In Beijing, China, Doctor got stunned after finding a Dandelion flower growing inside tje ear canal of a young girl of about 16-months age.

As per the report of Beijing morning post, the flower had grown upto nearly 2cm length before it has been surgically removed.

Doctors said the dandelion had grown into the girl's ear and had completely filled the canal wall, which could have caused the infant serious damage.

'Even the slightest bit of pressure put her at risk for internal bleeding so it had to come out,' said Gu Qinglong, the hospital's chief physician of otolaryngology.

The warm and humid conditions in the ear canal are likely to have encouraged growth, added the doctor.

It is far from the first time a disturbing discovery has been made in someone's ear.

In July, an English woman who had unexplained headaches learned that her ears were filled with flesh-eating worms she picked up in Peru.

And last year, a woman in China who complained of an itch was found to have a spider living inside.


Published on: 11/30/2013


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A  contraption has been created by a Portuguese designer Susana Soares which can detect cancer using trained bees.

The bees are placed in a glass chamber which the patient exhales from. If the bees fly into a secondary chamber, then that means the bees have detected the disease, according to Susana Soares.

Miss Soares, who presented her Bee's project at Dutch Design Week, in Eindhoven last month, said: 'Trained bees only rush into the smaller chamber if they detect the odour on the patient's breath that they have been trained to target.

'The bees can be trained within 10 minutes.'

Scientists have discovered that honey bees have an excellent sense of smell which is better than a sniffer dog.

Bees can be trained to detect bombs and one company called Insectinel is training 'sniffer bees' to work in counter-terrorist operations.

A bee is trained by exposing it to certain odours before feeding them a solution of water and sugar.

The bees then remember the smell for the rest of their lives if they are always rewarded with sugar.

The glass object has a big chamber and a small chamber where the bees go if they detect the disease.

Research carried out by scientists has suggested that bees can accurately diagnose diseases such as tuberculosis, lung and skin cancer as well as diabetes.

Published on: 11/21/2013

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(NaturalNews)--There are no known cures for the common cold; however, your kitchen cabinets are likely stocked with many ingredients that can help relieve symptoms and speed up recovery.

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The ‘tearless’ onions not only prevent eyes from burns and tears, but also fight against cardiovascular disease and weight gain, scientists say.

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(Freshplaza)--As an author and long term educator, Robert Orchanian relied heavily on his personal experiences when he came up with the idea for the VEDGE Kids project. The goal of the initiative, which stands for Vigorous, Educated and Good Eaters, is to instil healthy eating habits in children between the ages of two and five, and his book, titled The ABCs of Nutrition: Learning the Alphabet the Healthy Way, Volume 1, encourages those healthy habits while teaching children the alphabet as they are having fun.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013 15:34

UK: Black tomatoes that could stave off cancer

(Dailymail)--Black tomatoes are being grown in Britain for the first time and they could have the potential to stave off cancer. The fruit is among the first in the world to contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant believed to help fight cancer, diabetes and obesity.

The tomato’s jet black colour stems from pigments in its skin which develop when exposed to sunlight.

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(Freshplaza)--Inspiring people to eat more fruits and vegetables. That is the mission of author and inspirer Lisette Kreischer, who recently published her latest book ‘Plant Power, Finding your natural weight with vegetable cuisine’. Last June she was one of the speakers at the Inspiration Day of vegetable processing company W. Heemskerk BV in Rijnsburg. "There is nothing like telling your story and inspire people."

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(Dailymail)--A massive proportion of our  everyday food is contaminated with pesticide – with up to 98 per cent  of some fruits carrying traces of the chemicals.

Almost half of all fresh produce is affected by increasingly heavy use of the substances, a study of official figures has revealed.

Overall, the proportion of supermarket foods with pesticide residues has almost doubled in a decade.

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The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in Shimla, the country’s only premier potato research institute, has evolved a new technology to prevent conversion of starch into glucose in low temperature conditions, like cold storages. Glucose level in potatoes increases substantially in low temperature, reducing its shelf life and rendering it inedible for diabetic patients.

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By Muhammad Fahim Qureshi

The word pesticide means pest killer. Pests may be living organisms i.e. bacteria, fungi, insects, weeds, rodents etc. that affect humans, animals and plants adversely. In the beginning of pesticide era, people assumed that pesticides were the cause of higher yields because of controlling pests, and they were lethal only against the pests for which they were applied.

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