Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019

16yo Weighs 100kg & Almost Died After Blood Sugar Content Revealed to be 20 Times Higher Than Normal

milktea, bubble tea

There’s a lot of unhealthy food and drinks out there, and eating all of this uncontrollably will result in health problems if you’re not careful! A hospital in Hangzhou reported the case of a 16-year-old student named Xiao Ying who did not eat balanced meals and ended up being hospitalised after he suddenly fainted one day.

According to KKNews, Xiao Ying always had a good appetite until one day, he started feeling really thirsty and drank water continuously. He also had a loss of appetite, felt restless, experienced nausea and vomiting. After that, he suddenly fainted and was rushed to the hospital.

To the doctor’s surprise, when they tested him they found that Xiao Ying’s blood sugar level was at least 20 times higher than a normal person, coming in at 124mmol/L. A normal person’s blood sugar level would usually be around 3.9 and 6.1mmol/L.

milktea, bubble tea

The doctor explained that Xiao Ying’s health was in such bad condition that he almost died. He was reported to be suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis due to extremely high blood sugar causing an severe electrolyte imbalance. This could result in multiple organ failure and has a high mortality rate.

Luckily, after emergency treatment, the doctor managed to save Xiao Ying and pulled him back from the brink of death. The doctor learnt that Xiao Ying had a very imbalanced diet at home which was why at 16 years old, he was obese and weighed 100kg.

Apparently, his diet would consist of unhealthy food such as barbecues, fried food and high sugar beverages such as soft drinks and milk tea every day. He didn’t stop at one cup either and would drink them like he was drinking water. He would also eat whenever he felt like it.

The doctor said that this was the first time he had encountered a patient with such a high blood sugar content. He added that the sugar in Xiao Ying’s blood was so high that it was similar to a sugary drink’s content. His parents were shocked by this as they did not realise that his health condition was so bad. He was also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and advised to control his diet. After this drastic wake-up call, Xiao Ying promised to lose weight and stay healthy.

July 17, 2019

Does Bubble Tea Actually Cause Cancer?

bubble tea, milk tea

Bubble tea, or otherwise known as boba or milk tea, is a popular drink originating from Taiwan that features a drink base of milk, tea, coffee, fruit, etc. With flavors ranging from passion fruit to taro (a tropical root), the one uniting characteristic of all bubble tea drinks is the trademark tapioca pearls, or dark "bubbles" that lend to the drink's name.

Tapioca is a starch made (which is gluten free). This mixture is formed into flour balls and these pearls are then seeped into a syrupy mixture which causes them to become sugary and chewy. Without this sweet mixture, the tapioca pearls are relatively flavorless and contain few calories (one ounce of raw tapioca pearls is equivalent to around 61.81 calories).

Potential Health Risk

In 2012, researchers at the University Hospital Aachen in Germany obtained samples of tapioca pearls from an indiscriminate bubble tea chain located in northwestern Germany. They discovered that this sample contained carcinogenic chemicals, or PCBs, which are known to lead to cancer.

In the U.S., PCBs were produced between 1929 and 1979, but were banned due to their posed health risks that not only lead to cancer but also was shown to damage the immune system, endocrine system, reproductive system, and nervous system.

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Is Bubble Tea Really Dangerous?

A year after the study, Berkeley Wellness, an online publication of the University of California, Berkeley, released an article questioning the claims of the research and the subsequent panic that the study created. It claimed tapioca pearls contained two chemicals known as acetophenone and styrene.

According to the FDA, these chemicals are part of a broad group of aromatic compounds (which PCBs are also a part of), but in the end, the study incorrectly associated these chemicals with belonging to a potentially more lethal subset of these compounds.

As a result, even though tapioca pearls may contain traces of acetophenone and styrene, this does not mean that they are necessarily toxic or pose a serious health threat. In fact, the most pressing health concern about bubble tea is the high amounts of carbohydrates found in the tapioca balls, which can certainly lead to an unhealthy diet. At the end of the day, however, it is safe to say that we can resume enjoying this irresistibly refreshing and addictive drink, worry-free.


Monday, July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Grandma Mistakes Grandson’s Sex Toys For Thermal Socks

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Everyone probably has a laundry list of things in their room or on their phone they would never want their parents to find – but that embarrassment multiplies times ten when you picture your grandparents finding said secrets. Well, one man in Japan had this fear come to life when his grandmother discovered his sex toys in his drawer while hunting for some socks.

The story doesn’t end there though. Not only did she find the toys she mistook them for thermal socks and decided to borrow them and put them onto her feet. The made the horrifying discovery walking into his room, and caught the rest of the hilarious encounter on camera.

A man went viral on twitter after sharing of his granny wearing his sex toys as socks.

sex toy

His oblivious grandmother had found two fleshlights rather than thermal socks and had gotten back into bed.

The mortified man had to inform her what the real purpose of the “socks” were before telling her to remove them.

As you can see in the video removing them was no easy feat so he had to help with the removal process.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019

Watching Horror Movies As A Couple Will Make You Happier

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It's hard to imagine, but horror movies might just be the perfect date night staple. These terrifying films aren't merely good for you - they're great for getting your partner in the mood for some romance. Cuddling up with your significant other to watch a movie is an all-but-proven way to get closer. However, all too often, couples choose sentimental dramas or romantic comedies because those genres seem more date-worthy.

Romantic films may seem like a perfect - albeit safe - choice, but couples need to rethink their traditional date night selections and choose a horror flick instead. From the collective catharsis they elicit to the physical closeness they necessitate, scary movies just may be the best option. In fact, they might even inspire a new saying: "The couple who gets scared together, stays together."

Horror films are perfect for any time of year, so there's no need to wait for Halloween to test out this date night idea.

Horror Movies Put You In The Mood For Romance

Psychologists have determined that a person is more likely to fall in love with someone - or fall into bed with someone - after watching a scary movie. While watching a horror movie on a date, people experience levels of fear and anxiety that mirror reactions to arousal.

During these reactions, people frequently look for environmental explanations for certain physical manifestations. If a person experiences a racing heart or sweaty palms, but there isn't a legitimate reason to manifest fear symptoms, they confuse these physical signs as attraction.

Fear Releases Dopamine

When you and your partner cuddle up to watch your favorite horror flick, the feeling of being scared releases a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for the "feel good" reaction we have to external stimuli. It's also what makes us feel love and attraction.

In the simplest of terms, dopamine is the chemical agent that tells our brains that we like something and want more of it.

Horror Movies Provide An Opportunity To Snuggle

Even if the chemistry in your relationship is excellent, watching a horror movie as a couple has some tangible benefits, too. For instance, watching a scary film gives a couple a great excuse to snuggle.

Aside from the occasional jump-scare, a horror movie generally provides around two hours of uninterrupted time to get close.

Being Vulnerable Is Healthy For Your Relationship

Experts argue that real intimacy can be achieved through vulnerability. Moments of vulnerability allow us to become closer to our partners. They also give our partners an opportunity to offer support, and therefore strengthen trust.

Sure, the comfort given may be somewhat trivial - since there isn't actually any impending peril - but a scary movie elicits the same response and therefore creates the same effect.

Horror Movies Let You Discuss Your Fears

Another great reason to watch horror movies as a couple is that it opens up a conversation about your fears. Maybe you don't believe in demonic possession, so a film about evil spirits is less likely to scare you. However, perhaps you are seriously afraid of hitchhiking psychopaths or disfigured villains. Or maybe spooky movies don't scare you at all, but commitment sends a shiver down your spine.

Regardless, by watching a terrifying film with your significant other, you're opening up to a potential conversation about your fears, and communication is a crucial element of success in any romantic relationship.

Watching Horror Movies Makes You Less Stressed

Oddly enough, watching a horror movie as a couple gives your brain a break. People who watch scary movies are generally less stressed than people who do not. The adrenaline that's released while a person views a horror film puts them in a zone where they can turn off their racing minds for a few hours.

Naturally, people who aren't stressed are easier to get along with than high-strung partners. So, cuddling on the sofa and watching an army of zombies eat a bunch of people may be the spark your relationship needs.

Horror Movies Make Great Cheap Dates

Watching a few scary movies is the perfect activity for a cheap date. You don't need to spend a ton of money or go to an extravagant destination to impress your partner. The purpose of a date night is to spend quality time with one another. It might sound counterproductive to sit through a movie instead of talking, but the physical closeness associated with a movie night can be the perfect way to slow things down and get back on the same page.

Also, after the movie ends, you'll have a perfect talking point to discuss: whether or not the film delivered on the promised scares.

By Matthew Lavelle, Ranker

Friday, July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019

Suspect arrested after loud fart gives away his hiding spot

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When tracking down a suspect, authorities will often use police dogs to try track down the scent.

In this case, it wasn't needed after a Missouri suspect farted loudly, giving away his hiding spot to police.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, police were searching for a person who had a warrant out for his arrest.

The suspect was wanted for possession of a controlled substance.

As police moved in, the suspect decided to find a hiding place, but he accidentally let out a fart so loudly it gave up his location.

Clay County Police took to social media to poke fun at the incident.

"If you've got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you're definitely having a crap day.

"We've gotta give props to Liberty PD for using their senses to sniff him out!"

Locals joined in on the comedy act, with one saying: "Was he trying to throw them off his scent?"

Another said: "Felon Farts, Flee Foiled by Flatulence."

By NZ Herald
July 12, 2019

Bishop says he can makes men’s HOT DOGS larger by ‘massaging’ them

This is such a touching story.

Bishop Daniel Obinim has claimed that he can make men’s penises larger by “massaging” men’s groins using his hands. He also said that he can make women’s breasts larger by massaing them, too.

While I’m skeptical of his claims to enlarge women’s breasts by touching them, I have no doubt that he is able to enlarge men’s penises by rubbing them. While the effects would be temporary, I can accept this claim as being true.

I don’t know that this power is exclusive to him though, I would estimate that approximately half of all people have the ability to enlarge a penis by touching it, and make use of this ability rather often.

Church and State reported:

In a scene broadcast on his own channel, Obinim TV, the bishop says:

‘If you do not like the looks of any part of your body, come to me. ‘What do you want that I can’t offer? If you want big buttocks I can do it for you. If you want big breasts, I can help. If you have a small manhood, I can change them all when I come to the spiritual realm.’

Bishop Obinim, who founded the International God’s Way Church in the Ashanti region of Ghana, has been criticised for his controversial practices before.




Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

Humans could evolve webbed feet if sea levels rise, scientist claims

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Dr Matthew Skinner claims humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water.

The perils of climate change are well known, but rising sea levels could also alter human evolution, scientists have claimed.

Rising sea levels could force communities to live in underwater or semi-aquatic towns which could change out physiology.

Dr Matthew Skinner, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Kent, claims that humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water.

duck feet, human evolved

Our eyes would even become more like cats, so we could see in the murky gloom of seas and rivers and our lungs would shrink as we became used to using artificial tanks to breathe underwater.

“Regular underwater foraging would lead to the evolution of longer fingers and toes which would then likely develop ‘webbed’ interconnecting skin to enable easier swimming,” said Dr Skinner.

“We may evolve a tapetum lucidum, an additional layer in the retina, like cat’s eyes, that would improve our vision in low light conditions such as underwater.

“Due to the cold environment of being submerged in water regularly, we would maintain a layer of ‘baby fat’ into adulthood as an insulator.”

duck feet, human evolved

Likewise colonising another planet like Mars would also have implications for the human body. Nasa has already said it wants to have Earth-independent habitations on the Red Planet by the 2030s but a weightless environment would change how bones grow, altering overall body shape and size.

A weaker gravitational pull would mean that legs would be used less to support body weight and would become shorter. An opposable big toe could also develop to allow greater dexterity in an weightless environment.

Due to a lack of natural predators, as well as the reduced need for physical exertion, our overall body size would reduce.

Humans may even follow a common evolutionary phenomenon called ‘island dwarfing’ which occurs in a number of mammals when there is low resource availability and few predators.

By Sarah Knapton,  The Telegraph

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019

Banker quits bank to sell pencils in the streets and makes more money

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A Kenyan banker, Edgar Otieno was compelled to quit his job at Barclays bank in the East African country to sell pencils in the streets, which he claims he earns more money from than what he used to receive monthly as salary at the bank.

The 42-year-old man told that, before he even became a banker, he had been hawking pencils in the streets right from age 25. He would take the pencils in bulk from a certain company and sell on commission basis.

“I was so good at it, that I was named best agent multiple times. When the company folded in 2005, I decided to continue with the job,” he told the news portal.

Edgar is always seen in the streets, sometimes by his colleague bankers and managers, wearing his neatly pressed suit and tie as though he was still a banker, but he is actually selling pencils.

“Some people wonder why I show up every morning sharply dressed yet my work involves chasing after customers and convincing them to buy pencils; in sales, people buy you first before they buy whatever you are selling,” he revealed.

The determined man said that the money he was being paid at the Barclays bank was woefully inadequate for him, hence the decision to quit and make time for what he loves doing best.

Some of his former colleague bankers confirmed that he was indeed a banker, but chose to switch to strict hawking which he enjoys doing unapologetically.

"We worked with him at Barclays Bank, but he quit and went back to hawking. He makes good money," Jymoh Msema Kweli wrote when photos of Edgar emerge online.

Another one, Bancy Roba said: "I love his heart. One of us poached him for insurance, but he didn't go for long. He preferred hawking.”

Watch Edgar Otieno in the video below as he narrates his awe-inspiring story:

Source: PULSE GH
July 10, 2019

Revolutionary new surgery could allow trans women to carry children

trans man, pregnant man

A new surgery could allow transgender women to become pregnant. A clinic in Ohio recently started screening women for the ground-breaking procedure, which would allow women to transplant their uterus into a woman who doesn’t have one.

The transplant could be conducted on a woman ‘born without a uterus, or who had it removed or have uterine damage’ – this would make trans women eligible for the procedure. After the recipient has had a child or children, the uterus could then be removed, meaning the person would no longer have to take anti-rejection medication. The procedure is still in its trail stages, however many women who were previously unable to become pregnant are hopeful.

A 26-year-old woman who is undergoing the screening process told The Times: ‘I crave that experience. ‘I want the morning sickness, the backaches, the feet swelling. I want to feel the baby move. That is something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.’ Dr Christine McGinn, a plastic surgeon, told Yahoo News: ‘The human drive to be a mother for a woman is a very serious thing. ‘Transgender women are no different.’

By Oliver Wheaton, METRO
July 10, 2019

Solein – The Wonder Food Made from Electricity, Water And Air

solein, solar food

Finnish startup Solar Foods has come up with a way to produce a protein-rich food called Solein from electricity, water and air, by using an environment-friendly process similar to brewing beer.

Described as the world’s most environmentally friendly protein, Solein is is made by applying electricity to water to release bubbles of carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Living microbes are then added to the liquid to feed on the carbon dioxide and hydrogen bubbles and produce the Solein, which is then dried to make the powder. It’a natural fermentation process similar to beer brewing, but it requires a special reactor that reportedly resembles a hurricane lantern. The dried Solein has a protein content of 50 percent and looks and tastes just like wheat flour. It can be used in all kinds of diets and can be 3D-printed for added texture.

“It is a completely new kind of food, a new kind of protein, different to all the food on the market today in how it is produced as it does not need agriculture or aquaculture,” Dr Pasi Vainikka, the chief executive of Solar Foods told The Guardian. “It offers a unified solution that caters to every imaginable meal or diet of today, while also creating opportunities for entirely new foods of tomorrow.”

The process used to produce Solein – converting hydrogen and carbon dioxide to calories – is amazingly scalable, as the wonder food can be produced anywhere in the world. It’s also 10 times more energy-efficient per hectare than photosynthesis, and 10 to 100 times more environment and climate-friendly in water use than animal or plant-based food production.


“One of the reasons why meat has become so important to our diets is that it is an excellent source of high quality protein. Solein – the protein produced by Solar Foods – also contains all the essential amino acids, but because it is produced using carbon dioxide and electricity it does not require large amounts of land to produce,” the Solar Foods website explains. “Another unique characteristic of Solein is that it is able to take carbon directly from carbon dioxide without needing a source of sugar. Other processes that utilize microbes for protein production, for example egg albumen or milk protein, require agricultural land for producing the carbon source.”

While Solar Foods does not expect Solein to challenge conventional protein production methods in the next two decades, it does expect it to become a “new harvest” for humanity, which is significant considering so far we have only relied on plants and animals for sustenance. The Helsinki-based company plans to open its first Solein factory at the end of 2021 and scale up production to two billion meals per year by 2022.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 09, 2019

Man dies during sex competition after finishing the seventh round


The deceased identified only as Davy reportedly died on his sex contender also identified as Loveth.

He reportedly took Loveth to a popular hotel located in Ikotun area of Lagos after a debate about which of the two would emerge victorious in a marathon sex.

While the deceased believed he has sufficient prowess to make Loveth run for her life, she also insisted that the deceased would not withstand her ability to accommodate many rounds of hot sex.

Davy trusted himself so much that he staked N50,000, gingering Loveth to rise up to the occasion.

When the ‘competition’ got underway, Davy was on top of his game and was able to chalk six good rounds.

However, he could not survive the seventh round as he collapsed and died on the woman.

Loveth who became alarmed called for help and the hotel manager handed her over to the Ikotun Police Division for investigation, while the corpse of the deceased was deposited at an undisclosed hospital for autopsy, PM EXPRESS reports.

Loveth was later transferred to the SCIID Panti Yaba where she narrated the entire incident.

Sources say the autopsy report will determine what charges would be proffered against her, if there is any.

Source: PULSE
July 09, 2019

Transgender woman gets new vagina made from fish skin

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A trans woman had a vagina constructed using the skin of a tilapia fish after her genitals began to shrink and close up following botched surgery.

According to surgeons, Maju, 35, has the chance of a “proper sex life” and a boost of confidence thanks to the sea creature’s skin.

The highly complex procedure, called neovaginoplasty, used a tubular-shaped acrylic mold wrapped with the skin of the freshwater fish in the form of a biological prosthesis to rebuild and extend the vaginal canal in a three-hour operation on April 23.

The process involved inserting two separate molds to create the new vagina. The first device, mounted with the marine membrane, was incorporated inside the vagina over a period of six days.

In contact with the patient’s body, the sterilized and odor-free fish skin displays stimulatory cell growth properties. It is rich in type 1 collagen a substance that promotes healing and has a firmness and elasticity which is as strong and resilient as human skin.

The tilapia membrane attached to and recoated the walls of the vaginal canal acting like stem cells. These were absorbed into the body, transforming into cellular tissue similar to that of an actual vagina.

The second device made from silicone and described as a very “big tampon” is designed to remain inside the vagina for up to six months to prevent the walls from closing.

Professor Leonardo Bezerra said to FocusOn News: “We were able create a vagina of physiological length, both in thickness and by enlarging it and the patient has recovered extremely well. She is walking around with ease, has no pain and is urinating normally. In a couple months we believe she will be able to have sexual intercourse.”

The device can be removed after this period as and when desired.

The process is being hailed as yet another breakthrough in gynecological surgery, which is tackling sensitive predicaments using the aquatic animal skin, normally thrown away as waste, as a substitute for human regenerative tissue.

fish skin, vagina

Speaking to FocusOn News, the transsexual patient revealed she decided to transition 20 years ago, with the support of her family, after realizing in her early teens that she was a woman living in a man’s body.

Maju said: “I was the fourth person in Brazil in 1999 to have, what was then, experimental surgery. But 10 years ago I developed vaginal stenosis. The opening of my vagina started to get narrower and shorter and the canal collapsed.”

Three-hour operation

She suffered constant discomfort which prevented sex with her partner of 12 years, from whom she is now divorced.

Since developing the technique three years ago, Bezzera has successfully treated 10 women and corrected the condition that causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent.

According to Bezerra, vaginal tract closure is common in trans women who have undergone a sex change.

He explained: “This is because, in the traditional procedure, most of the inside parts of the penis are removed and the penile skin is folded into the space between the urethra and the rectum. The outside skin of the penis then becomes the inside of the vagina.

“But because the patient has had hormonal treatment to develop female characteristics, there is penile and testicle atrophy resulting in shrinkage in the size of the penis caused from the loss of tissue. This means the vagina can also be small.”

To complicate matters, before surgery could begin, the medical team discovered that apparent levels of incompetence during the original surgery had left more than one narrow vaginal canal. There were remnants of cavernous bodies, erectile tissue structures, still in the vaginal space.

“The presence of these leftovers of the penis aggravated the closure of the vaginal tract, worsening the symptoms,” said Bezerra.

To reverse this problem, the most common method is to do a skin graft taken from other parts of the body, usually from the intestines, to increase the width and length of the canal. This type of surgery is invasive, long and leaves scars.

Bezerra said: “The great benefit of our technique is that it’s minimally invasive and there’s no need to do abdominal incisions.”

By Janet Tappin Coelho, The Sun

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 08, 2019

Woman In Viral Video Licking Ice Cream And Putting It Back In The Store's Fridge Faces 20+ Years In Prison

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A viral video of a woman licking a tub of ice cream and placing it back to the fridge of the store in Texas surfaced across different social media sites. It immensely and quickly spread around with many netizens condemning the act.

What's worst is that the trend in the viral video is encouraging the public to tamper items in their nearest supermarket as well, which is even more alarming.

Recently, Texas police announced that they already identified the woman in the disturbing trend.

In a report from the New York Post, authorities already obtained footage matching the woman's description in a CCTV, they are now verifying her identity before they issue a warrant arrest.

According to the police, once arrested, the woman in the viral video will be charged with second-degree tampering of product, and will be receiving a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of the amount not exceeding to USD $10,000.

On the other hand, a man involved in the said video who encouraged the woman on licking the ice cream is also a suspect and will be charged in accordance with the law.

Let's just look forward to the thorough investigation in this case and if found guilty, they must sentence with a just punishment they deserve.

To all around the world, I hope this serves as a lesson to everyone that making fun is different to having fun, so please do not involve and take part yourself in this trend. This might harm others and you as well.

July 08, 2019

Dad Visits His Daughter After She Appears In A Dream, Horrifies After Finding Her Dead

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Remnants of a woman was found inside her house at Pathum Thani, Bangkok, Thailand by the Thai police. It is confirmed that the cadaver has been there for at least 6 months, however, what is more shocking and terrifying is that the bizarre discovery of body, which started with a dream.

Boonlong Boonplun, 71 years of age, confessed in a report that he had a dream about his late wife and daughter, Thiphaphat Phaksuk, 46, visiting him on June 15.

When he woke up that day, he said he wasn't feel good as if something is not right. That's why he decided to visit her daughter's house, about 20 km away from his home in Phichit District.

Upon arriving at the house, he was confused why his daughter's house looked like abandoned for a long time as weeds were found around the house. He then move closer and smelled something strange as if something is decaying, so he asked for security officers to break and look for the house.

In their horror, they found the decaying body of Thiphaphat Phaksuk beside the toilet's door which was located on the ground floor of the 2-storey house.

Boonlong Boonplun also confirmed that her daughter has been living alone since she divorced her husband.

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Some of the neighbors when asked about the matter said that they thought Thiphaphat Phaksuk moved out because they haven't seen and heard from her for a long time.

A sobbing Boonlong also said that even though they didn't live far away from each other, he haven't heard from her daughter for quite some time as well.

Her daughter was always busy and not at home that's why even he wanted to visit her before he had not got a chance.

In a report from the Thai police based on their initial investigation, the death of Thiphaphat didn't look suspicious and a low probability of having another party involved.

The police believed that she died from heart attack, that's why the remnants was sent to a hospital for autopsy to determine the the reason and actual cause of death of the victim.

It is kinda creepy that her father would dream of his daughter and suddenly find her dead.

By any case and means, may her soul rest in peace.
July 08, 2019

Working With People Who Are Dying Teaches You So Much About How To Live


Death is a difficult subject.

It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease.

The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own.

We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time.

Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death.


However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me.

In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident.

A patient who was once friendly and jolly can quickly become quiet, reflective, and despondent. I've seen patients break down and cry, not because of their current situation, but because they were mourning old ones. These times taught me a lot about how to be just what that person needs towards the end of their life.

I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

The somber tone and tired eyes let me know that what they had to say was important and worth hearing. What mattered most is that someone who cared was there to hear it.

By Noor Abi Rached Emory University, Odyssey 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 07, 2019

Drinking Beer Can Prolong Your Life, Science Confirms

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In studying 80,000 adults conducted by the Pennsylvania State University, beer has a positive effect on your health by reducing the risk of having a stroke and development of cardiovascular diseases.

A moderate intake of beer per day, a glass, or two, may help you avoid the risk of kidney stones, strokes, diabetes and heart attacks, better generally drinking at all.

Having the comparison of adults who drink and do not drink beer, adults who drink beer moderately live longer than those who do not.

Also, Dr. Tero Hirvonen of the National Public Health Institute of Helsinki, used his detailed inquiry of 27,000 middle-aged men to conclude that "a bottle of beer per day reduces risk of kidney stones by 40%."

Alcohol content of beer can also increase the sensitivity of insulin, which helps to prevent diabetes.

Additionally, beer is a great source of soluble fiber that helps to control blood sugar of people suffering from diabetes.

Beer contains elements that positively affect your bones as well, making them more powerful by reducing the risk of fracturing bones, more than that would raise the risk of breakages.

This traditional diet of beer may be better than the highly promoted soft drinks and convenience foods on prolonging your life in your place.

Simply remember, beer is an enjoyable drink taken in moderate amounts, and may have positive effects on health, but once abused it may bring negatives too.

Published by Lucis Philippines
July 07, 2019

Men Who Marry Smart Women Live Healthier and Longer, Study Shows

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University of Aberdeen conducted a new research and found out that men who married smart women tend to live longer and happier more than the others.

According to D'Marge, mind is much important than beauty, and that living with a smart companion is healthier to mind and body as this kind of partner avoid pointless fights and dominate your life.

A smart wife also protects her partner from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.

She can give you a talk, comfort, and joy that are the great factors on avoiding and preventing the development of dementia.

Intelligent marital companion may also share her time and knowledge to you by challenging and exercising your mental capacity by playing games that can enhance your brain function.

Playing crossword puzzles every Sunday will be helpful on activating your brain on which acts as a major barrier to possible threat of diseases once aging.

After looking at the health of identical twins and found that their environment including to whom they married, affects the risk of developing dementia, the study concluded that having a smart wife is a factor that protects against degenerative diseases.

Men were literally prone to degenerative diseases, but thanks to your intelligent and lively women, you didn't even show a single physical sign of dementia.

Dementia is more common in people at the age between 30 to 65, but with the help of a partner that has a high intellectual capacity and higher education, you don't have to worry anymore because you have your wife with positive lifestyle choices that can make a huge impact on your brain health. It is vividly and clearly shown that behind every good and healthy man, there is a good and smart woman.

Published by Lucis Philippines
July 07, 2019

Mother Bird Feeding Its Baby A Cigarette Butt, A Proof How Humans Destroy the Planet

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Humanity should be responsible towards nature, a simple reminder to everyone. We as humans should be the one to uplift and guard our mother nature, and not the one who destroys it. In our present situation, we have to stop polluting our planet, be it a small plastic straw or a cigarette butts, let's be mindful on how we manage and dispose our waste.

In a photograph captured by Karen Mason of National Audubon Society, a mother bird at a beach in Florida was feeding her baby chick a cigarette butt.

Yes, you read it right.

She shared another picture again. This time, the baby chick was seen enjoying the cigarette butt in its mouth.

“This skimmer chick was offered a cigarette butt by its parent. It’s time we cleaned up our beaches and stopped treating them like a giant ashtray,” Karen wrote.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, a turtle carcass was found with plastic bags coming out from its rectum. Environmentalists believed that the turtle was pooping them out.

A stingray was also found dead with its stomach filled with a book, camera, bottle and a pack of cigarettes recently.

By reading the different incidents above, we can still learn a few things from it. Just take a look at all these cases happening around the world.

We should be mindful of our action, specially the way we treat the environment. Animals do not know how to differentiate between a waste and a food, but you do. We as human do know what is wrong and right more than them, you should remember that. This is the time we put the battle against pollution before it is too late for us.

Published by Lucis Philippines
July 07, 2019

19-Year-Old Girl Dies After Amusement Park’s Swing Ride Breaks Apart

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Teenager girl died in an accident in Istiklol amusement park, Jizzakh, Uzbekistan after a daredevil 360-degree swing's arm broke in half.

Screams of excitement suddenly change to terror in a theme park when riders realized that the detachment of metal pendulum of the ride is not part of the show.

Dozens of riders were strapped in and flung high in the air by a 360 degree swing.

Uzbek authorities didn't specify how many casualties were involved in the said accident, but a 19-year-old girl has been reportedly killed when the arm of the ride collapsed down to the ground.

The terrifying incident was captured on camera and gone viral on the internet.

This news rapidly spread and shocked the world, thinking that theme parks are supposed to bring happiness and enjoyment not terror. People never expect something like this would happen, only on fantasy movies and nightmares.

The incident serves as a reminder to all the theme parks' management that there should be a proper maintenance and check ups to ensure the safety of everyone. There should be no more life at risk.

Published by Lucis Philippines