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  • 1. One-year-old cancer patient in remission due to experimental gene-editing therapy

    All treatments for London's one-year-old Layla Richards's leukemia had failed, which led her doctors to look for other avenues to try and prolong her life, if not cure her entirely. Nature reports that Layla received modified immune cells from a donor for the second-ever gene-editing therapy trial and the first-ever for cancer. Gene-editing therapy works by taking immune cells from a healthy donor and modifying the genes by exposing them to a particular enzyme. This is to prevent the patient's immune system from attacking the new immune cells. It is not a cure, but it helps buy time for the patient to find a healthy donor. (bbc.co.uk

    2. New tax reform bill filed in the Senate
    Senator Sonny Angara filed a new tax reform bill in the Senate last Thursday. While the pending bills are gathering mixed feedback from government officials, this new bill has higher hopes of being approved. Senator Angara said the new proposed measure seeks to adjust the levels of taxable income to inflation to further ease the burden of taxpayers and make the system more equal and progressive. The former inflation brackets were last set in 1997. The Philippines has the second highest individual income tax return rate of 32 percent in the ASEAN nations; Vietnam earned the top spot at 35 percent.

    3. Snoopy gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star


    Just before The Peanuts movie premiered, its most lovable dog received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz first introduced Snoopy, the iconic beagle, in 1950. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is just proper as it is beside his creator's. Craig Schultz, Charles' son was there to accompany Snoopy unveil his shining star. He is not the first cartoon character to receive an honor like this; Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, and Bugs Bunny also have their own plaques at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Congratulations, Snoopy! (ew.com

    4. Boy with Autism saves classmate, thanks to SpongeBob SquarePants
    Brandon Williams, 13 years old, saved his classmate Jessica Pellegrino from choking on an apple. According to the New York's Staten Island Advance, he was eating lunch at his Barnes Intermediate School when he noticed his classmate Jessica was choking on an apple. He quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, wrapping his hands around her midsection and then iving her diaphragm a sharp thrust that she was able to spit the apple out. When asked where he learned to do what he did, he said he leaned it from SpongeBob SquarePants. In honor of his heroism, his seventh-grade class threw him a party. Some adults wanted to give him a medal but Brandon said he doesn't need one. (yahoo.com

    5. Is it harmful for pregnant women to sit for more than six hours?
    A new study found that women who sit down too much while pregnant risk harming their baby. Researchers at the Warick Medical School say that sitting down for over six hours a day during a pregnant woman's second trimester leads to greater weight gain and higher chances of gestational diabetes (GD), which then leads to birth complications. The study involved more than 1,200 women, and it also found out that pregnant women who feel depressed are likely to sit down for longer periods. Taking breaks from sitting down, with exercising and healthy eating, can greatly help reduce the risk for GD.

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