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March 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Cheapskate British health service risks patient health: “Revised guidelines on type 2 diabetes could ‘set the Health Service back a decade’ as doctors will be told to prescribe old-style cheaper drugs, experts warned yesterday. Concern centres on two drugs suggested for those needing to bring their blood glucose under control. They are repaglinide and pioglitazone which are rarely prescribed and linked to weight gain and ‘hypos’ in contrast to many newer but more costly agents. Pioglitazone is banned in France because of fears over bladder cancer and not funded by health bosses in Germany as other drugs are deemed more effective. ‘Among its drawbacks are the need to take it three times a day and lack of evidence on heart safety. The guidelines appear to be driven by cost. But the cost to patients and the Health Service of the serious side-effects is under-estimated. ‘It could set back diabetes care in the NHS by a decade.’

Fans dress up for comic book party: “Tens of thousands of comic book fans decked out in fancy dress gathered in London today for one of the UK’s biggest celebration of animated culture. The London Super Comic Book Convention, which kicked off last today, saw fans donning elaborate and often skimpy costumes in homage to their comic book favourites. Comic super-fan and television presenter Jonathan Ross was among the celebrity guests for day one alongside Storage Wars’ Sean Kelly and John Romita Junior- son of comic book legend by the same name- who draws for DC comics. There were a number of tributes to Guardians of the Galaxy’s tree-like character Groot and characters from the Lego Movie. Among the best-dressed were also a trio who posed as Batman and his nemeses the Joker and Harlequin. A total of 25,000 fans are expected to pay the Excel Centre, in east London, a visit over the course of the event, which lasts until tomorrow. One of the event organisers, Gary Morris, said: ‘It’s been an incredible first day. The atmosphere has been amazing and the level of costumes has been out of this world.”

Strange cartoon evokes furore: “An episode of a popular children’s show has apparently been pulled off the air after disgusted parents noticed cartoonists had drawn a picture of a pair of bare breasts into a scene. Oggy and the Cockroaches is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company and which airs on the Nickelodeon children’s TV cartoon channel NickToons. But the comedy has caused fury among some parents after an episode showed a framed picture of a topless lady showing off her assets. The busty topless cartoon character – who appears to be a duck blessed with an enormous bosom – was in the background of an episode which aired in the US on March 5. She also sports a pair of tiny bikini briefs, giant sunglasses and a bouffant hair-do.”

Vicious bitch: “A young woman who plunged a nine-inch kitchen knife into a fellow partygoer in a row over alcohol, has been jailed for 10 years. Samantha Houlgrave, 20, stabbed Samuel Madden because he wanted to take unopened drinks he had brought to her house party home with him. He suffered damaged to his kidneys and liver and was told if the wound was half an inch either way he would be dead. Mr Madden had to undergo extensive surgery to make sure he was not suffering internal damage. Detective Constable Rob Sledge said Mr Madden had been left with both physical and mental scars as a result of the attack, which happened at Houlgrave’s home in Blackburn, Lancashire. He said: ‘They had both been drinking at Houlgrave’s house.. It was a house party gone wrong. ‘Mr Madden decided to leave and he wanted to take the drinks he had paid for with him. Houlgrave objected. ‘Mr Madden has been really lucky because the surgeon said if the knife had gone in half an inch either side of where it did, he would be dead.’

Wise woman chooses a real man: “Bristol Palin has announced she is engaged to her Medal of Honor winning boyfriend Dakota Meyer. The 24-year-old daughter of the former Alaska governor and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin shared the news on her Intsagram page on Saturday. Alongside an image of her kissing the 26-year-old former marine, who won the Medal of Honor, she wrote: ‘Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!’ The mother-of-one then uploaded a picture of her engagement ring and wrote a piece on her Patheos blog. Kentucky native Meyer, who served in the Marines for four years, also shared his excitement on social media, saying: ‘I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with [Bristol].’ Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 after repeatedly charging into a kill zone during a 2009 ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in search of four of his missing soldiers. He was able to rescue 36 troops and kill eight Taliban attackers despite being shot in the arms.”

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