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Huntington's disease trial test is 'major advance'

<b>Scientists say they may have found the world's first blood test that predicts when someone at risk is likely to get Huntington's disease and tracks how quickly damage to the brain occurs.</b><p>Experts describe the early research as a "major advance" in this field.<p>The study, in the Lancet Neurology, …

Dementia

Call for drug test services at all UK festivals and clubs after successful pilot

By Michael Baggs <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>There's a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services, in an attempt to reduce deaths.</b><p>The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in "serious health harm".<p>They want festival-goers to be able to test their drugs …

Drug Test

Dolphin Named Dart Is Latest Animal Death at SeaWorld San Antonio

An ailing 12-year-old dolphin that was part of SeaWorld's stable of underwater mammals died last week — becoming the fourth death since last summer, said park officials in San Antonio.<p>A necropsy is being done to determine how Dart died, SeaWorld said in a blog post. The male Pacific white-sided …

Cognitive Science

PETA rakes in more donations as it denounces SeaWorld

Preaching against<p>SeaWorldapparently has paid off for PETA.<p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently told potential benefactors that it is under attack by "wealthy and organized opponents" to its causes, especially the fight to free captive orcas at SeaWorld parks.<p>"Please help PETA stand …

Nonprofits

Raif Badawi, Blogger Imprisoned In Saudi Arabia, Could Now Face Death Penalty

The Saudi man who was imprisoned and publicly lashed for a blog could be retried for apostasy - which carries the death penalty.<p>Raif Badawi, 31, was …

UK government to raise Raif Badawi case during Saudi minister's visit

Downing Street says ‘no issues are off the table’ ahead of Muhammad bin Nayef’s arrival, as blogger’s plight puts focus on Saudi Arabian human rights record<p>The UK government will raise the plight of Raif Badawi, the blogger sentenced to public flogging in Saudi Arabia, during a visit by the …

Raif Badawi flogging: Read impassioned letter from blogger's sister Samar Badawi

This letter was written by Samar Badawi to her imprisoned husband, the Saudi Arabian human rights lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair. Samar is also the …

Religion

Saudi Arabia: Decision to uphold Raif Badawi sentence is a dark day for freedom of expression – Amnesty International USA

The decision by the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia to uphold the sentence of the blogger Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes is a dark …

Saudi Arabia's rate of executions doubles as number killed in 2015 passes last year's tally

Saudi Arabia has reportedly carried out its 88th execution of 2015, surpassing the total for last year with more than half the year still to …

Freedom of blogger Raif Badawi now lies in hands of Saudi king

A liberal blogger with Canadian connections facing 1,000 lashes and 10 years in a Saudi jail has exhausted his final legal recourse.<p>The keys to Raif Badawi's freedom now lie entirely in the hands of Saudi Arabia's King Salman.<p>Mr. Badawi's supporters in Canada say they never held much hope a court …

Middle East

The Struggle to Free Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi has had his ten year sentence and 1,000 lashes upheld by the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court. For the last few weeks and months we have …