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 Popularity of sushi has brought rise in parasitic infections, warn doctors

From nigiri to temaki, sushi has boomed in popularity in the west, but now doctors are warning of a less appetising trend: a rise in parasitic infections.

A team of doctors from Portugal raised concerns after a 32-year old man was admitted to hospital complaining of pain in his abdomen just below his ribs, vomiting and had a slight fever, all of which had lasted for a week.

An endoscopy soon revealed the culprit: the larvae of a type of parasitic worm from the genus Anisakis. The doctors note that the condition, known as anisakiasis, is caused by eating undercooked or raw fish or seafood that has been contaminated: indeed, questioning of the patient revealed that he had recently eaten sushi.

After the larva was removed the man rapidly recovered, say the medics.

Under European food hygiene legislation fish that is to be eaten raw should be frozen before it is sold to consumers to ensure any parasites have been killed. Photograph: Alamy

Two views of the parasite, seen here firmly attached to an area of the patient’s upper gastrointestinal tract. Photograph: Carmo et al/BMJ case reports

Stories I want to write:

-DNR agent in shining armor rescuing endangered dragons from princess’s illegal menagerie
-supernatural cataclysm at a summer camp
-queer coming of age story about a middle schooler and a scientist in a small Michigan town invaded by extradimensional demon worm parasites
-mechanical man rescued from sideshow at the edge of the world, kind of gay
-that one about the faerie serial killer who’s addicted to blood

A Dead Girl’s Concerns [Fic]

[Hey it’s me back with a small lil ficlet, once again with that Parasite AU, and this time with some people other than your usual suspects. Hilariously enough, this wasn’t even conceived as part of the Parasite AU at first, but then I realized I could rework it to fit. So here we are.]

Though Yoshikage was not tethered to the alleyway as Reimi was, he always felt guilty for leaving her behind whenever he went out to venture, and stayed with her as long as he could before he was tugged away by duty to keep vigilant among the rest of Morioh. Reimi, wanting for company, didn’t turn him away.

They were on their god-knew-what lap around the ever extending, ever-the-same corridor. They took it slow; the dead had no need to rush. Reimi’s trailing, pale ribbons whipped against the air as Yoshikage’s quiet, measured steps tapped beside her, with Arnold–snuffling about at the scent Yoshikage had dragged in from the outside–bringing up the back. The shadow of the brim of Yoshikage’s bowler, tilted jauntily downward, attempted its best to cover the gruesome chunks taken from his face, to no avail. The slow dripping blood of Arnold’s neck wound added to the solemn portrait.

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The Silk Road Spread Sickness?

There is new evidence of something that researchers have long suspected: along with people, goods, and ideas, the Silk Road also transported infectious diseases. Studying preserved poop in a latrine at a Silk Road waystation, which was in use from 111 BCE to 109 CE, researchers discovered four species of parasitic worm. One particularly interesting find is the Chinese liver fluke. It is a parasitic worm which causes diarrhea, jaundice, and liver cancer. It’s life cycle requires time in well-watered, marshy areas. The way station is in the eastern end of the Taklamakan Desert. Therefore Chinese liver fluke could not have been picked up at the way station. In fact, the fluke’s closest habitat today is around 1,500 kilometers from the way station where the fluke was found.

Put together, the evidence suggests the unfortunate infected traveler must have come from quite a distance, carrying the parasite with them. Other infectious diseases might have been carried along the Silk Road in a similar way.

anonymous asked:

Have you seen the mummified dinosaur at the Indianapolis Children's Museum? It's really cool

You mean Leonardo the Brachylophosaurus mummy? I actually didn’t know about that until just now – thank you for telling me!

Apparently – and it’s visible in this picture, too – it’s so well preserved that the neck musculature can still be made out, and it clearly shows how the muscles would have kept the neck bent so the head was kept up and close to the body. There’s actually a bit of a trend in paleoart to reconstruct animals with the necks fully extended and parallel to the ground even though the neck is kept bent by the neck muscles in most living animals, and it’s quite nice that there’s some concrete proof that this was the case in extinct animals too.

And apparently there are even remains of parasitic worms in this guy’s fossilized guts, which I think is absolutely awesome!

1/7/2017-1/9/2017 Soup-Nose The Goat has some swelling under her jaw. We suspect bottlejaw (fluid retention caused by anemia). Anemia in goats is usually a parasite issue, so we wormed her, and I drove to the hippie feed store and bought some of the fancy organic sweetfeed to try and convince her to eat a bunch of delicious nutrition. Even Soup Nose’s Olympic-class food fussiness is no match for sweetfeed.

Sweetfeed is made of corn, molasses, oats, various trace vitamins, and tiny shavings from a shining blue meteor that landed in the Darkhad Valley in Mongolia in 1953. The workers who harvest the meteor cover their ears so they can’t hear it singing to them.

Sweetfeed smells amazing. I have genuinely considered cooking it like oatmeal and eating it myself. My google history is full of searches for cornflake and molasses cookies, gingerbread cornmeal cookies, something, anything. Internet forums are thronged with people wondering how to make moonshine out of it. It smells like molasses and raisins and cornbread and coming home to the family you never knew you had after a long time wandering in the dusty dark between worlds.

We have to keep a brick on top of the bin with sweetfeed in it, because otherwise the feral cats sneak into the barn and eat it. 

The cats try to eat goat food.

(Seriously. I tell a lot of lies on this blog. That is not one of the lies. It’s uncanny stuff.

Also, if you know any recipes that involve molasses and cornflakes, please send them to me, the smell is driving me mad.)

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I did character design and layout for the aliens in this shot….also Rick’s prison garb. :)

Background by James Mcdermott

Character color by Elisa Phillips

BG color by Yaoyao Ma Van As


Last post of the season. Such an honor to be apart of the team. I still feel like I won a fan sweepstakes.


…see you in…a year and a half…or longer….

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Got QUITE a few questions about this.

ESSENTIALLY: All worm vampires carry the disease/virus/whathaveyou that turned them initially, and can pass it on freely. The human immune system is, however, quite capable of repelling it under most circumstances. And saliva is not an ideal vector. Turning usually only happens in deliberate, pre-selected cases, or as a very rare accident.

I hope this answers yall thoroughly! Feel free to inquire further if you want more details.

EDIT: wow now i see all these spelling errors, thanks late-night brain i love it

I gave Rex her ivermectin, for whatever reason she absolutely REFUSES to suck it out of the syringe, she’ll take anything liquid from it but no gel. Luckily pigeons have a poor sense of taste and swallow things whole so I just put some on peas and give those to her.

Birds that go outside, whether free ranging chickens, parrots out in a cage for some sun, or birds on a harness, they should get regular wormer. Ivermectin is safe for chickens and pigeons in small amounts, however I don’t know about parrots so do your research first before giving pets random medicines.

  • Anakin: Fine. We'll try it your way.
  • Obi-Wan: So glad you agree.
  • Anakin & Obi-Wan: *walk toward alien zombie bug queen*
  • Zombie bugs: *gurgle*
  • Anakin: How did you know they wouldn't just attack us?
  • Obi-Wan: Because I make observations while you just think with your lightsaber.
  • Anakin:
  • Anakin: Did you just make a dick joke?
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Yeah–skin is durable and stretchy, but less so when you’re undead and put it through that much of a workout (especially considering how much vamps like this have to squash down to fit in a human body). It can heal if the vampire feeds sufficiently, but large compromises to the structure require the old skin to be ditched entirely and the generation of a new dermal cover.

a bit of a pain in the butt, but worth it for that glowing baby-soft new skin look!