1st American moms to have babies born from a transplanted uterus share their journeys

iStock(DALLAS) — The first mothers to have babies born from transplanted uteri are opening up about their road to motherhood.

Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, recently announced the births of a third and fourth baby to women who received transplantation as part of a breakthrough clinical trial.

Peyton Meave, 24, was the third mother to deliver her baby, a girl named Emersyn Rae, on June 21, 2019.

Kayla Edwards, 28, was the fourth. Edwards also welcomed a girl, Indy Pearl, on Sept. 10, 2019.

Both women, born without uteri, were part of the trial conducted through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute.

“I’m thankful [there were] doctors passionate enough to research something I thought I was alone in,” Edwards of Plano, Texas, told “Good Morning America.” “I don’t think of myself as history-making, I think of myself as blessed and honored to have [my daughter]. I am honored that she is part of something that can inspire people — people can look at her and have hope.”

Edwards said she learned at the age of 16 that she did not have a uterus or cervix, but was able to produce eggs.

She and her husband Lance married in 2014. Edwards said she had read about uterus transplantation first occurring in Sweden. When she read about Baylor’s clinical trial, she contacted their medical center and was chosen to be a participant. Edwards successfully underwent the transplant in August 2017.

After multiple in vitro fertilization cycles and three failed embryo transfers, Edwards eventually became pregnant through a natural cycle without IVF medication.

“Uterus transplantation is an innovative infertility treatment option for women with absolute uterine factor infertility, meaning their uterus is non-functioning or nonexistent,” according to a press release from the institute.

“My husband came home and I ran out to tell him and we both cried,” Edwards recalled. “I had a beautiful pregnancy and soaked it all up.”

Like Edwards, Meave learned at a young age that having children would be nearly impossible.

“I was born without a uterus and I found out when I was 15 through a series of tests — physical exam, ultrasound and an MRI,” Meave of Dallas, told Good Morning America. “The only way I could successfully carry a child was through a uterus transplant.”

Meave had the transplant surgery in May 2018. She got pregnant with her very first embryo transfer on Dec. 7, 2018.

Meave credits her doctors for their landmark research.

“I feel like such a small part but it’s amazing to have been given this opportunity, the fact that my daughter is here, I got to successfully bring her into the world and it feels amazing,” Meave said. “It still doesn’t feel real.”

Researchers at Baylor University Medical Center have completed 20 uterus transplants as part of this trial — making it the largest program in the world.

Baylor said its goal is to be able to offer the procedure “to any woman with uterine factor infertility.”

Dr. Giuliano Testa, principal investigator of the uterus transplant clinical trial at Baylor University Medical Center, and Dr. Liza Johannesson, gynecologic surgeon and medical director of uterus transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center, participated in a press conference Tuesday at Baylor Scott & White Health where they sat beside Edwards, Meave and their children.

Testa said the team hopes to get “better and better” with this new innovation.

“We went from a rough start to a 90% success, so we are really very confident now that we can offer this to possibly as many 16-year-old’s as needed,” Testa said. “There were hundreds of women who stepped forward, wanting to participate in the trial and wanting to donate a uterus…they were instrumental to allow us to come today, to be able to be here today.

“We have a tremendous respect for women in general [who] have the courage to undergo something like this,” he added.

Johannesson chimed in, “The first birth is always fantastic, but now the more births we have, the more we show that this is not something that you do in one institution in Europe where it started. This is something that we can actually reproduce. We can do it. We have several babies here now and this is something that we can offer to more women out there.”

“My hope is that 16-year-old girl will know that there is options for her if she would choose to become a mother,” she added.

The families of the first and second births via uterus transplant (in 2017 and 2018) chose to stay anonymous, but Edwards and Meave wanted to share their experiences in hopes to inspire others who struggle with infertility, they said.

“I hope other women can look at [my child] and feel hope because unfortunately infertility, it can make you feel extremely hopeless,” Meave said.

Edwards agreed, she wants her birth story to be a symbol of hope for people hoping to become parents.

“She’s an inspiration,” Edwards said of her daughter. “I fought for her and I hope she continues to fight for anything in this world that she wants.”

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Health experts explain complications of new red meat study

iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s not the first time researcher Bradley Johnston has had the nutrition community up in arms over his work.

Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, is the lead author of a controversial new set of papers challenging the near-universal recommendation to cut back on red meat for health reasons.

The papers, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also contained a controversial accompanying recommendation from scientists, suggesting that adults continue eating red and processed meats. The evidence on red and processed meats’ link to disease and death is weak and the risk for individuals is small, Johnston and his co-authors concluded.

That recommendation goes against conventional advice from major health organizations like the World Health Organization, as well as the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which recommends limiting red meat, including processed meat, to one serving a week.

Three years ago, Johnston published a different review on sugar consumption, once again in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The advice was similar: Johnston said there was weak evidence on recommendations to cut dietary sugar.

There was one glaring problem. The review was funded by International Life Sciences, a scientific group backed by companies with a vested interest in the review’s results, including Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hershey’s, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods and Monsanto.

The outcry against the sugar study was immediate. The point of the study was to show the limitations of research and call for more rigorous inquiry into sugar consumption, Johnston and his coauthors said. Public health and nutrition experts questioned whether that point was made in good faith.

“They’re hijacking the scientific process in a disingenuous way to sow doubt and jeopardize public health,” Dr. Dean Schillinger, professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco told The New York Times at the time.

The new red meat review has no declared ties to industry funding, but the methodology for the two studies is the same. And once again, experts are asking if Johnston and his co-authors are making a point at the expense of undermining public understanding of nutrition.

Nutrition is notoriously difficult to study. Unlike studies on drugs, people don’t want to participate in a decades-long randomized controlled trial, where they eat meat or don’t eat meat. Instead, scientists ask people what they are eating and try to make conclusions about the long-term implications of certain foods based on people’s health outcomes.

The new red meat research takes a strict approach to nutrition, excluding all research that doesn’t fit the highest scientific standards.

It’s a tactic often used by the food industry, as well as the drug and chemical industries, to discredit inconvenient research, explained Marion Nestle, professor emeritus of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, who has written numerous books on food and nutrition politics.

“Attempts to make dietary guidelines science-based, are doomed to failure because the evidence will never reach high standards of scientific proof,” she told ABC News by email.

“I wish it were easier to understand how difficult it is to do nutrition research when you can’t lock people up for decades to feed them controlled diets,” Nestle said. “We all have to do the best we can to look at the totality of evidence and try to make sense of it.”

“The meat studies did not do that,” she added

For his part, Johnston thinks if an individual’s risk is low, they should be able to make their own decisions on what to eat.

“Some people may think that it is ethical to tell people, from a societal perspective, based on low certainty evidence, to stop or reduce their meat consumption,” he told ABC News. “People should look at the very small risk reductions based on low quality evidence and make their own decisions.”

But according to health experts ABC contacted, those arguments may do a disservice to the public, which already suffers whiplash when it comes to nutrition advice.

Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, called the new research “irresponsible” from both an individual and public health point of view.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, who penned an editorial about the limits of observational studies that ran alongside the new research, took a more diplomatic view.

Perhaps instead of nutrition guidelines from governmental and research bodies, patients should rely on individualized health and nutrition advice from their physicians, he suggested.

“I try not to ascribe bad motives to other researchers,” he said. “I think the public is confused because people [have] legitimate differences in how they view this research.”

“Each side would likely say the other is confusing things,” he added.

But most people only have so much tolerance for mixed messaging.

“These kinds of wonky methodological discussions confuse the public and lead to what I call nutritional nihilism — the idea that nutrition science is so confusing that we don’t have to pay attention to it,” Nestle said.

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Brother of Iranian president sentenced to five years imprisonment on corruption charges

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iStoc(NEW YORK) — The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been sentenced to five years in prison on corruption charges, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary said at a press conference on Tuesday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

The charges against Hossein Fereydoun included bribery, judiciary spokesman Gholam Hosein Esmaeili said, according to the news agency.

President Rouhani, who was elected in 2013 on a platform that included fighting corruption, has not spoken publicly about the case.

The sentencing comes just a few months after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Rouhani’s rival in a previous presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran’s judiciary.

Raisi, who is affiliated to the conservative political party, has aggressively pursued financial corruption and cases against labor activists, including lengthy prison sentences.

Fereydoun, a special adviser to Rouhani, worked with the Islamic Republic’s negotiating team in 2015 as it pursued talks that led to the nuclear deal between Iran and the so-called 5+1 countries, which included the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany.

After President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2017 and reinstated economic sanctions against Iran, tensions have been mounting between the two countries. The sanctions have battered Iran’s economy and put pressure on Rouhani.

In an interview with ABC News anchor David Muir last week, Rouhani called the sanctions “an economic form of terrorism” against Iranians and said they have been “extremely destructive and extremely hurtful.”

The pressure has pushed Iran’s economy to the brink. Double-digit growth was replaced by an economic downturn, as Iran’s oil exports plunged. Inflation spiked 31% in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund.

As of early this year, the unemployment rate of 15-to-24-years living in cities was at 31.5%, according to the official website of the quasi-government-run Statistical Center of Iran.

As the value of the Iranian rial drops, the price of goods has skyrocketed, with red meat and poultry climbing by 57%, vegetables by 47% and milk, cheese and eggs by 37%, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.

But while the government has blamed the west for its tough economic situation, his critics also point to the problem of widespread corruption.

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Posted On 01 Oct 2019

Prince Harry invokes Princess Diana’s death in new legal action against British tabloid

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iStock(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have decided to take legal action against a British tabloid for what they allege was an invasion of privacy.

Harry, whose mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi, delivered a passionate statement announcing the legal move.

In it, he describes Meghan, whom he wed last year, as “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences.”

“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself,” Harry said. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

The tabloid targeted in the lawsuit, the Mail on Sunday, published in February a handwritten letter it claimed was one Meghan wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after he missed her May 2018 wedding to Harry.

The couple’s wedding led to Meghan’s estrangement with her father, who bowed out of walking Meghan down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel amid a paparazzi scandal and a reported heart attack.

“We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband,” Meghan’s lawyers said in a statement Tuesday. “Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda.”

Harry said more about the letter in his statement, accusing the Mail on Sunday of omitting “paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words” and publishing it “unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question.”

The legal action was announced as Harry, Meghan and their nearly 5-month-old son, Archie, are currently in South Africa, wrapping up a 10-day tour of the country.

Harry called out the mostly glowing coverage of the family’s South Africa tour as an example of the “double standards” of the British tabloid press.

“The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave,” he said. “She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”

The Duke of Sussex said the legal action has been “months in the making” and gave a first glimpse into how he and, especially Meghan, have been personally affected by the nonstop coverage of their relationship.

“There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been,” he said, adding later in the statement, “I have been a silent witness to [Meghan’s] private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”

The Mail on Sunday claimed the letter from Meghan to her dad emerged after some of Meghan’s friends anonymously spoke to People magazine in a rare interview, claiming the Duchess of Sussex was a victim of “global bullying.”

Meghan, who was pregnant with Archie at the time the People article was published, was dubbed “Duchess Difficult” by the British tabloids after her marriage to Harry.

The media also fanned the flames of a reported feud between Meghan and her sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The British tabloid The Sun ran an article last November that claimed that Meghan made Kate cry at a bridesmaid’s fitting for Kate’s daughter, Princess Charlotte.

Meghan has been covered relentlessly by the British press since her relationship with Harry began three years ago.

While the couple was dating, Kensington Palace issued an unprecedented statement on behalf of Harry lambasting the “abuse and harassment” of Meghan by sections of the press, making particular note of the “racial undertones” of some coverage.

Harry and Meghan have seemed to increase efforts to maintain a level of privacy since the birth in May of Archie, their first child.

They upended recent royal tradition by choosing to keep details of Archie’s birth and christening private. They also chose before Archie was born to move from Kensington Palace in London to Frogmore Cottage, a more secluded home on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Earlier this year Harry received an apology and won a court victory against paparazzi who took photos of his and his wife Meghan’s country home in Oxfordshire.

As part of the court agreement, Splash News, which chartered a helicopter to take the photos, agreed to pay what Buckingham Palace called a “substantial sum” in damages and legal costs.

Harry and Meghan are not the first royals to take legal action for what they see as breaches of privacy.

Two years ago, six defendants — three executives and three photographers — were found guilty of criminal charges in France over long lens photographs taken of Duchess Kate sunbathing while on vacation with Prince William in 2012.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased that the court has found in their favour and the matter is now closed,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said in response to the ruling. “This incident was a serious breach of privacy, and Their Royal Highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies. They wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen.”

Harry and Meghan are privately funding their current lawsuit and plan to donate any proceeds from damages to “an anti-bullying charity,” according to the statement released Tuesday.

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Posted On 01 Oct 2019

Men with breast cancer more likely to be undertreated and not survive

iStockBY: DR. KRISTEN KENDRICK

(NEW YORK) — The T-shirts read “Fight like a girl.” But while October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings messages of strength and familiar pink ribbons, a fight rages on for the disease’s lesser-known victims: men.

Though breast cancer strikes men much less often than women, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA] reveals that three to five years after a breast cancer diagnosis, men are less likely to be alive.

Dr. Monica Morrow, a surgical oncologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering who specializes in breast cancers, agrees breast cancer in men accounts for quite a small amount of cases, yet they are typically caught when they’re more advanced, and more often fatal.

In an interview with ABC News, Morrow said that “Although later stage of diagnosis and undertreatment explain a large amount of difference in outcomes, they don’t explain them all, so all of the molecular research in women, we need to do those in men.” Dr. Morrow was not involved in the JAMA study.

The numbers haven’t made a strong case for studying breast cancer in men. Male victims account for less than one percent of all breast cancer cases, leaving a significant void in interest, and in funding, for research. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 245,000 women are diagnosed each year, compared to 2,200 men. About 460 men die each year, compared to 41,000 women.

The disease has gotten attention sporadically, but most recently in a number of cases among 9/11 responders and survivors.

And although the loudest cries for funding in breast cancer’s growing community seem to be those of women, they’re playing a critical part in helping men be heard. A New Jersey woman whose life was touched by male breast cancer happened upon the story of Bret Miller, a Kansas City man diagnosed at 24 years old. Together, they founded the Male Breast Cancer Coalition in 2013.

There’s an active coalition website, covered with half-pink, half-blue ribbons and pictures from their many fundraising events, along with Miller’s recount of his journey through breast cancer. His diagnosis ultimately resulted in a mastectomy and chemotherapy. In the website’s article, he calls it “terrible experience,” admitting he, “never thought it was possible for a man to get a woman’s disease.”

Dr. Morrow recognizes that men are also getting fewer conventional treatments than women. They are less likely to get treatment “in terms of radiation use, chemotherapy use — the things we know save lives in breast cancer,” she added.

The Vanderbilt researchers who performed the JAMA study seem to support this impression, noting one of the biggest contributors to lower survival times in men other than gender was undertreatment, though it wasn’t clear why.

A separate study in the Journal of Radiology suggests screening tests like mammography and ultrasound recommended for women may be also beneficial in detecting male breast cancers, but only in those who are considered ‘high-risk.’ Men who have a close family history of breast cancer, are of Ashkenazi descent, or have a known genetic mutation might benefit from screening, the study proposed.

Genetic testing in men has also been an unpopular subject, given a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer with the infamously cancer-causing BRCA gene is more than four times that of men. Because of this, there are no concrete guidelines on testing, or taking preventative action, in affected men.

Morrow told ABC News that due to lack of supportive research, screening average-risk men, with even a manual breast exam, “doesn’t make any sense.” She adds that the key for catching treatable breast cancer is to have any breast lump, no matter the size, evaluated promptly. This may include a simple physical exam by a trusted healthcare provider, a mammogram, or even needle biopsy.

General public awareness that men can, in fact, get breast cancer could be key in early detection and improving survival rates.

The Male Breast Cancer Coalition is sending a similar message with their tagline, putting it quite simply: ‘Men have breasts too.’

Dr. Kendrick is a family physician with the ABC News Medical Unit.

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‘You’re good-looking!’ Ukraine’s president meets with Tom Cruise

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has found himself center stage since the controversy broke out over his phone call with President Donald Trump, but on Tuesday he briefly got an unlikely co-star — Tom Cruise.

The star of the Top Gun and Mission Impossible movies, met with Zelenskiy on Monday while on a trip to Ukraine to scout possible locations for an upcoming film, according to Zelenskiy’s office.

Zelenskiy hosted Cruise at his presidential headquarters in Kyiv late Monday night.

“You’re good-looking!” Zelenskiy told Cruise as he walked in, according to video excerpts released by his office on Tuesday. The actor laughed and replied, “It pays the bills.”

Zelenskiy, an actor himself who played the president in a TV show before being elected the real thing in April, joked with Cruise about how exhausting it is being president and talked about steps his government was taking to attract foreign film producers.

He also spoke about efforts to end the five-year war in Ukraine’s east.

The excerpts did not make any mention of whether the two discussed the current controversy that Zelenskiy has found himself embroiled in the United States that has seen Democrats open an impeachment inquiry into Trump over allegations from a whistleblower that Trump sought to pressure Zelenskiy into investigating his potential Democratic presidential rival in 2020, Joe Biden.

Zelenskiy has largely tried to avoid making public statements on the scandal since it erupted two weeks ago. While in New York at the United Nations General Assembly last week, he refused interviews and mostly tried to dodge reporters.

The complaint submitted by a whistle-blower inside the government alleged Trump may have tried to use his office to coerce Zelenskiy into investigating Biden during a call on July 25. The complaint alleges Trump may have sought to create leverage by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Ukraine intended to help it defend itself against Russia.

A transcript of the call which the White House released after the complaint’s existence became public, showed Trump asking Zelenskiy to do “us a favor” and work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Trump and his allies have accused Biden of abusing his power as vice president by pushing Ukraine’s government to fire its prosecutor general in 2015, claiming that the move was meant to shield his son, Hunter Biden, from investigation.

In reality, no evidence has emerged to support that allegation and in fact the firing of the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was also demanded at the time by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, as well as anti-corruption activists in Ukraine. One of the reasons given for demanding Shokin’s removal at the time was actually his office’s failure to investigate the energy company, Burisma, where Hunter Biden was a board member and which has become the focus of Trump’s claims.

A senior former Ukrainian law enforcement official last week told ABC News, the allegations against Biden lacked a real basis and had been developed by Ukraine’s former prosecutor general, Yuri Lutsenko, in an attempt to protect his position before he was fired this summer. Lutsenko himself this week told multiple news media that Hunter Biden did not violate any Ukrainian laws.

Zelenskiy has denied feeling any pressure from Trump during the call, telling a press conference in New York last week, “We had a good phone call … It was normal. You read it. Nobody pushed me.”

Zelenskiy on Monday told reporters that he would have no role in opening any investigation into Biden or his son.

“We are open, we are ready to investigate,” he said, but “it has nothing to do with me. Our independent law enforcement agencies are ready to investigate any case in which the law was broken.”

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Posted On 01 Oct 2019

Hong Kong police shoot teenage protester as clashes escalate on China’s National Day

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Laoshi/iStock(HONG KONG) — An 18-year-old anti-government protester was shot by a police officer in Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on China’s National Day.

Hong Kong police have been known to fire live rounds into the air as warnings since the protest movement began in June, but this was the first time a demonstrator was shot by police.

Yolanda Yu Hoi-kwan, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Police Force, defended the shooting in a brief video statement posted to Facebook, saying the officer “felt his life was under serious threat” as a “large group of rioters attacked police officers” in Tsuen Wan district.

The officer fired a round of live ammunition “to save his own life and his colleagues’ lives.” The bullet struck an 18-year-old, who has not been identified, in his left shoulder.

“The police force really did not want to see anyone being injured, so we feel very sad about this,” she added. “We warn rioters to stop breaking the law immediately, as we will strictly enforce the law.”

The wounded teenager was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment, according to Hoi-kwan. A spokesperson for Princess Margaret Hospital told ABC News that an injured patient was admitted Tuesday in critical condition. The spokesperson could not confirm whether that patient had been shot during the protests.

The protests began in early June when hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched against a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed suspected criminals in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, to be sent to mainland China for trial. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has since withdrawn the bill, but widespread unrest has continued as demonstrators broaden their demands to include a call for direct elections for the city’s leaders, amnesty for protesters and an independent investigation into alleged police brutality.

Although Tuesday’s demonstrations were largely peaceful, there were several violent clashes between protesters and police. Officers used tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse the huge crowds, while some protesters hurled back tear gas canisters, petrol bombs and bricks.

A statement from the Hong Kong government’s public relations office urged all members of the public to stay in safe places and avoid going outside because the “rioters have set fires and committed mass property damage, injuring many people.”

It’s unclear how many others were injured Tuesday and how many arrests were made.

Meanwhile in Beijing, the Chinese government put on a massive and colorful military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China. Some 15,000 soldiers marched across Tiananmen Square, in the heart of the capital, where rows of tanks and ballistic missiles were on display, while fighter jets flew overhead.

During his nationally televised speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stability in Hong Kong and the “complete unification of the country.”

“Today, a socialist China is standing in the east of the world and there is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi, dressed in a Mao jacket, told the crowd. “No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from forging ahead.”

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Posted On 01 Oct 2019

16 Indiana students hospitalized after getting shot with insulin by mistake

digicomphoto/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Sixteen students at an Indiana career center were hospitalized after they were accidentally injected with shots of insulin during what was meant to be a tuberculosis skin test, the school district said.

The error happened Monday at the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology in Indianapolis, according to a statement from the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.

“Immediate action was taken to care for those students” and they were transported to area hospitals for observation, the statement read.

A spokeswoman with the school district told ABC News on Tuesday that all the students had since been released from the hospital.

The insulin shots were administered during the tuberculosis test with medical personnel from the Community Health Network.

“We have full confidence that the events of today are isolated in nature and will be addressed swiftly by the Community Health Network,” the school district said.

The health care center did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but said in a statement to ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV they were “working closely with MSD of Lawrence Township to determine the cause of the error and to evaluate processes.”

Insulin is used for people with diabetes to help control the amount of blood sugar in a person’s body. Side effects of the hormone can include redness, swelling, weight gain and constipation, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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Bridge in Taiwan collapses, at least 10 people injured with authorities searching for more victims

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Pontuse/iStock(NEW YORK) — At least 10 people were injured after a towering arch bridge collapsed over a bay in eastern Taiwan Tuesday, with authorities searching for more possible victims.

Six of the 10 people injured sustained serious injuries after the collapse. Another six people were believed to be trapped on a boat, the National Fire Agency said in a statement.

More than 60 army and naval personnel, including divers, were part of the search for other potential victims. An air force helicopter was also being used in the search.

Video of the collapse shows the moment the 460-feet Nanfangao Bridge buckled and crashed into the bay in Nanfangao, a Pacific coast fishing village. The collapse happened around 9:30 a.m. local time.

Members of the Coast Guard could be seen rushing to tend to victims.

A National Fire Agency spokesperson said the tanker’s fall smashed three boats.

Nanfangao Bridge is a tourist attraction in Yilan. It was opened in 1998 and was built to replace a lower bridge that prevented large fishing vessels from passing underneath.

The collapse came a day after a typhoon swept across parts of the island. Typhoon Mitag had brought high winds and heavy rain to northern Taiwan on Monday night before curving north.

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