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Teen who escaped torture house overcame tremendous odds

Shaking off the shackles was just the first step for the starving teenager who escaped from the California horror house and saved her 12 siblings when she blew the whistle on her parents, experts said Friday. What prompted her to make a break for freedom on Sunday — and expose to the world what David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin had allegedly done to the family — is just one of the questions investigators in Riverside County are seeking to answer. David Turpin, second right, and Louise Turpin, second…

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Gymnasts Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber face down sex-abuse doctor

Gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, two stars of the 2012 Olympics, teamed up again on Friday to deliver a double-barreled attack on doctor Larry Nassar and the institutions they say protected him for years while he molested his patients. At the end of their statements, by turns tearful and angry, applause filled the packed Michigan courtroom where Nassar has been reluctantly listening to scores of his accusers testify ahead of his sentencing next week. The hearing marked Wieber’s first public acknowledgement that she was sexually assaulted. She is the…

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Dry, chesty cough? How to get rid of the Aussie flu symptom – and if cough medicine works

Aussie flu has been wreaking havoc in the UK, and cases of people with symptoms is still rising The H3N2 strain of the influenza virus was given the nickname ‘Aussie flu’ after it caused trouble in Australia over its winter.  In the latest Public Health England report, released on Thursday, it was revealed 598 people in the UK were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of those were infected with Aussie flu.  Symptoms have been described as the same as normal flu, but more…

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Breast and ovarian cancer: All woman over 30 ‘should be tested for gene mutations’

Scientists from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London said screening the entire population rather than just those at high-risk of carrying either a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation would be more cost effective and could help prevent more cancers cases. Actress Angelina Jolie has previously revealed she carries the “faulty” BRCA 1 gene, which sharply increases the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In 2013 the actress had a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer. Researchers believe a programme to…

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Counting time, not calories can lead to weight loss

You are when you eat. A growing number of researchers say limiting the hours during the day when you eat, focusing more on the timing of meals instead of calories, can help dieters burn more fat, improve their health and lose weight. Lorna Shelton, 58, was not very lively this time last year. The Centralia, Washington native weighed nearly 250 pounds and had trouble walking. “I had to have both knees replaced, I was walking with a cane,” said Shelton. A traditional approach to losing weight, including substituting fast food…

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Small but fast: A miniaturized origami-inspired robot combines micrometer precision with high speed

The milliDelta robot integrates a new microfabrication technique with high-performance composite materials that can incorporate flexural joints and bending actuators, the milliDelta can operate with high speed, force, and micrometer precision, which make it compatible with a range of micromanipulation tasks in manufacturing and medicine.

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Breathing in a nanoparticle spray could prevent heart damage

An inhalable drug should get to the heart fastElla Maru studio By Andy Coghlan Some deep breaths could soon treat heart failure – the deterioration of the heart following a heart attack – thanks to an inhalable spray that has performed well in animal tests. The drug delivered by the spray is contained in nanoparticles that are small enough to be absorbed through the air sacs of the lungs and into the bloodstream. From here, blood travels straight to the heart, where the nanoparticles should release the drug. To test…

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How ‘stem cell’ clinics became a Wild West for dodgy treatments

Pedro Mera/Xinhua/Eyevine By Andy Coghlan SHEILA DRYSDALE’S husband saw stem cells as a last, desperate attempt to ease his wife’s symptoms of dementia. Sadly, the same day she received treatment in Sydney – 20 December 2013 – Drysdale died, aged 75. In July 2016, the coroner investigating the case ruled that Drysdale had bled to death as a result of a liposuction procedure involved in the therapy, saying it had some “troubling hallmarks of ‘quack’ medicine“. Alarmed by this case – the first known death from a stem cell treatment…

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Aussie flu: Deadly infection to be worse than Spanish flu that killed about 50 million?

Aussie flu symptoms include fever, headaches, muscles aches and fatigue. The lethal H3N2 Aussie flu virus travelled to the UK from Australia, and has now been spotted in the US. Exactly 100 years ago, Spanish flu began spreading across the globe. The Spanish outbreak – which is considered the most deadly flu pandemic in modern history – subsequently infected about a third of the world’s population, and killed about 50 million people. Both Aussie flu and Spanish flu have similarities, warned pharmacist and Jakemans expert, Marvin Munzu. “Both are strength…

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Gymnastics doctor shakes as sex-abuse victims bare their pain

“Little girls don’t stay little forever.” Kyle Stephens stood in a Michigan courtroom on Tuesday and practically spat those words at Larry Nassar, the former gymnastics doctor who began molesting her when she was just six years old and who now faces a life in prison for his serial sexual assaults. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world,” Stephens said as Nassar, wearing blue jailhouse clothes, buried his forehead in his hand. Weeping at times, she recounted how her accusation against Nassar, a family friend, tore…

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