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  • Woman is shocked to discover she has a tooth growing under her eye after feeling sharp pain in her face

    A Chinese woman who complained of pain in her face when eating was horrified to find that she had a tooth growing right under her eye. 

    28-year-old Cao Fang who works in Guangzhou noticed the pain a month ago and was forced to make her meals softer, reports the People’s Daily Online. 

    She had surgery to remove the tooth after doctors warned her that if it continued to grow, it would affect her sight.

    Cao Fang has started feeling pain in her face when she was eating around a month ago. 

    The woman who works in Guangzhou was forced to find ways to make her food softer. At one point she steamed an apple to make it easier to eat. 

    Cao was disappointed as she had moved to Guangzhou from Sichuan province because she was a fan of Guandong food.  

    When she finally went to the doctors, she was shocked to learn she had a one inch tooth growing underneath her eye socket. 

    She was told that she needed surgery as soon as possible as if it was left to grow, the tooth would permanently damage her eye. She was told to go to a larger hospital that could accommodate her. 

    Cao had surgery in Chongqing City where Doctor Lin agreed to operate. 

    Doctors made a small incision on the side of her face and removed the tooth. 

    Doctor Lin who operated on the woman said that the direction of the tooth's growth could have been caused by the woman's baby tooth not falling off soon enough causing the tooth to grow upwards. 

    According to Cambridge University Hospital, this is a case of impacted teeth. 

    Impacted teeth occurs when one or more teeth fails to grow in the correct position and is held below the normal gum line.

    Image: Doctors told the woman the tooth needed to be removed as it could seriously harm her eye

    Source: Daily Mail



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  • 2016 on pace to be hottest year ever as climate change trends reach ‘new climax’– UN

    Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the United Nations weather agency said today.

    “Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes, fuelled by the strong 2015/2016 El Niño,” said World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a press release.

    The El Niño event, which turned up the Earth’s thermostat, has now disappeared, but “climate change, caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will not,” he stressed. This means more heatwaves, more extreme rainfall and potential for higher impact tropical cyclones.

    Arctic sea ice melted early and fast, another indicator of climate change. Carbon dioxide levels, which are driving global warming, have reached new highs.

    To calculate global temperature statistics for its annual state of the climate report, WMO uses datasets from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS), and the UK’s Met Office and reanalysis data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF).

    Two separate reports from NOAA and NASA GISS both highlighted the dramatic and sweeping changes in the state of the climate.

    June 2016 marked the 14th consecutive month of record heat for land and oceans. It marked the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average. The last month with temperatures below the 20th century average was December 1984.

    Carbon dioxide concentrations have passed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere so far this year. CO2 levels vary according to the season, but the underlying trend is upwards. They showed a surprising increase for the first half of 2016, rising in June 2016 to nearly 407 ppm, 4 ppm greater than June 2015.


    “This underlines more starkly than ever the need to approve and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to speed up the shift to low carbon economies and renewable energy,” said Mr. Taalas.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders to a special event on 21 September to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was adopted by last December. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to the agreement before the end of 2016.

    It’s getting hotter

    The average temperature in the first six months of 2016 was 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the pre-industrial era in the late 19th century, according to NASA.

    NOAA said the global land and ocean average temperature for January–June was 1.05 degrees Celsius (1.89 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average, beating the previous record set in 2015 by 0.20 degree Celsius (0.36 degree Fahrenheit).

    Each month in 2016 was record warm. Most of the world’s land and ocean surfaces had warmer to much-warmer-than-average conditions.

    The El Niño event which developed in 2015 and was one of the most powerful on record contributed to the record temperatures in the first half of 2016. It dissipated in May.

    Arctic Sea ice is melting faster

    The extent of Arctic sea ice at the peak of the summer melt season now typically covers 40 per cent less area than it did in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Arctic sea ice extent in September, the seasonal low point in the annual cycle, has been declining at a rate of 13.4 per cent per decade.

    Source: UN

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  • 'Graham' has the body you'll need to survive a high-speed car accident - with skull that acts like a bike helmet

    Meet 'Graham'- he has a face you might want to forget, but a body you'll need if you're going to survive a car crash.

    He is part of Victoria's latest road safety campaign and has the optimal body shape to escape from a road accident unharmed according to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

    Sculptured by Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini in conjunction with Melbourne Hospital trauma surgeon, Christian Kenfield, Graham has body parts you would need to be able to stay alive in a high speed crash.

    "The head has a much bigger skull so it acts like a bicycle helmet. Graham actually has no neck, he has no cervical spine that can be fractured in a whiplash injury.

    "These ribs are super ribs absorbing much more of the force," said Trauma Surgeon, Christian Kenfield.

    Made out of fibreglass, silicone, resin and human hair, Graham is on display at the State Library of Victoria until August 8 and visitors can use immersive augmented reality technology to look under Grahams skin to learn about his unique features.

    "He's not patronising, he's not imposing, he's open to us and the eyes are where the work is. It's where you can really connect with him and empathize.

    "If he was aggressive or belligerent or sort of patronizing we wouldn't be able to do that. He's very Australian, I think," said sculptor Patricia Piccinini.

    Graham is due to travel the state with his simple but, hopefully effective message, "You haven't got what I've got and if you drive safely, you won't need it", the Seven Network said.

    Source: Mirror

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  • Teacher cheats death when her car was crushed between two lorries in horror crash

    A teacher cheated death when her car was horrifically crushed beyond recognition between two lorries.

    Katie Holt’s VW Golf was mangled into such a small space that the emergency services didn’t spot it at first.

    The 39-year-old was cut from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital where she was treated for skull and back fractures and a broken left arm.

    She spent 10 days in hospital before returning home and it took around two months to get her memory back and learn to walk.

    Katie, from Colchester, Essex said: “I’m lucky to be here.

    “When I saw the photos of the crash I was astonished. It’s amazing what the human body can do.

    “I put 100 per cent into my recovery and it has not been easy.”

    She added: “I still have no recollection of the crash and can only remember coming round in the hospital.

    “After seeing the pictures of the accident I feel incredibly lucky to be here.”

    Katie was driving to work at Felsted Preparatory School when she stopped in queuing traffic on the A120 near Braintree, in December 2014.

    But she was struck from behind by Kevin Mann, 51, and the impact from his skip hire truck sent her VW Golf under a container lorry in front.

    Katie was trapped for more than an hour.

    Those at the scene who called the emergency services were initially unaware Katie’s car was between the two lorries as it was crushed into such a tight space.

    After being discharged from hospital Katie moved to stay with her parents so they could care for her while her husband, Rob, a fellow teacher, was at work.

    Skip hire truck driver Kevin Mann pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

    He was handed a £350 fine, given six penalty points and ordered to pay a £550 costs and a £35 victim surcharge at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

    Katie, who gave birth to daughter Ella three weeks ago, returned to full time work in September, and has won compensation from the insurers of Colchester Skip Hire.

    Source: Mirror




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  • Brazil arrests over 'Olympics terrorism'

    Federal police in Brazil have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism during the Olympic Games.

    The authorities said they were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group.

    The arrests were made in the southern state of Parana.

    They come just over two weeks before the Olympic Games get under way in Rio de Janeiro.

    Source: BBC


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