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Fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical…

Human tissue cloning could treat heart disease or Parkinson’s disease

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. “I was separated from my husband and so my children, Charlotte and James, had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me,” she says. Charlotte…

Psychologists find being positioned above others buffers against effects of ostracization

Being physically above others can buffer against some of the negative psychological consequences of social exclusion, according to research published online May 16 in Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our study investigated whether participants’ spatial position has an influence on their reactions to being ostracized,” Christiane Schoel of the University…

Female filmmaker says Saudi Arabia becoming more tolerant

Saudi Arabia’s first woman film maker, Haifaa Al-Mansour, said her country was becoming “more tolerant and more accepting” as she picked up an award in Cannes on Saturday for her acclaimed film “Wadjda”. The 2012 tale of an impish young Saudi girl who plots to own a bicycle in defiance…

Tens of thousands march against budget cuts in Rome

Tens of thousands of people joined a union-organised march in Rome Saturday, protesting against the new coalition government’s austerity measures. The metal workers union FIOM said the rally was to demand “the right to jobs, training and health care”. “We cannot wait any longer,” said FIOM secretary Maurizio Landini as…

Powerball reaches $600 million as lotto fever strikes U.S.

Americans by the droves plunked down cold cash Saturday for a chance at fulfilling their most feverish dream: winning the $600 million Powerball lottery jackpot. Millions will be glued to their TV sets when the Powerball numbers are drawn in a live event broadcast just before 11:00 pm eastern time…

South Korea may launch world’s most ambitious cap and trade market

With roughly 18 months until launch, South Korea appears ready to create the world’s most ambitious cap and trade market, with the highest global price on carbon. These findings jump from a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) white paper analyzing how potential market designs could affect the nation…  …

San Francisco bacon restaurant forced to close over smell

Who complains about the smell of bacon? People in San Francisco, apparently. The owner of Bacon Bacon, an eatery that specialized in all things porcine, was forced to shut down this…  …

Falling U.S. deficit renews ‘austerity or growth?’ debate

Austerity or growth? Europe’s struggling economies have faced the question without fully answering it in recent years, but the United States is on track to do both. Projections unveiled this week by the Congressional Budget Office indicate the US deficit will shrink more than 40 percent during fiscal 2013, returning…

Saudi Arabian woman in historic Mount Everest climb

Raha Moharrak, who was among a party of 64 climbers, becomes first female from the country to scale the mountain A Saudi Arabian woman has become the first woman from her country to climb Mount Everest. Raha Moharrak was one of 64 climbers who scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side…

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