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'Snake lady' teen covered in scales due to skin condition
Floraine Nalugon, 17, from the Philippines, suffers from the rare skin condition lamellar ichthyosis – which affects just one in every 600,000 people – and hopes she can get treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emergency Access Initiative
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Disaster / Emergency Preparedness News from NLM/NIH Source Type: news

In the Philippines, Human Rights Have a Precise Value: $20
Philippine lawmakers have voted to reduce the annual budget of the Commission on Human Rights — the body tasked with investigating the country’s brutal war on drugs — to about $20. The move to defund the commission, which was easily passed by Representatives and now awaits approval by the Senate, coincides with another proposal to cut spending on drug rehabilitation programs by about 75%, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The measures are reportedly backed by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, whose party controls a majority in both chambers. The rights commission — which was...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joseph Hincks Tags: Uncategorized onetime Philippines Source Type: news

Disseminating near-real-time hazards information and flood maps in the Philippines through Web-GIS - A Lagmay AMF, Racoma BA, Aracan KA, Alconis-Ayco J, Saddi IL.
The Philippines being a locus of tropical cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, is a hotbed of disasters. These natural hazards inflict loss of lives and costly damage to property. Situated in a region where climate and geophysical tempes... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Philippines Seeks Big Cut in Drug Rehab Budget Philippines Seeks Big Cut in Drug Rehab Budget
The Philippines plans a cut of 75 percent in spending next year on drug rehabilitation facilities, while at the same time seeking a massive hike in funding for a war on drugs that has killed thousands, fuelling concerns among lawmakers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Young road safety advocate program, the "peer to peer" approach in teaching pedestrian safety (Safety-2016 abstract #182) - Fuente JJ, Rolloque AC, Azas PDA, Alcantara MM.
Background In the Philippines, there are over 23 Million children who walk to and from the school and are at risk of being injured on the road. At least, 96,000 Filipino children under 14 years are injured or killed every year because of road traffic crash... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World
Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material is still used across the globe exposing people to the resulting mesothelioma.By Brook SpencerWALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 8 2017 (IPS)The worldwide impact cancer has is well known. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and according to the World Health Organization, was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer and of those deaths approximately 70 percent occur in low and middle-income countries.Asbestos is a global problem that leads to real health risks – namely...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brook Spencer Tags: Development & Aid Headlines Health Source Type: news

Typhoon survivors' subjective wellbeing: a different view of responses to natural disaster - Hamama-Raz Y, Palgi Y, Leshem E, Ben-Ezra M, Lavenda O.
OBJECTIVE: Subjective well-being was evaluated three weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Based on the Conservation of Resources theory, which focuses on the role of resources in understanding adjustment following trauma, data was colle... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Filipino family want conjoined twins at forehead separated
Joy and Joyce Magsino, 10, from the Philippines, were born with angular frontal partial craniopagus. Doctors told their family it is possible to separate the sisters but it involves a risky operation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A qualitative study of Filipina immigrants' stress, distress and coping: the impact of their multiple, transnational roles as women - Straiton ML, Ledesma HML, Donnelly TT.
BACKGROUND: Migration is associated with a number of stress factors which can affect mental health. Ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status can intertwine with and influence the process of migration and mental health. Philippine migration to Europe has ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Towards a Resource Efficient and Pollution Free Asia-Pacific
Shamshad Akhtar, is Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Erik Solheim, is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)By Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 4 2017 (IPS)Senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific will meet in Bangkok this week for the first-ever Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment. The high-level meeting is co-convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and UN Environment and is a unique opportunity for the re...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitatio Source Type: news

An investigation of the state of occupational safety and health in the Philippines (Safety-2016 abstract #381) - Lu JL.
This study looked into the state of occupational health and safety in the country. Specifically, the objectives were 1) to show the current condition of workers, both local and migrant, in terms of their workplace condition and hazard exposures;... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

National occupational injuries in the Philippines: implications for safety programs (Safety-2016 abstract #151) - Lu J.
This study aimed to review and assess the prevalence and incidence of occupational injuries in the Philippines. The study collated and analysed available data from national and international sources. Hospital-based and population-based data on t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one
Hydrogen chloride from Mount Pinatubo could have caused serious damage to the ozone layer. We were saved by a typhoonIn June 1991 the Philippine volcano,Mount Pinatubo, blew its top in spectacular fashion, producing one of the greatest volcanic eruptions in the 20th Century. It is well known that this eruption, which killed around 800 people and left 10,000 homeless, ejected so much dust into the atmosphere that it had a major effect on climate, depressing global temperatures by around 0.5 °C for a couple of years. But what is less commonly known is that ifTyphoon Yunya hadn ’t coincided with the eruption, the im...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kate Ravilious Tags: Natural disasters and extreme weather Volcanoes Ozone layer Science Source Type: news

Philippine populism: local violence and global context in the rise of a Filipino strongman - McCoy AW.
To explore the overlooked role of political violence in global "populism," the essay explores the rise of Rodrigo Duterte from long-serving mayor of a provincial city to an exceptionally powerful Philippine president. Using an analytical frame that juxtapo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Distribution deal could help Rancho Cordova's Cesca expand into growing Asian markets
Rancho Cordova-based Cesca Therapeutics Inc. has entered into a distribution agreement with Hong Kong-based Boyalife WSN Ltd, which owns a majority interest in Cesca, allowing the regenerative medicine company to offer its products in fast-growing markets in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Cesca (Nasdaq: KOOL) offers umbilical cord blood banking services and is developing cellular processing and autologous cell-based therapies, which are on the vanguard of battling cancer. “Asian… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

New species of crab with unusual outgrowths has its name written in the stars
(Pensoft Publishers) A new 'star crab' has been collected from red coral beds in Taiwan and reefs in the Philippines. This astonishing creature is distinct with its carapace and chelipeds covered in pointy protrusions, which become rounder and mushroom-shaped with age to resemble star-like outgrowths and granules. Scientists Dr. Peter Ng and Dr. Ming-Shiou Jeng describe the new species and report another rare crab spotted for the first time from the country, in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Philippines watching suspected bird flu cases in humans
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines started monitoring suspected bird flu cases in humans on Friday after 34 farm workers in two towns north of the capital Manila developed flu-like symptoms after direct exposure to infected fowl. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Oryong 501 sinking incident in the Bering Sea-International DVI cooperation in the Asia Pacific - Chung NE, Castilani A, Tierra WE, Beh P, Mahmood MS.
On December 1st, 2014, the sinking of Oryong 501 occurred in the Bering Sea off the east coast of Russia. A total of 60 crew members, including 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and 1 Russian inspector were on board out of which only seven sur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Girls' voices essential in Philippines campaign against teen pregnancy
Language EnglishPUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines –“I want to be a doctor someday,” said Shaina Macmac, 16, a senior at the WPU-Agricultural Science High School in Palawan, a southwestern province of the Philippines. “Aspirations in life drive young girls like me to push forward even though we face challenges every day.”And there are challenges. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Philippines deploys troops to a second province to fight bird flu
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second province north of the capital, Manila. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines reports second outbreak of bird flu
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has found a second outbreak of bird flu in another province in the main Luzon island, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Friday, a week after reporting the country's first case of the poultry disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Here ’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years
A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American Eclipse.” You can find a detailed map showing the path of the eclipse here. But if you live in a place that won’t see the total eclipse or even a partial eclipse, don’t worry: It won’t be the last time the U.S. — and the rest of the world — will get a chance to see the moon block the sun in the coming decades. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will take place in seven years, and even before then total eclipses will take ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space 2017 Source Type: news

Philippine troops to help cull thousands of fowl in bird flu battle
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of bird flu. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines to cull 200,000 fowl after bird flu outbreak
The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Philippines to cull 200,000 fouls after bird flu outbreak
The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Philippines reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 200,000 birds
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will cull 200,000 chickens, quails and ducks after confirming the country's first outbreak of bird flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines to cull 400,000 fouls after bird flu outbreak
The Philippines will cull at least 400,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Philippines reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 400,000 birds
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported its first outbreak of bird flu on Friday and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said 400,000 birds will be culled to contain the spread of the poultry disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Blocking pathogens in rice
(Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf) In the coming years, an international research team from Germany, the USA, France, Colombia and the Philippines led by Professor Wolf B. Frommer of Heinrich Heine University D ü sseldorf will explore plants' resistance to a harmful pathogen found in rice. The project will receive US$6 million in funding from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation up until 2021. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Philippines Has Highest HIV Infection Growth Rate in Asia-Pacific - UN Philippines Has Highest HIV Infection Growth Rate in Asia-Pacific - UN
The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - August 2, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Philippines Has Highest HIV Infection Growth Rate In Asia-Pacific
Two out of three new HIV infections were among 15 to 24 year-old men. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific: U.N.
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines Trials Anti-HIV Drug as Cases Hit Record High Philippines Trials Anti-HIV Drug as Cases Hit Record High
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Child protection and maltreatment in the Philippines: a systematic review of the literature - Roche S.
To gain a better understanding of the dimensions, characteristics and phenomenon of child maltreatment and its policy responses in the Philippines, this article provides a systematic review of the peer reviewed literature. This review provides a summary an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Sandoz expands partnership with World Child Cancer, to help children access treatment in four developing countries
Sandoz today announces the expansion of a pilot project with leading charity World Child Cancer, aimed at improving access to treatment and optimizing survival outcomes for children suffering from cancer in four developing countries. The agreement builds on an existing partnership with World Child Cancer in the Philippines, where Sandoz is funding staff training needs and helping children to access diagnosis and subsequent treatment. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - July 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Novartis Business and Industry Source Type: news

Strategic Multilateral Biosecurity Dialogue Among Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the United States with Participating Observers from Thailand and Philippines
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 07/24/2017 This 32-page document is the report of a meeting held on April 3-5, 2017, as part of an ongoing multilateral dialogue to promote engagement that helps improve national and regional response to natural, accidental, and deliberate biological events. It discussed biosecurity issues in the Southeast Asia region, which are dynamic and challenging due to natural outbreaks of emerging and potential pandemic pathogens, porous borders and highly mobile populations, rising terrorism threats, and a rapidly growing biotechnology industry. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Participatory action research with Filipino street youth: their voice and action against corporal punishment - Wartenweiler D, Mansukhani R.
The study investigated perspectives on corporal punishment of adolescents from street families in Manila, with the aim of creating actions that address the issue in that specific context. Participatory action research (PAR) was employed as a research desig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Novarad AR system guides 1st surgery
RIS/PACS vendor Novarad said that its OpenSight augmented reality (AR) software...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Virtual, augmented reality may remake medical imaging Novarad expands Philippines contract Novarad shows enterprise imaging package at HIMSS 2017 Novarad wins 5 new contracts Novarad debuts channel partner program (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 12, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Health chiefs call for easier tests for foreign medics
Officials flew twice to the Philippines in a bid to plug a shortage of nurses - but none of the applicants offered jobs could take up the posts at Walsall Manor Hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workplace family planning project empowers women, and is good business
Language UndefinedCAVITE, Philippines –Seven months ago, Mae Esparcia, 30, gave birth to her first child, Maria Carmen. After her delivery, Ms. Esparcia, a garments factory worker at Hamlin Industrial Corp. in Cavite, Philippines, decided to start using contraceptive pills, which she received for free – from her workplace.“I’m taking the pills so that I avoid getting pregnant so soon after the birth of my daughter,” she told UNFPA, which is partnering with Hamlin to support the programme, part of efforts to expand access to family planning services in the Philippines. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Violence in Marawi displaces thousands of pregnant women and new mothers
Language UndefinedILIGAN, Philippines – Nineteen-year-old Tarhata Mostare gave birth to her third child at home on 23 May – the same day fighting erupted between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups in the city of Marawi, on the long-embattled island of Mindanao. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Breaking the Impasse: Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement as a Collective Outcome
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 06/05/2017 This 160-page study examines the causes, impacts, and challenges of protracted internal displacement, and proposes an approach that allows internally displaced persons to reach self-sufficiency sooner. It makes recommendations to key stakeholders, such as national governments and the United Nations, on concrete actions to take to implement this approach and effectively address protracted internal displacement, which can be caused by conflict and disaster. The study features five country case studies: Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Cong...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The impact of childhood maltreatment on young adults' mental health: evidence from the Philippines - B. Sarmiento CRD, Rudolf R.
Using a new retrospective data set on young Filipino adults, this study aims to quantify the prevalence, risk factors, and mental health consequences in later life of childhood maltreatment in the Philippines. A survey was conducted with a sample of 155 ad... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Filipino man with ichthyosis forced to hideaway
Antonio Reloj (pictured), who lives in a modest home in the Aklan province, Philippines, was born with a severe form of ichthyosis, which causes his skin to harden, crack and appear burned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Philippines' tough public smoking ban gets broad support
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine ban on smoking in public places received broad support on Friday, with anti-tobacco activists hailing it as a victory and some smokers saying they were now prepared to kick the habit. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Philippines' Duterte gets tough on tobacco with ban on smoking in public
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public across the second-most populous country in Southeast Asia, one of the region's strictest anti-tobacco laws. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

One in every 15 non-obese older Filipino Americans has diabetes
(University of Toronto) A new study released today found that non-obese Filipino Americans aged 50 and over have a much higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic white Americans (7.6 percent vs. 4.3 percent). The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, University of Victoria, and University at Albany, SUNY. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines
Mud-dwelling organism that lives head down in a tusklike tube found alive for first time, although its existence had been known of for centuriesAbout three feet long and glistening black with a pink, fleshy appendage, it looks like the entrails of an alien from a bad horror film. In fact, it is a giant shipworm.Discovered in the mud of a shallow lagoon in the Philippines, a living creature of the species has never been described before – even though its existence has been known for more than 200 years thanks to fossils of the baseball bat-sized tubes that encase the creature.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Animals Philippines Marine life Asia Pacific Science Biology Wildlife Environment World news Source Type: news