Giving Mice Viagra Has Some Unexpected Benefits

A combination of drugs could improve the prospects for bone marrow transplants if mice trials are replicated in humans. That’s great news for cancer patients and sufferers of lesser-known diseases, but we’ll admit we’re only reporting it because one of the drugs is much more famous for other sorts of boners. Our blood cells are made in our bone marrow, without which we can’t survive. Certain cancers are treated by destroying the bone marrow with chemotherapy and replacing it, either with stem cells harvested from the patient’s own marrow prior to treatment, or with cells from a matched donor. Once, to access these stem cells it was necessary to drill into the bones and scoop some out – deterring all …

‘GINGERS UNITE’: Prince Harry And Ed Sheeran’s Spoof Video Is Royally Hilarious

Ed Sheeran and World Mental Health Day on Thursday with the release of this spoof video that ended with a royally funny twist: In the clip, above, it was a comical case of misunderstanding as the “Perfect” singer visited the Duke of Sussex to film a charity video. Sheeran agreed, saying he had been working on a song to tackle the issue and “get it out to more people.” Harry quickly responded: “Um, ok, um. Slightly awkward. This might have been a miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day.” Harry ended the video with a serious message: Harry revealed in 2017 that he had  “You need to know that part of being strong and tough is having the courage …

Jameela Jamil Reveals She Tried To Kill Herself 6 Years Ago

Jameela Jamil offered words of encouragement to fans who may be dealing with mental health issues this week, revealing that she once tried to kill herself.  World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10).  She said she sought help through eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, a form of “psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences,” on Instagram, she elaborated, acknowledging that “not everyone is lucky enough to be able to access affordable therapy.” “I’ve been there,” Jamil, who appears in the forthcoming film “ “I had a therapy called EMDR that I used for depression, anxiety, eating disorder issues and PTSD, and if you should be lucky enough …

Jimmy Carter ‘Feels Fine’ After Fall, Is Looking Forward To Habitat For Humanity Build

Jimmy Carter is doing well and “feels fine” after a fall at his home in Georgia on Sunday that required stitches on his forehead,  Carter and wife Rosalynn plan to participate in the Habitat for Humanity in Nashville, Tennessee, that runs through the week. first of all, I want to explain my black eye.” “We’ll be doing the best we can,” said Carter, who explained that he and the former first lady will be working on the porches of each of the 21 homes built in Nashville this week so that all of the Habitat houses “will have something we built.” The Carters have been decades-long supporters of and volunteers for Carter George H.W. Bush died last year at the age …

Humpback whale seen in Thames found dead

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe humpback whale was spotted swimming near Dartford A humpback whale seen swimming in the River Thames over the weekend has died. The mammal was spotted lying motionless on mudflats along the River Thames at Greenhithe on Tuesday afternoon. Sam Lipman, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), said the death was “not wholly unexpected”. BDMLR said the whale, seen surfacing off Greenhithe on Sunday, was “definitely a humpback” and was probably lost but did not appear to be in any distress. “It’s really sad to find a humpback whale like this, deceased,” Ms Lipman said. Image caption The humpback whale lying motionless on mudflats The BDMLR had said the creature …

Pet turtles linked to salmonella outbreak across 13 states, CDC says

A red-eared slider turtle. (iStock) “Ill people reported contact with red-eared sliders and other turtles that were larger than four inches in length. Previous Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to turtles with a shell length [of] less than four inches,” officials said, noting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has since “banned the sale and distribution external icon of turtles with shells less than four inches long as pets.” Turtle droppings are often a source of salmonella bacteria, according to the CDC, which notes these germs can spread to other areas within the turtle’s water tank or habitat. LEGIONNAIRES’ OUTBREAK IN NORTH CAROLINA LINKED TO HOT TUBS AT STATE FAIR, OFFICIALS SAY “People can get sick after they touch a turtle or …

MPs to launch inquiry into endometriosis care

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEndometriosis: The condition that can take more than seven years to diagnose More than 13,500 women have taken part in BBC research revealing the devastating effect of endometriosis. Half said they had had suicidal thoughts, and many said they rely on highly addictive painkillers. Most also said endometriosis – involving painful periods – had badly affected their education, career and relationships. MPs are to launch an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis following the research. Women with the condition answered questions on how the condition has affected them. The charity Endometriosis UK helped gather the responses. What is endometriosis? It is where tissue like that in the lining of the womb grows …

How Trump And Facebook Are Cashing In On The Impeachment News

Donald Trump’s campaign declared in a Facebook ad that launched last week. “Ukraine $1 BILLION DOLLARS if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.” Congress should be investigating,” one wrote. “Killary/Biden/Obama and their dealings for self enrichment needs to be thoroughly investigated,” added another. “Truth/facts are all that matter.” But facts like that aren’t important — at least not to Facebook. The strategy seems to be working. Over the past couple of weeks, the Trump campaign has welcomed a flood of new donors helping to bring in millions of dollars, and Trump’s approval rating recently reached its highest level this year. Facebook/Donald J. Trump In a still-active Facebook ad, Trump’s campaign spreads a flagrant falsehood about former Vice President …

There’s a severe drought in the South, and it’s making the leaves change

(CNN)When tree leaves change color, it’s usually a beautiful, comforting sign that autumn is well and truly here. But in drought conditions, leaves can change color for another, far more worrisome reason. As a result, some people have been noticing trees with prematurely brown or yellow leaves, which is a sign that they aren’t getting enough water and therefore aren’t able to produce enough food. Obviously, that’s a common problem in a drought.

Two New Parasitoid Wasps That Eat Their Hosts From The Inside Out Discovered In Ugandan Jungle

Deep in the jungle of Uganda’s Kibale National Park, scientists have been collecting hundreds of parasitoid wasps – critters that lay their eggs in the bodies of unsuspecting insects, before the larvae eat their way out – greatly improving our knowledge of some poorly understood species. Among them, the researchers discovered two species new to science: Epirhyssa quagga, a stripy creature named after the zebra (Equus quagga), and Epirhyssa johanna. Parasitoid wasps are famous for being particularly nasty little beasties. They differ from conventional parasites in that they eventually kill their hosts – their larvae live inside insects and arachnids, eating away at them from the inside out. But they don’t stop there, some types turn spiders or cockroaches into their …

Passenger ‘in crisis’ was removed from an American Airlines flight after forcing his way onto the plane

(CNN)A man was forcibly removed from an American Airlines flight at Miami International Airport Monday after he tried to force his way onto a plane. “Everyone started standing up to watch and they were blocking the aisle and then they called for security and he was dragged off the plane,” Teman told WFOR. Feinstein said police were called to the plane and removed the man. The plane was then moved from the gate to a secure area for a search, which is standard procedure, police said. Once in the terminal, video from Teman shows, the man was detained by officers. Another video from Teman shows the man being led to an elevator in handcuffs. The plane left the airport three …

Rare Jane Austen letter to sister to be sold at auction

Kept in a private collection for more than a century, the 1813 letter to the authors sister Cassandra details her thoughts on dentists, fashion and daily life Caps with large full bows of very narrow ribbon one over the right temple, perhaps, and another at the left ear were the height of fashion in 1813 at least according to Jane Austen, who informs her sister Cassandra of the latest trend in a rare letter that will be auctioned at Bonhams in New York next month. Letters from Austen seldom come up for auction, because Cassandra and other members of the novelists family destroyed the majority of them in the 1840s. Of the estimated 3,000 missives written by Austen, only around …

Scientists Are Painting Cows Like Zebras To Save The Environment

It might not be the most dignified look in the world, but a new study has found it might be worth painting your cows to look like zebras. Previous studies have shown that black and white stripes may protect zebras, other animals, and humans from horsefly bites, as well as other blood-sucking critters. Experiments have shown that these flies tend to avoid black-and-white striped surfaces, while other studies have suggested that the stripes may cause a kind of motion camouflage targeted at the insects’ vision, confusing them much in the way that optical illusions like the Barberpole Illusion and the Wagon Wheel Effect (below) confuse us. Now a study, published in PLOS ONE, has sought to find out whether this can be applied to cows. And good …

How my son went from gamer to compulsive gambler

Steve tells me how one night his son lost his weekly wage in a matter of minutes. Distraught, he appealed to his parents for help. They did what many other parents would do: They paid off his debt, hoping that would be end of it. But it wasn’t. I tell Steve that I’ve spoken to other parents whose children have developed gambling disorders, and they also paid off the debts at first, not realising the extent of their children’s addiction. “We thought this was just a little glitch, this is what kids do,” one father told me. And that’s what Steve thought at first. He and his wife had known for some time that their son enjoyed having the odd …

How my son went from gamer to compulsive gambler

Steve tells me how one night his son lost his weekly wage in a matter of minutes. Distraught, he appealed to his parents for help. They did what many other parents would do: They paid off his debt, hoping that would be end of it. But it wasn’t. I tell Steve that I’ve spoken to other parents whose children have developed gambling disorders, and they also paid off the debts at first, not realising the extent of their children’s addiction. “We thought this was just a little glitch, this is what kids do,” one father told me. And that’s what Steve thought at first. He and his wife had known for some time that their son enjoyed having the odd …

Air Pollution Exposure Linked To Balding, Preliminary Findings Suggest

A link has been drawn between exposure to air pollution and the loss of hair growth and regeneration, according to preliminary research presented at the 2019 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. Particulate matter (particle pollution, or PM) is made up of pollutants that form a complex mixture of small solid particles and liquid droplets in the air. The smaller the PM, the more harmful the particles are as they can pass more easily into the human body. In particular, PM10 are those that measure 10 micrometers or smaller and typically come from industrial sources that can cause negative health effects when a person becomes exposed to, inhales, or consumes them. To study the effects of PM on hair growth …