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November 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Warning signs for dementia… found in the way you walk: “Doctors may be able to diagnose early-stage dementia simply by analysing the way patients walk. The news opens up the possibility of preventative treatment years before the condition develops fully. A new trial at Essex University aims to identify sufferers using specialised movement tracking computer programmes. Researchers have recruited 1,000 people, all over the age of 55, who will be monitored and tested over a ten-year period. The intention is to discover if there are patterns in the type of physical changes that occur in those who go on to develop dementia or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Although previous studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients slow down their walking speed and may also hold themselves differently as they walk – and that the differences become more pronounced as they deteriorate – this will be the most detailed look at the phenomenon.”

Female Chinese fighter pilots: “The first female pilots to join the Chinese aerobatic team have taken to the skies to parade their spectacular talents at the 10th International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. The event, which runs from November 11 to 16, features the display of real-size products, technological exchanges and flying displays from 700 exhibitors and over 130 planes, including the largest ever military transport jet. Yu Xu, Tao Jiali, Sheng Yifei and He Xiaoli are the first women to become a member of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of the air force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, who performed on Tuesday in south China. The event, which runs until Sunday, will also see performances by the Russian ‘Knights’ aerobatic team, as well as the United Arab Emirates air force team. As part of the performance, two of the women marched towards the J-10 Fighter planes in unison with their five male counterparts, clad in matching green jumpsuits and aviation glasses. The ensemble matches those worn by the cast of the box-office smash hit Top Gun, from 1986, which features Tom Cruise and Meg Ryan.

Amazing Korean plastic surgeons: “Chinese women who are entering South Korea seeking skilled plastic surgeons are undergoing such transformative procedures that they are struggling to get past airport security on their way home. The extensive surgeries, which can include reducing excess skin in the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear bigger and more ‘Western’, are transforming some Chinese women’s entire faces, rendering them almost unrecognizable. To combat the issue, some hospitals have resorted to handing out ‘plastic surgery certificates’ – which include the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital they were treated at and the length of their visit to South Korea – to enable the women to re-enter China. China Daily reported that some women have been stopped at passport control because they were noted to have bigger eyes, higher noses and slimmer chins than in the photographs shown in their passports.

Truckie saves red-bellied black snake from certain death after finding the serpent stuck in a drink can: “A THIRSTY snake in need of a pick me up got its head stuck in an energy drink can. A passing truck driver found the red belly black snake in a spot of bother on the side of the M7 in Horsley Park last Friday. “The snake has probably gone into the can because it was a little bit dehydrated then got itself stuck,” a WIRES spokeswoman said. “The driver decided he wasn’t going to leave it there so he put it in a bag and took it with him. “Our rescuer picked it up from him and cut it out of the can and released it. “It’s healthy and didn’t have any cuts around its head which is really lucky. It’s really important for people to remember when they’re leaving rubbish around that this can happen.” “Snakes are inquisitive and this snake was probably looking for a safe place to hide on a busy road,” the spokeswoman said. “Unfortunately, the place it chose wasn’t wide enough or deep enough for it and it got trapped in the can.”

Popular weight loss diets ineffective: “Popular diets such as Atkins or Weight Watchers can help people lose weight quickly but in the long term may be no more effective than living healthily, a study claims. People on fad diets often lose weight in the short term, but they regain their lost pounds within two years and may be just as well off using traditional weight loss techniques, the researchers say. The researchers analysed clinical trials on four popular weight-loss diet plans: the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet; the South Beach diet, which distinguishes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ carbs and fats; the Weight Watchers calorie-counting diet; and the Zone diet, which stipulates a 3:4 ratio of protein to carbohydrates. They compared them with what they dubbed ‘usual care’, which refers to traditional methods to promote weight loss such as low-fat diets, behavioural weight loss intervention, nutritional counselling, or self-help materials. Trials involving head-to-head comparisons between Atkins, Weight Watchers, Zone and usual care suggest that all four result in a modest weight loss at one year, as did those in the control group who received the usual care.

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