A lot of people say they cannot live without coffee, but for one 11-year-old boy living in France, that may be literally true.When his parents accidently bought decaffeinated capsules recently, a rare genetic muscular disorder -- which they knew could be held in check by two shots of espresso per day -- flared up, provoking uncontrollable and painful muscle spasms.Four days of agony, anguish and doctor's visits followed before his parents realised their mistake.Once th boy started drinking the caffeinated brew again, the symptoms subsided.
Indian healthcare seems to be taking a leaf out of Hollywood legend Robin Williams’ hit film ‘Patch Adams’. As hospitals see value in alternate forms of patient care, a new therapy involving clowns — called medical clowning — is gaining ground.This involves clowns engaging with patients to ease the anxiety that comes with a hospital experience and promote optimism in grim wards. The emerging vocation has now got a shot in the arm as a one-of-its-kind course to train and groom a pipeline of therapeutic clowns goes live in India.Image Credit: http://www.mediclownacademy.org
Founded in 2014 by Fernandes and Hamish Boyd (therapeutic clowns from Canada), the Auroville societyregistered MeDi Clown believes the FASMC is the first step to scale the model around this “distraction therapy”.