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US drug firm offers cure for blindness at $425,000 an eye

Spark Therapeutics says responsible price for Luxturna gene therapy ensures access for patients with retinal defect A drug whose inventors claim it can cure a rare form of blindness is to be one of the most expensive medicines ever sold at $850,000 (630,000). Luxturna is injected directly into the eye to address the root cause of visual impairment by replacing a defective gene in the retina. It is the first gene therapy to be approved for use in the US, and was given the go-ahead by the Federal Drug Administration…

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Ryan backed Nunes in spat with Justice Dept. over Russia documents, sources say

(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan backed his fellow congressional Republican, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, during a meeting over the Russia investigation Wednesday, capping off a months-long dispute between the committee and the Justice Department, multiple sources with the knowledge of the situation told CNN. Over the summer Nunes served subpoenas seeking a broad range of documents connected to the dossier of compromising allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to the Kremlin, including those related to payments the FBI made to fund it (if any), efforts to corroborate any information contained…

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I Tried Moon Milk To Fall Asleep When I Was Sick & I Was Out Like A Light

You don’t have to dare me to try anything once when it comes to wellness trends, especially viral recipes and holistic remedies. When people on social media were adding spirulina powder by the scoop to their smoothies, I, too gave the gorgeous blue-green algae a try (and, TBH, I wouldn’t recommend it). I’ve sipped bone broth for my immune system, and I’ve snacked on no-bake protein balls for a healthy energy boost. Most recently, though, it was the pretty moon milk recipe ideas floating through my Instagram feed that piqued…

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Apple confirms all Macs and iOS devices are affected by serious CPU bugs

Image: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers. In the company’s first public statement on the vulnerabilities, Apple confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by the bugs known as Meltdown and Spectre. SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac…

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This New Year’s Eve Flight Takes You Around The World For A 24-Hour Party

An evening at home with takeout containers and sips of bubbly is for quitters if you ask a particular group of travelers. For those who are looking to ring in 2018 on an adventurous note, you have to do so . This New Year’s Eve flight allows you to relieve the holiday magic with a 24-hour party, and it’s a celebration like no other (with a price tag like no other as well). While most of us are preoccupied picking out NYE dresses and cleaning champagne flutes, free spirits are…

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Hulu to get family-friendly with new ‘Animaniacs’ seasons

Image: warner bros./hulu Because Emmys and handmaids aren’t enough, Hulu is jumping into the family TV market with a revival of the kooky ’90s series Animaniacs.  Steven Spielberg will executive produce the Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment series for two brand-new seasons. SEE ALSO: ‘Animaniacs’ is your latest childhood obsession to get a reboot Animaniacs first debuted on the WB in 1993 and ran for 99 episodes. Mashable first reported rumor of a reboot in May 2017, when the show’s resurgent popularity on Netflix was gaining attention. (It’s since been…

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North Korea accepts offer from South to meet for peace talks

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)North Korea has accepted South Korea’s proposal for official talks, in what will be the first high-level contact to take place between the two countries in more than two years. The person-to-person talks will be held January 9th — one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday — at the Peace House, located on the South Korean side of the so-called truce village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two nations, Baik said. The hotline linking North and South Korea White…

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Youre Santa! Can You Master The Sleigh And Deliver Gifts To All The Good Boys And Girls?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. This is you. You’re Santa Claus. I’m definitely Santa Claus, but unfortunately, I need to explode right away. You’ve been lying unconscious on the frigid tundra of the North Pole since last Christmas. In order to make sure you didn’t starve during your year-long slumber, arctic pelicans have been coming up to you and laying eggs into your mouth 24/7 since last Christmas. Every pelican lays about 200 eggs at a time, and they’ve just been squirting them right down Santa’s sleeping throat all…

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