Abril 2015

Doctors found a seven cm leech growing in Xiabo Chien's throat. Source: CEN

Doctors in China have made a disturbing discovery while treating a schoolboy for a sore throat.

Xiabo Chien’s mother took her son to see a doctor in Sichuan Provence after he complained of feeling dizzy.

When the 11-year-old was examined, a seven centimeter leech was found lodged in his respiratory tract.

Xiabo had unknowingly swallowed the parasite while drinking from a bucket of water on the side of the road several weeks earlier.

His mother Xiang Tung said she was shocked when she found out why he was sick.

 “At first we thought he had flu as he said he was felling dizzy and had a sore throat,’ she told CEN.

“He hadn’t told us about the water-drinking so it never occurred to us that he may have picked up something.”

The leech was successful removed by doctors and Xiabo has since made a full recovery.

“I won’t be drinking water from a bucket again!” he said.

Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/leech-found-growing-schoolboys-throat-051031306.html


Although he never got his hair officially measured and acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records, Vietnamese herbalist Tran Van Hay was known as the man with the longest hair in the world.

According to his wife, Tran hadn’t gotten a haircut in over 50 years, after getting seriously sick after cutting his hair, when he was 25 years old. And, in half a century, he only washed it a few times, the last time being 11 years ago.

Tran Van Hay died of natural causes, at the age of 79, at his home in Kien Giang province, after dedicating his life to curing people, for free. His wife, Nguyen Thi Hoa, says Tran’s personality changed completely after he stopped cutting his hair – he became inspired by the local Buddhist monks, and lived a content life, as a herbalist.

The whole story here: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/tran-van-hay-the-man-with-the-worlds-longest-hair-dies-at-79.html


A 116-year-old Arkansas woman who became the world’s oldest living person known to record keepers last week died Tuesday, five days after claiming her title.

Gertrude Weaver, 116, became the world’s oldest person following the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan last Wednesday, according to Guinness World Records. Weaver died on Monday in Camden, Arkansas, of complications related to pneumonia, The Los Angeles Times reports. She was 116 years and 276 days old.

Staff at Weaver’s nursing home were preparing to celebrate Weaver’s 117th birthday in July. The centenarian had told staff she wanted President Barack Obama to attend as she had voted for him twice, the Associated Press reports.

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In 2013, Okawa, from Osaka, Japan, was declared the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness Book of World Records. Last month, the world’s press covered Okawa’s 117th birthday, during which she said her long life had “seemed rather short.” She died of heart failure.

Weaver, the daughter of sharecroppers, was born on July 4, 1898 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married in 1915 and had four children with her husband before he died in 1969. Her only surviving son, Joe, is 94 years old. Weaver’s secrets to longevity were using a lot of moisturizer, treating people kindly, loving her neighbors and eating home cooking, not fast food, according to Camden Mayor Marie Trisollini.

When she was named the world’s oldest woman by Guinness on April 1, Weaver celebrated by getting a pink manicure and taking questions from reporters in her nursing home.

Guinness issued a statement on Tuesday saying they were saddened to hear of Weaver’s passing and are “currently investigating and verifying a potential successors for the oldest woman living title and will announce the new title holder in due course.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the oldest person in the world is now believed to be 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Michigan.

source: http://www.newsweek.com/gertrude-weaver-dies-five-days-after-becoming-worlds-oldest-person-320509