China scoops up 220,000 pounds of poisoned dead fish

A man removes dead fish found near the outlet of the Ta'ertou pumping station along Fuhe river's Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.

A man removes dead fish found near the outlet of the Ta’ertou pumping station along Fuhe river’s Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.   Associated Press

(AP) Beijing — Authorities have scooped up around 220,000 pounds of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country.

The Hubei province environmental protection department, notified of the piles of dead fish in central China’s Fuhe River on Monday, pointed the finger at local company Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Stock Co. Officials said sampling of its drain outlet showed that ammonia density far exceeded the national standard. The company said it wasn’t going to immediately comment.

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Scientists capture footage of giant deep-sea fish off Gulf of Mexico in first of its kind HD video

The oarfish, or Regalecus glesne, lives so deep under the ocean that it is usually only seen when it’s washed ashore or fatally injured.

The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the sea, believed to be able to reach 50 feet or more in length.

Mark Benfield, Louisiana State University Remarkably captured by HD cameras, an oarfish is seen swimming off the Gulf of Mexico in August, 2011.

Never before seen video footage of an elusive 8-foot long deep-sea oarfish, alive and in its natural habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, has been released by scientists who are calling it the first of its kind.

The giant bony fish whose mystery dates to tales of sea monsters and mermaids was remarkably filmed in high definition by a remotely operated vehicle in 2011 before the video’s release this week.

The footage is believed to be a first of its kind when it comes to clarity and contact with an oarfish, or Regalecus glesne, with the creature typically seen washed ashore dead or fatally injured.

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Study: Olive Oil, Nuts Dietary Keys to Cut Heart Risks

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A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit, legumes and wine reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent.

 

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit, legumes and wine reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heartdisease by 30 percent, a major new study has found.

The study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, followed 4,479 people in Spain — men and women age 55 to 80 — over a five year period, finding dramatic confirmation of previous observations of such a diet’s health benefits, AFP reported.

“We observed that an energy unrestricted Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts, resulted in a substantial reduction in the risk of major cardiovascular events among high-risk persons,” the study concluded.

It put the risk reduction at “approximately 30 percent, among high risk persons who were initially free of cardiovascular disease. These results support the benefits of theMediterranean diet for cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Participants in the study, which was led by Ramon Estruch, a professor of medicine at the University of Barcelona, were divided into three groups including a control group on a low fat diet.

One group followed a traditional Mediterranean diet supplemented by four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil a day. A second group followed the same diet, but instead of the olive oil consumed about 30 grams a day of mixed nuts.

Participants in those two groups also ate at least three servings of fruits and two of legumes a day. They also ate fish three times a week and favored white meat like chicken instead of red meat.

They were also strongly encouraged not to eat commercially baked goods, pastries and sweets, and to limit their consumption of dairy products and processed meats.

For those who normally drank wine with their meals, their diet called for seven glasses of wine a week.

Researchers could tell whether the study participants were following the diets by measuring markers for olive oil in their urine or a blood marker for the mixed nuts.

They found that participants stuck to the Mediterranean diets, but that the low-fat control diet led to only small reductions in fat.

“The interventions were intended to improve the overall dietary pattern, but the major between-group differences involved the supplemental items,” the study said.

“Thus, extra virgin olive oil and nuts were probably responsible for most of the observed benefits of the Mediterranean diets,” it said.

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