So who needs a high chair?

September 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Gut instinct: Customs officers discover woman was carrying her dead husband’s INTESTINES: “Customs officers at a Austrian airport were left shocked after pulling over a suspicious looking passenger and discovered she was carrying her dead husband’s intestines. The woman, who had travelled from Morocco to Graz Airport, was passing through customs when officers thought she seemed nervous. Officials then asked to inspect her luggage and according to the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, that is when they found the entrails. She then told officials that the organ had belonged to her dead husband, who was also a Moroccan national. The intestines had been carefully wrapped and placed inside two receptacles. The unnamed female passenger then went on to explain that she suspected that her dead husband had been poisoned. She added that she wanted a toxicology analysis of his tissue carried out, so decided to travel with the body part.

First-class upgrades, dinner invites and amorous women: One traveler reveals how far wearing an expensive WATCH can get you: “They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but it appears that in the world of travel – that’s exactly what happens. Globetrotter Matt Meltzer from Miami investigated what would happen if he wore a luxury timepiece, by hiring one for £116 ($150) a month from a company called Eleven James. The writer found that he received extremely different treatment with a pricey watch on his wrist, with first-class upgrades, dinner invites and flirtatious women among the perks. Writing about his experience for Thrillist, Meltzer revealed that almost everyone he met seemed somewhat fixated by the watches he wore. Over the course of the social experiment, he wore an £8,116 ($10,500) Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, a £3,015 ($3,900) Bell and Ross 03-92-S and a £4,270 ($5,523) Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph.”

Meet the ‘sheepcat’: “Meet Steve, a cat who is the leader of his own flock of lambs. Eight-month-old Steve started life as a lonely indoor cat, spending his time prowling around his owner Amanda Whitlock’s home in Waitotara, New Zealand. During the colder months, Ms Whitlock let her lambs into her home a few nights a week to keep them warm – and an adorable, unexpected relationship blossomed. The animal lover told the New Zealand Herald that she and her partner Ben Aiken realised soon afterwards that Steve was spending less time inside the house. ‘So we’d have a look out the window and he was just out there interacting with them.’ Steve now spends most of the day outside with his new farmyard friends and has become inseparable from what Ms Whitlock affectionately refers to as his ‘squad’. The tabby cat has become the lambs’ ‘leader’ and they follow him around the garden. ‘He’ll just be walking around the yard and they’ll be following him. Or he’ll be playing in the bushes and they’ll be inquisitive, looking to see what he’s doing and following him through the bushes,’ Ms Whitlock said.

Is a cure for baldness in sight?: “Alopecia could be a thing of the past after a new treatment has been found to restore hair loss. Three quarters of sufferers of the autoimmune disease reported significant hair regrowth when taking ruxolitinib, a study found. The drug, which is already used to treat bone marrow malignancies, could provide hope to thousands of people around the world, scientists believe. It works by inhibiting specific enzymes known to attack hair follicles in alopecia areata patients – helping hair to regrow. Taken over a period of four months, the drug – known as a JAK inhibitor – had an average hair regrowth of 92 per cent in patients. Lead researcher Dr Julian Mackay-Wiggan, from the Columbia University Medical Center said: ‘Although our study was small, it provides crucial evidence that JAK inhibitors may constitute the first effective treatment for people with alopecia areata. ‘This is encouraging news for patients who are coping with the physical and emotional effects of this disfiguring autoimmune disease.

Man who spent 43 years in a wheelchair after mistaken diagnosis is learning to walk again after doctor spots the error: “A man who spent 43 years in a wheelchair because of a mistaken medical diagnosis is finally re-learning to walk only in his fifties. When Portuguese man Rufino Borrego was 13, he was diagnosed by a Lisbon hospital as having incurable muscular dystrophy. After that he used a wheelchair to get around for more than four decades – until a neurologist realised in 2010 that he in fact suffered from a different disease that weakens the muscles, myasthenia. The rare disease can be treated simply by taking asthma medication – and just a year after his new diagnosis, Borrego was able to walk for the first time to his usual neighbourhood cafe. Now aged 61, Borrego is able to live a normal life, requiring only two physiotherapy sessions a year”

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