Woman's 6-year battle with "Crohn's disease" was really a ketchup packet stuck in her intestine

If you open up ketchup packets with your teeth, you might want to change your ways. A 41-year-old woman thought she had Crohn's disease – inflammatory bowel disease – for six years, until she underwent surgery and a doctor happened to find two small pieces of plastic that said "Heinz" in her small intestine.

Once the plastic was removed from her body, her symptoms – diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain – went away.

According to the Huffington Post:

The woman thought she was living with the type of inflammatory bowel disease for a staggering six years before doctors discovered an unusual inflammatory mass which was caused by perforation due to the foreign body.

“This case highlights that an inflammatory mass in the small intestine caused by the perforation of ingested foreign body can mimic Crohn’s disease,” researchers wrote in the BMJ Case Report.

The woman has no memory of eating a meal in which she used ketchup packets.

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Heinz: Our customers don't want to see gays kiss

Saying that it is "listening to its customers", Heinz withdrew a TV ad featuring two men kiss. Gay rights campaigners say the company caved as soon as an "organized campaign" commenced to register complaints. From The Independent:

Last night Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, urged its supporters to stop buying Heinz products. "We're shocked that an innocuous ad should have been withdrawn in this way.

"Our phones have not stopped ringing with supporters who are deeply upset. I think people are a surprised they have responded so swiftly to what appears, on the face of it, to be organised complaints, a campaign by people who are determined to be outraged whenever there is any reference to homosexuality, however light hearted,"

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority felt it necessary to release a statement saying that it had not launched an investigation into the commercial, and that homosexuality in itself was not a breach of its standards. Read the rest