22
May

Baby Born Weighing 13.5 Pounds Takes Adorably Squishy Newborn Photos

Carleigh Corbitt was born before her due date, but looking at her newborn photos, you might find that hard to believe.

When Carleigh?s mom, Chrissy, gave birth to her on May 15, she weighed in at 13.5 pounds. The baby was born via C-section, almost a week before her May 20-21 due date. Chrissy and her husband, Larry, have three older children, who weighed about 9 to 10 pounds at birth. 

?When the pediatrician showed her to me across the curtain, I was like, ?Oh, my gosh, she?s huge,?? Chrissy told Inside Edition. ?I couldn?t believe it. It was like I delivered a toddler.? 

News of Carleigh?s birth weight reached local and national media outlets.

To celebrate Carleigh?s arrival, the Corbitts organized a newborn photo shoot with Debbye Benson of Sweet Smiles Photography

?I?m so happy I was able to meet and hold this mini celebrity ? she was such a perfect model during our session ? so gorgeous and squishy!? the photographer posted on her Facebook page. ?Her parents are so proud of her ? we will be bringing the whole family in for portraits this week.?

The Corbitts live in Keystone Heights, Florida. Larry told ABC News this pregnancy was difficult for Chrissy, as she is anemic and had to receive blood transfusions due to her low iron levels. 

?But they?re both doing great now,? he added. ?My wife is a trooper for everything she?s gone through.?

As for now, they?re just working on getting clothes and diapers that fit Carleigh, as they had to donate most of the newborn-size items they bought before her birth. Larry told Inside Edition that at just 3 weeks old, she is already wearing baby clothes meant for 9-month-olds. 

Larry and Chrissy are taking their daughter?s viral fame in stride and loving every minute with Carleigh.

?She?s just filled with rolls. She?s just a big squishy baby. She?s so adorable,? Chrissy told ABC News. ?I had no idea she was going to be so popular. It?s been a great experience and I can?t wait to look back on this and share it with her to show her she became a celebrity overnight.?

Keep scrolling to see more adorable photos of baby Carleigh. 

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19
May

WHO Ranks Antibiotics In A Bid To Counter Drug Resistance

The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary.

The new ?essential medicines list? includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: ?Access?, ?Watch? and ?Reserve?.

Drugs on the ?Access? list have lower resistance potential and include the widely-used amoxicillin.

The ?Watch? list includes ciprofloxacin, which is commonly prescribed for cystitis and strep throat but ?not that effective?, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters.

Its use should be ?dramatically reduced?, the WHO said.

?We think that the political will is there but this needs to be followed by strong policies,? Kieny said.

In the ?Reserve? category antibiotics such as colistin should be seen as a last resort. That prompts questions about how producers of such antibiotics could make money, said Suzanne Hill, WHO?s Director of Essential Medicines and Health Products.

?What we need to do is stop paying for antibiotics based on how many times they are prescribed, to discourage use. We don?t want colistin used very frequently. In fact we don?t want it used at all,? Hill said.

?What we need to do as a global community is work out how we pay the company not to market colistin and not to promote it and to keep it in reserve.?

The WHO classification takes into account the use of antibiotics for animal health use, and was developed together with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Other changes to the list included the addition of two oral cancer treatments, a new pill for hepatitis C that combines two medicines, a more effective treatment for HIV, and new paediatric formulations of medicines for tuberculosis.

But the WHO also said Roche?s well-known flu drug oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu, may be removed from the list unless new information supports its use in seasonal and pandemic influenza outbreaks.

?There is an updated data set compared to when the committee evaluated this product last, and what that suggests is that the size of the effect of oseltamivir in the context of pandemic influenza is less than previously thought,? Hill said.

But oseltamivir was the only listed antiviral, and was still useful for pregnant women and patients with complications, so the drug should be restricted to the most critical patients, she added.

 

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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17
May

Musician hits single piano key world-record 824 times in one minute

A Portuguese-American displayed his athletic prowess by pressing a single piano key more then 800 times in a minute.

16
May

Antidepressants safe for baby during pregnancy, researchers say

Expectant mothers, if you’re taking an antidepressant it won’t make your newborn cranky or at higher risk for other problems, researchers report.

13
May

Live Briefing: Top U.S. Security Officials Testifying Amid Furor Over Russian Meddling

Four officials, including the acting director of the F.B.I. and the director of national intelligence, were expected to be asked about their interactions with President Trump.

11
May

Cincinnati Reds Player Scooter Gennett Makes Home Run History

Scooter Gennett?s past performance certainly didn?t portend his power outburst on Tuesday. The Reds? utility player had hit just 38 home runs in five seasons, including three this year.

But Gennett?s bat turned mighty on a magical night against the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati. He tied a major league record with four home runs in the Reds? 13-1 victory.

He became the 17th player ? and first Red ? to accomplish the feat.

?That?s something I never thought I would do,? he told news outlets in the video above. ?Even three home runs would be too crazy for me.?

The 27-year-old Gennett hit a mere single in his first at-bat, then muscled up. He homered four straight times, including a grand slam, to tie a club record with 10 runs batted in, the Associated Press reported.

According to CBS Sports, Gennett had just broken a 0-for-19 slump the night before.

Here?s the record-matcher. ?Can you believe it?? the announcer asked.

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10
May

Even North Korea Thinks Donald Trump’s Decision To Quit Paris Deal Is ‘Short-Sighted’

North Korea has blasted ?selfish? President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the isolated state?s Foreign Ministry described Trump?s decision as ?the height of egoism? ? and said it showed the U.S. was ?seeking only their own well-being even at the cost of the entire planet.?

?Global warming is one of the gravest challenges that humankind is facing today and the Paris Agreement that called for nationally determined contribution to the reduction of GHG emission is the outcome of decades long efforts to mitigate it,? the spokesman said via the state-run KCNA news agency.

?The selfish act of the U.S. does not only have grave consequences for the international efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well,? the spokesman added. 

America will join Nicaragua and war-torn Syria as being the only three countries that are refusing to take part in the climate deal, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Nicaragua, however, is reluctant to sign up because its government believes the commitments do not go far enough.

Despite its dismal human rights record, North Korea has emerged as an unlikely advocate in the battle against global warming and has signed the Paris Accord.

The ministry spokesman blamed Trump?s ?America First? policy for the withdrawal, and said it was ?high time? the world ?stopped pondering over the dangerous ideological trend which is surfacing in the U.S. with the emergence of the Trump administration.?

?Whoever chooses to blindly follow the Trump administration overpowered by its bravado should be fully aware that the judgment of history shall take them all as one,? the spokesman added.

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7
May

Election 2017: Is healthcare spending at record levels?

The BBC’s Rachael Thorn gets behind the statistics.

5
May

Meet the UK’s only deafblind parliamentary candidate.

Ben Fletcher has made it on to the ballot paper as a candidate for a London seat – despite being profoundly deaf and partially sighted.

3
May

Trump Administration Follows Obama Template In Targeting Journalists’ Sources

The announcement of charges Monday against a federal contractor for allegedly leaking a top secret National Security Agency document to a news website is giving journalists flashbacks to leaker prosecutions under President Barack Obama.

The charges, tweeted New York Times reporter Scott Shane, followed ?the precedent of Obama, whose administration set the record for leak prosecutions.? Adam Goldman, a Times colleague who had his phone records secretly seized during a 2012 leak investigation, asked whether President Donald Trump would top the number of leak prosecutions set during the previous administration.

First Amendment attorney James Goodale believes so.

?I suspect the Trump administration will surpass the record set by Obama for his eight years,? Goodale, who represented The New York Times against the Nixon administration in the landmark Pentagon Papers case, told HuffPost.  

Ever since Trump won the Republican nomination for president, journalists have feared he would not just continue the Obama administration?s unprecedented crackdown on leaks but accelerate the practice. Trump has a love affair with the press, reveling in the coverage he receives and keeping close tabs on the media industry?s ebbs and flows. But he?s also demonized the press corps repeatedly, labeled them the ?enemy of the people,? talked publicly about opening up libel laws, and vowed that administration employees who leak information to the press would be punished. 

Obama provided the template for an administration using its legal resources to go after reporters? sources. Trump adds the aggressive, litigious personality.

New York Times reporter James Risen, who fought the previous administration for seven years after being compelled to testify about a source for his book published during the George W. Bush era, wrote as much in December. Trump, he wrote, ?seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood component of Obama?s presidential legacy.?

How we got to this place is owed to an act passed by Congress shortly after the turn of the 20th century. The Espionage Act of 1917, which criminalized the relaying of information intended ?to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation,? was used by the Obama administration in prosecuting eight leak cases ? more than all previous administrations combined. Before Obama?s term, the law had been used only four times since 1971 in relation to classified disclosures to the news media.

The Trump administration cited the Espionage Act once more on Monday.

Reality Leigh Winner, the 25-year-old federal contractor charged by the Trump administration?s Justice Department, was accused of providing an online news outlet with a top secret document from May 5. The document appears to be the one published by The Intercept on Monday that revealed an alleged Russian cyberattack was aimed at a voting software company and more than 100 local officials in the United States shortly before the 2016 election. The Intercept reported it obtained the document through the mail from an anonymous source.

Indeed, Winner ? like leakers charged during the Obama years under the Espionage Act ? is accused of giving classified materials to a journalistic entity rather than a foreign adversary, yet still faces charges under the century-old statute. 

What remains to be seen is whether the current Justice Department will go where its predecessor wouldn?t and prosecute a journalist for receiving classified information.

In 2013, the Obama administration agreed to new rules in dealing with journalists after facing blowback from revelations of seizing Associated Press phone records and identifying Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in a leak case. Former Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2014 he would not jail journalists for doing their jobs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been unwilling to similarly commit to not jailing journalists for obtaining classified information in the course of reporting and Trump reportedly told then-FBI Director James Comey in a private February meeting that he should imprison journalists in leak cases. The Justice Department recently declined to comment on whether journalists could be jailed.

The White House has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the matter but Goodale, like other press freedom advocates, is not optimistic. 

?I believe there?s a good possibility that reporters will be prosecuted at some point in time,? Goodale said.

One early case that will indicate where the Justice Department comes down on this issue is that of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, who remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

During the Obama administration, federal prosecutors opened a grand jury investigation into Assange following WikiLeaks? 2010 publication of a trove of classified documents regarding the Iran and Afghanistan wars and U.S. diplomatic efforts abroad. Chelsea Manning, the Army private who was charged under the Espionage Act for providing the documents to WikiLeaks, was recently released from prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

The Obama administration did not prosecute Assange, an act which could have opened the door to charging a news organization, given that WikiLeaks is a publisher, albeit an unconventional one. But the case was not closed and the Trump Justice Department ? despite the president?s enthusiastic support for WikiLeaks during the 2016 election ? is reportedly considering charges over the 2010 disclosures and the group?s more recent publication of classified CIA documents.

Goodale said he is concerned that Assange could be charged not with the Espionage Act but for conspiring with someone violating it. ?If he is convicted on a conspiracy charge, it sets a precedent of going after reporters on a conspiracy theory,? he said.

Goodale said he could envision the Trump administration continuing to follow the Obama-era practice of prosecuting leakers but also could imagine it ignoring guidelines the previous Justice Department agreed to after criticism from news organizations ? and thus finding a way to charge journalists for conspiring with sources.

One difference between the Trump administration and its predecessor, he said, is ?they don?t care how much the press scream.?

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