• A full 95 per cent of people were sick in 2013, and most people have multiple ailments at the same time.

    These are the latest findings of the ongoing Global Burden of Disease Study, published last weekend in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.

    “We make estimates of what kills people and what makes people sick, in all countries in the world,” study lead author Theo Vos, professor of global health at the University of Washington, told Yahoo Canada.

    The study began in 1990. A quarter century later, some intriguing numbers have emerged. Among them? Fully one third of us (2.3 billion people) are enduring five or more ailments simultaneously.

    “One of the major findings is that the main causes of disability don’t change that much,” Vos explained. “There are exceptions, but what we’ve seen since 1990 is that death rates have dropped quite dramatically, almost anywhere we look. But the rate of change in the aggregate of all disabling conditions has been very slow.”

    Proportionally, on

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  • The Bar-N Ghost Pine Ranch. (Sotheby's Realty)The Bar-N Ghost Pine Ranch. (Sotheby's Realty)

    If you have US$42.5 million kicking around and are looking for somewhere peaceful and private to settle in, this newly listed property might be exactly what you are looking for.

    This one of a kind luxury ranch is set on nearly 6,000 hectares of land and includes six residential homes. According to Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, it is landscaped with lush meadows, rolling hills, steeper mountain country with scatterings of aspens and evergreens, as well as water springs, trout ponds and a lake.

    Besides its position as one of Alberta’s great cattle ranches, the Bar-N Ghost Pine Ranch also offers world class hunting with populations of elk, mule deer, white tail deer, and several species of birds.

    The Bar-N Ghost Pine Ranch. (Sotheby's Realty)The Bar-N Ghost Pine Ranch. (Sotheby's Realty)

    This prime piece of real-estate is located just 1-½ hours South of Calgary, and close to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. The spectacular and scenic grounds include a fully operating cattle ranch with 800 cattle and 36 Angus cross bulls. It has winter cabin facilities, corrals, barns,

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  • Terminally ill 22-year-old rejects organ donations to complete her bucket list

    “I know I’ve taken a massive risk but I want to enjoy the time I have left."

    Channan Petrides (Twitter/@PA_Real_Life)Channan Petrides (Twitter/@PA_Real_Life)

    Terminally ill 22-year-old, Channan Petrides, has made the difficult decision to turn down the opportunity for a new heart and lungs so that she could pursue the items on her bucket list.

    Petrides, who has cystic fibrosis, has been on the transplant list since last September, the Metro reports. But after learning about the hidden risks that the operation would pose, she decided to remove herself.

    “I know I’ve taken a massive risk but I want to enjoy the time I have left, rather than stick waiting for a call that may never come,” Petrides told the Metro.

    “Nobody could say for sure that the transplant would work, and I wouldn’t have been able to do anything on my bucket list because of the risk of infection.”

    The disease is brought on by a gene that controls the salt and water movement between cells, and as a result, the lungs become clogged with mucus, making it difficult to breathe.

    Petrides said it “feels like having a plastic back over your head and [like you’re] breathing through a

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  • Pizza Hut has a new box that turns into a movie projector for your smartphone.Pizza Hut has a new box that turns into a movie projector for your smartphone.

    Pizza Hut is trying to change your idea of what a home theatre should be.

    The pizza company that has been delivering the cheesy goodness to homes everywhere now wants to deliver something else: entertainment.

    Pizza Hut has created a new box cardboard pizza box that, when paired with your smartphone, turns into a movie projector.

    It’s called the Buster Box, and it was designed by Ogilvy Hong Kong, The Verge reports.

    The boxes comes with a pop-out hole on the side and unique pizza-tables that double as the projector’s lens. The lens goes in the hole perforated on the pizza box and the legs of the pizza table are used to prop up your phone.

    After you’ve come to a decision on what you want to watch, you set it up on your smartphone, put your phone into place, and the display gets blown up onto a nearby wall.

    If that wasn’t enough to make you want to stay in instead of going to your local theatre, there are actually four different kinds of boxes, and each comes with a separate movie to

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  • Photo of Tasha Sturm's son's handprint and the bacteria found in it. (Tasha Sturm/Microbe World)Photo of Tasha Sturm's son's handprint and the bacteria found in it. (Tasha Sturm/Microbe World)

    When microbiologist Tasha Sturm performed a simple experiment with her eight-year-old son, she had no idea it would get so much attention online.

    "I have been doing things like this for so long that it's normal to me... and my kids!" Sturm, a microbiology technician at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, told Yahoo Canada News.

    Sturm asked her son to press his hand into a TSA plate after he came in from playing outside, which was filled with agar, a substance that contains the nutrients ideal for bacterial growth. It was then incubated for a week  at 37°C, then another several days at room temperature, which is the perfect for bacteria to flourish, and the result was an almost floral-looking design.

    When she posted the photo to the website ASM Microbeworld, the stunning patterns attracted attention across the web, as people marvelled at the beauty of bacteria. But Sturm says it's pretty typical stuff for her line of work.

    "The first [thing] lab students do is swab something in the

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  • Queens Zoo welcomed a baby pudu in May. (Queens Zoo/Facebook)Queens Zoo welcomed a baby pudu in May. (Queens Zoo/Facebook)

    For such a small little guy, he's sure going to elicit a big bunch of "awwww"s!

    Queens Zoo in Flushing, N.Y. debuted their newest addition, and he's a tiny one. He's an as-yet-to-be-named pudu, the world's smallest species of deer.

    The pudu was born May 12, but the zoo only just posted a photo of the little guy yesterday, encouraging people to come and see him in person.

    At birth, he was about six inches tall and six inches long, Barbara Russo of the Wildlife Conservation Society told ABC News.

    When full grown, he'll stand about 12 to 14 inches measured to his shoulder (meaning they may never need more than a standard foot-long ruler to measure him). The southern pudu is native to South America, and is classified as an endangered species.

    Once the fawn is weaned, he'll move on to a diet of grains, greens, carrots, and hay, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    After all, you can't survive on cute alone!

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  • Meet Lillian Weber, the 99-year-old woman who creates and sews a new dress every day for a girl she will never meet.

    Weber gets to work on a new dress every morning at her home in the small town of Bettendorf, Iowa, to benefit Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit agency that sends dresses overseas to impoverished girls in Africa. 

    Weber first began her project in 2011 and has since made over 800 unique and one of a kind dresses. She is slowly reaching her goal of sewing 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100.

    Even though Weber is fast at her craft, she always takes the time to make each dress extra special, personalizing each design with a pattern, appliqué or stitching detail. All in an effort to ensure that each girl that receives a dress feels beautiful.

    And even though she is almost 100, Webber has no desire to stop or slowdown. 

    “It is just what I like to do,” Weber said in a interview with Quad-City Times.

    “If I’m still able to do it I’ll continue all the way

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  • Female UFC fighter Leslie Smith beats apology out of man sexually harassing her friend

    "Then I stopped as soon as he said sorry, because that was really the only thing I went over there for.”

    Leslie Smith.Leslie Smith.

    A man made a huge mistake over the weekend when he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman outside of a California nightclub. 

    The incident then led to a physical altercation with the woman’s friends, both of whom are professional mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC and certainly not the ladies you want to be messing with.

    According to the tabloid The Mirror, the incident went down like this:

    Leslie Smith, a bantamweight fighter and Heather Clark, who fights in the UFC straw weight division, were standing outside of a nightclub with some friends when a man grabbed Clark’s behind.

    Smith objected and confronted the man, who then allegedly spat in her face saying “F*** you. I can do whatever I want.”

    Heather ClarkHeather Clark

    Smith responded by telling the man that he, in fact, could not do whatever he wanted. The man then allegedly threw a punch in Smith’s direction — which of course, she dodged, forcing him up against a wall.

    She then managed to take him onto the floor where she rained elbows down on the man.

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  • In this day and age, viral videos and crazy dogs seem to go hand in hand.  

    And this newest viral vid definitely shows why dogs need much more recognition and praise for their extreme athleticism. 

    This video went viral on Reddit over the weekend, receiving more than 5,000 views in just one day.  It has now been shared all over Facebook, including famous musicians such as The Game and Keri Hilson. 

    Witness the pure power and agility of a young pitbull as it runs full force and scales a 20-foot wall! in the video above.

    At first you think the dog will only be capable of jumping at least a foot, but it continues to run up the wall, eventually grabbing a large pulley at the top.

    With the proper training and nutritional diet, pitbulls can develop amazing skills such as this, and this dog most certainly has received the best of the best!

     

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  • Man proposes to girlfriend with McDonald’s sandwich and she’s not happy about it

    “You can’t be serious. This is not what you do!”

    You know what they say: nothing screams romance like McDonald’s.

    At least that might be what Michael Joseph thought when he asked his girlfriend to marry him via a crispy chicken sandwich.

    In a video that Joseph posted to YouTube, he picks up his girlfriend, Ann, and drives her through a nearby McDonald’s drivethru.

    Joseph, who claims that he’s “never been very good at making plans in advanced” on his YouTube, wrote that the two wound up having their very first date at that restaurant.

    And so, proposing in the same place where he discovered he liked her is romantic… right?

    Wrong – according to his girlfriend’s reaction.

    “Will you marry me?” Joseph wishfully asks as his girlfriend opened the sandwich box that reveal a ring (the restaurant was in on it, according to Joseph).

    “You can’t be serious,” Ann finally chokes out after a few stammers. “This is not what you do!”

    Unfazed by the incredulous remark, Joseph takes the ring, sitting atop the chicken sandwich, and forces it onto her

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