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Suspected arsonist given artificial skin ‘expects death sentence’

Suspected arsonist given artificial skin ‘expects death sentence’

World
A suspected arsonist who suffered life-threatening burns on 90% of his body has undergone surgery using mostly artificial skin, Japanese media said.Shinji Aoba is accused of killing 36 people and injuring 32 others after allegedly setting fire to an animation studio in Kyoto in July as he reportedly believed the company stole his story ideas. The 41-year-old suspect was in a critical condition, with third degree burns that destroyed the innermost layer of his skin. ...
Banks may be given incentive to extend loans in backward areas: RBI Dy Guv MK Jain

Banks may be given incentive to extend loans in backward areas: RBI Dy Guv MK Jain

Finance
RBI Deputy Governor MK Jain on Wednesday made a case for incentivising banks to extend loans to poor in backward areas in a bid to promote financial inclusion. Speaking at an event organised by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Jain said despite impressive growth in formal agriculture granted, there are still several challenges which need to be tackled. Data on the average loan taken by agricultural households indicated that 72 per cent of the credit requirement was met by institutional sources and 28 per cent from non-institutional sources, he said quoting NABARD Financial Inclusion Survey Report 2016-17. Further, the analysis of state-wise flow of institutional agriculture credit has revealed uneven distribution of credit among states, compared to their co...
Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Technology
Thousands of patients are to be given cannabis in the first large-scale study of the drug's clinical effect.Medical cannabis, which is grown to a precise grade of active ingredient, was legalised in the UK a year ago. But only a handful of patients have since been prescribed the drug on the NHS because of what medical authorities have called a "paucity of evidence" that it works and is safe. Image: Professor David Nutt says cannabis medicines can be life-saving in disorders like childhood epilepsy The only option for patients is to either source cannabis illegally, and risk prosecution, or pay for a private prescription of the drugThe new study, called Project Twenty21, will subsidise cannabis for 20,000 patients to test its impact on...
Batten disease girl given custom-made drug

Batten disease girl given custom-made drug

Health
A girl with a deadly brain disease has been given a unique drug that was invented from scratch just for her and in a fraction of the normal time.Mila Makovec, now aged eight, was diagnosed with fatal and untreatable Batten disease. In less than a year, doctors at Boston Children's Hospital in the US created the tailor-made drug to correct specific errors in Mila's DNA.She is now having far fewer seizures, although she is not cured.Batten diseaseBatten disease is incredibly rare, gets progressively worse and is always fatal.Mila was three when her right foot began to turn inwards. A year later she needed to hold books close to her face as her vision was fading and by the age of five she would occasionally fall and her walk became unusual. At six, Mila was ...
Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Science
Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world's tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade.The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).The vote was overwhelmingly approved, although some countries opposed it.Giraffe numbers in Africa have fallen by 40% in the past 30 years, in what is being called a "silent extinction".The importance of giraffesThe mammals are largely targeted for bushmeat but body parts are also used to make products including jewellery, bracelets and purses, the proposal stated. The motion came from the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Senegal, where ...