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UK baby born with heart outside body allowed to visit home

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018


Baby Vanellope Wilkins | REUTERS

A British baby who was born with her heart outside her body has been allowed to make visits to her parents’ home after months in a hospital, the BBC reported on Monday (September 10).

Vanellope Wilkins was born last November, with medics giving her less than a 10 percent chance of survival.

However, after nine months and three operations for the rare condition, she has now begun spending time at the home of her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, in Bulwell in central England, the BBC said.

They have had to recreate the hospital’s critical care environment at their house but are hoping she will be able to return home permanently.

Vanellope was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve last year but the condition, ectopia cordis, meant she had to be born prematurely by Caesarean section on Nov. 22. Vanellope is believed to be the first baby born with the condition in Britain to have survived.    — Reuters

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Donald Trump arrives in Britain for state visit laden with diplomatic peril

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth | Courtesy : Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Britain on Monday (June 3) for a state visit laden with diplomatic peril, after humiliating outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit and demanding she be tougher in dealing with China’s Huawei.

Trump and his wife, Melania, who landed at London’s Stansted airport on Monday morning, will be treated to a display of British royal pageantry during the three-day visit: lunch with Queen Elizabeth, tea with heir Prince Charles, a banquet at Buckingham Palace and a tour of Westminster Abbey, coronation church of English monarchs for 1,000 years.

On Wednesday (June 5), Trump will join the queen and veterans to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the southern English city of Portsmouth, before travelling to Ireland. He will then attend official D-Day ceremonies in France on Thursday (June 6).

Beyond the pomp, though, the proudly unpredictable 45th U.S. president also brings demands: He has praised a more radical Brexit-supporting potential successor to May, including former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and his envoys have urged a tougher British stance towards Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

A meeting with either Johnson, favourite to succeed May, or Nigel Farage, a bombastic anti-establishment campaigner, would be seen as a snub for May who is bowing out after failing to negotiate a Brexit deal that parliament could ratify. (REUTERS)

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Prince William welcomes Harry to the ‘sleep deprivation society’ after birth of baby boy

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Courtesy: Reuters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Prince William and Catherine said they are thrilled by the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby boy with the elder brother welcoming his sibling to the “sleep deprivation society.”

“Absolutely thrilled and looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down. I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting so yeah that’ll be fun,” the Duke said.

Speaking outside the launch of the King’s Cup Regatta in London on Tuesday (May 7), William and Kate also revealed that they too are in waiting along with the rest of the world to find out the baby’s name.

“We’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name is going to be, it’s really exciting for both of them and I wish them the best, in these next few weeks it’s all a bit daunting first-time round. So, wish them all the best,” the Duchess said.

William, second in line to the throne, has three children with Kate including Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte and said he ”plenty of advice” for the new parents.

“Oh, there is plenty of advice, but I wish them all the best and I hope over the next few days it’ll settle down and they can enjoy having a new-born in their family and all the joys that come with that,” he said

Meghan gave birth in the early hours of Monday (May 6) morning to the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, leaving his father, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and royal fans across the world enthralled.

So far, Harry and his aides have merely confirmed the boy weighed 7 lbs. 3oz (3.26 kg) and that Meghan and the couple’s first child were both healthy and well. (REUTERS)

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Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

A new studyshows that taking regular vitamins and dietary supplements are not enough to keep you healthy.

Consumed nutrients from vitamins and supplements may not be as effective in improving one’s health compared with eating the right food for the needed nutrients, according to the study. Meanwhile, getting the right nutrients by eating the right amount of food is associated with longer life.

The study also showed that some supplements pose a risk to one’s health. This includes calcium from supplements. Too much intake of calcium from supplements is associated with an increased risk of cancer death.

People with no Vitamin D deficiency but are taking too much Vitamin D supplements also risk having negative effects on their health.

According to the study’s co-author Fang Fang Zhang, it is better to not rely on supplements in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.

“For the general population, there’s no need to take dietary supplements. More and more evidence suggests no benefits. So we should go with what the dietary recommendations suggest to achieve adequate nutrition from food, rather than relying on supplements,” he said.

For the study, around 30,899 adults in the United States aged 20 years or older were evaluated based on their dietary supplement use.—Aileen Cerrudo

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