Friday, July 13, 2007

Burned jogger shows lightning, headphones don't mix:

Burned jogger shows lightning, headphones don't mix:
"BOSTON (Reuters) - Here's a handy tip for joggers: If you think you might get caught in a thunderstorm, leave your music player at home.

Doctors at Vancouver General Hospital in Canada said a 37-year-old jogger wearing an iPod was burned on his chest, neck and face after the man and a nearby tree were struck by lightning in 2005. The burns traced the path of the earphones, they said.

The patient's eardrums were ruptured and the tiny bones in his middle ears were dislocated, the doctors wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine."

Now the article took pains to emphasize that it is not a problem confined to iPod headphones; any head phones, presumably, would put someone at risk, if they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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