Sunday, March 4, 2012

I'll just continue with the Harry Potter theme then...

So I watched the last movie and I thought it was pretty good. Luckily the scientists (in the article) figured out what's wrong with Harry Potter. Well, aside from having to defeat Voldemort, finish school and all the other teenage angst. 

Harry Potter (character)
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"Many neurologists have never heard of nummular headaches, says the lead author, Dr. Matthew Robbins, an assistant professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the director of inpatient services at the Montefiore Headache Center.


And that’s partly because these kinds of headaches have only recently been identified and codified, he explained.

The telling symptom pointing to nummular headaches, Robbins says, is that every time Harry suffers from head pain it’s in a small spot in exactly the same place.

Another line of evidence: nummular headaches can be sparked by a head injury, like the one that led to Harry’s lightning bolt scar."

So why do these scientists research crazy stuff like this? I like their answer and I think they have a point...plus it's fun!


"It’s a good way to educate the public about a condition that can occur in children and often goes unrecognized, Robbins says."

They've also diagnosed Darth Vader (here's that article).

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