Unethical experiments’ painful contributions to today’s medicine

(CNN)Chinese scientist He Jiankui sent shockwaves around the world last year with his claim that he had modified twin babies’ DNA before their birth. The modification was made with gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, he said, and made the babies resistant to HIV. Scientists from China and around the world spoke out about the experiment, which many say was unethical and not needed to prevent the virus. The scientist had also been warned by peers not to go down this path. When He made his claim of genetically altering humans, the response from the global medical community was swift and condemning. “It is out of the question that the experiment is unethical,” said Jing Bao Nie, professor of bioethics at the …

Teddi Mellencamp is ‘so happy’ for dad John Mellencamp and fiance Meg Ryan: Theyre ‘such an amazing couple’

John Mellencamp poses with his daughters (left to right) Michele, Teddi Jo, and Justice, and his wife, Victoria in 1987. (Bob Sacha/Corbis via Getty Images) Without that advice at a young age, Mellencamp admits that she doesn’t think she would have the same drive and go-getter attitude she does now. “I know that it’s possible to do anything that I believe in and that I work hard for because I’ve seen it work time and time again for different things in my life.” MEGHAN MCCAIN ADDS FUEL TO TEDDI MELLENCAMP FEUD Most recently, her parents’ sentiments worked for the South Carolina native’s accountability program — ALL IN by Teddi — she has in Los Angeles. “Essentially what we do is …

Bernie Sanders’ Supporters Call On Him To Run For President Again

BROOKLYN, N.Y. ― Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held over 400 house parties in all 50 states and Puerto Rico on Saturday afternoon calling on Sanders to run for president again in 2020. But Saturday’s show of force, arranged by Organizing for Bernie ― an upstart group founded by Sanders campaign alumni and grassroots activists ― demonstrated one of the senator’s biggest advantages if he decides to return to the ring: a network of supporters already familiar with his message and skilled in do-it-yourself internet organizing. “We need to convince Bernie Sanders to run. He isn’t in this race yet,” Brezler said. Although Sanders and his campaign team were not directly involved in Saturday’s events, the house parties were …

Was this woman wrongly convicted of murder?

At some point Emma picked up a steak knife and plunged it into James’s chest, puncturing his heart. James then somehow ended up in the street outside his brother’s house, where Emma was seen sitting on top of him. When James’s brother and a neighbour tried to help she failed to say she had stabbed him, so they unwittingly left him to die. Despite all of this, Justice for Women, an organisation helping 25-year-old Emma, believes she is one of many women who may have been wrongly convicted of murder after fighting back against abusive partners. The organisation is the same one helping Sally Challen appeal against a murder conviction for bludgeoning her “controlling” husband to death with a hammer. …

Who was the queen brought to life by Olivia Colman?

That’s a mistake, says Sebastian Edwards, a Historic Royal Palaces curator who is part of the team overseeing a new exhibition of costumes from The Favourite at Kensington Palace. “She cleared up the mess left by the men and doesn’t get much thanks or credit for it,” he says (Anne’s father, James II and VII of Scotland, was king for three years before being deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688). “If you’re looking for strong female leaders you couldn’t find a better one in a time of crisis.” Anne became queen following the death of William III (and II in Scotland), also known as William of Orange, who succeeded Anne’s father as king. Her reign saw the unification of …

New York City Is Experiencing Its Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades

New York is in the midst of one of the state’s largest measles outbreak in recent history as health officials work tirelessly to prevent it from becoming a full-on epidemic. At one local pediatric clinic, NBC reports that babies are on an “accelerated measles vaccination schedule, getting their first shots six months early and their second dose right away.” So far, the news agency reports that 167 confirmed cases of the virus have been documented since September in what is now the worst outbreak since the 1990s. “I would say this is the largest measles outbreak that New York state has had in recent history,” New York’s State Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker told CNN.  “If you go back many …

‘We had no idea this patient was pregnant,’ nurse tells 911 operator after woman in vegetative state gave birth

(CNN)When a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years suddenly gave birth at an Arizona care facility last month, caregivers were taken completely by surprise, telling 911 dispatchers, “We had no idea she was pregnant.” The audio of the 911 call, obtained by CNN affiliate KNXV, paints an image of a frantic scene as workers rushed to save the baby boy, who was not breathing and “turning blue.” All the names were redacted. “We need help, please,” a nurse yelled at the dispatcher, who tried to calm the nurse and get the address of the facility. “Baby’s turning blue! The baby’s turning blue!” A man got on the line who asked for clarification. “Okay, what’s the emergency?” …

How it feels to lose everything you own

Image copyright Pinball Creative Image caption Giacomo Malvermi and Henrik Maurer have been restoring vintage pinball machines together for years Image copyright Pinball Creative Image caption Giacomo’s business is about injecting new life into vintage machines Image copyright Pinball Creative Image caption Finding suitable machines can take years, while restoring them to their former glory takes months of work The 56-year-old spends years tracking down relics before “bringing them back to life” as “working art” by revamping the electrics and intricate paintwork. Image copyright Pinball Creative Image caption Giacomo says this Slick Chick pinball machine, from 1964, “was so unique”… but after the fire, “it’s just a pile of rubble” Image copyright Mohemmed Nadeem Ullah Khan Image caption Mohemmed Nadeem …

Bottle Feeding Your Baby Could Influence Whether They Use Their Right Or Left Hand Later In Life

Whether you bottle feed or breastfeed your baby could play a role in what hand they prefer to use later in life, according to a new study from the University of Washington. In a review of more than 60,000 mothers and their babies, the researchers determined that bottle feeding infants was associated with a higher prevalence of them being left-handed even when accounting for known risk factors that may influence which hand a child favors. To determine how feeding an infant may influence their dominant hand, researchers gathered data on the duration of breastfeeding as reported by the mother through seven national surveys in five countries. They found that breastfeeding for more than six months was associated with 3 percent less left-handed babies than …

3D-Printed ‘Sponge’ Could Reduce Chemo’s Side Effects By Soaking Up Excess Drugs

While scientists are working tirelessly to find new and effective solutions to cancer, many patients currently undergo chemotherapy, a treatment that comes with a whole host of deeply unpleasant side effects, such as vomiting, hair loss, and a weakened immune system. The issue is that chemotherapy drugs are toxic, and while they kill cancer cells, they also spread to untargeted parts of the body via the blood. One way to tackle this is directly delivering the drugs to the tumor site via catheters, but more than 50 percent still escapes from the target organ. Now, scientists have created a tiny device that sits inside a vein and acts like a sponge, mopping up the excess chemo drug after it’s left the …

Man Helps Thirsty Pigeon Enjoy Some Water From NYC Drinking Fountain

A now-viral video, View this post on Instagram A post shared by @ventez on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:21am PST “We joked about how he was just waiting there for someone to help him out, then we decided it would be funny to record me going over to him and helping out!” he said in an email. “It seemed like he was enjoying it!” said Pesantez. “He wasn’t taking a bath, so I’m pretty sure he was indulging in some of NYC’s finest tap water.” “I’m just stoked that the world is getting to share this wholesome moment in a time where there is so much craziness,” he said. found that pigeons were able to learn to sort 128 photos …

Around Half Of All Reported Food Allergies Are False Alarms, Says Study

Nineteen percent of US adults report having one or more food allergies – yet, a little more than one in 10 actually do. That’s according to a study recently published in the open-access journal JAMA Network Open. This means that almost half of all people with a reported food allergy are misinterpreting their symptoms, the researchers say. A team at Northwestern University came to this conclusion after asking a nationally representative sample of more than 40,000 people to list and describe their food allergies. What’s more, the researchers found that only half of those with a food allergy had a diagnosis confirmed by a doctor. Even less (fewer than a quarter) had an ongoing epinephrine prescription. So, what exactly is going …

Killer nabbed by chewed gum and a water bottle apologizes for murdering a teacher as he heads to prison for life

(CNN)Christy Mirack’s brother had one critical question left this week for his sister’s killer. Then, thanks to a piece of gum and a water bottle, authorities identified suspect Raymond Rowe, a disc jockey known locally as “DJ Freez.” Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, rape and related counts in Mirack’s killing, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Rowe’s attorney said her client has admitted he murdered Christy Mirack, the prosecutor reported. “The person standing beside me has admitted his guilt,” Patricia Spotts said. Rowe’s guilty plea includes a sentence of life without the possibility of parole with a consecutive prison term of 60 to 120 years, the district attorney said. In accepting it, Rowe turned Tuesday …

Saudi teen lands in Canada after fleeing family

(CNN)A Saudi teen who fled to Thailand to escape her allegedly abusive family has arrived in Canada after being offered asylum there. Thailand’s immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn had initially told CNN on Friday that Qunun had been offered asylum by both Australia and Canada. But he later requested that the statement be retracted. Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman said in a statement Saturday that Australia had still been considering the 18-year-old’s asylum claim and that her safety had always been his government’s primary concern. “Australia has one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world, and all applications are considered in accordance with Australian law and procedures,” Coleman’s statement said. “We wish Ms Al-Qunun all the best for …

You Will Not Believe What People Have Done To US National Parks Since The Government Shutdown Began

The US national parks are just wild at the moment. If you want to see what a Hobbesian Leviathan-style dystopia would look like, one where rule of law is supplanted by total anarchy, Yosemite National Park 2019 offers a little taster. Warning: it involves trash, vandalism, and lots of human poop. In response to the government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees – including national park staff – have been forced to take a temporary leave of absence, and they will not be able to return to work until Congress and the White House are able to come to some kind of agreement on the subject of Trump’s controversial border wall.  According to the Washington Post, Park Service estimates as many as 16,000 of …

Oil price rally; Carlos Ghosn indicted again; Fed worries

London (CNN Business)1. Oil spike: US crude futures climbed 0.9% on Friday to above $53 per barrel, putting the commodity on track for its tenth consecutive daily gain. Oil is already on its the longest win streak since January 2010. There’s still a long way to go, however. Prices are still well below the $75 per barrel level reached during a recent high in October. 2. Ghosn indicted again: Former Nissan (NSANY) chairman Carlos Ghosn has been indicted for the second time since his arrest in Japan nearly two months ago. Prosecutors indicted Ghosn on two new charges. They allege he committed a breach of trust by transferring personal investment losses to Nissan, and understated his personal income between 2015 …