Physician heal thyself

May 16, 2015 at 11:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Chinese traffic warden snaps and attacks pedestrian with a HAMMER as she screams ‘I won’t let you run the red light’: “A Chinese traffic warden violently attacked a pedestrian with a hammer because she crossed the road when the light was red. The patrol officer, who has not been named, hit the pedestrian repeatedly over the head with an iron hammer, after the woman ignored her command to not cross the road at 6pm on Tuesday in eastern Shandong province. People on the scene said the warden had been involved with a number of arguments with the woman in the past because she frequently ignored the traffic signals, reported the People’s Daily Online. The warden, whose uniform indicated she was a volunteer, waited until the signal turned green before running over to the woman, who was at this point already half way across the road. As she attacked the pedestrian, the warden reportedly shouted: ‘I won’t let you run the red light’. The victim, who was left lying unconscious in the middle of the road, was rushed to hospital.”

Wildflowers? Garlic actually: “The sight is enough to make you gasp with wonder: a living carpet of white flowers stretching as far as the eye can see, deep into Dorset woodland. It is as if the copse has been decorated for a wedding but this smells like no florist’s shop. The walker nearly up to her knees in the pale petals will be enveloped in the heady scent of garlic. This is wild garlic and its edible leaves are known as ramsons. It is an ‘allium,’ a relative of the garlic bulbs we use in cooking, as well as chives and onions and those allium with spectacular purple flowers that we plant in our borders. Wild garlic, which is blossoming in wooded areas and shaded verges all over England, has collected many names over the centuries: stink bombs, stinking nanny, buckram, bear’s garlic (the last name alluding to the story that it was a favourite of the European brown bear). It has been used to treat diseases from leprosy to the plague and was used in abundance during World War I as an antiseptic and in dressings to prevent gangrene. In the past few years it has crept on to the menus of top restaurants and into celebrity cookbooks”.

Researchers find the first warm blooded fish: “Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club. Researchers said the deepwater denizen is the first fish known to be fully warm-blooded, circulating heated blood throughout its body, enabling it to be a vigorous predator in frigid ocean depths. Tuna and certain sharks can warm specific regions of their body such as swimming muscles, brain and eyes in order to forage in chilly depths but must return to the surface to protect vital organs such as the heart from the effects of the cold. The opah, also called the moonfish, internally generates heat through constant flapping of wing-like pectoral fins, with an average muscle temperature about 7 degrees to 9 degrees Fahrenheit (4-5 degrees Celsius) above the surrounding water temperature at the time. The opah boasts a unique structure that prevents this heat from being lost to the environment.”

Buy a house in the gorgeous Italian countryside for just £1: “It sounds too good to be true: a historic home in one of Italy’s gorgeous villages on sale for an unbelievable one euro – less than the cost of an espresso. But the price tag is genuine, part of a plan to attract people to three towns which are at dire risk of dying out if they don’t expand their population. Some properties are even being offered for free. As always, there is one catch: you’ll need a spare £18,000 (€25,000) to spend transforming what could be little more than a pile of stones into your dream home. Because those who snap up these bargains shouldn’t expect castles of Renaissance villas. These are crumbling, fascinating houses set in superb locations which have been abandoned and are now at risk of crashing to the ground.

The latest food magic: “Drinking orange juice every day could help improve the brain power of elderly people, researchers claim. And it takes less than two months to show marked improvements in memory, speech and reaction times, according to a study. Scientists think the results are down to chemicals called flavonoids – a natural substance which occurs in high levels in oranges. Research has suggested that flavonoids may improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and storing information. A research team from Reading University asked 37 healthy volunteers to drink 500ml – nearly a pint – of orange juice every day for eight weeks. The participants – 24 women and 13 men aged 60 to 81 – saw significant improvements in their brain function, the researchers found.”

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