Gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood after the shooting in Orlando, Florida, are largely unable to do so, because of a federal rule that prohibits men who are currently sexually active with other men from donating blood. Now, some are suggesting that it's time for the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider the policy.The FDA's blood donation guidelines — which all blood donation centers in the U.S. must follow — mandate that men who are sexually active with other men wait at least 12 months following their most recent sexual encounter before donating blood. The rule is aimed at reducing the risk of transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through blood transfusions.The 12-month waiting period was introduced in December 2015, replacing an earlier FDA policy established in 1985 that prohibited men who had sex with men (MSM) from ever giving blood.Gay and bisexual men in the U.S. are more severely affected by HIV than any other group of people in the … [Read more...] about Orlando Shooting: Should Curbs on Blood Donations from Gay Men Be Lifted?
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A boy who was born blind is now going deaf, leaving his family scared that he will slip into a life of 'silent darkness'. Cameron Alderman, six, has Norrie disease - a cruel condition that causes blindness from birth and progressive hearing loss. By the age of three, he went completely deaf in his right ear. And the hearing in his left ear began to deteriorate last year. His 'heartbroken' family are currently learning to use a touch type of sign language -but Cameron is unable to do it himself yet. Cameron, who has two sisters - Morgan, 10, and three-year-old Indie, is reliant on his hearing to make sense of the world. His mother described how he loves the sound of his family's voices and music - particularly drum and bass. His mother, Carla Golledge, 29, and father Adam Alderman, 32, are in a race against time to help fund research into a cure for Cameron's hearing loss. Doctors don't know when Cameron will go completely deaf. A total of £62,500 … [Read more...] about Boy, six, who was born blind is now going DEAF as his family face a race against time to raise £60,000 to find a cure and stop him from slipping into a life of ‘silent darkness’
Her long, chestnut hair was her crowning glory. But it’s been revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge has donated seven inches of those famous, shiny locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides wigs for children who have lost their own hair through illness or other conditions. ‘It was sent using someone else’s name, so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source — they just thought it was from a female donor in Kensington,’ says a royal insider. ‘It’s lovely to think that somewhere, a little girl is happily wearing a wig made from the hair of a real-life princess.’ ‘Hair donation has become increasingly popular in the UK with children as young as two donating their locks,’ says Matt Denning, founder of Matt’s Mission Children’s Charity, which fundraises for sick children. ‘So far, 330 children have donated more than 3,000 inches of hair via our charity, and we’re planning … [Read more...] about The little princesses who got their crowning glory back: As the Duchess of Cambridge donates her hair to a charity that makes wigs for sick children, young patients reveal how such gifts restore their confidence
Doctors in the US throw away as many as one in five kidneys which are donated for transplants. A study found American doctors may be particularly nervous about using kidneys from older people or those with long-term illnesses. While as many as 20 per cent of donated kidneys were discarded by hospitals there, in France the figure was around nine per cent. Millions of people in the US have kidney disease. Only around one in 50 patients (two per cent) end up with total kidney failure, but the condition is deadly and often requires a transplant. Doctors suggested medics consider relaxing tight procedures in a bid to find patients to match with more organs so fewer go to waste. Researchers found that French transplant centres would have transplanted more than 60 percent of the nearly 28,000 kidneys discarded by doctors in the US between 2004 and 2014 – around 17,500 extra transplants (stock image) Researchers led by the French national medical research institute, INSERM, compared … [Read more...] about US hospitals throw away 3,500 donated kidneys every year while thousands of patients die waiting ‘because surgeons are scared to use less-than-perfect organs’
This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. A Pew survey conducted in 2014 for the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary reflected an overall warmth for the internet: 76% of people believed that the internet was "good" for society and that the online social climate was "mostly kind." That didn't last much longer.By 2018, Pew found that 62% of people saw online harassment as a "major problem" and that 79% believed tech companies needed to fix it. The sharp reversal in public opinion was in part thanks to the nonstop, coordinated harassment campaigns that began in the video game world earlier in the decade. Some of the angry trolls who thrived during GamerGate shared the techniques they'd learned and spread their attacks to the broader entertainment industry, politics and more.The span from 2014 to 2016 were Silicon Valley's final years of relative innocence. And … [Read more...] about GamerGate, Theranos, Galaxy Note 7 fires: Tech scandals, 2014-16