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First face transplant performed on French woman

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Surgeons in France have performed a face transplant operation on a French woman who had lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. According to Iain Hutchison, an oral-facial surgeon at Barts and the London Hospital, the transplant is the first one to use skin from another person.

Doctors say the woman’s new face will be a “hybrid” between her donor’s face and her own face before the attack. In the five hour long operation, the donor’s tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were attached to the patient’s lower face. It is more favourable to use skin from another person’s face instead of skin from another part of the patient’s body, as the texture and colour of the skin are more likely to match.

A statement released by the hospital in Amiens said that the 38-year-old patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, has not been able to eat or speak properly since the attack in May this year. The woman was reportedly in “excellent general health” and her graft looked normal.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, concerns relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Hutchison warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon’s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

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Ear Ache? Infection?

By Jerry H.Hall

Earache is the result of infection in the ear area. The middle of the ear is normally filled with air. But during a cold, fluid or mucus gets accumulated in the middle ear and may get infected by bacteria, which leads to ear pain. Even infections that affect the ear nerves can be a cause for earache. There are quite a number of reasons for the earache to occur, and all the symptoms have to be dealt with prompt care.

Some of the most common causes of earache are blockage in the ear tube (Eustachian tube), tooth infection such as abscessed teeth, objects stuck in ear, damage to the eardrum, sinusitis, earwax, arthritis, ear injury, tonsillitis and pharyngtis.

Earache is very common medical problem for both children and adults. The 2 most common conditions that cause earache are infection of the outer ear (otitis externa) and infection of the middle ear (otitis media).

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Otitis media is serious because of the severe earache and hearing loss it is capable of creating. Hearing loss, especially in children, may impair learning capacity and even delay speech development. However, if it is treated promptly and effectively, hearing can almost always be restored to normal.

Otitis media is also serious because the infection can spread to nearby structures in the head, especially the mastoid. Thus, it is very important to recognize the symptoms (see list) of otitis media and to get immediate attention from your doctor.

The 2 common causes of otitis externa are trapped moisture and minor injury to the ear canal. Otitis media is caused by bacteria growing in the middle ear behind the eardrum. It often follows a cold or upper respiratory tract infection. There are other risk factors identified with increased frequency of otitis media.

Otitis media means inflammation of the middle ear.

The inflammation occurs as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis recorded for children who visit physicians for illness. It is also the most common cause of hearing loss in children.

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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.


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Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With many venues reporting sell-out shows, the 68th year of the Edinburgh Festival attracted visitors from around the globe. Wikinews’ Brian McNeil roamed the city for the four weeks of the event, capturing the colour, spectacle, and comedy, in photos.

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Learning Which Decorating Styles Utilize French Antiques

Learning Which Decorating Styles Utilize French Antiques


Claire Winters

When an individual starts thinking about antiques, they may very well consider French antiques above all. The French styles that have been protected until our day are generally very attractive and agreeable to most people’s tastes. There are interesting antiques that have come from many different French periods, and this variety is what is appealing to different people who like different styles.

One of the most obvious styles that French pieces will fit into is a style called country French. For someone who collects antiques, this shouldn’t be surprising. This style generally combines a continental elegance with homespun fabric and an informal feeling. The style is frequently of beautiful, floral-printed material and soft ruffles. When combined with antiques, it can help soften the antiques themselves, while making for a nice balance of both luxury and a relaxed, comfortable look.

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It’s also possible to incorporate French antiques into more modern styles if you take care that the styles will not jar each other. To achieve this, choose antiques that have crisp, clean lines, while keeping away from any designs that flourishes or flowers of some sort on the antique anywhere. If incorporating fabric of any kind, work with solid colors, clean lines and no bold floral or country-feeling type prints.

American country is a theme that lends itself very well to mixing with antiques. American country is often comprised of soft, textures and designs that mix seamlessly with the textures, colors and curves of French antiques. Choose American country pieces made of distressed wood in muted colors like chairs, trunks and chunky tables that aren’t bold and harsh.

Classic furnishings are known for blending with French antiques due to the curves and patterns that frequently make up classic furnishings. This kind of furniture is frequently finished with elegant, intricate finishes in silver or gold, and it can be used for accessories or even walls. The patterns on the furniture in this style room can be very large and obvious as long as they coordinated with the other items in the room.

No matter which style you want to decorate your home in, you can almost certainly find some sort of French antique to complement it. Look for antiques that will fit your budget well. Generally speaking, you will be much better off investing in just a small authentic antique or two rather than trying to purchase a bunch all at once or getting fake ones just to round out your decorating plans. Authentic antiques feature a luster and beauty that can not be duplicated. There’s no need to try to buy everything at once, as many beautiful homes come together slowly because many homeowners wait and look for the ideal pieces to add slowly over time. It is very important that you always buy from a reputable dealer so that you know you will get what you are paying for and that you are not overpaying for what might turn out to be just a really good looking copy.

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Chinese President signs multiple trade deals with India

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On the second day today of a three day visit to India the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has signed multiple economic deals with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.File:Xi Jinping October 2013 (cropped).jpg

China would set up two industrial parks in India, one in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra. The deals encompass Chinese investment of US$20 billion in infrastructure projects, modernisation of the Indian railways, and agreements on trade, space exploration, and civil nuclear energy. China has also committed itself to opening its markets to Indian pharmaceuticals and farm products. A final settlement of the unresolved dispute over the Chinese–Indian border in the Himalayas is also to be sought; the dispute, over which the Sino-Indian War of 1962 was fought, arises over where the border should be.

In a message to Chinese journalists on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Modi used the slogan “Inch towards Miles”, (standing for “India and China towards Millennium of Exceptional Synergy”) to express his hopes as to the future direction of the two nations’ bilateral ties. The Indian Prime Minister further emphasised the shared history and culture of the two nations which could be further enhanced for a brighter shared future.

The Chinese president’s visit comes amid tension over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, clashing with claims of several other countries, including Japan. In a five day visit to Japan in the beginning of this month, Modi said “The world is divided in two camps. One camp believes in expansionist policies while the other believes in development.” Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also came to an agreement which would see Japanese investment in India rise to US$33.6 billion in the next five years.

Another unresolved tension between the two nuclear powers India and China is continued Chinese support of India’s rival Pakistan.

Xi’s visit to India, which began yesterday following visits to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, is part of an initiative Xi likens to the creation of a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

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Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

Monday, March 20, 2006

Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

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Leo Varadkar becomes first openly gay elected Taoiseach of Ireland, succeeds Enda Kenny

Friday, June 16, 2017

On Wednesday, a Fine Gael party premier candidate and doctor Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach — Prime Minister of Ireland — succeeding Enda Kenny, who confirmed his resignation on Tuesday. He becomes the first openly gay Taoiseach in Irish history.

In Wednesday’s election, 55 members of the Irish parliament Dáil Éireann voted for Varadkar as the 14th Taoiseach, the head of government; 50 against; and 45 abstained.

Also, in Áras an Uachtaráin, the current President of Ireland, head of state, Michael D. Higgins presented Varadkar with the seals of Taoiseach and the Government.

In Wednesday’s speech, Varadkar acknowledged his predecessor Kenny for helping to rebuild the country and legalize same-sex marriage.

In May, Kenny, aged 66, announced his retirement as Taoiseach and, after 15 years of service, the leader of Fine Gael. Kenny has served the parliamentary as also Teachta Dála (TD), a member of the parliament, for Mayo since he was elected TD for Mayo West in 1975, succeeding Kenny’s late father. On Tuesday, Kenny confirmed his resignation ending his premiership after six years of premiership.

In an election on June 2, Varadkar was elected the Fine Gael premier candidate by 60 percent of the votes. His political opponent Simon Coveney was voted for premiership by 40 percent and lost. Varadkar received the electoral college vote, derived from votes by party members, local representatives and parliamentarians. About 70 percent of Fine Gael parliamentary members favoured Varadkar: 51 of 73, while 22 of 73 favoured Coveney. However, 65 percent of overall party members favoured Coveney.

One week later, on June 9, after Theresa May’s Conservative Party won this year’s general election in the United Kingdom but lost the majority, Varadkar said the UK election results signified that hard Brexit lacks a “strong mandate”, calling this “an opportunity for Ireland.” He also said he will negotiate with the UK over Northern Ireland.

Yesterday, Varadkar combined two departments of Finance and of Public Expenditure into one, and appointed new Cabinet ministers, including his rival Coveney as foreign minister.

Leo Eric Varadkar, 38, was born on January 18, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland to his Indian father and Irish mother, a doctor and nurse respectively, who have lived in Ireland since the 1970s, where homosexuality was illegal until the 1990s.

Varadkar, as a 20-year-old Trinity College medical student, campaigned in the 1999 local Mulhuddart election and lost. In 2003, Varadkar became a councilor aged 24 to replace Sheila Terry, who had to resign due to a conflicting parliamentary office.

In 2007, Varadkar was elected TD. While Ireland suffered from ongoing economic crisis, Fine Gael started leading the country in 2011, and Varadkar has since served as minister for social protection; health; and transport, tourism and sport.

In 2015, Varadkar came out as gay in a Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) interview, months before the country legalised same-sex marriage by referendum under Taoiseach Kenny.

A University College Cork lecturer Theresa Reidy told Reuters, “When you’re Taoiseach, you can’t speak as open and freely as when you’re a maverick, straight-shooting minister. If he [Varadkar] doesn’t temper his more colorful contributions, that could actually become a liability quite quickly.” Reidy further said he has relatively little experience despite having held three different cabinet posts.

Varadkar’s partner is a doctor in Dublin. Varadkar is about a year younger than French President Emmanuel Macron; Macron is 39 years old.

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Baby On The Half Shell: Choosing Sea Life Crib Bedding

By Fenella McPherson

Those lucky enough to live near the ocean who also happen to be decorating a nursery are understandably interested in introducing their son to the wonders of the undersea world that resides close by, so they choose sea life crib bedding. While choosing a marine motif for a nursery may be easy, most coastal residents find choosing one particular design to be an enjoyable yet difficult experience.

What about expectant parents who live in an equally beautiful part of the country thousands of miles from the nearest ocean? Intercontinental decorators know two things: a sea-themed nursery is beautiful and educational–and the motif is hardly restricted to a certain geographical location. If you fall into this group, plan to agonize alongside your beach-dwelling counterparts when choosing the best sea life baby bedding.

Baby boy bedding that employs a marine theme comes in many forms, some joyfully silly, some quite subdued–all equally lovely. Given the huge array of colors and styles available, it is best to determine what sort of mood you want to create before trooping around cyber space trying to find the linens that you will need to keep your precious boy safe and warm.

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Nursery decorators-in-chief are generally blessed with limitless imaginations and very constrained budgets. Most conclude that buying a coordinated ensemble for their son’s room will save both time and money. These collections make use of different colors, liberating parents to mix and match accessories and add special display accents, like shells gathered during a vacation, along with bits of beautiful driftwood.

Crib bedding with a sea theme is not hard to find online, but it is best you resist the urge to buy the first thing that appeals to you. The market for nursery linens has increased so speedily that online retailers are forced to compete for your hard earned money as you choose sea life baby bedding for your son, so make sure to find an online retailer who offers the best price.

Decorating for your little boy is an occasion in and of itself, and is likely to be that much happier because you decided upon a sea life theme, which will enable you too include a range of blues in his room. From the deep navy of a swell in the middle of the Atlantic to the deep blue-green of the open and mighty Pacific–your choice of sea life crib bedding will create a winning space for your little one.

Those responsible for the nursery decor usually have vivid imaginations that must bend to strained budgets. To save time and money most people buy coordinated ensemble for their son’s room. The different colors provide parents the freedom to mix and match the accessories especially to display the accents like beautiful bits of driftwood and a vacation memorabilia collected like shells.

Crib bedding featuring ocean scenes or marine creatures is carried by many internet stores, but take your time deciding which set will be the right one for your new son. The supply of nursery linens is so much in the market so that the retailers vie among themselves to increase the sale of their linens. So search on the internet for the retailer who sells the linens at the cheapest rates.

When you decorate your young son’s room it is very exciting to consider the many possibilities, but you can’t go wrong with a soothing sea life theme, with natural colors. With sea life crib bedding you have a wide array of rich blues and vibrant greens to create the perfect space for your baby.

About the Author: Fenella McPherson is a writer for Baby Bedding Zone, an online retailer of baby bedding, including a wide selection of

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