Disney warns its new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures in people with epilepsy

(CNN)“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the highly anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker saga, could trigger seizures in photosensitive people, Walt Disney Studios said. People with photosensitive epilepsy can still watch the film Flashing lights at certain intensities and certain patterns can trigger seizures in about 3% of people with epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Anything from the flashing strobe of a fire alarm to flickering computer monitors can trigger seizures in photosensitive people. Photosensitive epilepsy happens to be …

Biden, ‘The Irishman’ and the enduring power of aging white men

Washington (CNN)Joe Biden this week had a tense exchange with an audience member during an Iowa town hall who had asserted, among other things, that the former vice president is “too old” to helm the White House. The former, directed by Quentin Tarantino, charts a man’s shaggy journey as he comes to terms with the fact that he’s become a pop-cultural relic. And the latter, by Martin Scorsese, is a machismo-fueled gangster epic about how life wears you down. The …

At Least 60 Dead As Samoan Government Shuts Down Amidst Measles Outbreak

The Government of Samoa will be shutting its doors on Thursday and Friday to combat a measles outbreak that has already resulted in the deaths of at least 60 individuals, 52 of whom were children. At least 4,052 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak, 171 of which were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to an update released by officials Monday afternoon. Local schools were also closed due to the outbreak and will likely remain so throughout the …

Police watchdog chief quits over ‘flawed’ system

Why has Susan Deacon resigned? When she was appointed in 2017, then justice secretary Michael Matheson said she would “bring a fresh perspective to the governance of Scottish policing”. Prof Deacon said she had worked “tirelessly” to ensure the SPA operated effectively, and that public confidence and trust in policing was maintained. “In truth, however, I have increasingly become convinced that the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Scotland are fundamentally flawed, in structure, culture and practice, and I …

How Remainers and Leavers plan to vote

All three of the featured polls report a five-point increase in those who mention health. Labour’s emphasis on this issue seems to have made some impression on voters. The attention given by all of the parties to the issue of climate change seems to have resulted in an increase in concern about the environment, although it is still relatively low down in the pecking order. None of the other domestic issues appear to have become more important in voters’ minds. …

Woman develops 2-inch bezoar in stomach after diet of crab meat and persimmons

The mass was 2-inches in size and was causing the woman severe pain. (AsiaWire) There are certain risk factors that may make a patient more at risk for developing bezoars, including having gastric surgery, decreased stomach size, diabetes, end-stage kidney disease, and requiring mechanical ventilation assistant to aid in breathing. There are several types of bezoars that are classified based on the materials that form them. A phytobezoar, like the kind the patient in this case had, is comprised of …

Trump on UK election: ‘I can work with any PM’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionReporters ask the US president his thoughts on the upcoming UK general election US President Donald Trump has said he could “work with anybody” in No 10 – nine days ahead of a general election. Speaking on a three-day visit to the UK, Mr Trump said he would “stay out of the election”, that he was a “fan of Brexit” and he thought PM Boris Johnson was “very capable”. Mr Trump is …

Elizabeth Warren calls on Pete Buttigieg to open up fundraisers

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on Pete Buttigieg to open up his private fundraisers to reporters and reveal the clients he worked with during his time at McKinsey, the management consulting firm, after a speech on Thursday in Boston. Asked whether she agreed with the Times’ request, Warren said she did before launching into a wider call for transparency from Buttigieg, who has not made his big donor fundraisers open to media. “The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance …

Scientists say a once-a-month birth control pill works on pigs. They want to test it on people next

(CNN)Scientists say they have made a breakthrough on developing a contraceptive pill that only needs to be taken once a month. Human trials The research was mostly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which urged the team to develop new long-lasting contraceptive drugs to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies. To make it work, researchers looked for materials that could survive a highly acidic fluid, and discovered that two types of polyurethane could work well for the arms …

Russia claims former Marine detained on spying charges is faking health problems in prison

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage. Russian officials said Tuesday that Whelan’s allegations of ill-treatment and health problems proved false. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo) Whelan, who has U.S., Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was arrested in December 2018 while at a friend’s wedding in Russia on charges that he received state secrets. Russian news agency Rosbalt reported that Whelan was arrested in his Metropol Hotel room five minutes after he received a USB stick containing a list of names …