Real or Fake News Contest (05/30/18)

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Company Offers Free Dog Plastic Surgery For Rescue Pets (FAKE)

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Two Words: Cockroach Milk (REAL)

It seems the health food industry is always looking for alternatives to cow's milk. There’s almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, but what about cockroach milk? Most can’t even bare the site of one of these critters, nonetheless stomach one, but scientists have found a way humans can benefit from milk derived from the insect.

When cockroaches give birth, they also secrete little tiny crystals that nourish their 50 or so newborns. Researchers from the Institute For Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India have found that these crystals contain proteins, sugars, and fats that could nutritionally benefit humans. The crystals can be used to form a milk, that allegedly tastes similar to cow’s milk.

Keep in mind that even though cockroach milk may be a great cow alternative, roaches are a lot smaller than cows, which means it’d be a lot harder to produce even just one cup of it. That and cockroaches die off once they’ve secreted the crystal.

With all this in mind, some scientists believe it's “neither feasible or efficient” to make the milk. If you’re still itching to eat insects, Gourmet Grubb has made ice cream with entomilk- milk made from sustainably farmed insects. Sites like Crunchy Critters also sells flavored packets of dehydrated insects like barbecue mealworm and salt-and-vinegar crickets.

Source:Institute For Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine


UK Mom Still Breastfeeds Her Five-Year-Old (REAL)

A UK mom is still breastfeeding her fiver-year-old and two-year-old twice a day. Emma Shardlow Hudson likes to feed her eldest daughter Alexand son Ollie before and after school, sometimes at the same time. Even though Britain’s National Health Service suggests only breastfeeding up to six-months-old, she insists its whats keeping her kids healthy.

Emma typically breastfeeds Alex once before school and once in the evening and swears by her own milk. She believes the antibodies in her milk is what’s keeping Alex from getting colds. “When she started nursery [school] there were quite a few bugs going around and she had nothing in comparison to her classmates,” Emma says. “My kids are rarely ill and I’m almost 100 percent positive that that is because of the antibodies in the milk…It’s one of the biggest achievements of my life for sure, being able to nurture a child with my own body.”

Emma says her husband Stuart is totally on board with her choice to breastfeed at this age. “So long as everyone is happy,” he’s okay with it and agrees with Emma about the benefits. Though she gets negative comments from people in public about her breastfeeding, she says she gets more nice comments than bad ones. While five-years-old may seem like a bit to old to be nursing, Emma admits that Alex will soon grow out of it.

“Quite a lot of children have weaned by this point, but Alex has always been a massive comfort feeder,” Emma offers. “She’s continuous because it’s not just for the milk — but I do think she’ll stop soon, she’s heading that way.”

Source: The Sun


Manhattan Doctor Sues Patient for $1M Over Bad Yelp Review (REAL)

A woman in Manhattan is being sued for $1-million after leaving a gynecologist a bad Yelp review. Michelle Levine visited Dr. Joon Songin August for an annual exam- something that’s usually free and covered by most health care providers. She also complained about pain in her abdomen, which prompted Dr. Song to do an ultrasound. Michelle was later billed $1,304.32 for the visit.

“After I got a bill for an ultrasound and a new patient visit, whatever that means, and it was not billed as an annual I wrote a review about it,” she says. Michelle first tried to talk it out with the doctor’s office, but to no avail. So she took to Yelp, Zocdoc, Healthgrades, and even Facebook to leave a poor review of the doctor. Dr. Song responded by suing her for $1-million. Even though she’s since took the reviews down he still wants the money plus legal fees.

So far the suit, which accuses her of defamation, libel, and causing emotional distress, has cost her $20-thousand of her own money. “It’s been kind of a nightmare,” she notes. “I just have this doctor that’s been suing me for a Yelp review and he won’t go away.”

Dr. Song has yet to comment on the record, but his attorney says, “While everyone is entitled to their opinion, outright lies masquerading as reviews can inflict serious damage to a medical practice or small business.”

Michelle doesn’t regret writing the review, despite the messy lawsuit. A rep for Yelp is calling for legislation to protect reviewers and encourages business to resolve issues with reviewers before taking legal action.

 Source: CBS 2

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