Channan Petrides, 22, forgoes heart, lung transplants to finish bucket list
2015-07-02 02:54:52 UTC
Channan Petrides, 22, is terminally ill and made the difficult but reasoned decision to turn down a chance to receive a new heart and lungs so that she could pursue the items on her bucket list. She has incurable cystic fibrosis and had been on a ...
Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone' - BBC
2015-06-10 04:20:06 UTC
A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a "milestone" trial shows.
Nivolumab stops cancerous cells hiding from the body's own defences, leaving the cancer vulnerable to attack.
The results ...
Italian Alps: The bear population has risen to 47
2015-06-10 04:16:02 UTC
If you came across a brown bear, chances are you would be just fine. Though they can be unpredictable, they tend to avoid humans and only attack when taken by surprise or if they feel threatened.
For hundreds of years brown bears roamed the Alps ...
Arkansas woman dies at 116 after 6 days as the world's oldest-known living person
2015-04-06 23:00:43 UTC
Gertrude Weaver, who last week became the world's oldest-known living person, has died at the age of 116 at a senior care facility in Arkansas, officials said on Monday.
Weaver, who said the key to longevity was to treat people kindly, basked i...
Anorexia Crackdown: France bans super-skinny models
2015-04-03 18:32:13 UTC
(Reuters) - France will ban excessively thin fashion models and expose modeling agents and the fashion houses that hire them to possible fines and even jail, under a new law passed on Friday.
The move by France, with its fashion and luxury indu...
Ted Cruz origin of birth story from Calgary
2016-01-19 07:31:57 UTC
<h3><i>Cruz’s family was more than happy to benefit from Canada’s universal health care system with a birth that could have cost them big money in the U.S.</i></h3>
Is the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Calgary going to hamper his bid for the U...
Hiker dies after cliff collapses at Point Reyes in Marin County, California
2015-03-23 03:17:14 UTC
Mill Valley ( California ) - One hiker was killed and another injured after the cliff at the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County collapsed into the shoreline 70 feet below, officials said Sunday.
A photo released...
San Francisco church doused homeless people with water to deter sheltering
2015-03-20 10:04:15 UTC
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed – Proverbs 19:17
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me – Matthew 25:35
Canadian school takes 21 students out of school as parents refuse to vaccinate them
2015-03-13 15:54:25 UTC
Public health officials in Quebec's Lanaudière region, where a measles outbreak has infected 119 people, got a vaccination campaign underway at a local school after learning that an infected child visited it recently.
School and health official...
Vaccination skeptic offers cash for proof that measles is a virus; Court orders him to pay 100,000 euros
2015-03-13 15:02:11 UTC
Four years ago, a German biologist who thinks the measles are psychosomatic announced on his website that he would pay 100,000 euros ($106,300) to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.
After Stefan Lanka made the offer, a German doctor nam...
Parents who praise children too much may encourage narcissism
2015-03-10 08:20:13 UTC
Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness.
The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a...
Why is all the news bad?
2014-07-29 16:13:50 UTC
<strong>Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.</strong>
When you read the news, sometimes it...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
2014-07-24 20:40:01 UTC
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the...
Just be happy: Old Man Throws Down Crutches to dance
2014-07-22 06:18:32 UTC
If you think all the fun ends once you get to a certain age, you're wrong.
An old man with crutches has proven through an awesome video (seriously, it's amazing) that age is nothing but a number, and if you want to express yourself with a dance b...
JK Rowling: Crime thriller will run longer than Harry Potter
2014-07-22 06:19:26 UTC
JK Rowling has said she plans to pen many more crime thrillers, and to create a series that will run for even longer than her seven hugely successful Harry Potter books, which over a decade have proved to be one of the bestselling book series in h...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mas...
Qatari Soccer move to Europe
2014-07-15 17:08:34 UTC
EUPEN, Belgium — In the southeast corner of Belgium, there is a town of about 20,000 that is known, to the extent it is known at all, as a key battleground during the Battle of the Bulge and, more recently, as the center of the tiny slice of this ...
Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America
2014-07-09 06:34:25 UTC
I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.
This didn't even happen at my table. The no...
Puerto Rico: Tropical Tax Haven for America's Super-Rich
2014-06-27 18:57:51 UTC
It’s 2 a.m. at the La Factoria bar in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, a hipster joint with a sagging couch, tile floors, and Christmas lights that wouldn’t be out of place in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. While Get Lucky plays, tipsy couples slink out the ...
Michael Schumacher's 'medical records' offered for sale
2014-06-24 06:22:21 UTC
Medical notes purported to be those of retired Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are being offered for sale, according to his management.
It issued a statement warning against the purchase and publication of the...
Bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind
2014-06-18 06:20:59 UTC
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions...
We should follow a diet like cavepeople
2014-06-18 06:14:35 UTC
We know modern convenience food can be unhealthy for us, but is reverting to a prehistoric diet the answer? Claudia Hammond examines the evidence.
They didn’t eat pizzas or curry. Not a single slice of cake would have passed their lips. They hu...
World's oldest cat dies aged 24
2014-06-11 17:21:17 UTC
Poppy the cat, who was officially recognised as the world's oldest after making it to the age of 24, has died.
The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.
Poppy, who has lived t...
Hillary Clinton's new book: A foundations for a potential presidential run
2014-06-10 21:39:48 UTC
Hillary Clinton launched her memoir, Hard Choices, on Tuesday, laying the foundations for a potential presidential run with a carefully crafted self-portrait of a battle-hardened politician who has bounced back from her bruising defeat in 2008 arm...