Agosto 2008


A baby boy born with two heads has died, after his Bangladeshi parents took him home from the hospital because they could not afford treatments that could have prolonged his life.

The boy named Kiron passed away aged just two days after developing a fever and breathing difficulties on Wednesday evening.

The boy had been placed under police protection when more than 150,000 people gathered outside the clinic in the town of Keshobpur where he was being treated.

He was moved to a hospital in the neighbouring city of Jessore, but his parents ignored doctors’ advice to seek further treatment in the capital.

“We wanted to refer him to a hospital in Dhaka but the family was so poor that they could not afford to take him there, so they took him home where he died,” KS Alam, one of the doctors treating the boy, said.

“It was a very unusual case. The boy had one body but two complete heads.”

The baby, weighing weighing 12 lbs 1 oz, was born by Cesarean section on Monday in Keshobpur, 85 miles from Dhaka.

He was able to eat through both mouths, although he had only one stomach.

Doctors had been unable to establish whether he had one or two sets of vital organs.

It had been reported in the local press that many of the tens of thousands of people who gathered outside the clinic had left money for the baby’s family.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/2637040/Two-headed-boy-dies-after-after-just-48-hours.html

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PHNOM PENH– The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said Wednesday.

With consumer price inflation at 37 percent according to the latest central bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel (69 pence) from 1,200 riel last year.

Spicy field rat dishes with garlic thrown in have become particularly popular at a time when beef costs 20,000 riel a kg.

Officials said rats were fleeing to higher ground from flooded areas of the lower Mekong Delta, making it easier for villagers to catch them.

“Many children are happy making some money from selling the animals to the markets, but they keep some for their family,” Ly Marong, an agriculture official, said by telephone from the Koh Thom district on the border with Vietnam.

“Not only are our poor eating it, but there is also demand from Vietnamese living on the border with us.”

He estimated that Cambodia supplied more than a ton of live rats a day to Vietnam.

Rats are also eaten widely in Thailand, while a state government in eastern India this month encouraged its people to eat.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storyPage.aspx?storyId=129555

A scientist has discovered a previously unknown insect—–after buying it on eBay.

Dr Richard Harrington thought he was buying just an interesting curio when he paid £20 for the fossilised insect encased in amber.

But it turned out to be a long extinct type of aphid which became trapped in the resin as it seeped from a tree millions of years ago.

It has now been named after Dr Harrington, vice-president of the UK’s Royal Entomological Society, who specialises in aphids.

He bought the fossil on the internet auction site from a man in Lithuania.

Because he couldn’t identify it himself Dr Harrington, who works at the world-famous Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, sent it to fossil aphid expert Professor Ole Heie in Denmark. He confirmed that it was from a previously undescribed species.

“I was interested to see what it was because I’ve worked with a team of people involved in monitoring and forecasting aphids, those of greenfly and their relatives in this country,” Dr Harrington said.

“I looked at it with my team and we thought we could identify it down to the level of genus, but we had no idea what the species was.”

The 3-4mm insect is encased in a 40-50m -year-old piece of amber about the size of a small pill.

“I had thought it would be rather nice to call it Mindarus ebayi,” said Dr Harrington.

“Unfortunately using flippant names to describe new species is rather frowned upon these days.”

Instead, Professor Heie named the new species Mindarus harringtoni after Dr Harrington.

“It’s not uncommon to find insects in amber… but I’m not sure that one has turned up on eBay that has been undiscovered before. It’s a rather unusual route to come by,” said Dr Harrington.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2591856/Unknown-insect-discovered-on-eBay.html

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AP) — A woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall (2.31 meters) and was recognized as the world’s tallest female died Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53.

Sandy Allen, who used her height to inspire schoolchildren to accept those who are different, died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana, family friend Rita Rose said.

The cause of death was not yet known. Allen had been hospitalized in recent months as she suffered from a recurring blood infection, along with diabetes, breathing troubles and kidney failure, Rose said.

In London, Guinness World Records spokesman Damian Field confirmed Wednesday that Allen was still listed as the tallest woman. Some Web sites cite a 7-foot-9 woman (2.36 meters) from China.

Coincidentally, Allen lived in the same nursing home, Heritage House Convalescent Center, as 115-year-old Edna Parker, whom Guinness has recognized as the world’s oldest person since August 2007.

Allen said a tumor caused her pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone. She underwent an operation in 1977 to stop further growth.

But she was proud of her height, Rose said. “She embraced it,” she said. “She used it as a tool to educate people.”

Allen appeared on television shows and spoke to church and school groups to bring youngsters her message that it was all right to be different.

After Allen was listed by Guinness as the world’s tallest woman, she won a role in Federico Fellini’s 1976 film “Casanova,” appearing as “Angelina the Giantess.” She was featured in the 1981 Canadian documentary “Being Different.” She also appeared in a TV movie called “Side Show” in 1981.

She wrote to Guinness World Records in 1974, saying she would like to get to know someone her own height.

“It is needless to say my social life is practically nil and perhaps the publicity from your book may brighten my life,” she wrote.

The recognition as the world’s tallest woman helped Allen accept her height and become less shy, Rose said.

“It kind of brought her out of her shell,” Rose said. “She got to the point where she could joke about it.”

In the 1980s, she appeared for several years at the Guinness Museum of World Records in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

“I’ll never forget the old Japanese man who couldn’t speak English, so he decided to feel for himself if I was real,” she recalled with a chuckle when she moved back to Indiana in 1987.

“At Guinness there were days when I felt like I was doing a freak show,” she said. “When that feeling came too often, I knew I had to come back home.”

Difficulty with mobility had forced Allen to curtail her public speaking in recent years, Rose said. She had suffered from diabetes and other ailments and used a wheelchair to get around.

A scholarship fund has been set up in Allen’s name through the Blue River Community Foundation, Rose said, with proceeds going to Shelbyville High School.

“She loved talking to kids because they would ask more honest questions,” Rose said. “Adults would kind of stand back and stare and not know how to approach her.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/08/13/tallest.woman.ap/