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Daily digest September 9 2015

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Implant 'traps' spreading cancer cells

A small sponge-like implant that can mop up cancer cells as they move through the body has been developed by US researchers.

So far tested in mice, it is hoped the device could act as an early warning system in patients, alerting doctors to cancer spread.

The implant also seemed to stop rogue cancer cells reaching other areas where new tumours could grow.

Cancer Research UK said nine in ten cancer deaths were caused by the disease spreading to other areas of the body.

Read more on the BBC News website

Man has 11lb stool surgically removed from his 'megacolon' after suffering constipation and stomach pain for ten years

A man had a stool weighing almost a stone surgically removed from his colon after suffering stomach pain for a decade.

The 27-year-old patient checked in at the Second People's Hospital in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, after complaining of a severe stomach ache.

The cause of his bulging large intestine was a 11lb (5kg) stool that had lodged itself in the colon – causing severe pain for years.

Congenital megacolon is a condition in which the large intestine dilates, and sometimes the muscles of the colon become paralysed.

Read more on the Mail Online website

Man who claims he hasn't showered in 12 years uses bacteria to stay 'clean'

Showering, for many of us, is an important part of our daily routine. Personal hygiene is a necessity if you want friends or a job.

But chemical engineer Dave Whitlock has decided to eschew bathing for 12 years in favour of dousing himself with a live bacteria spray, invented by a company he co-founded.

The bacteria mist, which was developed by company AOBiome, has to be applied twice a day, is called Mother Dirt and is aimed at people who want to eradicate soap from their lives.

Read more on the Telegraph website

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