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An Alabama medical centre has stopped all IVF treatments after a court ruled that embryos are babies.The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), an academic medical centre, suspended its IVF treatments so it could consider the legal repercussions of the decision, made by the state’s supreme court. The ruling was made in a case where a person wandered into an unlocked storage area at a fertility clinic and dropped several frozen embryos on the floor.The court determined that failing to secure that storage area violated the state’s Wrongful Death Act – which says an unjustified or negligent act that leads…

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Thousands of patients could benefit from the first ever alopecia treatment approved for the NHS.Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Alopecia UK hailed the decision as a “monumental day” for people with the condition, with patients going “far too long” without NHS treatment.”For far too long, patients with alopecia areata have gone without a licensed treatment option available via NHS pathways,” the charity’s chief executive, Sue Schilling, said.”If new treatments are only available privately, it becomes a case of the ‘haves and the have nots’,…

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The Bantams battered Wycombe Wanderers for 90 minutes and were punished for a stoppage-time slip-up just as a penalty shoot-out was looming. Their performance, rather than the result, is reflected in their player ratings. Colin Doyle – did not have a save to make until the 80th minute 6Brad Halliday – a constant threat in the second half in particular 7Ciaran Kelly – had not had much to do when he went off injured 6Sam Stubbs – actually played very well until being robbed in possession for the winning goal 6Jonathan Tomkinson – the centre-back was another who had a…

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Emily Lockley‘s son is now being taken care of by her loved ones (Picture: Facebook)A grief-stricken family has paid tribute to a ‘totally healthy’ woman who died mere moments after giving birth. Emily Lockley’s son, Harley, will grow up without a mum after the 26-year-old collapsed during labour at a Stoke-on-Trent hospital. Doctors believe Emily suffered a suspected pulmonary aneurysm – when the blood vessels that ferry blood from the heart to your lungs bulge. This extremely rare condition damages the heart, causing the patient to cough up blood and feel breathless, and has multiple causes. To her family, ABBA-fan…

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US authorities have charged the leader of a Japanese crime syndicate with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Myanmar for expected use in Iranian nuclear weapons.Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and his co-defendant Somphop Singhasiri, 61, trafficked in drugs, weapons, and nuclear material, “going so far as to offer uranium and weapons-grade plutonium fully expecting that Iran would use it for nuclear weapons,” said Anne Milgram, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “This is an extraordinary example of the depravity of drug traffickers who operate with total disregard for human life,” she said. Image: Some of the nuclear materials. Pic: US…

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Dogs are, famously, man’s best friend. But thousands of people in the UK have instead chosen venomous snakes, wild cats and crocodiles for pets. New figures obtained by the wildlife charity Born Free Foundation show licences were issued by 126 local authorities to private owners across the UK for 2,727 animals categorised as dangerous under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.The permits covered more than 200 wild cats and 250 primates, as well as about 400 venomous snakes, which Born Free estimates is 10 times the number kept in zoos.The charity has said an overhaul of current legislation on the keeping…

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The portrait will appear on existing designs of all four banknotes (Picture: PA)Banknotes carrying a portrait of the King will be issued for the first time on June 5 2024. The portrait will appear on existing designs of all four banknotes , with no other changes to the existing designs. Polymer banknotes which feature the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II will remain legal tender, and will co-circulate alongside the King notes, the Bank of England has said. The new banknotes will only be printed to replace those that are worn, and to meet any overall increase in demand for banknotes. ‘Our approach is in line…

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