‘Little consideration’ for hanged girl

“Considering Amber’s age, her emotional immaturity and her undoubted vulnerability, and the absence of any professional ever having properly assessed Amber’s risk of self-harm or suicide, I am not able to determine, on the balance of probabilities, Amber’s intention at the time of her death,” she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKelly and Daniel Peat appeared at a press conference in the days following Amber’s disappearance Amber Peat was found hanged in a hedgerow in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on 2 June 2015. Three days earlier, on 30 May, she had walked out of her home following an argument with her family about chores. She had previously run away from home and also expressed a wish to die. …

Trump Wins 2018 “Rubber Dodo Award” For Biggest Contribution To Trashing America’s Natural Heritage

The 2018 Rubber Dodo Award – awarded to the person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America’s natural heritage or drive species extinct – has been announced, and there are no prizes for guessing who won because who else could it be? Yes, that’s right, President Donald J Trump, the man in charge of protecting the United States, has done more in the last 12 months to destroy the natural heritage of the US than any other person, as voted by the people, announced award founders, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). “From wildlife to public lands to climate, Trump has wrecked, poisoned and polluted our environment on an unprecedented scale,” said CBD executive director Kierán Suckling. …

Plastic Contaminants Found Inside Eggs Of Seabirds In Remote Arctic Wilderness

Welcome to the Anthropocene: an age where the footprints of the industrialized world have trampled over every corner of the natural world – even inside bird eggs from one of the world’s most isolated wildernesses. Researchers have recently detailed the discovery of phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals used in plastic production, within the eggs of northern fulmars in the remote stretches of the Canadian Arctic, The Times reports. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington DC this weekend, scientists from the Canadian Wildlife Service explained that the chemicals are believed to have leached in from plastic debris that the birds ingested while hunting for fish. The contaminants then made their way into the bloodstream of the …

PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

But only the same proportion – one in five – had been seen by a mental health professional in the past year. Improving child mental health ‘years off’ Youth mental health report in charts Child mental health referrals ‘up 26%’ Lead researcher Dr Stephanie Lewis, from the Medical Research Council, said: “Providing effective treatments early on could prevent mental health problems continuing into adulthood.” Surgery as a baby ‘led to PTSD’ Related Topics Mental health PTSD Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

Meet Hippocamp, Neptune’s new moon

(CNN)For the first time in decades, a new tiny moon has been found in orbit around the gas giant Neptune, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Hippocamp is in close orbit to Proteus, the largest and outermost of Neptune’s inner moons. And the researchers believe that Hippocamp is a fragment of Proteus. Since the discovery of the small inner moons, scientists have believed that they are younger than Neptune and that they formed after Neptune captured its largest moon, Triton. They also thought these inner moons were fragmented due to impacts by comets. This discovery adds to that evidence. Hippocamp orbits within 12,000 kilometers of Proteus, and due to Neptune’s gravity, the two moons have a …

Girlfriend Asks If Shes Wrong To Leave Boyfriend After Learning That He Was Raped, Gets Destroyed With Responses

iStock / Sjale) iStock / Marjan_Apostolovic (not the actual photo) Baffled, people tried their best to explain why this whole situation was so, so terrible “Rape DESTROYS people. It stays with them, it makes them feel subhuman. How dare you leave a man that honestly deserves so much better than an inhuman psycho like you on his own after he just broke down! He probably feels betrayed and ashamed. Good luck getting him to open up again; you’ve CRUSHED him. You took his heart that he gave to you and crushed it right in front of his goddamn face. Then you just left because boo hoo, he’s somehow “less manly” to your judgmental ass.” “That’s what your boyfriend feels. That’s …

Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our plastic problem?

(CNN)More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and damaging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution. Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics. The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered bacteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen. ‘Self-healing’ properties According to the researchers, SRT proteins have “remarkable properties” and materials made from them are elastic, flexible and strong. They also have thermal, self-healing and electrical conducting capabilities, which gives the potential for some new applications. …

Gannett touts digital growth as it battles takeover bid

New York (CNN)Under the cloud of an aggressive takeover bid, Gannett reported a dip in fourth quarter revenue Wednesday. But the company said it was encouraged by growth in digital advertising. But Robert Dickey, the president and CEO of Gannett who intends to step down later this year, said the company was “pleased” by growth in digital advertising, which he said was driven by “strong national advertising” across the company’s network of newspapers. Gannett said Wednesday that its total digital revenue for the fourth quarter was $272.3 million, comprising 36% of its overall sales. The number of digital-only subscribers jumped to 504,000, a 46.3% spike from a year earlier. That didn’t impress MNG Enterprises, the hedge fund-owned company that has …

Measles Outbreak Traced To Father Who Admits Not Vaccinating Kids Due To Autism “Concerns”

Vancouver, Canada (not to be mistaken for Vancouver, Washington, which is also currently suffering a measles outbreak) has had nine cases of measles confirmed just this month. The outbreak appears to be centered on schools in the city, with several cases being traced back to French-language schools in the area. One man, Emmanuel Bilodeau, believes his son may be the cause of the outbreak. He told CBC News that his son, who he chose not to have vaccinated, contracted measles during a holiday to Vietnam earlier in the year, before bringing it back to Canada. Here, it spread around two schools that share a bus company.  Bilodeau says that he hadn’t vaccinated any of his three children, due to concerns that vaccines cause autism (which they …

New sepsis test ‘could save thousands’

The body’s immune system starts to attack the body’s own organs and the condition can be fatal. The biggest killer you may not know Sepsis: What is it – and how to spot it? Sepsis: Ambulance call handlers ‘must spot condition’ It is hard to diagnose and can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. Early diagnosis is key because every hour that you delay antibiotic treatment, the likelihood of death increases. Diagnosis of sepsis is usually based on body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and often a blood test, which can take up to 72 hours. The new test uses a device to detect if one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is present in …

Science being ‘debunked:’ Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

(CNN)More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message — an eye-catching march through town with tiny children’s coffins emblazoned with the words: “Another victim of vaccination.” British parents in the 19th century didn’t take kindly to government-mandated smallpox vaccinations although the gruesome process — a series of deep cuts in the arms of the child — was a world away from today’s sterile practices. But the anti-vaxxers of the time were also joined by libertarians, who believed the compulsory vaccinations violated their personal freedoms. Today, that anti-government control sentiment “continues to be a thread in the anti-vaccine movement — particularly in this era of mistrust in government,” Professor Heidi Larson, director of the …

Trump’s call to end HIV is a worthy mission both at home and abroad

(CNN)In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump brought attention to a disease that has almost disappeared from the headlines: HIV/AIDS. At the time, more than 12 million people were living with HIV in Africa. It drained a community’s health, productivity and hope, leaving uncertainty and despair in their place. And it created unstable nations with broken family units and weakened economies that lacked able-bodied workforces. In 2001, President George W. Bush made the founding US contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in 2003 as Senate majority leader, I shepherded the legislation creating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Congress. Since then, we’ve seen half as many AIDS-related deaths …

Heres everything announced at Samsungs Galaxy S10/Galaxy Fold event

Missed today’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco? In all, we have five new phones — one of them a foldable — some new earbuds, a virtual assistant and a watch. Here’s everything you need to know.

Malt raises $28.6 million for its freelancer platform

French startup Malt is raising a $28.6 million funding round (€25 million) with Idinvest Partners leading the round and existing investors ISAI and Serena also participating. Overall, the company has raised $36.6 million since its creation (€32 million). Malt has created a marketplace for companies and engineers working as freelancers. There are currently 100,000 freelancers on the platform and 15,000 companies using Malt regularly. With today’s funding round, the company wants to grow its platform in other European countries. There are 10,000 freelancers on the platform in Spain, and the company plans to open new markets, starting with Germany and the Netherlands. The startup thinks that hiring freelancers can be a great alternative to big IT consulting companies. Every time …

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

(CNN)The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving. Targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other substances that block cancer growth by interfering with specific molecules that are involved in the growth, progression and spread of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Immunotherapy is a treatment approach that harnesses certain parts of the body’s own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer. This approach can come in many forms — vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs — and can be administrated through injections, pills or capsules, topical ointments or creams, or a catheter. An immunotherapy can also be combined with another therapy as a form of treatment, as seen in the two …