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‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails

Anaesthesia remains a mysterious and inexact science – and thousands of patients still wake up on the operating table every year. By Kate Cole-Adams<p>When Rachel Benmayor was admitted to hospital, eight and a half months pregnant, in 1990, her blood pressure had been alarmingly high and her doctor …

Medicine

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in …

Read this and you may never eat chicken again

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year<p>Every year I spend some time in a tiny apartment in Paris, seven storeys above the mayor’s offices for the 11th arrondissement. The Place de …

Agriculture

Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine

Michal Kosinski felt he had good reason to teach a machine to detect sexual orientation.<p>An Israeli start-up had started hawking a service that predicted terrorist proclivities based on facial analysis. Chinese companies were developing facial recognition software not only to catch known criminals — …

Artificial Intelligence

Colin Firth calls Harvey Weinstein 'a frightening man to stand up to'

Actor Colin Firth is the latest celebrity to condemn embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein, saying in a statement to the Guardian that he “was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to” and that he supported the women accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment.<p>“It’s with a feeling of …

Harvey Weinstein

President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days

Five months before unveiling his tax plan, President Trump claimed that it “is the biggest tax cut in history. This is bigger than Reagan. … This is actually bigger than Reagan tax cuts.” We warned readers at the time that there was no public proposal yet and that this was a dubious claim properly …

Donald Trump

Trump lifts the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico. What is it? - The Washington Post

2:16<p>Trump lifts the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico. What is it?<p>1:14<p>San Juan residents cheer as power is restored months after Hurricane Maria<p>0:47<p>Watch this Puerto Rican school celebrate the return of electricity<p>1:21<p>Puerto Rico governor orders a recount of the hurricane death toll<p>2:33<p>In Puerto Rico, …

Caribbean

Why More Women Are Getting a Double Mastectomy

Recent research has shown that despite having more treatment options, women with cancer in one breast are increasingly choosing to remove both …

Cancer

Stars Who've Faced Breast Cancer, and Their Inspiring Stories

MINDY COHN<p>JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS<p>LESLEY MURPHY<p>JESSICA ST. CLAIR<p>OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN<p>LISA VIDAL<p>SAMANTHA HARRIS<p>SHANNEN DOHERTY<p>RITA WILSON<p>ANGELINA JOLIE<p>MELISSA …

Cancer

The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination

Two women had the most audacious task. Killing the brother of the North Korean leader. Right out in the open, using deadly chemical weapons in an international airport. And the craziest thing? They had no idea what they'd gotten into.<p><b>When Kim Jong-nam</b> was a boy, his father, the dictator of North …

North Korea

Kim Jong-un ordered 'gruesome' assassination of half-brother in bid to shock the world

Brazen killing of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport was bid for superpower status.<p>Kim Jong-un wanted his half-brother's assassination to be so …

North Korea

Who Planned the Assassination of Kim Jong-un’s Half Brother?

It’s the stuff of spy novels: On February 13, Kim Jong-un’s estranged half brother, Kim Jong-nam, was ambushed in a Malaysian airport by two women …

North Korea

There Is Now Hope for Thousands of Women Who Were Told They Hit an IVF Dead End

Monica Halem calls it the “fertility train.” Every woman who embarks on a cycle of in vitro fertilization is familiar with the ride: the multiple …

Pregnancy

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.<p>Ross County, a largely rural region of 77,000 people an hour south of Columbus, Ohio, is wrestling with an explosion in opioid-related deaths …

Drug Testing