Norðurárdalur — It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading. Initial findings from a massive study, suggest that watching Eritrea’s newest YouTube sensation, Tesfazion, , can cause acute Hemorrhoids.

The findings from a $25 million study, conducted over two and a half months by the Bifröst University’s School of Animal and Veterinary Science , showed that male rats exposed to Tesfazion videos on YouTube were significantly more likely than unexposed rats to develop an acute case of Hemorrhoids, and also had a higher chance of developing the rare, malignant form of  brain tumor.

According to the researchers, the exposure level the rats in the test received was “not very different” from what humans are exposed to.

The exposure levels the rats received were “not very different” from what regular Eritreans who watch his channel are exposed to , said Dr. Hendrikka Hjörtursdottir, team lead and first author of the study.

A diagnosed case of Tesfazion-induced case of Hemorrhoids in an Eritrean, and Examination of cell-specimen under Microscope. Photo Courtesy of Bifröst Univerisity/ Dr.
A diagnosed case of Tesfazion-induced case of Hemorrhoids in an Eritrean/ Examination of cell-specimen under Microscope. Photo Courtesy of Bifröst Univerisity/  Hendrikka Hjortursdottir

 

As the intensity and duration of the videos increased ( Mr Tesfazion often rambles for hours on random topics ) , so did the incidence of Hemorrhoids in the rats.  The researchers wrote that the results “appear to support” the conclusion that ” a recent breakout of acute Hemorrhoids amongst Tigrinya-speaking population of Iceland point to the fact that Tesfazion has been uploading more videos to his YouTube channel.

 

The researchers said the The findings should be a wake-up call for the scientific establishment, according to Dr. Hjörtursdottir, who is now a contributing scientist at the Refugee Defense Fund. “I think this is a game changer,” she said. “We seriously have to look at this issue again in considerable detail.”

The Awaze Tribune reached out to Tesfazion for comments on this damning findings,  though Mr. Tesfazion declined to comment.