Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

German town to DNA test all dogs in fight against pooch poop
Keeping tabs: The German town of Volkach will take either fur or saliva from each of the 420 registered hounds
A small town in Germany plans to DNA test every dog so it can fine their owners when they foul public places.
Peter Kornell, the mayor of Volkach in Bavaria, said the scheme would involve taking either fur or saliva from each of the 420 registered hounds in town.
'Unfortunately, we have to do it voluntarily because there is nothing in the constitution about a dog DNA databank being enforceable,' he said.
'But we are proceeding to log every pooch.'

Congratulations it’s a Kidney
Surgeons removed a woman's kidney through her vagina so she could give it to her ailing niece, an unusual operation they hope will encourage others to donate because it reduces pain, scarring and recovery time. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said donor Kimberly Johnson, 48, and her niece, Jennifer Gilbert, 23, were both doing well following operations Thursday.
"It was easier than childbirth," said Johnson, who has three children.
Transvaginal kidney removals have been done before to remove cancerous or nonfunctioning kidneys, and other diseased organs have also been removed through mouths and other orifices. Many donated kidneys are removed laparoscopically, through small keyhole incisions.
But hospital officials think this may be the first time a donor kidney was removed through the vagina.
Newborn-Sized Toddler Baffles Doctors
Even though she was born 14 months ago, Suraya Brown is still the same size she was when she was a newborn — a mere 7 pounds and 19 inches tall, the Mirror has reported.
The child, nicknamed a "real life baby doll," has baffled doctors, who call her condition a "real conundrum."
Her mother, Atlanta Ruzman, says her older daughter has dolls that are larger than Suraya.
"Doctors consulted international experts about her case but her condition seems to be a complete mystery," said Ruzman.

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