Revolutionary heart-thymus combined transplant success

US doctors say a young boy called Easton has made medical history by becoming the first person in the world to receive a combined heart and thymus transplant. The pioneering procedure was done to save his life, but could also revolutionise the field of organ transplantation, they hope. The donated thymus tissue should help stopContinue reading “Revolutionary heart-thymus combined transplant success”

Deaf dog learns sign language after losing hearing

A deaf rescue dog is learning canine sign language before he heads to a new home. Rocco found himself in care for a second time in just a few years after one of his new loving owners died and the other had health issues.When RPSCA staff found the Staffordshire bull terrier had lost his hearingContinue reading “Deaf dog learns sign language after losing hearing”

Rose Ayling-Ellis: Strictly star inspires sign language lessons surge

The first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing has inspired a surge in people learning British Sign Language. The director of one firm offering BSL courses told Radio 1 Newsbeat enrolments have gone up by more than 2,000% since Rose Ayling-Ellis has been on the show. Google Trends, which analyses online search data, also suggestsContinue reading “Rose Ayling-Ellis: Strictly star inspires sign language lessons surge”

Bird songs bump stars off Australian music chart

An album made up entirely of the tweets and squawks of endangered Australian birds has debuted in the top five of the country’s Aria music charts. Songs of Disappearance is surpassing the likes of Abba and The Weeknd – not to mention Christmas favourites Michael BublĂ© and Mariah Carey. Created by BirdLife Australia, the albumContinue reading “Bird songs bump stars off Australian music chart”

Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader

The US Navy has launched a ship named after a gay rights activist forced to resign from the service because of his sexuality in the 1950s. The USNS Harvey Milk was launched in San Diego on Saturday in a service attended by Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Milk’s nephew, Stuart. It is one ofContinue reading “Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader”

‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK

I feel like “a human being for the first time” in my life, a gay Afghan man has said after arriving in the UK with 28 others from the LGBT community. The man – who the BBC is not naming for safety reasons – fled Afghanistan, fearing for his life under the Taliban. The hard-lineContinue reading “‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK”

Gene silencing medicine transforms crippling pain

An innovative type of medicine – called gene silencing – is set to be used on the NHS for people who live in crippling pain. The drug treats acute intermittent porphyria, which runs in families and can leave people unable to work or have a normal life. Clinical trials have shown severe symptoms were cutContinue reading “Gene silencing medicine transforms crippling pain”

California to enforce ‘gender neutral’ toy aisles in large stores

California has become the first US state to require large retailers to display toys and childcare items in gender-neutral ways. The new law, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday, does not ban boys and girls sections in shops. But large stores must have also have a separate, gender-neutral section. These must display “a reasonableContinue reading “California to enforce ‘gender neutral’ toy aisles in large stores”

Pope Francis launches mass consultation on Church reform

Pope Francis has launched what some describe as the most ambitious attempt at Catholic reform for 60 years. A two-year process to consult every Catholic parish around the world on the future direction of the Church began at the Vatican this weekend. Some Catholics hope it will lead to change on issues such as women’sContinue reading “Pope Francis launches mass consultation on Church reform”

Vegan food blogger wins World Porridge Making Championships

A vegan food blogger from the Netherlands has won the World Porridge Making Championships. Miriam Groot, 25, who runs a blog call The Veggie Reporter, beat competitors from around the world. She used pinhead oatmeal, mushrooms and vegan cheese to create Oatmeal Arancini – deep fried balls of risotto, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep friedContinue reading “Vegan food blogger wins World Porridge Making Championships”