table where she and her friend were having dinner was cute, and she took a bold move and wrote her phone number on the back of her receipt before she left — just for fun.

“I was not trying to find anything serious,” Kellie says. “I was going to be single for a while.”

It was September 2006, and the guy, Cody Oden, had recently returned to Texarkana after living with his grandparents for a while in Shreveport while he worked in acting and modeling and waited tables at Joe’s Crab Shack.

“All I could think of was how much I missed Albert Pike and the Ouachitas and I kept wanting to get out in nature,” he says.

He had sat in a pasture near

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Sheffield dentist Jim Lafferty completes gruelling charity swim across English Channel

Accompanied by his support team and pilot boat High Hopes, Jim, from Nether Edge, swam through the night before reaching a remote beach near Calais in 11 hours and 53 minutes.

“I’d only ever swam for six hours before so I was very nervous before setting off,” he said.

“The sea temperature was about 18 degrees which was OK but in the first hour I faced the roughest seas I’d ever swam in. It was very choppy and I swallowed a lot of salt water.

Jim Lafferty approaching France on his cross-Channel swim

“It soon became more of a mental challenge than a physical one. I did consider getting out after three hours but I knew there was nothing wrong with me and I had to keep going.”

Every 45 minutes Jim stopped to take on food and liquids while treading water.

“It takes a long time before France appears

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How ‘PEN15’ Nailed the Heartbreaking Experience of the Closeted Y2K Middle-Schooler

There’s something that happens when watching PEN15, especially if you are a millennial, especially if you were 13 years old in the year 2000, especially if you can recite with perfect inflection the spoken-word monologue in Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

You look at stars, creators, and writers Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing a game of M.A.S.H. while gossiping over their see-through landline phones. You take in the constellations of orthodontia at their class pool party, akin to reading a dental star chart. You cringe as they call each other “slut bags,” as if they have any idea what the insult means. You suffer PTSD as they gyrate in their childhood bedrooms to sexually explicit hip-hop songs, cry along as their hearts shatter under the emotional anvils of rejection or bullying or both, and you think… that was me.

In the series, which launched its second season on Hulu

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‘I hope people don’t think I’m a horrible human’: What it’s like being a stock image model

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tock photography first began to take hold in the 1920s, with private companies building vast catalogues of professional images, which could be licensed to individual customers at a cost. In the 1990s companies sold batches of these stock photos to clients on CD Roms. Today, there are millions of photographs accessible in the digital archives of brands like Shutterstock, iStock and Getty Images, available to decorate online journalism, billboards, newsletters, and just about anything else you could need.

While the subject matter of stock photos varies from dogs playing the piano in a nightclub, to a pensioner sipping wine through a straw (wearing a face mask and surrounded by toilet roll), the final destination of the pictures is even more unpredictable. Used on everything from articles with unfortunate headlines to advertising embarrassing products – how does it feel to be the face associated with it? Especially when you have

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The only Hmong plastic surgeon in the world would like to see that change

This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing authentic news reporting about Minnesota’s new immigrants and refugees. MPR News is a partner with Sahan Journal and will be sharing stories between SahanJournal.com and MPRNews.org.


By Joey Peters, Sahan Journal

Julie Dickerson remembers how unusual it was to walk into Woodbury Plastic Surgery on a Saturday morning and find the place packed. 

It was her first appointment, in 2017, and scores of patients, some wearing head bandages, sat in the waiting room. Even more unusual was how Dr. David Thao, the doctor who runs the clinic, personally called her on the phone the night before. 

Dickerson, now 47, had just gone through a dramatic personal transformation, losing more than half her body weight in 18 months. A strict dieting and exercise regimen dropped her from 346 pounds to 150 pounds. 

But she wasn’t feeling

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Healing the Whole Family – The New York Times

The night I submitted my college applications, I lay in bed and stared out my window for hours. I prayed to the moon that I would die soon. On paper, I looked perfect (at least to the adults who told me so): a perfect SAT score in one try, three perfect SAT II subject tests, 10 perfect AP tests, recipient of national awards, president of various clubs, avid volunteer, and founder of an education nonprofit. But I would rather have died than learn that “perfect” was still not enough to get into the colleges I’d set my sights on.

I didn’t know there were illnesses called depression and anxiety, and the adults around me never suspected, because I looked like I was on top of my life. When I would burst into tears, my father would shout at me to stop crying because, “No one is dead — save your

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Helen Brown: Visits to the dentist as rare as hen’s teeth

Inever thought I’d think this, let alone hear myself say it, but I wish I could go to the dentist. I have holes in my teeth where fillings have made a bid for freedom that feel bigger than the Marianas Trench.

Emergency cases are, of course, being dealt with but I know many dentists of my acquaintance are both frustrated at not being able to offer the services they know are necessary, and extremely concerned about what they might find themselves having to deal with once they have got back behind the drill.

Personally, I have always been strict about teeth. I am firmly of the belief that you should do anything and if you can afford it, pay anything to keep your own gums firmly furnished with what nature meant to be there. I have seen the result of not doing so and it is not pretty, let alone

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