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The Food and Drug Administration in the US has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. The tablet is manufactured through a layered process via 3-D printing and dissolves when taken with liquid.
The Ohio-based company says its printing system can package potent drug doses of up to 1,000 milligrams into individual tablets. It expects to launch the drug in the first quarter of 2016.
Adelaide Football Club has given more than a thousand guernseys, jackets, beanies, scarfs, shirts and footballs to the needy.
Honouring the memory of Phil Walsh and respecting the wishes of his family and Crows members, club staff have passed on more than 20 boxes crammed with Crows gear to a homeless shelter.
Each item was left at the club as a mark of respect for the Crows coach, who was stabbed to death on July 3. His son, Cy, has been charged with murder.
Footy fans, including hundreds of schoolchildren, flooded the Crows West Lakes headquarters with thousands of cards, drawings, flowers and gifts, which formed a makeshift memorial, as they tried to come to terms with the tragedy.
Read more at the Adelaide Advertiser.
An Instagram account purportedly showing the perilous journey of a Senegalese immigrant making his way from North Africa to Spain has been revealed as fake.
A number of media outlets picked up the story with the social media account posting a string of photos which appeared to show a migrant named Abdou Diouf at different stages of his dash for a better life.
After the media picked it up the account went viral, however if you saw this story it wasn’t quite all it seemed. It turns out the journey was not real and the creators of the fake account set it up to promote a photography festival.
A Spanish production company is behind the campaign which was designed to provoke questions about the use of photography in today’s society.
“Narration of reality is always in the hands of people with power, not in the hands of people living that reality,” a company spokesperson told Time.
His name is Commando, but the four-year-old gelding is having a little trouble living up to his braggadocios title.
Faced with the challenge of jumping over a tiny ditch, the horse baulked at the seemingly easy feat. Amusingly though, he managed to gear himself up and valiantly leap into the air before landing safely on the other side.
If you’re looking for some mid-week inspiration, look no further.
A man has been charged over a shooting incident in Sydney’s south after allegedly being found with a loaded gun in his waistband.
The 24-year-old man was charged with numerous firearm and drug offences after police say they found him with methyl-amphetamine and a loaded .22 calibre firearm in Sydney’s CBD yesterday.
He was also charged in relation to a June 29 shooting incident in Wolli Creek, during which no one was injured.
He was refused bail and will appear in Central Local Court today.
US President Barack Obama has framed climate change as the toughest and most pressing challenge of our time, as he unveiled the first ever limits on US power plant emissions.
“No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate,” Obama said on Monday, warning: “There is such a thing as being too late.” “This is one of those rare issues, because of its magnitude, because of its scope, that if we don’t get it right, we may not be able to reverse,” he said, at the White House.
“We may not be able to adapt sufficiently.”
In an attempt to at least try to slow the process, Obama announced that power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Obama described the move as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change.”
A giant inflatable minion from the Despicable Me movie franchise has caused some momentary chaos on Irish roads overnight.
The giant character became untethered and flew across Old Swords Road in north Dublin, according to reports. The ridiculous incident caused traffic issues on the street as it blocked the road and even took out a driver’s side mirror.
The small characters are known for their nefarious intentions and numerous motorists took to social media to lament their traffic woes and share the unusual sight.
Hot off the heels of her Australian tour, Amy Schumer has made a teary plea to the American public to support gun control.
“No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease,” she said.
“The time is now for American people to rally for these changes,” she added, her voice filled with emotion.
The comedian joined her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, as he unveiled a set of proposals to beef up background checks on gun buyers.
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence — but I can promise you, they will not be my last,” she said.
Two gunmen who fired shots into a Brisbane home are on the run.
A resident had a terrifying ordeal when the men, wearing balaclavas and armed with a sawn-off weapon, went to the Rochedale property and began making threats just before 3am this morning.
The pair opened fire during the confrontation, with one of the shots hitting the front entrance to the home.
“Several shots were fired,” a police spokesman has told the ABC. “One shot went through the front entrance of the residence and then the two men fled the scene.”
Only in America.
Only in America would a politician who is running for the highest office in the country, and arguably the world, make a video about cooking bacon with a machine gun.
Well that’s exactly what Texas senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has done.
The video shows him wrapping the barrel of a machine gun with bacon and then with foil before shooting the firearm at a target.
“Mmmm … Machine gun bacon,” Mr Cruz says as he samples the fruits of his labour. He then lets out a very unsettling laugh.
The top commenter on YouTube didn’t seem to be a fan of the video: “The true sign of a psychopathic if not sociopathic individual. He is #unqualifiedforPOTUS and he is definitely #unqualifiedgforSenator and #unqualifiedforService.”
The Greek stock market reopened on Monday and it was a financial bloodbath for the struggling economy.
The country suffered its worst stock market day in decades when it opened after a forced five-week closure. The main stock index shed over 22 per cent just minutes into the opening, as investors got their first opportunity since late June to react to the latest twists in the country’s nearly six-year economic drama.
The index closed 16.2 per cent lower, with bank shares hitting or nearing the daily trading limit of a 30 per cent loss. Collectively, Greek-listed companies lost about a sixth of their market value — almost 8 billion euros (A$12 billion).
“There’s a sense of panic,” said Evangelos Sioutis, financial analyst and head of equities at Guardian Trust. He noted some traders are selling stock merely to raise cash because there is so little liquidity left in the Greek economy.
A Florida man has gone to extreme lengths in an effort to conceal his identity from police officers. After being arrested 20-year-old Kenzo Roberts tried to chew off his fingernails so the police couldn’t use his fingerprints to identify him, reports WPTV.
The man using a fraudulent ID, had a concealed firearm, and possessed three fraudulent credit cards, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
As Mr Roberts was being detained in the back of the patrol car, surveillance video shows him attempting to remove his own fingerprints by chewing them off and rubbing them against the cage.
It goes without saying at this point that his valiant efforts proved unsuccessful.
An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a car on the NSW Central Coast.
The boy was playing with friends on Prince Street at Wamberal just before 5pm when he was hit, police say.
He was airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick with life-threatening injuries while the male driver was taken to Gosford Hospital last night to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.
Hollywood super couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly ending their 17-year marriage.
Smith, 46, who is currently filming Suicide Squad, and his 43-year-old wife have been dogged by rumours of marital strife for several years.
“For Will and Jada, holding it together these past few years has been tough because their marriage has been on life support for a long time,” a source told Radar Online.
“They’re exhausted from trying to maintain the facade of a happy union. They’ve decided to pull the plug in a carefully choreographed manner [and] agree announcing their split at the end of the summer is the right move.”
However despite the strong nature of the rumours, Will Smith has denied the pair are splitting up.
After complaining to doctors about stomach pains, a woman has made the grisly discovery that a pair of surgical scissors left in her body three years ago was to blame, reports Central European News.
Aisina Zindusova checked into a Russian hospital complaining of stomach pain — only to find out that the cause of the discomfort was a nearly 8-inch implement left over from when she had a C-section in 2012.
“My back started to ache and I started to lose weight, then an X-ray found the scissors inside of me,” she told Caters.
Doctors removed the scissors during a two-and-a-half-hour operation and the young mum is now considering legal action against the hospital.
Read more at the New York Post.
Specialist firefighters will be winched into a valley in NSW’s Blue Mountains to combat a blaze following days of strong winds.
Relief arrived with better weather on Monday for firefighters who had been battling fires, some of which threatened homes in Wentworth Falls over the weekend.
An active fire remains in the Jamison Valley, where a specialist team will be winched on Tuesday into areas inaccessible without a helicopter, the RFS says.
“They will be working to build containment lines,” RFS spokeswoman Natalie Sanders said.
At this stage the cause of the bushfire is unknown, and police and the RFS are investigating if it’s suspicious.
It’s the popular game show known as Letters and Numbers in Australia, but fans of the British version called Countdown were left giggling after the latest episode when an unfortunate combination of letters led to an awkward and rather humorous moment.
During the word puzzle game, contestants are asked to draw either a vowel or a consonant from a pile of tiles. As the game show assistant Rachel Riley obliged, she randomly selected four consonants and one vowel for contestant Chris Reeves to spell out “slutz”.
As contestants and crew reacted with laughter Riley said “let’s speed this along” with everyone involved delicately trying to avoid any jokes.
But many viewers took to social media to have a good laugh and share the moment of television gold.