The WHO Condemns In Utero Gene Editing In Wake Of CRISPR Babies Scandal

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said no to the controversial subject of in utero gene editing, which gained international headlines and infamy last November after scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first CRISPR babies. Meanwhile, doctors in the US are getting ready to kickstart projects to treat conditions as diverse as sickle cell disease and inherited blindness using the same gene-editing technique – with the crucial difference being that their patients will be children and adults, not embryos. The WHO’s director-general issued a statement advising “regulatory or ethics authorities to refrain from issuing approvals concerning requests for clinical applications for work that involves human germline genome editing.” The notice does not outright ban the practice of using CRISPR in utero. …

Apology to family of couple killed by patient

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharles Little said it was a “great pity” it had taken so long to achieve an apology The family of a couple killed by a man with severe mental health issues have received an apology from the top civil servant at the Department of Health. Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, died in a “frenzied” knife attack in Portadown, County Armagh in April 2017. They were stabbed to death by Thomas Scott McEntee, shortly after he walked out of a hospital emergency department. Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly apologised for the health service’s “failings and handling” of his care. Trust ‘responsible’ in Cawdery killings Court told of ‘frenzied attack’ on couple Man admits …

Hasan Minhaj Exposes Labor Issue In Video Game Industry

The “Patriot Act” host addressed the exploitative labor practices rampant in the industry and the conditions under which developers and other employees work to create popular games.  ″Companies staff up, crunch their employees, then they lay people off when the game comes out,” Minhaj explained. “They’re given so much work, then none at all. They basically treat people the way we treated Freddie Prinze Jr. It was everything and then nothing.” The host also delved into the sexism in the industry and the need for protections through labor unions. A piece by Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier in  “Workers in the video game industry will be better off when they are able to leverage their talent and experience to demand …

Inspiring tails of the UK’s finest felines

Image copyright Olivia Meheux Image caption Olivia Meheux and David Willie married at a hospice before he died When Dave Willie was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, he and girlfriend Olivia Meheux adopted Monty to complete their family for their final few months together. The 12-year-old tabby brought fun, laughter and companionship to the couple during the toughest of times, said Ms Meheux, of East Grinstead, West Sussex. The couple married before Mr Willie died aged 26 at a hospice surrounded by those he loved – his wife, family and his cat. Image copyright Cats Protection Image caption Alex Eades said Nala still recognised Charlotte’s voice on videos Alex Eades, from Brighton, got tabby and white cat Nala for her …

A Florida State Senator Wants To Prohibit State Abortion Votes Unless Women Make Up At Least Half Of Chamber

A Florida state senator wants to ban the state’s legislative bodies from voting on anti-abortion bills unless at least half of the people in the chamber are women.  State Sen. Lauren Book (D) on Friday, which would allow Florida residents to according to USA Today. The measure has been in the works since Alabama passed its in May, which banned all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest. Book said some Florida House members have discussed introducing a bill that would be similar to Alabama’s. “You can’t tell me that there is a more cruel and unusual punishment than requiring a survivor of rape or incest to carry a baby to term if they don’t choose that path,” said …

Trump to visit El Paso mass shooting site, in spite of Dems’ warning to stay away

Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher) “He has told the country that we are people to be feared, people to be hated,” Escobar continued. “From my perspective, he is not welcome here. He should not come here while we are in mourning.” And Democratic presidential candidate Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, urged Margo in a televised interview to “quietly” tell Trump that he is not “welcome” in the city, because of his rhetoric on immigration. Ryan has escalated his language in the last 24 hours, as he struggles to raise his political profile. He tweeted “Fck me” after Trump mistakenly, at one …

‘I was denied screening because of my disability’

When Kerry Thompson, 40, from Milton Keynes, who has muscular dystrophy, was told she could no longer have cancer screening at home when she moved house. This was despite the test showing up abnormalities that needed regular appointments. Gay women ‘at risk of cervical cancer too’ What happens during a smear test ‘This is for anyone with a vagina’ ‘Nothing they could do’ “I had a new GP and I explained the situation – that the rooms were too small for my wheelchair to fit in and there was no hoist or wide bed for me to use,” she said. “I also would need two nurses to help hold my legs, which can flop over. “I can’t be the only …

Twitter locks out McConnell’s campaign for posting video of calls for violence at his home

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., over the weekend. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) In a livestream video of the protest, Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm, standing with other demonstrators outside McConnell’s home, said that he “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck” rather than fracturing his shoulder. “Just stab the m—– f—– in the heart,” Helm said, after a fellow demonstrator referenced a McConnell voodoo doll. Helm told the Lousville Courier-Journal in an interview on Wednesday that she had no regrets. ACTRESS UNDER FIRE FOR ‘SICK’ TWEET DIRECTED AT MCCONNELL “McConnell doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks, who need insulin, who need …

Girl Shares Therapists Advice To Draw On Her Body Instead Of Cutting

Unlike people who commit suicide, cutters aren’t trying to kill themselves. By contrast, they often self-harm to feel alive, rather than numb because the act releases endorphins. Self-harm is very dangerous and you can easily end up in the hospital, which is why someone took to the internet to share their coping strategy – art. Someone who used to self-harm took to the internet to share how she overcame the habit with art Someone else saw the post and added that the easy-to-draw pattern method of Zentangle could be particularly helpful Image credits: unknown flori.art Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: unknown Image credits: zentangle_tutorials jr.movements Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: flori.art Watch these videos to see Zentangle in action: People …

Two Teenagers Hospitalized With Kidney Damage After Squatting Competition Gets Out Of Hand

Two teenage girls were hospitalized after attempting too many squats during some sort of competitive squatting match that got out of hand. We’ve covered a lot of weird medical cases over the years, like the man who lost feeling in his legs due to a colossal poop, and a different man who risked death by not pooping for 40 days, but we’ll be honest even we were surprised by the story of two girls squatting themselves into intensive care. Xiao Tang, a 19-year-old sophomore at a college in Chongqing, China, was not used to exercise. This, combined with an apparent competitive streak, led to her being hospitalized when she got into an exercise fight on a video chat with an equally …

One Of Trump’s First Actions Reversed An Obama Rule On Guns And Mental Impairment

President Barack Obama, actually did take executive action on gun control not long after a gunman slaughtered 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in late 2012.  The rule, which became effective just two days before Trump took office, required the Social Security Administration (SSA) to inform the FBI’s criminal background check system about disabled adults receiving benefits through a representative because they a mental impairment limited their ability to manage finances.  The Department of Veterans Affairs has long followed a similar policy, which accounts for the bulk of mental incompetency referrals to the background check system from federal agencies, . Most of the 4.6 million records prohibiting gun sales due to mental incompetency in …

Harry and Meghan want to know whom to follow on Instagram

London (CNN)Stop what you’re doing: Harry and Meghan are trying to decide whom to follow on Instagram, and they need your help. “For the month of August we look to you for help. We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is,” Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote in a message on their official Instagram account. “Over the next few days please add your suggestions into the comments section: someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow.” The message said that …

Can You Mend A Broken Heart? New Research Takes Us A Step Closer

How can you mend a broken heart? The answer could lie in the awesome power of stem cells.  A groundbreaking new study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, has shown how transplanted stem cells could be used to help hearts recover from the damage caused by a heart attack and reduce heart failure.  Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the University of Washington have used cardiac muscle cells and epicardial cells, protective cells taken from the outer layer of the heart wall, both derived from human stem cells, to support heart muscle cells as they grow and mature. In turn, the stem cell treatment helped to drive heart regeneration, even improving the heart muscle cells’ ability to contract and relax. “One of …

He thought his late wife’s precious ring was lost forever, but social media came to the rescue

(CNN)Since his wife’s death from colon cancer in 2016, Patrick Waddell of Harrisburg, North Carolina, has always carried their wedding rings with him. Two hours after he got the golf cart, he realized that the rings were gone. He searched for them but knew that he had to leave the next morning, so he did one of the only thing he could think to do: He posted it on Facebook and tagged the campground. The post garnered 11,000 shares in the first day, though now the number is over 43,000. “It’s just humbling to see so many people wanting to help you find something that means so much to you,” Waddell told CNN. A friend who worked at the campground …

Scientists Use DNA Profiling To Find The Identity Of The Connecticut “Vampire”

JB-55 of Connecticut is one of (if not the) best-studied “vampires” in the US. His body was found in an abandoned cemetery in Griswold, New London County, in 1990, arranged in the shape of a skull and crossbones – a sign that his contemporaries believed he belonged to the living dead. But until now, his identity has remained elusive. On July 23, researchers presented the results of a DNA analysis identifying the man formerly known as JB-55 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Maryland. This report is the culmination of a thirty-year project starting in 1990 only possible because of the leaps and bounds made in DNA profiling over recent years. Researchers involved in the project were able to identify the man’s last name (Barber) …

The Detroit Debate Quickly Turned Into A Big Scrum Over Health Care

DETROIT ― If you want to know what an argument about “Medicare for All” would look like in a general election, the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday gave you a pretty good preview. For roughly 30 minutes, the candidates argued with each other and, sometimes, with CNN moderator Jake Tapper over the merits of creating a new, government-run insurance program that would enroll every American. Defenders of the idea had passion ― and truth ― on their side. They faced some attacks and had accurate, powerful responses to them. But they never got around to addressing some of the more legitimate qualms Medicare for All skeptics have raised ― and at some point, presumably, they’ll need to do so. Ady …