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Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Health
Scientists hope a new type of medication could boost healthy growth in children born with dwarfism. Sam Short, nine, from south-west London has been on the treatment for three years as part of a global trial.It is experimental but experts hope the drug can stop some of the medical complications linked to stunted growth.The researchers behind the work, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, say the goal is to improve health, not just increase height.Gene changeSam's mother, Jennifer, had a normal pregnancy, so when Sam was born with his condition, it came as a complete surprise. Achondroplasia - the most common form of dwarfism - affects about one in every 25,000 babies. It is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in a gene that impairs the gr...
Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Climate change ‘may curb growth in UK flying’

Science
Concerns over climate change might restrict the growth of flying in the UK, the government has admitted.The advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently said the UK's planned increase in aviation would need to be curbed to restrict CO2.Now a senior civil servant has told a green group that means ministers may have to review aviation strategy.The group says climate concern is so high the decision on Heathrow expansion should be brought back to Parliament. Media playback is unsupported on your device The Department for Transport defended the proposed Heathrow expansion, saying it would "provide a massive economic boost to businesses and communities" across the UK, all at "no cost...
IMF’s Lagarde says further Brexit delay will ‘hinder’ UK growth

IMF’s Lagarde says further Brexit delay will ‘hinder’ UK growth

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Further uncertainty over Brexit will hinder growth in the UK economy, the head of IMF has told the BBC. Speaking ahead of the agreement of an extension to Article 50, Christine Lagarde warned that businesses and investors will remain hesitant in the coming months. She said any prolonged uncertainty would have a "negative impact".Ms Lagarde, a former French finance minister, said she hoped a deal could be struck quickly. Speaking at the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Ms Lagarde said: "If there was a prolonged uncertainty, we can suspect that the impact on confidence would continue because, you know, whether you're talking about investors, whether you're talking about decisions as t...
CO2 growth in 2018 was fourth highest on record

CO2 growth in 2018 was fourth highest on record

Science
March 22 (UPI) -- The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere increased 2.87 parts per million at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory in 2018, the fourth largest increase in the agency's 60 years of record-keeping. On Jan. 1, 2018, the the average concentration of atmospheric CO2 measured 407.05 parts per million. Twelve months later, the average measured 409.92 parts per million. Three of the four highest annual increases on record have occurred during the last four years. The record belongs to 2016, the year atmospheric CO2 concentrations jumped 3.01 parts per million. Second place goes to 2015, which featured an increase of 2.98 parts per million. Last year's increase ranks just behind 1998's growth of 2.93 parts per million. Last year didn't pass without an ominous CO2 record...