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Friday
Jun152012

Cooked Squid Inseminates Woman’s Mouth

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here’s one not for the squeamish, from South Korea: A semi-cooked squid inseminated a woman’s mouth, according to a paper published in the Journal of Parasitology. After experiencing “severe pain in her oral cavity” when she bit into her seafood, the woman spit out her meal but continued to feel a lingering “pricking” sensation.

Doctors found that the 63-year-old woman had “small, white spindle-shaped bug-like organisms” lodged in the mucous membrane of her tongue, cheek and gums.

Despite having been boiled, the dead squid’s live spermatophores, or sperm sacks, were alive and penetrated the woman’s mouth.  The sacks, which contain ejaculatory devices, forcefully release sperm and a “cement” that attaches the sperm to a wall.

Not to worry, calamari lovers.  Most Western-world squid preparation removes the squid’s internal organs, leaving only its muscle for eaters to enjoy, according to Danna Staaf, who writes the blog Squid a Day, published on Science 2.0.

Seafood, anyone?

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan062012

Women Prefer Smell of Shaved Pits on Men: Study

Pixland/Thinkstock(PRAGUE) -- Women prefer the smell of a man's shaved armpit over one that's oozing hair, according to researchers in the Czech Republic.

Scientists at Charles University in Prague, whose specialty is learning about the smell of human attraction, have learned that women find the odor of bare male armpits more pleasurable than those that have about six-to-ten weeks of growth.

However, head researcher Jan Havlicek admits that the difference is likely negligible since women couldn't tell much difference from armpit hair that had only been growing for a week compared to ten weeks of an unshaved pit.

Next up: Finding out if men feel the way about women's shaved and unshaved armpits. Havlicek admits getting females to participate will probably be tougher.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec202011

Woman’s Stomach Held Pen for 25 Years

(LONDON) -- The pen is mightier than the sword, so the saying goes. But in the case of an elderly British woman, a pen is also mightier than one’s stomach acid.

An unidentified 76-year-old woman had a pen stuck inside her stomach for the past 25 years, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. Doctors at a hospital in Exeter found the pen on a CT scan when the patient came to the hospital complaining of weight loss and diarrhea.

The patient told her doctors that 25 years ago, she was using the pen to inspect a spot on her tonsils when she slipped, fell and accidentally swallowed the pen. Her physician husband didn’t believe her story but took an X-ray of her stomach, which showed nothing inside of her.

So the pen remained in her stomach for over two decades, amazingly causing the woman no ill effects at all.

“The stomach does not have an extensive sensory innervation and the felt tip pen was blunt,” Dr. Oliver Waters, a gastroenterologist who treated the woman, told ABC News. “So if the pen was not damaging the stomach this would explain the patient’s lack of symptoms.”

When Waters and his colleagues fished the pen out of its gastrointestinal hiding place, they found that it still wrote clearly.

Doctors say the patient is probably lucky she chose a felt-tip pen to probe her tonsils. Something sharper, such as a ballpoint pen, could have cut into the lining of her stomach and allowed the gut’s bacteria to seep into the rest of her body.

“In all likelihood the pen didn’t show up on the first X-ray because there are no metal pieces in a felt-tip pen,” Dr. Michael West, a trauma surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital, told ABC News. “A ballpoint pen has several metal parts, like the springs and the tip, and would have been seen on an X-ray.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec012011

Flying Squirrel Invades New Jersey Emergency Room

Jr - Nicholas/Getty Images(RAHWAY, N.J.) -- A flying squirrel caused a stir in a New Jersey hospital when it got trapped inside the emergency department.

At about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the squirrel got inside the emergency department of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, according to a report in the Newark-based Star-Ledger. The animal scuttled and swooped around the emergency room, trying to evade the firefighters who were called in to catch it.

About the size of a chipmunk, flying squirrels have large flaps of skin between their arms and body that they use to glide through the air, rather than flying like a bird or a bat.

“It would climb up on a light and would jump off and glide” to the floor over and over, fire department spokesman Capt. Ted Padavano told the Star-Ledger.

Eventually, the firefighters were able to corral the mammal into a 15-by-15-foot trauma room. After about 10 minutes, they managed to cover the squirrel with a blanket and released it into a wooded area near the hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said there was no damage to the emergency room but did not have an explanation for the hospital’s sudden influx of flying squirrels.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov162011

Chinese Man Has Severed Fingertip Attached to Stomach 

Rubberball/Mike Kemp(LIAONING PROVINCE, China) -- A Chinese man who accidentally severed his finger tip with an electric saw, but doctors managed to save the sliced-off digit by attaching it to his stomach, reports orange.co.uk.

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The muscle and skin had been cut away from the end of his finger leaving only bone showing.  

“We had to make a quick decision or he could have lost his finger,” said Dr. Huang Xuesong. “We decided to cultivate a new fingertip on his stomach."

The technique restores blood circulation in the severed part so it can begin to heal.  The surgery is being called a complete success, and the man will have a new fingertip when it is separated from his stomach and reattached in about a month.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul202011

Woman Has Extra Nipple on Bottom of Foot

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An unidentified 22-year-old woman has three nipples -- two in the usual place, and a third on the bottom of her foot, according to a report by DailyMail.co.uk. The foot nipple is almost two inches wide and the woman claims that she’s had it her entire life and it has never caused her any discomfort.

Even though one in 50 women and one in 100 men have extra nipples, this is the first time one has been reported to grow on a foot. Most extra nipples grow along the milk lines running from the human genitals to the armpits. However some nipples have been reported to grow on the back, thigh, and even the face of some humans.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May262011

Man Survives Freak Accident That Inflated Him Like Balloon

Thinkstock/Getty Images(WHAKATANE, New Zealand) -- A New Zealand truck driver survived a freak accident with an air tank that inflated him like a balloon to twice his normal size.

On Saturday, Steven McCormack, 48, ended up in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Whakatane, a town on the North Island's east coast. As McCormack was standing on the rigging between his truck and trailer while working at Waiotahi Contractors, he slipped and fell onto a brass valve that was connecting the truck's brakes to the compressed air supply. The nozzle pierced his left buttock and air rushed into his body at 100 pounds per square inch.

"In a matter of minutes, my body blew to twice its size," McCormack told New Zealand's 3News.

His boss, Robbie Petersen, witnessed the accident and said, "He became more and more distressed and his whole body -- his face, his eyes started to close -- started to swell."

As the air pumped and he began to scream, co-workers struggled to pull him off of the nozzle. They managed to stop the air supply and put him on his side. It was an hour before paramedics arrived.

"I was blowing up like a football," recalled McCormack to 3News. "I had no choice but just to lie there, blowing up like a balloon."

When paramedics tried to insert a needle for a drip, the pressure from the air pushed the needle out. They were also unable to give him air through a tube in his nostrils.

Doctors say the air filled his abdomen and chest, as well as the space around his heart, lungs, and even behind his eyelids. The air separated his fat from his muscles and compressed his heart.

After being rushed to the hospital, a team of doctors put a hose through his ribs to get air to his lungs. Though doctors were able to get fluid out of him, the air had to come out the natural ways, resulting in an enormous case of flatulence. It took McCormack three days to go back to his normal size.

McCormack suffered no broken bones and no bruises, just a hole from where he was punctured. Leaving the hospital, he said, "I really feel like the Michelin Man."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio