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Video game addiction could be made an official disease

Video game addiction could be made an official disease

Technology
Video game addiction could be made an official disease after it was officially recognised and classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).The disorder has been suggested by some medics as a distinct behavioural addiction characterised by excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games that affects an individual's daily life. Last June, WHO included gaming disorder within the 11th revision of its international classification of diseases and next week it will vote on whether to make it an official disease. Games developers have said they are listening to and acting on rising concerns about the disorder.Microsoft said it is giving more power to parents to control how much time their children can spend gaming. Adv...
Preakness odds: Beaten Kentucky Derby favorite Improbable again made favorite

Preakness odds: Beaten Kentucky Derby favorite Improbable again made favorite

Sports
May 15 (UPI) -- Improbable, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, was installed Wednesday as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Preakness Stakes, second jewel of the Triple Crown. For the first time since 1951, none of the top three finishers from the Derby will contest the Preakness. Neither will Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs but was demoted to 17th for interference at the top of the stretch. Only four of the 13 horses entered for the Preakness contested the first leg of the Triple Crown. Improbable, trained by seven-time Preakness winner Bob Baffert, drew gate No. 4. Mike Smith takes over riding duties from Irad Ortiz Jr. The biggest groans of the post position draw were from the camp of War of Will. The colt who took the worst of the in...
MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

Health
A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a "life-changing" treatment affordable to UK patients.Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU - a rare inherited disorder - is currently not available to NHS patients, as it costs £70,000.BioMarin says the NHS has not accepted its "very competitive" offer.People with PKU (phenylketonuria) - which affects between one in 10,000 and one in 14,000 people in England - cannot properly digest the amino acid phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are broken down by the body to make our own proteins. But in people with PKU the levels build up, an
Blood scandal teens made pact to discover their killer

Blood scandal teens made pact to discover their killer

Health
A group of teenagers with haemophilia who were infected by contaminated blood made a pact that whoever survived would find out what was killing them, a public inquiry has heard. Stephen Nicholls, now 52, said he is the only one of his friends left alive and he thinks about that "every day".Thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood in the 1970s and '80s. Victims are telling a public inquiry how their lives have been ruined.Prime Minister Theresa May said the public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal "should have taken place earlier". Mr Nicholls was diagnosed with haemophilia when he was one. At the age of eight, in 1976, he started attending Treloar's school for children with dis...