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Blood on the Tract

by on Nov.13, 2016, under Culture, Health

If you see blood in your urine, that's almost never a good sign. Blood in the urine can be caused by kidney or bladder infection, and it can indicate cancer. blood_in_urine It's not always apparent. Sometimes you have to use a microscope to be sure. blood_in_urine2 But if you actually see red, see a doctor right away. blood_in_urine3 Unless you're the do-it-yourself type; then you can investigate yourself. Chen from Zhejiang Province in east China was too worried to go to the doctor, so he explored his urinary tract from the most accessible opening by inserting a chopstick in his penis. x-ray_chop As the x-ray picture shows the stainless steel utensil reached the great rectal wall. Surgeons were able to eliminate it without additional damage. Chen was admonished not to take his urinary system into his own hands.
Caution: Do not insert in penis.

Caution: Do not insert in penis.

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Echolilia

by on Oct.23, 2016, under Art, Education, Family, Health, Kids, Media, Parenting

Timothy Archibald knows that his son Elijah is different. eli2 The San Francisco photographer began photographing his 5 year old child as a way of coping with Eli's Autism diagnosis. eli4 He recognized that his son wasn't like other kids, but he was anxious to understand his child as best as he could. eli3 So he start photographing Eli at age 5 as a portrait project. eli1 It drew father and son closer together, and helped Archibald better understand his child's unique perspective. eli8 His interaction with objects shows how he perceives the world around him. eli5 "I wanted him to be aware of how different he was and see that as an asset." eli6 While creating this project, Archibald grew to appreciate Eli's quirks, and he learned to restrain his desire to control situations as a professional photographer, and follow his son's lead. eli7 The collection of photographs has been published as a book, and can be purchased here. echolilia All photos (c) Timothy Archibald
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Tiggywinkles

by on Oct.23, 2016, under Animals, Health, Nature

There are a lot of saints we probably haven't heard of. We're familiar with the popular ones, like Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of People Getting Drunk in His Honor, and Saint Francis of Assisi, known for his strong affection for animals. We know some of the more obscure ones, like Saint Guinefort: We're not sure about Saint Tiggywinkles, but we are in awe of his works. tbird1 Tiggywinkles is the world's leading wildlife hospital. It was founded in 1978 by Les and Sue Stocker, along with their son Colin. Until 1983 the Stockers funded their work from their savings. Then in February of that year the project became a Registered Charity with the official title of The Wildlife Hospital Trust. thedgehog1 They've helped a variety of species, including badgers, owls, swan, and deer. During the drought of 1984, they began to see more hedgehogs, and worked to raise awareness of their plight, asking people to leave out water and dog food for them. Many people started looking more closely at their local hedgehogs, and so many were brought in for treatment for injuries that the hospital opened a new shed as a Hedgehog-Only unit, and called it "St. Tiggywinkles." sdeer1 The hospital continues to look after all species of wildlife that are brought in, rehabilitating and releasing into the wild if possible, or keeping the animals in as natural an environment as possible at the hospital. Euthanasia is a last resort. trabbit1 While the hospital doesn't turn any wild animal away, avian tbird2 prey, or predator
Jeff Moore 28/12/08 St Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire have seen their share in casualties this year with 10,203 animals passing through the centre. These includes the following which have been rescued and cared for over the past 12 months: 2500 hedgehogs, 1600 pigeons, 720 ducks, 710 blackbirds, 465 collared doves, 420 deer, 400 rabbits, 230 swans, 200 mice, 192 robins, 180 foxes, 130 badgers, 125 bats, 126 owls, 76 geese, 40 frogs, 31 grass snakes and 1 cuckoo! Picture shows: A four week old fox cub recovering  at hospital in May after suffering a broken back  leg.

Hedgehogs are still among the favorites.

thedgehog2 Some of the animals are up for adoption. If you're looking for a weasel, stoat, or polecat rex-polecat or perhaps a buzzard or a badger badger_adopt Or a hedgehog European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) with plaster on leg, St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, Haddenham, UK St. Tiggywinkles is the patron saint of baby wild animals. thedgehog3
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When Cats Attack

by on Sep.09, 2016, under Animals, Health

Cats are known for their docile and gentle nature. tiger-dog1 That's why they're so popular as pets. tiger-dog2 But sometimes even the most amenable creature can have a bad day. bill-the-cat And that might explain what happened to Kyla Grover, of Victoria, British Columbia, when she was out with a walking group called Pit Bulls of Victoria B.C. one evening. mag7 A cat, named Baby, charged them. cat-baby   The attack sent one of the dogs to the veterinarian and the pup’s owner to the emergency room. cat-pitbull_3 “The cat is swiping at them and latched onto one of the dog’s faces,” Grover told the Victoria Times Colonist. “I got bit and scratched in the process of trying to separate them.” “I spent the whole night at emergency because cat bites are nasty.” cat-pitbull_1 The Times Colonist reported that the cat’s owner agreed to foot a $222 veterinarian bill for one of the dogs, Bandida, which ended up with a scratched face. cat-pitbull_4 The cat’s owner, 78-year-old Betty Jean Thompson, said that the cat was startled when one of the dogs showed a friendly interest. “She’s kind of a slow sort of thinking cat, but one thing is she is very protective of me,” Thompson said. cat-pitbull_2
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The Measure of a Man

by on Sep.04, 2016, under Health, Nature

Some people say that size doesn't matter. liliput But it really depends on your frame of reference. browning_m2hb-2 Everything's great if it's a perfect fit. slipfit But when it's not it might seem like an insurmountable task. tunnel-boring-machine Sorence Owiti Opiyo, from Kibigoriin in Kisumu County in Kenya, was orphaned at the age of five and raised by his grandmother. When he was young, he received treatment for a medical condition, similar to a "boil", which made his penis swell. The operation caused a reduction in size, but now at the age of 20, there's been a recurrence. Opiyo suffers occasional severe pain, and is unable to wear shorts or pants. opiyo1 He has not had a formal education after dropping out of school due to teasing and harassment from his fellow students, and also regrets that he has not had a normal family life. Women, after all, prefer men who wear pants. 0fgjhs7mig1vc6nrj.e725aefa The thus far undiagnosed condition not only affects the size, but also the shape. He is reportedly scheduled for an operation to manage the unnamed condition, however his doctor plans on consultations with other doctors before proceeding. 0fgjhs7rfjpc4c4ch.c8bc9f25 We can certainly understand the apprehension of his would-be romantic interests who are probably convinced that, in the end, size does matter. tromeo1kz9
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Jaws

by on Aug.25, 2016, under Health, Kids, Nature

Losing your baby teeth is a normal part of growing up. missing_teeth It typically happens between 5-7 years of age, to make room for the incoming adult teeth. missing_teeth2 The permanent tooth buds are located above and below the baby teeth, and they push against the roots of the baby teeth causing them to fall out. This process also helps to guide the permanent teeth into the proper position. kids-developing-jaws-teeth It would look a little scary if we could see inside our skulls during the development of our permanent teeth. juv_skull_teeth But nature doesn't always go according to expectations. zak_jaws1 Zak Brown, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is known to his friends as "Jaws." bruce-shark He's a sweet kid, and loves soccer like his peers, but while his brother and sister cashed in from the Tooth Fairy, Zak's permanent teeth began to emerge behind his baby teeth. zak_jaws2 The condition is known as pediatric shark teeth, and can affect as many as one in 10 children although few cases are as striking as Zak's. zak_jaws4 It doesn't hurt, and he has no trouble eating, although it has started to affect his speech, and he has to take extra care to maintain both sets of teeth. He finally lost a tooth, but will need orthodontic care to remove the rest. He will most likely need braces correct his bite. zak_jaws3 For now, he has to wait until he moves up on the waiting list to see the orthodontist. shark_790
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Branching Out

by on Aug.11, 2016, under Health, Nature

It's not unusual to anthropomorphize what we see in nature. pohon_mirip_manusia We know it's a tree, but we see human-like attributes.  Often it's facial features, which are easy for us to recognize. tree_butt But frequently it's something else. abul_bandar1 Abul Bandar, from Khulna, Bangladesh, suffers from Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, an inherited skin disorder, which makes him appear to be turning into a tree. The lesions are a result of the recessive gene that makes him susceptible to cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas brought about by human papillomavirus (HPV). abul_bandar2 While the root of the problem is known, there is not yet a treatment for it, although the growths can be surgically pruned. The growths don't hurt or itch much, but the sickening odor makes it hard for other people to be around the sufferers. dede_kosawara1 While the condition is rare, it's been seen a number of times before. Pictured above is Dede Koswara, an Indonesian who was known as the original "Tree Man", being prepared for his ninth surgery.  After losing his family and job, he was able to find employment at a circus. A picture of him posted on the Internet caused a media frenzy that made the condition more famous. dede_kosawara2 Dede had 13 pounds of the lesions removed with an electric saw, and then chemotherapy was tried to bring the disease under control. The treatment was curtailed when his liver failed, and the lesions returned. He died of  liver, hepatitus, and gastric disorders at the age of 42 in January 2016. abul_bandar3
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A Boy and His Dog

by on Aug.09, 2016, under Animals, Art, Family, Health, Kids, Nature

Sometimes art teaches us about life. dog-comicAnd sometimes life imitates art. boy_dog_paw
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Pulp Friction

by on Jun.09, 2015, under Consumer, Health, Recreation

A 19-year-old is missing from his camp site at the lookout in Heaton State Forest, which borders the Watagans National Park in Australia. The man, whose name has not been released, is from from Tenambit near Maitland. camper_missing He was last seen carrying a roll of toilet paper. kid_wrap While some searchers think he may have slipped and fallen, we wonder if there's not a more sinister explanation. tp_scott Toilet paper can humiliate and cause extreme pain. It's been alleged to be responsible for bullying and emotional distress. crybaby - 2 crybaby -3 crybaby - 4 crybaby - 5 crybaby - 6 crybaby - 7 crybaby - 8 crybaby - 9 If you go camping, protect yourself by using safe toilet paper.
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