May 8, 2013

Hungry, Hungry Hippo

1 Man Swallowed by Hippo Recounts Tale

Seventeen years ago, Paul Templer, then a river guide on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, was swallowed whole by a hippo as he led a group of tourists and apprentice tour guides. Templer managed to escape but was badly injured and lost his left arm in the attack. He just recently recounted the story. “There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger,” he recalled. “I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry. I seemed to be trapped in something slimy ... It was only then that I realized I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth.” Hippos kill more humans each year in Africa than any other wildlife. One of the apprentice guides on Templer’s kayak was in fact killed in the attack. The hippo was not tracked down and killed.

More at NYdailynews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Trout Swallows Man's Finger

Tags: Animal Attacks, Paul Templer, Hippo Attack, Zambezi River

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Together Is Better

2 Eat Soy, Tomatoes to Prevent Prostate Cancer

Eating tomatoes and soy together instead of alone might be more effective for preventing prostate cancer, find researchers. The study is published in Cancer Prevention Research. University of Illinois researchers used genetically engineered mice created to develop an aggressive form of prostate cancer, but half of the mice that ate tomato and soy had no cancerous lesions at the end of the study. In the control group of mice that were not fed tomatoes and soy, all of the animals developed prostate cancer. While eating just tomato or just soy also reduced prostate cancer, the combination was most effective. "Only 45 percent of mice fed both foods developed the disease compared to 61 percent in the tomato group, and 66 percent in the soy group," says John Erdman of the University of Illinois.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Prostate Cancer Prevention, Health Benefits Tomato and Soy, Cancer Prevention Research, How to Prevent Prostate Cancer, Healthy Food Men

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But They Are in Florida

3 Dangerous Giant African Snail Not in Texas

Despite media reports, the large snail spotted in Houston isn't the dangerous giant African land snail which carries meningitis. There's currently no evidence that there are any giant African land snails in Texas, reports New York Daily News. Instead, the snail that was spotted in Houston is a rosy wolf snail, which is often misidentified as the giant African land snail. While Texans may feel more relaxed, the giant African land snail has actually been sighted in Florida!

More at New York Daily News | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA to Review Triclosan After 40 Years

Tags: Rosy Wolf Snail, Rosywolf Snail, African Land Snail Houston, False Sighting Giant African Land Snail Texas, Snail Causes Meningitis

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