Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

Use of male mice skews drug research against women, study finds

Male animal bias is unjustified and can lead to drugs that work less well for women The male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study. Scientists have typically justified excluding female animals from experiments even when studying conditions that are more likely to affect women on the basis that fluctuating hormones would render the results uninterpretable. However, according to Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University, in Boston, it is entirely unjustified by scientific evidence, which shows that, if anything, the hormones and behaviour of male rodents are …

Pakistan doctor arrested after 400 children diagnosed with HIV

Authorities investigating if Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has Aids, knowingly spread virus A few months ago, Fatima Emaan came down with a persistent fever. So her father, Syed Shah, took the infant to a few doctors, including a local child specialist in Ratodero, a small city in Pakistans south. But the visits seemed only to worsen the 16-month-old girls condition. In February, a doctor told Shah his daughter was presenting the symptoms of HIV. On 1 March, her results came back. They double- and triple-checked it and told us that Fatima is suffering from HIV, Shah said. Shah says his daughter was the first child to be diagnosed in what has become an HIV epidemic in the district, with doctors in …

Japan’s Naruhito makes first public appearance as emperor

Imperial family greet Tokyo crowds six times from palace balcony in Tokyo Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japans new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his fathers abdication. A smiling Naruhito, 59, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday alongside his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family. The forecourt was transformed into a sea of red and white as many wellwishers waved Japanese flags while others snapped photos on their phones. In a short speech, Naruhito told the assembled crowds that he was delighted and deeply grateful. A sea of red and white: the crowd waves Japanese …