Jan 25, 2023
Teenage girl left suffering rare case of ‘slimmer’s palsy’ after following common diet to shed pounds
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A TEENAGE girl was left suffering with a rare case of 'slimmer's palsy' after she rapidly shed some pounds.
The unnamed 19-year-old girl from southeast Asia embarked on a weight-loss journey which involved a high protein diet and intermittent fasting for up to 16 hours per day.1The girl was left suffering with 'slimmer's palsy' after she rapidly lost weightCredit: Getty
After shedding 20kg of fat within just four months the teen noticed something usual happening to her body during a workout - she couldn't lift her feet off the ground or move her toes.
Writing in the The Egyptian Journal of Neurology, Malaysian medics said the girl was experiencing a neurological condition nicknamed slimmer’s palsy.
The rare condition, formally known as isolated common peroneal neuropathy, can happen after significant weight-loss.
Rapidly losing weight - in some cases - can cause damage to the peroneal nerve (found in the leg) which leads to loss of movement or sensation in the foot or leg.
The young girl regained full control over her feet following a change to her diet and physical therapy, the experts concluded.
The condition is rarely associated with weight loss, but experts predict an increase in cases over the next few years.
"Given the growing popularity of weight reducing diets in recent time, we anticipate this rare but reversible neurological disorder will increase in prevalence in near future," they in the report.
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Its a mistake to believe murder case against cops who beat Tyre Nichols to death will be easy: legal expert
According to CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig, the criminal charges filed against the five Memphis police officers accused of murdering 29-year-old Tyre Nichols by beating him to death are justifiably "aggressive," but he cautioned that the prosecution wont be easy.
Speaking with host Michael Smerconish, the former prosecutor said each of the five accused cops, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Jr, Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Tadarrius Bean, are facing seven charges each and that a jury -- should defense attorneys not seek to have them tried separately -- will have to come back with 35 verdicts.
According to Honig, "it is a mistake" to think the prosecution will "easy" because jurors cant convict if they have any doubts.
Honig also took up the matter of the failure to provide Nichols with medical help as he lay on the ground after the savage beating.
"So the theory here is failure to render aid or failure to render medical aid," he told the host. "Now, this is a really important point legally because this is the sort of new development that were seeing in some of these police cases. We saw in the Derek Chauvin trial in the killing of George Floyd. The theory around all of those officers is, in addition to causing George Floyds death, they failed to render aid."
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"That was a fairly novel legal theory at the time, but the jury accepted it, and now were starting to see that type of theory brought to bear more often," he continued. "Its some of the lesser charges but still significant lesser charge; the official misconduct charge and official omission charge if you look further down the charges here. The theory is by standing around doing nothing, first, I would think that tells you something about their mind-set, their intent. They didnt care what happens to him and thats a crime in and of itself. And were seeing prosecutors do that kind of theory used much more aggressively in charging some police officers and with some success."
"Bottom line, do you expect there to be more charges?" host Smerconish pressed.
"I dont expect there to be more charges," Honig replied. "I dont think theres a first-degree charge to be had here, as you said that involves an intentional premeditated killing, prosecutors plainly must have considered that charge -- I dont think the proof is there. I think theyve charged this as aggressively as they can charge it. Im all in favor of charging aggressively; thats what I used to do as a prosecutor, Michael, but the risk is if the jury thinks you have overcharged, that could actually backfire because that can compromise your credibility."
"The prosecutors really took an aggressive approach here, I think it was warranted, but I do not think it is a safe assumption that everyone is going to be convicted across the board," he added.
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