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US actress Selma Blair has revealed she has multiple sclerosis (MS)

The 46-year-old Cruel Intentions star said she was diagnosed in August but has had symptoms for years. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things,” she wrote, calling the news “overwhelming in the beginning”. Multiple sclerosis is an incurable condition affecting the brain or spinal cord, causing vision, balance and muscle problems. According to…

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2018 Nobel prize for medicine goes to immune checkpoint cancer therapy

Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body’s immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work, by Professor James P Allison from the US and Professor Tasuku Honjo from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment,…

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2009-2018 Nobel Prizes for Medicine or Physiology

2018-  James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo for Immune checkpoint therapy to treatments for advanced, deadly cancers. 2017- Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for unravelling how bodies keep a circadian rhythm or body clock 2016 – Yoshinori Ohsumi for discovering how cells remain healthy by recycling waste. 2015 – William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and…

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Fascinating 10 facts about fungi

Fungi are in a kingdom of their own but are closer to animals than plants They have chemicals in their cell walls shared with lobsters and crabs A fungus has been discovered capable of breaking down plastics in weeks rather than years There is evidence to suggest that yeasts – a type of fungus –…

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Julia Flores Colque’s 118th birthday is coming

SACABA, Bolivia — Julia Flores Colque still sings with joy in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums the five strings of a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango, despite a recorded age of almost 118 years. In her long life, she has witnessed two world wars, revolutions in her native Bolivia and the transformation of…

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