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Many women struggle with being 'suddenly single'

Many women struggle with being 'suddenly single'

Finance
Becoming suddenly single can set your world in a tailspin, and a lack of financial planning is setting women in particular even further back.Death or divorce rank among the top five financial challenges female clients face, according to a report by Key Private Bank. Estate planning, investment decisions and legacy planning were the other top hurdles, the report said.Though traditional gender roles are changing, financial advisors say, many couples still adhere to them, with men generally taking the lead on finances.However, the average age of widowhood is 59, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with many women living another decade or more beyond a husband's death. "Many women play a passive role when it comes to money and investing," said Rorrie Gregorio, the national partner in charge o...
GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Health
The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig.Tests identified 25 Pervs - porcine endogenous retroviruses - hidden in the pig's genetic code.Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues.But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing t...
World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

Science
Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study.The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists.This relies on human willingness to share the landscape with the likes of the wolf.The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, was carried out by Christopher Wolf and William Ripple of Oregon State University.They mapped the current range of 25 large carnivores using International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List data. This was compared with historic maps from 500 years ago. The work shows that large carnivore r...
Teeth-grinding in teens 'a sign of being bullied'

Teeth-grinding in teens 'a sign of being bullied'

Health
Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be a sign they are being bullied at school, research suggests.An oral health charity said parents and schools should be aware of the problem, which can also affect adults who are stressed and anxious.Teeth-grinding can lead to headaches, worn-down teeth and disrupted sleep - and it appears to be on the rise, experts say.The sound of grinding has been compared to the noise from a circular saw.A study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation found that 13 to 15-year-olds who experienced verbal bullying at school were nearly four times as likely to suffer from teeth-grinding at night, or sleep bruxism, than other teenagers.That equated to 65% among the bullied students, compared to 17% among the others.The research looked at the experiences of more tha...