Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach. The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was delivered by Caesarean section in Chandigarh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT). Both the mother and the newborn…

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Man accidentally shoots nail into his heart, and lives

Man accidentally shoots nail into his heart, and lives

 Man accidentally shoots himself in the heart with a nail gun. A Wisconsin man working on his house accidentally shot a nail into his heart and lived to tell about it. Doug Bergeson was trying to finish framing up the fireplace on the home he’s building. “I was just bringing the nail gun forward and I was on my tip-toes and I just didn’t quite have enough room and it fired before I was really ready for it,” Bergeson…

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Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find

Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find

Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Increasingly, people are turning to cannabis to treat a range of symptoms and conditions, including nausea, bipolar disorder and seizures. But when it comes to using marijuana to treat chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, two related reviews published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine find little scientific evidence to support either its effectiveness or its safety. Up to 80%…

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Drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ infecting hospitals across the UK

Drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ infecting hospitals across the UK

Hospitals across the UK have been hit by a drug-resistant Japanese fungus which has so far infected more than 200 patients. The potentially deadly superbug has spread to at least 55 hospitals and is particularly dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system. Most worryingly, the fungus is resistant to the most commonly prescribed fungicidal drug, fluconazole, and the species has the ability to rapidly evolve to develop resistance. ‘Candida auris’ – which was first…

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‘Breakthrough’ as scientists discover vitamin can cut birth defects and miscarriages

‘Breakthrough’ as scientists discover vitamin can cut birth defects and miscarriages

Scientists say the discovery that vitamin B3 can cure molecular deficiencies will transform the way pregnant women are cared for. Birth defects and miscarriages around the world could be significantly reduced if pregnant women take a common vitamin supplement, scientists have said. Research has showed that vitamin B3, also known as niacin, can cure molecular deficiencies that stop embryos and babies’ organs from developing correctly in the womb. Vitamin B3 is found in meat and…

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Scientists develop plant-based Zika virus vaccine

Scientists develop plant-based Zika virus vaccine

new and improved vaccine for the Zika virus has been developed after an epidemic swept across the Americas in 2015. Zika triggered travel warnings, with pregnant women being urged to postpone non-essential trips to affected countries during a surge in cases which revealed the mosquito-borne virus could cause birth defects. Governments, academic laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies invested heavily in stopping the virus. The committed public health efforts paid off, with Brazil declaring an end to…

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The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl. The nuclear physicist, who’d been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn’t ready to have a baby. So the Swede set about using her data skills to find an alternative. “Like many women I had tried many different contraception options since my teenage…

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India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

A 10-year-old girl who is pregnant and has been refused an abortion is at the centre of a media storm in India. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled to the northern city of Chandigarh to piece together her story. “We have seen lots of cases of teenage pregnancies involving 14 to 15-year-olds, but this is the first ever case that I have seen of a 10-year-old,” said Mahavir Singh, of the Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority….

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HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say. Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%. Experts say it frees women from relying on men to wear condoms and allows them to protect themselves…

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Charlie Gard: Deadline passes for deciding when terminally ill baby dies

Charlie Gard: Deadline passes for deciding when terminally ill baby dies

If Charlie’s parents and GOSH are not in agreement, he will be taken to a hospice and life support ended soon after. The deadline for Charlie Gard’s parents to come to an arrangement with their son’s doctors over his care has now passed. If no solution has been found, the terminally ill baby will be taken to a hospice to die. Connie Yates and Chris Gard had asked the High Court for permission to take…

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