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October 12, 2017 7:48 PM Spark’s Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness Gets Closer to Approval

A treatment that can stop patients from going blind is poised to be the first gene therapy for an inherited condition approved in the U.S., in what would be a major scientific milestone -- and also open the door for record-breaking drug prices and novel ways to pay for them. Spark Therapeutics Inc.’s Luxturna therapy crossed a key hurdle Thursday when it won backing 111

October 11, 2017 2:52 PM Child and teen obesity rates soar globally, WHO reports

Nearly 8 percent of boys and nearly 6 percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016, against less than one percent for both sexes in 1975. (iStock) GENEVA – The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study 123

October 11, 2017 9:20 AM WHO: Global child and teen obesity soars tenfold in 40 years

Clear food labels on salt, sugar and fat content are needed to help consumers make “healthy choices”, a study said. GENEVA - The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity 119

October 10, 2017 8:17 PM AIIMS plans to launch mental health programme for schoolchildren

Initiative meant to reach out to students through videos, theatre and group activities The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has tied up with the Mental Health Foundation (India) to start “School Health Clubs”, an initiative aimed at engaging with students to ensure their mental and emotional well-being in the future. Speaking about the programme 111

October 10, 2017 6:56 AM The Latest: Jennifer Lawrence condemns Harvey Weinstein

Jennifer Lawrence says she is deeply disturbed by sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and is thanking his accusers for coming forward. Lawrence’s publicist released a statement by the actress early Tuesday stating she never experienced harassment by Weinstein. She won an Academy Award for 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook 110

October 10, 2017 6:00 AM This Is What Happens When You Seek Professional Help For Your Mental Health

A guide to appointments, diagnosis and treatment. Seeking medical help if you’re concerned about your mental health is a positive step forward towards feeling happier and healthier, but going for that initial consultation can feel intimidating. While most of us are familiar with the process of seeing a doctor for a cough - after all, we attended those 127

October 9, 2017 1:22 PM Kim Masters on Harvey Weinstein and How to Help Cure Hollywood's "Sickness" of Harassment

No doubt some people are asking themselves now what they could or should have done differently over the years of Harvey's reign. But will anything really change? On an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon last November, I went to a reception for the movie Lion. The film was Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar contender, so I wasn’t surprised when I noticed him across 113

October 9, 2017 4:00 AM Goodhope SSS nearly burns

The incident comes barely a fortnight after widely publicised acts of indiscipline at the school, which led to the institution’s temporary closure. Insiders say it appears the fire was started intentionally since a pile of partially burnt papers were found within the hostel premises. “Upon arrival at the boys’ hostels, there was a pile of semi-burnt 110

October 9, 2017 3:46 AM Nokia 3310, priced at $99, available for sale in Singapore from Oct 14

SINGAPORE - Get set for a dose of nostalgia - the classic Nokia 3310 will make its comeback here on Oct 14. The talk-and-text-centric phone, which will retail at $99, is available in two colours: Warm Red and Charcoal. Finnish start-up HMD Global, which owns rights to the Nokia brand, said in a statement on Monday (Oct 9) that the phone's "retro user interface" 78

October 6, 2017 1:02 PM This is the proper way to put babies to sleep to reduce the risk of cot death

A leading charity has issued advice on how to put a baby safely to sleep. The Lullaby Trust have released a warning about the position a baby should be put to sleep after research revealed parents weren't aware Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Around 250 babies and toddlers die of SIDS every year and it is the diagnosis given and cause of death recorded 110