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Fish oil supplements don’t ward off heart disease: study

WASHINGTON: Fish oil supplements do not help prevent heart attacks or strokes in people with diabetes, said a study Monday that adds to a growing body of research on the ineffectiveness of pills containing omega-3 fatty acids. More than 15,000 people with diabetes but no signs of heart disease enrolled in the study in Britain, the results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Half the participants were given a daily capsule of omega-3, while the other half received a placebo pill containing…

Rains kill 80 in north India, fish in flooded hospitals

Dirty water with fish squirming around flooded a hospital in northeast India after monsoon rain and at least 80 people died within days in one state in weather-related accidents, officials said Monday. Patients sat gingerly with their feet up at the Nalanda Medical College hospital in Bihar state when water gushed into the intensive care unit, highlighting the annual havoc the monsoon wreaks on the country's creaking infrastructure. "A portion of the ground floor was flooded yesterday (Sunday) after a pipe choked amid…

Eating fish once a week helps lessen risk of sudden cardiac death by half: Study

Heart disease remains among the world’s top killers, causing one in every four deaths in the U.S. alone. A paper suggests that to reduce your risk of succumbing to the disease, one of the best things you can do is eat fish. The study examined the risk of sudden death caused by a heart attack among male U.S. doctors. The research defined “sudden death” as death or collapse that occurred within an hour after the onset of symptoms, a witnessed cardiac arrest, or both. About 12 months into the study, 20,551 subjects (aged…

Man catches fish with pigeon head before stunned onlookers

A man while angling on a riverbank in China made a unique catch that stunned onlookers. In the footage a strikingly unusual fish with a bulbous pigeon-shaped head is seen lying on the floor gasping for air. Gobsmacked witnesses took pictures and shot videos of the never-before-seen fish with their phones.  The video was shot on June 5 in Guiyang City of China's Guizhou Province. The fish is believed to be a mutant of grass carp, a common freshwater species. The man who caught the fish has reportedly…

Berlin responds to crayfish plague: If you can’t beat them, eat them

BERLIN: North American crayfish that spilled en masse onto Berlin streets last summer will soon be appearing in the city’s restaurants after its government authorized fishermen to remove them from public ponds. The red swamp crayfish, or Procambarus clarkii, are on the European Union’s list of invasive alien species but also popular in German aquariums. It is likely some were abandoned by their owners and started multiplying in favorable weather conditions, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union…

WATCH: Crocodile snatches fisherman’s catch in Australian river, video goes viral

A video of a crocodile rushing towards a fish caught on the bait by a fisherman and ‘snatching’ it is now going viral on the internet. The video was shot in Australia. Known to be the state’s most dangerous water crossing because it is a feeding ground for saltwater crocodiles, Cahill Crossing saw yet another instance in which a crocodile in swift motion swam up to a fisherman’s catch and lunged at it, all in the matter of just a few seconds. The video shows by-standers recording the sight on their phones, while the…

Mice, fish and flies: the animals still being sent into space

Sixty years after Laika the dog became the first living creature to go into orbit, animals are still being sent into space—though these days much smaller creatures are going up. Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the International Space Station programme, explains what we are still learning from animals in orbit. Why no more dogs, cats or monkeys? When those animals were sent into space, it was because people were afraid that mammalian species in general could not survive without gravity, and that people might…

VIDEO: Footage of a ‘headless’ fish swimming goes viral

A bizarre footage has emerged of a goldfish that is swimming for around three days despite its head bitten off by a predator. Lin Shaolun, from Taiwan, said the green-tinged goldfish was fed to a puffer fish, but managed to survive the ordeal. The fish lost its entire head, but the eerie footage shows it swimming around the bowl as normal, The Sun reported. Some viewers suggested the fish had only lost its gills and jaw and was able to keep moving as its brain was in tact. Others appeared concerned for the other…