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Apple Removes Vaping Apps From Store

Nov. 15, 2019 — Apple said Friday that it’s removed 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store worldwide.

The company said the now-banned apps — a mix of stores, social networks, news and games — will continue to work for people who already have them and can be transferred to new devices, CNN reported.

In June, Apple halted the promotion of vaping products in its app store and has not approved any new vaping-related apps since then.

“Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic. We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted,” the company said in a statement.

The removal of the vaping-related apps was welcomed by groups such as the American Heart Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“By taking e-cigarette related apps off the App Store, Apple will help reduce youth exposure to e-cigarette marketing and discourage youth use of these products. Apple is setting a welcome example of corporate responsibility in protecting our kids,” Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in a statement, CNN reported.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Protects Heart Patients From Future Trouble

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 — If you’re an obese heart patient, weight-loss surgery might be good medicine for you.

New research suggests it significantly reduces the risk of heart failure and fatal heart attack in this vulnerable group.

“Our findings suggest, for the first time, that bariatric [weight-loss] surgery can prevent the development of systolic heart failure and remarkably reduce death from recurrent myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in patients with a higher cardiovascular risk than the average population,” said study author Dr. David Funes. He is a research fellow at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic Weston, in Florida.

For the study, Funes and his team compared severely obese people with heart disease who had weight-loss surgery (8,200) with those who did not have the surgery (79,000).

Nearly half of the weight-loss surgery patients also had a history of some form of diabetes, and about 73% had high blood pressure. But those who didn’t have weight-loss surgery had even higher rates of both diseases, which are risk factors for heart disease.

Obesity itself is a major risk factor for heart disease.

Patients who didn’t have weight-loss surgery were 1.9 times more likely to develop heart failure than those who had the surgery, according to the study.

In addition, the investigators found that patients who had weight-loss surgery were 2.5 times less likely to die from a recurrent heart attack than those who didn’t have the surgery.

A history of diabetes, which improves in most patients after weight-loss surgery, considerably increased the risk of heart failure in patients who’d previously suffered a heart attack.

The study was to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), in Las Vegas. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Eric DeMaria is ASMBS president and chief of East Carolina University’s division of general/bariatric surgery. “Metabolic surgery has been proven to have significant cardiovascular benefits and needs to be considered as part of the treatment plan for patients with severe obesity and coronary artery disease,” he said in a society news release.

“The key is to treat obesity sooner rather than later to slow the progression of heart disease, reduce other risk factors including hypertension and diabetes, and preserve heart function,” DeMaria added.

Nearly 40% of U.S. adults (over 93 million Americans) were obese in 2015-2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 24 million of these adults are severely obese, according to the ASMBS.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on weight-loss surgery.

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Posted: November 2019

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‘Dramatic Increase’ Seen in U.S. Deaths From Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 — Heart failure deaths are reaching epidemic proportions among America’s seniors, a new study finds.

About one in eight deaths from heart disease are from heart failure, and nine out of 10 are among those over 65 years of age, researchers report.

“We are now in the midst of a ‘silver tsunami’ of heart disease and heart failure,” said senior study author Dr. Jamal Rana, chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, in California.

“This will require both innovation in clinical care for our patients and urgent policy initiatives at the health care systems level to be better prepared for its impact,” Rana added in a Kaiser news release.

The report was published online Oct. 30 in JAMA Cardiology.

According to lead author Dr. Stephen Sidney, “The United States is now experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of older people dying from heart disease, and especially heart failure.” Sidney is a senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California division of research.

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive disease where the heart muscle is weakened and can’t pump blood efficiently, which increasingly reduces quality of life as patients decline.

For the study, Sidney and his colleagues used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The investigators found that more than 647,000 Americans died from heart failure in 2017, which was about 51,000 more deaths from heart failure than in 2011.

The rate of deaths due to heart failure increased by 21%. When the researchers added the aging population as a factor, the rate of heart failure deaths jumped to 38%.

Sidney added that since the number of Americans over 65 increased by 10 million between 2011 and 2017, and is expected to grow by another 22 million by 2030, heart failure rates will likely only worsen.

More information

For more on heart failure, head to the American Heart Association.

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Posted: October 2019

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Always Removes Female Symbol From Pad Wrapper

Oct. 24, 2019 — In a move hailed by the LGBTQ community, Procter & Gamble announced that it will remove the Venus symbol from wrappers for Always brand sanitary pads. The symbol, depicting a circle with a cross beneath it, has long been used to represent women. Removing it increases inclusivity for transgender men and nonbinary people who menstruate, the company says.

œFor over 35 years Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so,” the company says in a statement. œWe™re also committed to diversity & inclusion and are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.”

Although some media reports said that a movement of transgender activists prompted the change, in reality, Always says it routinely assesses œour products, packaging, & designs, taking into account a variety of inputs including in depth consumer research, to ensure we are meeting the needs of everyone who uses our products. The change to our pad wrapper design is consistent with that practice.”

While some conservative media outlets portrayed the decision as the company backing down to just a handful of requests, the fact-checking website Snopes says that was not the case.

For cisgender people — those who identify with the sex they were assigned at birth — a wrapper change like this might carry little meaning. But, for transgender boys and young adults, œIt™s empowering and affirming,” says Cynthia S. Fisher, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist in Daytona Beach, FL, who works almost exclusively with transgender clients.

For the trans boys and men Fisher works with, menstruation itself is stressful. œThere™s a whole culture around periods — having your first means you™re becoming a woman. It™s associated with femininity; understandably so, historically,” she says. œSomething as simple as removing the symbol that says the product is only for women can make a big difference.”

In therapy sessions, Fisher often hears from trans boys and teens about the problems they face during their periods. œIn the boys™ bathroom, they have no means to dispose of products discreetly. They may not attend school at all during those times — it™s a major, traumatic event,” she says.

Some people who are disturbed by the change have started a Twitter hashtag, #boycottalways. œThere™s a pervasive atmosphere of hostility on social media, so much ignorance and misunderstanding,” says Fisher. œTrans youth are seeing these comments, and it contributes to their depression and suicidal ideation.”

Forty-one percent of respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported attempting suicide. Fisher attributes the social media response to people™s misconceptions about what œtransgender” means. œThey view trans people as not quite human,” she says.

One woman who wishes to remain anonymous because her teenage trans son has been bullied echoes that view. œThese symbolic gestures are always welcome, but we have so much work to do in areas that impact trans people’s lives in much more critical ways,” she says. œWe need politicians, teachers, clergy, and Hollywood to stop demonizing trans people so that the rest of society can learn to treat trans people as full human beings rather than bully them, discriminate against them, and harm them.”

Always isn™t the first commercial entity to move toward a more gender-neutral approach. Thinx, a company that makes period-proof underwear, uses the tagline œFor people with periods.” Last month, toy company Mattel made headlines when it announced a new line of gender-inclusive dolls.

Jack Turban, MD, is a resident physician in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital & McLean Hospital, where he researches the mental health of transgender youths. He sees a larger significance in changes like this. œThis move from Always sends a signal to these marginalized youth that there are people out there, even big organizations, who care about and respect them. I can™t emphasize enough how important that message of acceptance is for someone who has repeatedly been told they aren™t accepted, or don™t belong in society.”

Sources

News release, Procter & Gamble.

Snopes.com: œDid Trans Activists ˜Force™ Procter & Gamble to Remove Female Symbol from Some Period Products?”

Cynthia S. Fisher, licensed clinical social worker, trans-affirming therapist, Daytona Beach, FL.

National Center for Transgender Equality: œNational Transgender Discrimination Survey.”

Jack Turban, MD, resident physician in psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital & McLean Hospital.

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Is Melanoma Suspected? Get 2nd Opinion From Specialist, Study Says

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Melanoma is the most lethal type of skin cancer, and a new study finds that the diagnosis of a suspect lesion gains accuracy when a specialist pathologist is brought on board.

Many patients with melanoma are first diagnosed by general practitioners, dermatologists or plastic surgeons. A biopsy sample of the suspect lesion might then be sent to a general pathologist for further diagnosis, explained a team from the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

However, getting a second opinion from a pathologist specially trained in skin lesions — a dermatopathologist — yields the most accurate results, the new study found.

“A diagnosis is the building block on which all other medical treatment is based,” said study co-leader Dr. Joann Elmore, a professor of medicine and a researcher at the cancer center.

Her team noted that, of all pathology fields, analysis of biopsies for skin lesions and cancers has one of the highest rates of diagnostic errors. Those errors can affect the lives of millions of patients each year.

“On the other end of these biopsies are real patients: patients answering the late-night, anxiety-inducing phone calls when we inform them of their diagnosis; patients undergoing invasive surgeries; patients weighing their next clinical steps,” Elmore said in a UCLA news release.

“All patients deserve an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, the evaluation and diagnosis of skin biopsy specimens is challenging with a lot of variability among physicians,” she added.

Dr. Michele Green, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed.

“A diagnosis of skin cancer can be overwhelming,” said Green, who wasn’t involved in the new study. “It is imperative that patients know the training of the pathologist reviewing their specimen to ensure the accuracy of the diagnosis given.”

In their research, Elmore’s team found that getting a second opinion from pathologists who are board-certified, or have fellowship training in dermatopathology, can greatly boost the accuracy of a melanoma diagnosis.

The study included 187 pathologists — 113 general pathologists and 74 dermatopathologists — who examined 240 skin biopsy lesion samples. Misclassification rates of the lesions was lowest when first, second and third reviewers were subspecialty trained dermatopathologists.

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On the other hand, the most misclassifications were made when reviewers were all general pathologists without the subspecialty training.

“This is definitely something that health care providers should consider when faced with these complex and challenging-to-diagnose skin biopsies,” Elmore said. “Our results show having a second opinion by an expert with subspecialty training provides value in improving the accuracy of the diagnosis, which is imperative to help guide patients to the most effective treatments.”

Green agreed. Reading over the findings, she said that “it is safe to conclude that second opinions performed by trained dermatopathologists yield more accurate diagnoses.”

Dr. Scott Flugman is a dermatologist at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. He said the new study “reinforces what many dermatologists consider to be true about the care of patients with pigmented lesions.”

But he noted that for many Americans, the first inkling that they might have melanoma does not come from a dermatologist — and that can lead to problems.

“The overwhelming majority of dermatologists will insist on having their biopsies read by a board-certified dermatopathologist,” Flugman explained. “But this practice is not always followed when biopsies are done by plastic surgeons, general surgeons or family practitioners. It is important for these other specialists to request a second opinion by a dermatopathologist when diagnosing pigmented lesions read by general pathologists.”

And, as the study showed, a general pathologist should not be the final stop in the diagnostic journey.

As Flugman noted, the UCLA study found that even though more than 70% of the general pathologists interviewed had more than a decade of experience, “only 13.3% of general pathologists stated that their colleagues consider them an expert in melanocytic skin lesions.”

According to Flugman, “this reinforces the importance of having the input of a board-certified dermatopathologist when diagnosing these potentially difficult cases.”

Of course, even the best diagnostic approach is not foolproof, the experts said.

“While these findings suggest that second opinions rendered by dermatopathologists improve overall reliability of diagnosis of melanocytic lesions, they do not eliminate or substantially reduce misclassification,” Elmore said.

The study was published online Oct. 11 in JAMA Network Open.

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SOURCES: Scott Flugman, M.D., dermatologist, Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, Huntington, N.Y.; Michele S. Green, M.D., dermatologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; University of California, Los Angeles, news release, Oct. 11, 2019

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Italian astronaut to watch World Cup match from space

FILE PHOTO: Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), waves as he boards prior the launch of Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, July 20, 2019. Dmitri Lovetsky

TOKYO (Reuters) – Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano will be cheering on his team from space when they take on South Africa in their pivotal Rugby World Cup clash.

Parmitano will be watching Friday’s Pool B match from the International Space Station as it orbits some 400 km above the earth.

Italy are looking to upset the Springboks and reach the knockout stages for the first time.

Parmitano, who has been in space since July, had a message for the Italian team.

“You are a team and have to work all together to reach your goal, which is that of winning,” he said in a video posted by the European Space Agency and the Italian Rugby Federation.

It is not the first time Parmitano has broken new ground in space.

In August he became the first person to DJ in space when he played a set from the ISS for a club in Ibiza.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Alison Williams

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Childhood TB Shot May Offer Long-Term Protection from Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 — A tuberculosis vaccine commonly used in other parts of the world might reduce a person’s risk of developing lung cancer if given early in childhood, a six-decade-long study reports.

The Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is the only vaccine approved for preventing tuberculosis (TB) — a potentially fatal infectious disease that typically attacks the lungs. Because TB risk is low in the United States, the vaccine isn’t often given to American children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the new study suggests the vaccine may have some positive side effects.

“BCG-vaccinated participants had a significant 2.5-fold lower rate of lung cancer,” said study senior author Dr. Naomi Aronson, director of infectious diseases at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md.

She said lower lung cancer rates persisted in those who received the vaccine no matter where they lived, and whether they smoked, drank alcohol or had tuberculosis.

Aronson said BCG affects the immune system somehow and may provide even more benefit in the lungs.

The initial study was conducted in 3,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children in the 1930s. If the findings are confirmed in different groups, Aronson said the use of BCG vaccine in childhood “might be considered for risk reduction for lung cancer over a lifetime.”

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, interim chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, reviewed the study and called the findings fascinating. “And you rarely see this duration of follow-up,” he added. “The authors went to great lengths to validate their information.”

But, he said, it’s unlikely that BCG will be used for lung cancer prevention. While the study found a statistically significant reduction in the rate of lung cancer, the actual number of cases was very low. Just 42 people in the study were diagnosed with lung cancer.

There’s also a serious, ongoing shortage of BCG vaccine that would limit any such efforts, Lichtenfeld said. The vaccine is an effective treatment for a certain type of bladder cancer, and doctors find it hard to get enough for that purpose.

In addition, the BCG vaccine has been tested as a treatment in a number of other cancers with mixed results. In some cases, it looked as if lesions had shrunk, but the vaccine didn’t prolong survival, he explained.

Plus, Lichtenfeld said, there’s a very effective way to prevent many cases of lung cancer — don’t smoke. And, if you do, quit. “Tobacco causes most, but not all lung cancers. Not smoking helps prevent many cancers,” he said.

The initial study was conducted between 1935 and 1938. About 3,000 children from nine American Indian and Alaska Native tribes at multiple U.S. sites were randomly given the BCG vaccine or a placebo.

None of the youngsters had had tuberculosis. They were vaccinated between 5 and 11 years of age, with a median age of 8 years. Half were younger when they got the shot, half were older.

From 1992 to 1998, researchers reviewed health information from the trial participants.

There was no statistically significant differences in overall cancer rates between the vaccine and placebo groups. But the odds of lung cancer were significantly lower, the study found.

Researchers noted that lung cancer is a leading cause of death for Alaska Natives and Native Americans.

The study was published Sept. 25 in the journal JAMA Open.

More information

Read more about ways to prevent lung cancer from the American Cancer Society.

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Posted: October 2019

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Ask a Stoner: Do Humans (and Bees) Get High From Marijuana Honey?

Dear Stoner: Can bees pollinate marijuana? Would it get them high if they did?
Weed Keeper

Dear Weed Keeper: According to the beesearch we’ve read, insects don’t have endocannabinoid systems — the receptors we have in our bodies that react to CBD, THC and other cannabinoids from the plant. Without those receptors, bees don’t get stoned from pollinating weed (unfortunately for them, because bees could sure use a little stress relief right now), but that doesn’t stop them from doing it.

Like orange blossom, clove and other flowers that beekeepers use for persuading bees to make honey, the cannabis plant can also be a main source of nectar or pollen for bees, though further beesearch shows that they view the plant as more of a last resort. Still, there are companies popping up with hemp and marijuana honey, claiming to be made from bee nectar collected off cannabis plants. While these CBD- and THC-infused honeys usually have cannabinoids added to the honey before they’re packaged and sold to consumers, legit beekeepers say the straight-from-the-hive stuff is still very much infused. You can find THC honey in Colorado dispensaries and CBD honey in health food stores.

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Billions of ‘Microplastics’ in Your Tea From Each Plastic Teabag: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 — A new study warns that even your soothing cup of tea might serve up some invisible health hazards.

Some tea companies are replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones, but the new bags may be adding billions of tiny bits of plastic to your beverage, a team from Canada reports.

“We show that steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature [205 degrees Fahrenheit] releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup of the beverage,” concluded a team led by Nathalie Tufenkji. She’s a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University in Montreal.

The global proliferation of microplastics — bits of plastic so small they are often invisible to the naked eye — have made headlines recently, having been found in large numbers in ocean and tap water, seafood and even human poop.

“In the past few years, there has been a steadily increasing body of scientific literature demonstrating that not only are microplastics permeating the broader environment, they are entering our bodies, as well,” noted Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. He wasn’t involved in the new research.

Spaeth stressed that there’s just too little data on whether or not microplastics pose a threat to human health. However, “based on the molecular composition of microplastics, there is reason to have real concern about the potential health effects,” he said, “since they contain a variety of components known to harm human health — including hormone-disrupting chemicals, as well as human carcinogens.”

In the new study, the Montreal team noted that the heat of brewed tea can cause plastic tea bags to break down into bits of plastic that are thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. That means you can’t see, taste or feel them in your mouth.

Investigating further, the researchers removed the tea from plastic teabags sourced from four different manufacturers. They then washed out the empty bags and placed them in hot water.

Using a powerful electron microscope, Tufenkji’s team found that a single bag released close to 12 billion microplastic particles, and more than 3 billion of the [even smaller] nanoplastic particles, into the water.

These levels were thousands of times greater than seen in other foods, they noted.

In a separate experiment, the researchers fed varying doses of these particles to very tiny animals — water fleas. Although the fleas lived, they did exhibit some physical and behavioral abnormalities after being fed the microplastics, the researchers report Sept. 25 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Still, more research must be done to see if microplastics have health effects on humans, the McGill researchers said.

Spaeth said the new study “raises the specter that human exposure to microplastics is not just a result of the widespread contamination of the broader environment, but that our use of plastics in consumer products is notably adding to our microplastics exposure.”

More information

For more on microplastics, head to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Service.

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Posted: September 2019

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From tree to chair without the carpentry: UK couple grows furniture

WIRKSWORTH, England (Reuters) – On a two-acre field in England’s Midlands, Gavin and Alice Munro are taking sustainability to the next level: they harvest trees which they train to grow into chairs.

The couple have a furniture farm in Derbyshire where they are nurturing 250 chairs, 100 lamps and 50 tables. It is their answer to what they see as the inefficient and carbon-heavy process of cutting down mature trees to create furniture.

“Instead of force-growing a tree for 50 years and then cutting it down and making it into smaller and smaller bits … the idea is to grow the tree into the shape that you want directly. It’s a kind of zen 3D printing,” said Gavin.

Part of the inspiration for the idea came when Gavin was a young boy. He spotted an overgrown bonsai tree which looked like a chair.

He was also born with a curved spine and as a child spent several years wearing a metal frame to reset his back.

“The (medical) staff were just brilliant. The nurses, the doctors, they would kind of combine kindness and competence in a way that really, really impressed me.

“I wanted to combine care and competence and hopefully this is what we’re doing here,” he added.

The 44-year-old began experimenting in 2006 when he tried to grow chairs on two small plots of land in the Peak District, also in central England.

Full Grown field manager Ed Lound saws a tree which has been growing for six years into the shape of a chair in Wirksworth, Britain, September 11, 2019. Picture taken September 11, 2019. REUTERS/George Sargent

But in 2012, a year after they married, Gavin and Alice set up the company Full Grown and committed to the idea full-time.

Progress has been bumpy. One of their first attempts at a crop ended in disaster when it was trampled by cows and eaten by rabbits.

They have also had to discover the most effective way to shape a tree without stunting its growth. The couple has learned to guide shoots already heading in the right direction, rather than forcing shoots the wrong way against their will.

The labor and time involved in producing the organic pieces means they do not come cheap. Chairs sell for 10,000 pounds ($ 12,480), lamps for 900-2,300 pounds ($ 1,120-2,870) and tables for 2,500-12,500 pounds ($ 3,120-15,600).

The average chair takes six to nine years to grow – and another year to dry out. The longest commission the company has is for 2030. It is a chair for a customer’s retirement.

The plight of rainforests have stormed up the global agenda in recent weeks, as fires raged in the Amazon and the Congo Basin.

“You know the damage that we do with forestry. We’re only just starting to really understand that. This is kind of the opposite really, we use … ancient techniques that we used in the stone age,” Gavin said.

Ancient Romans, Chinese and Japanese are known to have shaped trees to customize their forms.

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Gavin and Alice hope to be harvesting annually by 2022.

Long-term, they want to buy a farm they can use as an experimental hub. They also want to spread their knowledge through consultancy.

In the medium-term, Alice wants a new dining set. But it will take at least a decade to grow.

Editing by Mike Collett-White

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Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit, police said on Saturday.

The toilet, valued at more than $ 5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan which opened two days ago at the stately home 60 miles west of London, a major tourist attraction.

The toilet, named “America”, was previously on display in a cubicle at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use it.

Thieves with at least two vehicles broke into the palace, the birthplace of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, and removed the toilet some time before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT), Thames Valley Police said.

“Due to the toilet being plumbed in to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding,” Detective Inspector Jess Milne added in a public statement.

Police said they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with the theft, but had not recovered the artwork.

Blenheim Palace said it was saddened by the loss of the “precious” artwork, which it said and that the rest of the exhibition would reopen on Sunday.

Last year, while the toilet was at the Guggenheim, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump turned down an offer from the museum to temporarily install the toilet for his personal use in the White House.

Reporting by David Milliken, Editing by Christina Fincher

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