The Doctors: Is A Head Transplant Possible?
Doctors can now transplant everything from organs to faces and hands, but now a neurosurgeon in Italy is claiming he will be able to successfully perform the first ever head transplant. A 30-year-old man with muscular atrophy has reportedly volunteered to have his head transplanted onto a healthy donor body in 2017. Experts in the U.S. are skeptical of the procedure and many people are wondering if it could even be real.
The Doctors welcomed Dr Hrayr Shahinian, Skull Base Surgeon, who said “it ain’t so.” He said he’s all for innovation and technology and there’s a lot of advancements taking place, but “what these gentlemen are trying to do is complete fiction.” He explained that anytime something is done in medicine, animal studies are conducted first. A Chinese surgeon has tried the procedure on rats and none of them survived even one hour.
The Doctors: Can A Head Transplant Be Done?
Dr Travis Stork said this story can bring a false sense of hope to people, because we’re not there and we’re not going to be there anytime soon. Dr Shahinian explained that the biggest problem is the brain because if the brain doesn’t get oxygen for five minutes “game over.” Plus, there’s not a single case where the spinal cord has been fused together and functioned. Dr Jennifer Ashton further explained that in order for an organ donation to happen, you either need a brain-dead accident victim that has signed up to be an organ donor, or a living donor.
So where do they think they’re going to get the body from? Dr Shahinian said there are both technical ethical problems with this claim.
The Doctors: Can Unhealthy Eating Shrink Your Brain?
Speaking of your body and your brain, The Doctors then moved on to share that an unhealthy diet could actually be shrinking your brain. New research from two Australian universities suggest that the hippocampus is smaller in people who regularly consume unhealthy foods. Other factors could also contribute to a shrinking hippocampus and Dr Shahinian said “whatever is good for your heat is good for your brain.” It’s about enjoying everything in moderation, especially for children with developing brains.
Do you have enough reasons to eat less junk food yet?