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Posted by: Max Ripley
18/11/2016

 

14 year old girl wins case to have her body cryogenically frozen. A girl with a rare form of cancer has won a court case to have her body cryogenically frozen. Legally the process requires permission from both parents. The girl’s father whom she hadn’t had contact with since 2008, whom himself also had cancer was against the idea. The girl, known as JS who cannot be named for legal reasons, began proceedings to grant her dying wish in the hope that she can be woken up in 20 years when resurrection and a cure is possible so she can live the rest of her life. Shortly before her death in a London hospital on the 17th October, the judge granted her wish which was also supported by her mother. The girl’s body was then taken to a storage facility in America. She is one of 10 Britons and the only child to be frozen. Cryonics UK are a non-profit organisation and the process is not only controversial, but costly. The girl’s maternal grandparent’s raised the £37,000 needed and America is one of two countries that have this facility, Russia being the second. (Source: The Telegraph)

Antibiotics resistance continues to increase. The drug resistant increased between 2012 and 2015 across the EU. Experts have raised the alarm over last-line antibiotics, so called because they are the last form of medicine used with no new drugs to treat some patients with certain serious infections. They are currently used against serious pneumonia and bloodstream infections, but these are now under threat in Europe as resistant strains of bacteria have emerged. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have continued to warn that resistance has continued to increase imposing new dangers. Without these antibiotics some infections will become untreatable and major surgery will become perilous. (Source: The Guardian)

Hilary Clinton seen publicly for the first time since being defeated by Donald Trump. Clinton had admitted ‘she never wanted to leave the house again’ so it was hailed as a show of defiance by her loyal supporters as she took on a complete different figure from her campaign trail, looking tired and washed out. People took to social media to suggest she look grieved while others said it was a cry out for sympathy. This will come as a scant consolation that she leads the popular vote by 1.4 million and is predicted to win by 2 million votes and more than 1.5 percentage points after the final count; giving her a wider percentage margin. This echoes the outcome for Al Gore who lost the Electoral College but won the popular vote in 2000. (Source: The Times Online)

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