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Woman dies from brain-eating amoebas after using neti pot

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Woman dies from brain-eating amoebas after using neti pot

SEATTLE — A 69-year-old woman from Seattle died from what doctors told they believe were a type of rare brain-eating amoebas.

The patient, on whom a brain surgery was conducted at Swedish Medical Center, had used tap water in order to rinse her sinuses by using a neti pot. Her doctor told Bigtime Daily that there was “amoeba all across the place which were just eating brain cells.”

A neti pot is known to be a teapot-like vessel which is used in order to flush out nasal passages. Health experts recommend only using sterile, distilled or boiled water for rinsing sinuses. The water may contain small organisms which are considered safe to drink but they may survive in your nasal passages.

These infections are known to be very rare. There were 2 similar type of cases in the U.S. from the year 2008 to 2017.

A teenager from Ohio died from a brain-eating amoeba infection soon after he visited the U.S. National Whitewater Center located in Charlotte in June 2017.

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New Headphones have Released in Market to Help you Stay Focused

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Mindset, a new pair of headphones in market, plays tunes while preventing outside distractions and training the brain to concentrate. After putting the headphones, the electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors embedded in the top of the headphones start to monitor brainwaves in real time. This measurements can tell when the mind is wandering and when it is focused. It plays a tone as soon as it realises the mind is slipping from the given task.

According to Jacob Flood, who is a co-founder of Mindset, with time the brain learns to recognize distractions on its own and tunes itself. That means the headphones won’t be required to do so. What Mindset focuses on is to improve concentration and ability to get into deep flow state needed to absorb complex materials. Mindset is also designed to detect dips in attention due to fatigue and provide suggestion on how long it will take the brain to recover from it.

Concentration ability has become a general issue on college campuses. In a study conducted on more than 10,000 college students, results showed that more than half of them were on prescribed Adderall or other ADHD drug. Flood claims that Mindset can help curb this prescribed drug abuse.

Mindset is not yet a medically-certified device. A Federal Drug Association (FDA) approval takes years. Flood said that seeking FDA approval isn’t their priority. For now they are focussed on Mindset reaching as many consumers as possible, teaching them how to train your brain and improve concentration. 

The results of using Mindset headphones are mixed. Some studies pointed out that it is expensive, time-consuming and its benefits are not long-lasting. But Flood sees Mindset headphones being something students will keep in backpack or a worker may have on their desk to control subconscious, to use it as a tool to further education & to improve work life. 

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