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Huntington ’s disease: the pope steps in to help raise awareness
A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma – and open vital doors in the search for a cureIt was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room the size of an aeroplane hangar in Vatican City. Flanked by the flamboyant Swiss Guard and dark-suited men muttering into earpieces, he headed for an oversized chair on a stage in front of nearly 2,000 people. Many applauded, most gawped in disbelief.The pope was there to do something no other world leader has done before. He...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Dara Mohammadi in Vatican City Tags: Genetics Pope Francis Medical research Science The papacy Religion Catholicism World news Vatican Italy Source Type: news

Pope tells geneticists that destroying embryos is unjustifiable
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis praised scientists working on treatments for genetic diseases on Thursday but condemned any use of human embryos in medical research. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China 'mending its ways' on unethical organ transplants, official says
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Beijing's top official on transplants said on Tuesday Beijing was "mending its ways" from a murky past when organs were taken from detained or executed prisoners. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U2 guitarist The Edge makes history as he rocks Sistine Chapel for cancer
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as "the most beautiful parish hall in the world". (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Biden gets papal blessing for his global war on cancer
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took his crusade against cancer to the Vatican on Friday and heard Pope Francis call for an "economic paradigm shift" where medical research is dictated by need rather than profit. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Lessons On Bernie Sanders' Vatican Visit, From A Bioethicist Who Knows
Bernie Sanders went to Vatican City to deliver ten minutes of remarks on justice and the world economy. This strikes many pundits as, to be frank, stupid. But no one has ever invited any of them to muse for a few moments inside the gates of the Holy See. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Arthur Caplan Source Type: news

Leonardo DiCaprio And Pope Francis Nerd Out On The Environment
Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is perhaps seeking a little divine intervention ahead of the 88th annual Academy Awards.   The actor arrived in Vatican City on Thursday to discuss climate change and offer a check to Pope Francis' charity work, according to the Associated Press, greeting the pontiff in Italian and kissing his ring. (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519451176&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompani...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pope Francis chides Americans for wanting border security while Vatican City keeps people out with massive walls
(NaturalNews) Without question, Pope Francis' much-anticipated and historic visit to the United States recently did not live up to everyone's expectations – for those who are and are not Catholic [full disclosure: I am Catholic].Count me as one who was disappointed.There... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Secret To How Pope Francis Keeps His Hectic Travel Schedule
This article has been updated to include a comment from a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.     -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Mayors Seek ‘Bold Climate Agreement’ at Vatican
(VATICAN CITY)—Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks later this year, saying that may be the last chance to keep the warming of the Earth at levels safe for humanity. Some 60 mayors selected because they support Pope Francis’ environmental message gathered Tuesday at the Vatican for a two-day conference to keep the pressure on world leaders ahead of the Paris negotiations in December. Francis last month released an environmental encyclical that denounced what he calls a fossil fuel-based world economy that exploits the poor...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - July 21, 2015 Category: Science Authors: matkatz Tags: Uncategorized climate change Vatican Source Type: news

CSW 59 Wraps up as Delegates Look Towards 2016
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at the Commission on the Status of Women, which ended its 59th session in New York last week. Credit: UN Women/Ryan BrownBy Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2015 (IPS)The Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events on the calendar for United Nations headquarters in New York City, is over for another year. For two weeks, thousands of delegates, dignitaries, ambassadors, experts, and activists flooded the city, with more than 650 events, talks, briefings, meetings, presentations and panels all striving for the same goal – “50:50 by 2...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Democracy Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Source Type: news

Africa: Scientist Becomes a Fighter for Fairness
[Global Fund] As Pope Francis approached, coming up the stairs in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Stefano Vella readied himself for the moment. He may have been waiting for two hours on a chilly morning, but as that handshake drew nearer, Dr. Vella knew it was going to be momentous, a milestone in his decades-long career in global health. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Eiffel Tower Just Became A Little More Green. Here Are 8 Other Landmarks That Did It First
Two wind turbines have been successfully installed on the Eiffel Tower to offset some of the structure's energy use, renewable energy company UGE and the public service authority in charge of the iconic landmark announced this week. The two turbines, which were placed 400 feet above ground level, are expected to produce 10,000 kWh annually. This will offset the power used by commercial activities on the tower's first floor, according to UGE. The turbines are of the vertical axis variety, as opposed to the larger and more common horizontal axis turbines that rotate like traditional windmills, and they are painted to match...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Chile's Dakar Rally criticised by greens, archaeologists and indigenous groups
Chilean government defends motor-sport rally as archaeologists say nearly half of ancient sites on 10,000km route are damagedThe Dakar Rally of 500 off-road vehicles bumping and skidding through clouds of dust may be one of the world of motor sport's most spectacular sights but archaeologists, environmentalists and indigenous groups are warning the 14-day event is ruining Chile's ancient heritage.Chilean government studies seen by the Guardian confirm the damage done to geoglyphs, protected sites, burial grounds and tracks on the Inca trail during previous races, but such is the race's importance for tourism that it has on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Watts Tags: The Guardian Sport News Archaeology Land rights Endangered species Deserts Motor sport Environment Indigenous peoples Chile World news Source Type: news

Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor
VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- At his weekly address in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis attacked the "culture of waste" and said wasting food is like stealing from the poor. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Is the Pope Frail?
Paying attention to frailty makes sense for the rest of us and our elders. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Elderly Mailman School of Public Health Roman Catholic Church Medical Issues Vatican City Benedict XVI Fried, Linda P frailty Source Type: news