Friday 19 January 2018

Town will pay its respects to Gibb

Fans of late chart star Robin Gibb will have a chance to pay their final respects when his horse-drawn carriage travels through the town he called home before his funeral.

A service is due to take place tomorrow at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire, close to the Bee Gees singer's longtime home.

Depression drug in fish autism link

Signs of autism have been found in fish swimming in water contaminated with anti-depressants.

Scientists identified patterns of gene activity in the fathead minnows that mimicked those seen in susceptible humans with the developmental disorder. The findings suggest a potential environmental trigger for autism in genetically vulnerable people, the study authors said.

Brand in X-rated UK TV comeback

Russell Brand is returning to British TV with his first show since the Andrew Sachs prank call scandal.

'Brand X,' described as the star's "unfiltered take on current events, politics and popular culture", starts next month. The new show will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic.

New strain of STD now untreatable

There could soon be no effective treatment against gonorrhoea, the sexually transmitted disease which infects more than 100 million people a year, the World Health Organisation warned yesterday.

The WHO said countries had reported cases of the infection resistant to the last line of antibiotics, and millions of patients could run out of treatment options in future.

Queen visits Philip in London hospital

Queen Elizabeth II visited her husband, Prince Philip, in hospital yesterday after officials said he will likely remain there for a few days to treat a bladder infection, an ailment that has already forced him to miss much of the celebration of his wife's 60 years on the throne.

The queen arrived at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London hours after Buckingham Palace said Philip's condition had "improved considerably". The prince turns 91 on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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