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Retired U.S. Cardinal Disciplined In Former Altar Boy's Abuse

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 11:35am

A retired Roman Catholic cardinal has been removed from public ministry and


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Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

Reuters Health News - June 21, 2018 - 11:14am
LONDON (Reuters) - Evidence that cannabis can ease epilepsy and other conditions is building as a British company counts down to what would be the first U.S. government approval for a prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant.
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Democrats look to gain in Southern California as outrage mounts over family separations

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 11:06am

Democrats are already plotting about how to motivate and mobilize the 66 percent of voters who oppose Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.


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Ducati Recalls Supersport and Supersport S for Fire Hazard

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:58am

Ducati Recalls Supersport and Supersport S for Fire Hazard Poorly routed rubber hoses could melt, spraying fuel on the exhaust manifold and causing a fire People who buy fiery, passionate Italian motorcycles (and cars, for that matter) come to expect a


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U.S. watchdog auditing FAA checks of Southwest Air after engine failure

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:53am

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general is auditing the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Southwest Airlines Co after a midair incident in which an engine exploded and one person was killed. The inspector general said "our objective is to assess FAA’s oversight of Southwest Airlines’ systems for managing risk." The office will write a report after it completes the review and may make recommendations. A Southwest Boeing 737 engine failed in midair on April 17 after it lost a fan blade, killing one passenger.


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New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:52am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.


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Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by herpes virus, scientists suspect

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:35am

Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by the herpes virus, a new study suggests, leading to hopes that antiviral medication could help prevent dementia. Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in Britain, and the majority of people have Alzheimer’s which occurs when sticky plaques of amyloid build up in the brain, killing brain cells. But new research has found that the brains of people who have died of Alzhiemer’s have almost double the level of HHV-6A and HHV-7 herpes virus as non-diseased brains, suggesting it is playing a role in the condition. Researchers in the US believe that the disease may trigger an immune ‘cascade’ which encourages the growth of amyloid plaques. It raises hopes that cases could be prevented through antiviral drugs. How herpes in the brain could trigger Alzheimer's  The team did not set out to study the impact of herpes, but were looking for anything which might be different in six key brain regions in people with Alzheimer’s compared to those who were dementia free. They began by sequencing DNA from the dead patients to find out information about inherited genes, followed by their RNA to find out how those genes were expressed. “We didn't go looking for viruses, but viruses sort of screamed out at us,” said lead author assistant research professor Ben Readhead of Arizona State University. “We saw a key virus, HHV 6A, regulating the expression of quite a few Alzheimer’s risk genes and genes known to regulate the processing of amyloid, a key ingredient in Alzheimer’s neuropathology." The study authors say the findings suggests that Alzheimer’s could be ‘collateral damage’ caused by the brain's response to the virus. Both HHV 6A, and 7 are common herpesviruses and most people are exposed to them early in life. It is different from the Herpes-simplex virus which causes cold sores and genital herpes. The level of the virus in the brain also correlated with clinical dementia scores before death. Those with more viral DNA performed worse in tests. “I don't think we can answer whether herpesviruses are a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease,” said study senior author, Dr Joel Dudley, Director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “"But what's clear is that they're perturbing and participating in networks that directly underlie Alzheimer's. "This study represents a significant advancement in our understanding of the plausibility of the pathogen hypothesis of Alzheimer's  "If it becomes evident that specific viral species directly contribute to an individual's risk of developing Alzheimer's or their rate of progression once diagnosed, then this would offer a new conceptual framework for understanding the emergence and evolution of Alzheimer's at individual, as well as population, levels." Commenting on the study Prof Clive Ballard, Professor of Age-Related Diseases, University of Exeter Medical School, said: “This new study is a vital step forward as it highlights specific disease related mechanisms.   “This now gives the potential to investigate the impact of viruses more directly in experimental studies, so that we can really understand whether there may be important implications for treatment or prevention.” Prof Ruth Itzhaki, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Manchester, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, added: “A picture is building up showing strong links between herpes viruses and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.   “We now need more research to establish whether these viruses are causally linked to Alzheimer’s, and whether using that information we might be able to develop treatments.” The research was published in the journal Neuron.


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China's Xi denounces 'protectionism, isolationism and populism'

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:28am

Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday lambasted "protectionism, isolationism and populism" and again vowed to open up Asia's largest economy, as Beijing faces an escalating trade dispute with the United States. Xi told a gathering of foreign business executives that after "signs of stability and improvement in the world economy" last year, "we must also stay vigilant because ... we have seen a surge of trade protectionism, isolationism and populism".


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Convicted Car Thief Arrested in XXXTentacion Murder Investigation

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 10:07am

The arrest came about 48 hours after the rapper was shot and killed


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More time needed to achieve peace, South Sudan rebels say

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 9:59am

By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels said on Thursday that more time is needed to secure lasting peace in the country and it would be necessary to address the root causes of a civil war. "There is no shortcut to peace," the group said in a statement after peace talks in Ethiopia between its leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir, the first time the two men had met since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces. SPLM/SPLA (IO) said the solution to the five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 3 million people to flee their homes, was to revisit the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).


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This Game of Thrones Scene Was Too Cruel for Even Jaime Lannister

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 9:57am

"It was difficult to even read it"


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UN, Russia call on US to rethink Human Rights Council move

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 9:56am

MOSCOW (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States on Thursday to rethink its decision to pull out of the world's top human rights body, calling it a "key tool" in efforts to combat abuse.


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Bulgaria reports first outbreak of ovine rinderpest in EU

Reuters Health News - June 21, 2018 - 9:09am
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria on Thursday reported the first outbreak in the European Union of the highly contagious Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), on livestock farms in the village of Voden in southeastern Bulgaria, close to the border with Turkey.
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'Star Wars' Spinoffs Suspended After Tepid 'Solo' Box Office: Report

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 9:08am

The "Star Wars" galaxy just shrank.


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Ericsson needs industries to embrace 5G to underpin its recovery

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 8:48am

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Ericsson needs a range of industries to embrace 5G network services if the equipment maker is to get a long-term boost that would allow it to progress from cost-cutting to expansion. For now, the Swedish company is focusing on a cost-savings plan running until 2020 to shore up profitability, hoping that growth will then return as the pace of 5G network upgrades picks up early in the following decade. Having struggled with flagging revenue since 4G sales peaked in the middle of the decade, Ericsson is pinning its hopes for revived growth on the emergence of new mobile businesses in 10 broad sectors such as manufacturing, energy and public safety.


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XXXTentacion Dead at 20: Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams Arrested in Murder of Beloved Rapper

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 8:30am

Dedrick Devonshay Williams was arrested Wednesday night in Pompano, Fla.


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'Time' slams Trump's family separation policy in a cover for the ages

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 8:27am

The debate over the Trump administration's immigration policy is still simmering, and the blowback continues to hit Trump — this time in the form of yet another Time magazine cover.  The new cover combines a photo of the president with the now-iconic image taken by Getty Images' John Moore of a little girl sobbing while her mother is searched by border agents, something of a symbol of the pushback against the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump's border separation policy: What kind of country are we? https://t.co/U4Uf8bffoR pic.twitter.com/sBCMdHuPGc — TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018 Driving home the point: the image of Trump they chose for the face-off is one that seems to display the callous indifference that he and his supporters have shown thus far in the debate. Likewise, the cover story, "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?" by Karl Vick, doesn't mince words about what it sees as the eroding of our traditional norms and values by the current president.  Even though Trump has now signed an executive order that should, for the time being, prevent such separations, there are still serious issues that remain, including reuniting families already separated by the heinous policy as well as what the Trump administration's long game is.  Still, we know how much Trump loves his Time covers and this one is certainly worthy of our current president.  WATCH: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' most ludicrous moments as press secretary


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Immigration rally in N.Y.C. to mark World Refugee Day

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 8:05am

Hundreds of New Yorkers from refugee, immigrant, religious and advocacy communities held a march in observance of World Refugee Day. Marchers laid out 85 pairs of shoes to represent 85,000 refugees who were not allowed into the U.S. in 2018, carried orange rafts symbolizing refugee ocean crossings and read the names of refugees who died in transit.


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Malaysia reopens probe into Mongolian model's murder as pressure builds on former premier Najib Razak

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 7:57am

The Malaysian police are set to reopen an investigation into the murder of a Mongolian model in 2006, in a politically charged case that could add to the woes of Najib Razak, the beleaguered former prime minister.  Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, was killed and blown up with military grade explosives in a forest near the capital, Kuala Lumpur, after being kidnapped late at night outside the home of her alleged lover Abdul Razak Baginda - a defence analyst who advised Mr Najib between 2000 and 2008.  Two former police officers, Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, were sentenced to death for the crime but reports have alleged that they served as bodyguards for Mr Najib, who was deputy prime minister at the time of her gruesome death.  Sirul fled to Australia to seek asylum and is currently being held at a detention centre in Sydney.  Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meets Dr Shaariibuu Setev, father of Altantuya Shaariibuu on Wednesday Credit: Malaysian PM The police confirmed to The Star newspaper that they were reopening their investigations after Shaaribuu’s father flew to Malaysia from Mongolia to file a fresh statement.  Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s prime minister, who ousted Mr Najib in a shock election result in May, pledged his support for Setev Shaaribuu’s case “if there is new evidence”, after meeting with him on Wednesday evening, reported Channel News Asia.  Mr Shaaribuu has alleged that the former government tried to block the truth from emerging, and that the true plot behind his daughter’s murder was covered up.  Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor are facing a corruption probe Credit: Mohd Rasfan/AFP In his statement to the police, he named a former aide to Mr Najib as a “crucial witness.” Mr Najib himself has always denied knowing the victim.  However, the timing of the case could spell more trouble for the ousted leader, who is currently banned from leaving the country amid another investigation into an alleged multi-billion dollar corruption scandal involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad state fund, that he earlier founded.  In claims made to Reuters on Tuesday Dr Mahathir said that the authorities have “an almost perfect case” against Mr Najib on charges of embezzlement, misappropriation and bribery linked to 1MDB.  Mr Najib responded in his first interview since his stunning election defeat, telling the news agency that he knew nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his personal bank account.  He claimed his advisors and the management and board of 1MDB had wrongly kept the embezzlement of funds a secret from him.  Public anger over the scandal, which US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has described as “kleptocracy at its worst”, was a significant factor in his election defeat. Malaysian police seize a huge haul of handbags belonging to Najib Razak's wife Credit: Ariffin Jamar/AFP Mr Najib insisted in the interview that he did not know if hundreds of millions of dollars that moved through his personal account was from 1MDB, and if money from the fund was eventually laundered to acquire assets globally, including yachts, paintings and jewellery.  He did shed some light, however, on the origin of dozens of luxury bags that were recently seized by the police from properties linked to his family.  The handbags were gifts and wedding presents to his wife and daughter, and had nothing to do with 1MDB, he said.  “These were gifts, particularly with my daughter’s they were tagged, they were actually labelled: when, by whom,” he said.  He added that his son-in-law, Daniyar Nazarbayev, the nephew of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kazakh president, also gifted many bags to Rosmah Mansor, Mr Najib’s wife.  “People might find it hard to understand, but my son-in-law for example, he gets Birkin from his source, five or six at one go,” he said. “His family has got some means, so it has nothing to do with 1MDB if it comes from Kazakhstan.”   


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US Secret Service alerted over Peter Fonda's tweets about Barron Trump

Pharma news - June 21, 2018 - 7:55am

Peter Fonda has apologised for a late-night Twitter fusillade that suggested 12-year-old Baron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with paedophiles” – an outburst about which the US Secret Service was notified. The 78-year-old actor, perhaps best known his roles in 1969’s Easy Rider and Ulee’s Gold in 1977, posted a series of tweets in capital letters about the president’s youngest son. In a flurry of tweets apparently posted in response to Mr Trump’s controversial policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, a policy the president suspended on Wednesday by means of an executive order, Fonda also suggested people opposed to the border policy should track down the addresses of federal agents and “surround their homes in protest”.


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