We can’t ignore Karl Lagerfeld’s complex legacy

(CNN)That Karl Lagerfeld was a brilliant and prolific designer is unquestionable. That his opinions of women’s bodies were damaging, archaic and often misogynistic is equally so. Lagerfeld’s influence extended far beyond the reaches of fashion’s inner sanctum: As creative director not only of the storied French luxury house, but also of Fendi and several eponymous collections, he cultivated an outsize persona in popular culture. Which meant he had a global audience for such comments as “no one wants to see curvy women” on the catwalk and, in reference to Adele, “She is a little too fat.” (He later offered a quasi-apology to Adele.) Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook To hear him tell it, …

Who are the MPs resigning?

But who are the MPs within it? Image copyright UK Parliament Former party: Conservative Constituency: MP for Cambridgeshire South since 2015 Majority in the last election: 15,952 Referendum result: 38% Leave, 62% Remain Positions: She sits on the Work and Pensions committee, but has not held any government posts. Before becoming an MP she worked for ExxonMobil, the Royal Mail and ran a manufacturing business. Ms Allen has campaigned repeatedly, and with some success, for changes to new benefits system Universal Credit. She is a vocal supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a further referendum on EU membership. Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Former party: Labour Constituency: MP for Liverpool Wavertree since 2010 Majority in the last election: 29,466 …

Soldiers ‘failed by lack of mental health care’

Their report, part two of the inquiry, says that despite improvements, “there is no doubt that some serving personnel, veterans and their families who need mental health care are still being completely failed by the system.” ‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’ New mental health helpline for troops ‘I feel abandoned by the Army’ “With specific mental health care provision for armed forces families also non-existent, it is no surprise that many veterans and their families believe that they have been abandoned,” the committee added. It found many servicemen and women often do not seek help because of the stigma around mental health problems and the fear of damaging their career. And the quality of care given to servicemen and …

A USC gynecologist shattered my illusions

(CNN)The University of Southern California, a stone’s throw from Hollywood, has mastered the art of illusion. I arrived at USC in 2005, a National Merit finalist on a full-tuition scholarship, fresh from a Central Valley farm town. I dreamed of becoming an opera singer, and I adored the trappings of what the school calls the “Trojan Family,” from Heisman Trophies to TV episodes shot on campus. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook When I was a student, Tommy Trojan had no female counterpart, but today, Hecuba of Troy — a queen known in ancient Greek mythology and literature for her strength in adversity — also stands in the University Village. I pray that she …

Vatican faces growing list of scandals and secrets ahead of historic clergy abuse summit

Rome (CNN)For the first time in Catholic history, nearly 200 church leaders from around the world will gather at the Vatican starting Thursday to confront the scourge of clergy who sexually abuse children. • Earlier this month, the Pope for the first time called the sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic clergy a “problem,” even saying that some women had been sexually enslaved by religious men. • The Vatican’s ambassador to France is under investigation for sexual assault. • A new salacious book to be published Thursday calls the Vatican “one of the biggest gay communities in the world,” in which clergy regularly break their vows of celibacy. • The Pope defrocked a prominent American former cardinal on Saturday but …

Judge Jeanine Pirro: Trumps border emergency shows being a leader means making the tough decisions

It was vintage Donald Trump and the reaction, vintage fake news left. Is there really an emergency at the border? The left is calling it a political stunts and a total waste of money. Some are even threatening to take the barrier down if built.  BETO O’ROURKE SAYS ‘WALLS END LIVES’

Premature baby born in Vietnam comes home

“Just being at home is quite hard to put into words, relief doesn’t quite do it justice but we need to look forward to the future,” she said. “It was a waiting game as to whether we could get her home, it was very touch and go with her condition.” Aurelia now needs an operation to reconstruct her nose after her septum was damaged in the hospital in Hanoi. Image caption Aurelia will be carefully monitored until she is three years old

Supermarket health claims ‘confusing’

Morrisons’ “healthier choices” section contained a vegetarian steak slice with almost 10g of saturated fat – nearly half of the recommended maximum daily amount. ‘Shocked’ The supermarket said the item “provides customers with a red-meat free alternative”. Sainsbury’s edamame, coconut and lemongrass falafel contained more than 6g of saturated fat per half pack – around a third of the recommended maximum daily amount – and was located in their “healthier choices” section. In Tesco’s “healthy and diet meals” section, a “lamb hotpot” contained 8.5g of saturated fat, 45% of the recommended maximum daily amount. Registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed said she was “quite shocked” at some of the items being marketed as ‘healthier choices’. She said: “I’m not saying there’s anything …

Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe couple were offered the traditional welcome of milk and dates The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Morocco for their first official visit to north Africa. The royal couple’s three-day trip is aimed at strengthening the UK’s links with Morocco – which is one of the few stable countries in the region. Their visit will also focus on gender equality, with the pair discussing Morocco’s attitudes towards women with British ambassador Thomas Reilly. Mr Reilly said the issue is “close to their royal highnesses’ hearts”. Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, touched down in Casablanca airport on Saturday evening, although flight delays meant they were two hours late for …

‘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. …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …