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Woman kills herself after nurse misspelt her name

A mother killed herself after she was discharged from hospital without mental health staff realising she had a long history of depression - because of a spelling blunder.Marie Natalie Piner killed herself after phoning her daughter and a friend, warning them she had large amounts of pills and intended to take them all.A massive hunt was launched for the troubled 36-year-old from Clacton, Essex, but she was found dead four days later in a car park in the seaside town.At her inquest, it emerged that before her death, Mrs Piner had been discharged from hospital after a mental health assessor misspelled her name on a computer. ...

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Woman dislocates jaw eating burger

Nicola Peate has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which makes her joints prone to dislocation A woman had to have her jaw reset after dislocating it while eating a triple-decker burger.Nicola Peate, from Ormskirk, Lancashire, injured herself while eating at Liverpool's Almost Famous restaurant on 8 August.Ms Peate, 25, who has a syndrome which makes her joints unstable, was treated at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital the next day.She said she would be "more conscious of the size of food in future".Emergency department clinical director Kathryn Clark said dislocations like Ms Peate's were "rare"."I hope that in future, she takes more care when eating over-sized burgers," she said.She added that "if food is too large, we would recommend cutting it into more manageable chunks".'Massive cringe'Ms Peate said she had been in pain after trying to eat the burger but did not realise the extent of the injury until the next morning.She said: "I didn't think I'd dislocated it - you don't expect it to happen eating a burger, but I tried to eat it with a knife and fork and couldn't."I couldn't open my mouth fully - it felt like I had cramp in my tongue, then I started to get an earache and a headache."The next morning, I felt really, really ill.

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Wayward toilet users face fine

Chinese media called into question the need for a law on the issue Officials in Shenzhen, China, will fine public toilet users 100 yuan (£10;$16) if they are deemed to have failed to urinate accurately in city facilities.New laws that come into force next month in the southern city do not specify what amount of spilled urine would be classed as a violation.The move has provoked derision and debate in local newspapers and on China's version of Twitter, Weibo.Critics suggested toilet inspectors would be needed to enforce the rules.The regulations were designed to curb the "uncouth use of a public toilet", a city government official told the AFP news agency.The Beijing Times carried a commentary calling into question the necessity of making a law on something that could "be simply guided by social consensus".

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Man,70, has kitchen fork removed from his penis

Doctors have removed a 10cm long steel fork from inside a man’s penis, after a sexual adventure went horribly wrong.The 70-year-old visited Canberra Hospital’s emergency department complaining of bleeding genitalia.He then promptly admitted that he had inserted a piece of cutlery into his urethra in an attempt to pleasure himself.Unfortunately the attempt backfired and it became stuck, leaving him in considerable pain. Despite this, it took him 12 hours to pluck up the courage to seek medical help.The fork was so firmly lodged inside the man's body that doctors could not initially see the cause of the discomfort, according to the report in The International Journal of Surgery.However, once it had been located, ‘multiple retrieval methods were contemplated with success achieved via forceps traction and copious lubrication.’The procedure was successful and the elderly man was sent home with no long-term damage.According to the article, entitled ‘An Unusual Urethral Foreign Body’, it is very rare to find alien objects lodged in the lower urinary tract.But, it said, many unexpected objects have been retrieved from other parts of the body.These include toothbrushes, pencils, allen keys, plastic cups, light bulbs, thermometers, plants and vegetables, leeches, snakes, wax and glue.Doctors Krishanth Naidu, Maurice Mulcahy and Amanda Chung said they chose to publish the unusual case 'to create discussion among the medical fraternity given the great management challenge faced by the oddity and infrequency with which a fork is encountered in the penile urethra'.The added that the motives for inserting objects into such a sensitive region were difficult to comprehend.According to the report, in a series of 20 adult cases over 9 years, foreign body insertions into the lower urinary tract have a low incidence, with men 1.7 times more likely to engage in the behaviour than women.They said that practice tends to occur 'during states of pathological masturbation, substance abuse and intoxication'.In most cases embarrassed patients attempted to retrieve the item themselves, risking injury and foreign body migration.The real danger was infection leading to death, because ashamed patients often delay medical treatment, they said.Doctors generally try to avoid surgery in such situations, instead choosing an option that would minimise trauma and preserve erectile function.According to the report, typical symptoms after having inserted a foreign object into the male urethra include lower abdominal pain, penile pain, swelling of glans or body of penis, inflammation of the urethra, dyspareunia (pain during sex), blood-stained urine, pyuria (pus in urine), increased urinary frequency, inability to urinate and fever.

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Cheap taxi fares for women who wear short skirts

The council is considering discounted taxi prices so that women in 'provocative' clothes can be driven back home safely. ...

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Cameroon’s president orders Pentecostal churches closed

President of Cameroon Yaounde, Cameroon (CNN) -- Cameroon's President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities, citing criminal practices organized by Pentecostal pastors that threaten the security of the West African nation.But Pentecostal pastors said the move is evidence of Biya's insecurity about the churches' criticism of the governmentBiya is using the military to permanently shut down all Pentecostal church denominations in the nation's capital, Yaounde, and the North West Regional capital, Bamenda, which have the largest Christian populations in Cameroon.More than 50 churches have now been closed, with the government targeting nearly 100 in eight other regions."We will get rid of all the so-called Christian Pentecostal pastors who misuse the name of Jesus Christ to fake miracles and kill citizens in their churches. They have outstretched their liberty," Mbu Anthony Lang, a government official in Bamenda, told CNN Wednesday.Nearly 500 Pentecostal churches operate in Cameroon, but fewer than 50 are legal, he added.On Sunday, a 9-year-old Christian girl collapsed and died during a prayer session in Winners' Chapel, a Pentecostal church in Bamenda. ...

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Cows blamed for power cuts on island

Mr Jones said it was wrong to blame the cows for the problem Power cuts in south east Anglesey could be caused by cows scratching themselves on equipment, an electricity company has told its customers.Homes in Llanddona have been suffering intermittent problems of power outages for a few seconds at a time.Local councillor Carwyn Jones said the long-running cuts were enough to knock out computers and other electrical equipment.ScottishPower said a broken support for an electricity pole had been repaired."For years now the electricity has been going off for a few seconds then coming back on," said Mr Jones, county councillor for Seiriol ward, which includes Llanddona."I contacted ScottishPower and they got back to me saying they thought it was cows scratching against equipment, leading to a temporary cut as the equipment is moved."They said they were going to install fencing around the poles to try and sort it out, but as far as I know that has not happened yet."Fenced offHe added it was a "bit much" to blame the cows."A company like this, which makes so much money, should invest in new equipment," he added."It's not right in this day and age that people have to suffer this as it affects everything from computers to televisions and cookers."A spokesperson for the supplier said: "ScottishPower apologises for the inconvenience these short interruptions have caused."The latest interruption was due to a broken stay which supports our poles."The repair has now been carried out and a fence has been placed around the stays to alleviate this problem and prevent this from happening again."It is not the first time cows have affected electricity supplies to customers of the company in north and mid Wales.In September last year ScottishPower said three separate faults had caused interruptions to 80 properties in Forden, near Welshpool.Cows rubbing themselves on strain wires from a pole, and birds gathering on top of another pole had caused problems, it said.

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Toddler verbally abused via baby cam

A hacker was able to shout abuse at a two-year-old child by exploiting a vulnerability in a camera advertised as an ideal "baby monitor".ABC News revealed how a couple in Houston, Texas, heard a voice saying lewd comments coming from the camera, made by manufacturer Foscam.Vulnerabilities in Foscam products were exposed in April, and the company issued an emergency fix.Foscam said it was unable to provide a statement at this time.ABC reported that Marc Gilbert and wife Lauren were left shaken when they heard a "British or European accent" coming from the camera.Mr Gilbert said the voice directed offensive, sexualised words at their daughter Allyson, who was asleep in bed.The family believed the hacker was able to call the child by her name because it was spelt out on the bedroom's wall.The two-year-old is deaf, something the couple described as "something of a blessing" in the circumstances.It is not clear whether the family had updated the camera with the latest software.'Kids room'The BBC has found evidence of hackers sharing information on how to access insecure Foscam cameras via several widely-used forums.Using specialist search engines, people can narrow their results by location.On one forum, internet addresses for cameras - not all made by Foscam - were listed with descriptions such as "school/daycare?" and "kids room".In April, security firm Qualys uncovered a weakness in Foscam's devices.The company said that various attack techniques exposed the camera's remote monitoring access - the simplest of which was simply scraping Foscam's website for unique identifying codes for each customer.Around two out of every 10 Foscam cameras monitored by the researchers were insecure, Qualys said - using just "admin" to log in, and requiring no password.Foscam is not the only company to find itself the target of hackers. Last year, camera company Trendnet had to rush out an update to fix a security hole that left thousands of cameras exposed.Fix issuedIn June, Foscam issued a fix for some of the issues raised by Qualys...

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Man kills himself after wife gives birth

A Houston man shot himself to death in his wife's hospital room after she had given birth to their baby, police said."Family members said he has been distraught recently," Houston police spokesman John Cannon said on Monday.The man, whose identity has not been released, shot himself in a private room at Willowbrook Methodist Hospital in Northwest Houston on Sunday afternoon, Cannon said. He died shortly after being transported to another hospital, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.His wife, who gave birth earlier on Sunday, was not injured, and Cannon said the baby was not in the room at the time.Although Texas has a law allowing licensed firearms owners to carry concealed weapons, they are prohibited in many places, including hospitals.Police did not know what kind of gun was used...

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Woman locked in church tweets her way out

A woman praying solo in a U.K. church was saved on Sunday—by the higher power of Twitter, which she turned to after being accidentally locked inside the house of worship by a volunteer that morning...

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