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Second baby gets Cellectis 'designer' cells to clear leukaemia
6 May 2016 at 7:02am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A second baby with aggressive leukaemia has been treated in London with "designer immune cells" developed by Cellectis and, six months after treatment, she remains in remission, the French biotech firm said on Friday. The first human use of the company's cell therapy made headlines worldwide in November when one-year-old Layla was cleared of previously incurable leukaemia at Britain's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Details of the latest compassionate care case, also treated at GOSH, were presented at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy annual meeting in Washington.
Spain reports first case of Zika-related microcephaly
6 May 2016 at 6:32am
Spanish health authorities say they have detected the country's first known case of the microcephaly birth defect in the foetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus. "A pregnant woman was infected by Zika and dengue and the foetus has shown various defects," the health authority of the Catalonia region said in a statement late Thursday. This was Spain's first case of Zika-related microcephaly, a severe form of brain damage where babies are born with abnormally small heads.
Resource-rich Venezuela struggles to keep lights, taps on
6 May 2016 at 6:16am
By Andrew Cawthorne and Carlos Garcia Rawlins PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Residents of Venezuela's southern city of Puerto Ordaz enjoy pleasant views of the Orinoco and Caroni rivers and are a half hour's drive from one of the world's biggest hydroelectric dams. The irony is not lost on Marelis Gonzalez, who runs the "Las Chinas" food store. "If it's like this for us, imagine those far away!" Across the road, 82-year-old Arcelia Leandro is waiting patiently in her kitchen for power and water to cook lunch for her grandchildren.
Eurostar to ban alcohol on some trains during Euro 2016
6 May 2016 at 4:58am
Eurostar plans to ban alcohol on some trains during the Euro 2016 European soccer tournament in France, which starts on June 10. "Throughout the tournament, there are two levels of alcohol restriction: zero alcohol, and limited alcohol," the spokesman said. "These are applied during specific days and time periods, and passengers on affected trains will be notified of the relevant details for their journey in pre-travel emails." Euro 2016 runs for a month.
Soccer-Eurostar to ban alcohol on some trains during Euro 2016
6 May 2016 at 4:33am
Eurostar plans to ban alcohol on some trains during the Euro 2016 European football tournament in France, which starts on June 10. "Throughout the tournament, there are two levels of alcohol restriction: zero alcohol, and limited alcohol," the spokesman said. "These are applied during specific days and time periods, and passengers on affected trains will be notified of the relevant details for their journey in pre-travel emails." Euro 2016 runs for a month.
Tart Montmorency cherry juice effective in lowering high blood pressure says ...
6 May 2016 at 3:51am
A small new UK study has found that drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice can significantly reduce high blood pressure, with results comparable to those achieved by medication. The new research, which is the first to look at the effect of Montmorency cherry concentrate (Prunus cerasus) on blood pressure, comes from Northumbria University's Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. The researchers recruited 15 male participants who showed signs of early hypertension (high blood pressure) with blood pressure readings of at least 130/90 mmHg.
'Your Mama pulls fire trucks!' is praise for StrongMoms' kids
6 May 2016 at 3:47am
By Barbara Goldberg NORWALK, Conn. (Reuters) - Still shunning alcohol because she was breastfeeding her 7-week-old baby, Jessica Hopkins grabbed a 50-pound (23 kg) beer keg with her bare hands and hurled it over a chest-high metal bar. Women like Hopkins, a former jewelry design assistant, are the fastest-growing group of competitors in Strongman, a sport that involves chucking, dragging and hefting tremendously heavy weights. "It's almost like labor - you have to work through it even though it's hard," Hopkins said recently on her first day back at Strongman training since giving birth.
Redstone competence trial to start with mogul's testimony
6 May 2016 at 3:35am
A high-stakes trial to settle questions about the mental competence of media mogul Sumner Redstone begins on Friday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Redstone is the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc and CBS Corp , and the trial's outcome could affect the future of both media companies. On the proceeding's opening day, Judge David Cowan will view a video of the 92-year-old Redstone being questioned by his own lawyer and a lawyer for his former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, who is suing over her removal in October as the billioniaire's designated healthcare agent.
In India's slums, domestic workers' daughters campaign for their rights
6 May 2016 at 3:27am
By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Placing their hands on the shoulders of the person in front, dozens of teenage girls excitedly form a human train and chug around the sparsely furnished community hall in India's southern city of Chennai. Aged between 12 and 17, the girls - who are drawn from urban slums across the country - chatter, laugh and sing songs as the gathering gets underway. "To enter my home, I have to negotiate drunk men, lewd language, garbage and filth," said 17-year-old Sayali Mandve, the daughter of a domestic worker, from the Jogeshwari slum area in Mumbai, India's financial capital.
Spain gets first case of Zika-related brain defect in a fetus
6 May 2016 at 2:30am
Spain has recorded its first case of a fetus developing the microcephaly birth defect after a pregnant woman became infected with the Zika virus, health authorities said late on Thursday. Spain has recorded 13 expectant mothers who have contracted the virus after traveling overseas, though no others are known to have developed defects. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to hundreds of cases of microcephaly in countries such as Brazil, which has declared a public health emergency over the disease.
Sex-change surgery: India's new line in budget medical tourism
5 May 2016 at 9:25pm
After decades of battling depression, former soldier Betty Ann Archer finally flew to New Delhi to complete her gender transition, one of a growing number of foreigners heading to India for budget sex-change operations. Born Dale Archer, the 64-year-old American said she felt trapped in the wrong body right from the start, recalling secretly trying on her mother's dresses as a boy -- much to the horror of her conservative military father. "I became very ill in 2011 and almost died," she said, wearing a bright blue sari and ornate Indian jewellery that she bought after her gender reassignment surgery in Delhi.
8 Things You Should Know About Consent on College Campuses
5 May 2016 at 7:15pm
by Sarah Marcantonio, a student at Emerson University in Boston, with additional reporting from Em & LoConsent (noun): Permission, approval or agreement. Here's my definition of sexual consent: two (or more) people actively, explicitly and consciously agreeing to have sexual interactions throughout those interactions, with no party having any...
Maryland gunman kills woman, wounds man offering aid at high school
5 May 2016 at 6:23pm
The Prince George's County Police Department said the "domestic-related homicide" occurred after 4:30 p.m. (1330 PDT) at High Point High School in the community of Beltsville, Maryland, about 15 miles northeast of Washington. Police Chief Henry Stawinski told an evening news conference that the deceased female and gunman "aren't strangers to one another," and that the injured man was shot after he tried to intervene in the fight between the woman and the gunman. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George's County Public Schools, told reporters that no students were directly involved or harmed during the incident, though a number of them had witnessed portions of the shooting.
Man charged in Michigan probe of contaminated food
5 May 2016 at 5:52pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ? A Michigan man suspected of spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food at grocery stores faces four charges of poisoning food.
Herbalife in advanced talks to settle FTC probe, issues remain
5 May 2016 at 5:28pm
Herbalife Ltd, which has been accused by billionaire investor William Ackman of being a fraud, said it was in advanced talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle a probe into whether it runs a pyramid scheme. The company estimated that a fine could be $200 million, which helped the company's shares rise 14.5 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Injunctive relief, a spokesman said, could be "just as significant as the money obtained for consumers and even more influential on a company's future operations." Ackman unveiled a $1 billion short bet against Herbalife in 2012 accusing the company of running a pyramid scheme which pays members more for recruiting new members than for selling its products.