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June 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

British woman died from breast cancer after being misdiagnosed with TENNIS ELBOW for two years: “A mother-of-five has died from breast cancer after doctors mistook the disease for tennis elbow for two years. Jill Goodrum, 46, visited her GP in 2011 because she was struggling to lift her arms above shoulder height. But her doctor misdiagnosed her symptoms, telling the grandmother she was simply suffering from tennis elbow. As a result, her cancer went undiscovered until late 2013 when she discovered a ‘bone-like’ lump near one of her breasts. The grandmother-of-four, from Plymouth, Devon, underwent tests and finally learned she had aggressive and invasive breast cancer. Worse still, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and her liver and was incurable. She died on May 21 this year of septicaemia (blood poisoning) during chemotherapy treatment.”

Swimmer meets huge shark: “A SWIMMER got more than he bargained for during a leisurely dip in the ocean when he came face-to-face with a huge shark. Fortunately for Englishman Lew Smart, the non-man-eating animal was more interested in other sea creatures and slowly passed him by. The 31-year-old was at Cornwall’s remote Sennen Cove when he spotted a fin in the water. But instead of fleeing for his life, the swimmer pulled out his underwater camera and began filming the shark. Mr Lew told The Mirror the basking shark was relatively harmless and he wanted to capture it in all its glory. The southwest coast of Britain is not just a popular spot for holiday makers but also for the basking shark, which can be spotted in the waters there between April and September. The shark is the world’s second-largest living fish and eats mostly plankton which it captures with its highly-developed gill rakers”

New leukaemia drug boosts survival rate to 90% and could eventually replace invasive chemical treatment: “A breakthrough international trial of a new cancer drug has given researchers renewed hope in the fight against leukaemia, with one Australian doctor suggesting it could end traditional chemotherapy treatments for good. The results of a trial on 391 patients showed the drug Ibrutinib gave patients fighting a type of slow growing blood cancer called Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) a 90 per cent chance of survival, eight higher than the 81 per cent who survive on chemotherapy treatment. What’s more, the drug is less invasive than traditional forms of radiation, and is an alternative for patients whose cancer cells have built up a resistance to chemotherapy. Results from the trial also showed that four out of every 10 patients entered remission within a year, compared to four in 100 on a traditional course of radiation.”

Drink-driver being chased by police fled his car and hid in a huge pile of manure: “A drink-driver who was being chased by police tried to give them the slip – by fleeing his car and hiding in a pile of manure. Jake Hart, 22, mounted the pavement and reached speeds of 90mph as he attempted to evade officers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. At one point, he was travelling so fast over speed bumps that the car left the ground and ‘flew through the air’. But after crashing into a parked car, he abandoned the vehicle – and was later found hiding in a pile of manure in a nearby park. Now, Hart has been jailed for six months after admitting dangerous driving while over the limit at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. He said he had tried to evade officers because he had just paid for the car and knew they would take it away. He added that he had had his last drink about half an hour before getting into the vehicle.”

Emergency services accused of overkill as two police cars, two fire engines and a rapid response car are sent to rescue a bird: “When vicar’s secretary Claire Sandys spotted a bird stuck to roof netting, she called the RSPCA to see if they could help. What followed, however, was the sort of full-scale emergency response you might expect for a serious road accident. Two police cars, a rapid response vehicle, and two fire engines, one of which had a cherry picker, were dispatched to the scene in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and the road was closed for an hour as emergency crew worked to free the troubled rook. A spokesman for the fire service said if more urgent calls had come in, the crews would have been diverted. Then followed the hour-long rescue operation, estimated to have cost around £1,600, based on an approximate cost of £320 per emergency crew, per hour, before the bird was taken to a nearby wildlife centre.”

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