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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal heartbreaking news that they have lost their baby – Daily Mail

Chrissy Teigen has announced she and her husband John Legend have lost their baby, days after she was admitted to the hospital with severe bleeding. 

The model, 34, shared the heartbreaking news with a lengthy post and series of images on social media on Wednesday night, saying their little boy, ‘Jack’, has died following ‘so many complications’.   

Chrissy wrote in her post: ‘We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough’. 

The devastating post included five black and white photos taken at the hospital, showing Chrissy crying on her bed as well as a shot showing her and John cradling their son.  

On Monday, Chrissy, who already has daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two, with her musician husband, 41, revealed she was on ‘serious bed rest’ due to bleeding and said she was ‘about halfway through’, which is around 20 – 24 weeks. A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead at 24 weeks or later. 

 Tragic: Chrissy Teigen has announced she and her husband John Legend have lost their baby, days after she was admitted to the hospital with severe bleeding

In a heartbreaking addition to the post, Chrissy revealed that ‘for some reason’ she and John had begun calling their unborn baby boy, ‘Jack’ despite only naming their other kids after they were born.

She continued: ‘We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.

‘To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.

‘Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience.’ 

 ‘We are shocked’: The 34-year-old model also penned a lengthy caption explaining the tragedy and expressed her family’s grief over the sudden loss

Heartbreaking: Chrissy shared a lengthy caption detailing their loss 

Losing a baby past 24 weeks is a stillbirth rather than a miscarriage. If a baby dies before 24 completed weeks, it’s known as a miscarriage or late foetal loss. 

Shortly after breaking the tragic news to her followers, Teigen took to her Twitter page to further express her shock from the loss. 

‘Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real,’ she wrote.

The four photos uploaded to Chrissy’s Instagram paint a heartbreaking scene, with one of the pictures showing Chrissy crying and cradling Jack in her arms as John leaned next to them.

Forever Jack: ‘We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack,’ explained Teigen


A stillbirth occurs when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

If a baby dies before 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a miscarriage.

Not all stillbirths can be prevented, however, not smoking or drinking, as well as not sleeping on your back and attending all antenatal appointments can reduce the risk. 

What are the signs? 

Signs may include the baby not moving as much as normal.

Pregnant women should contact their doctor immediately if they notice a difference to their baby’s movement. 

What are the causes? 

Stillbirths do not always have an obvious cause but may occur due to complications with the placenta or a birth defect.

They are also more likely to occur if women suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or an infection that affects the baby, such as flu. 

Stillbirths are more likely to occur if women are having twins or multiple pregnancies, are overweight, smoke, are over 35 or have a pre-existing condition, such as epilepsy.

What happens after a stillbirth? 

If a baby has died, women may wait for their labour to start naturally or they may be induced if their health is at risk. 

Bereavement support groups are available to parents who have suffered stillbirths.

Some find it helpful to name their baby or take pictures with them.  

 Source: NHS Choices

Another featured Chrissy sobbing as she held her hands to her face and sat at the edge of her hospital bed in nothing but a blanket and a bonnet. 

Teigen and Legend had revealed they were expecting their third child together in the music video for John’s new single, Wild, in August.

She had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night after enduring a month of bleeding due to having a weak placenta and had been at the hospital since.  

Grieving: ‘But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it,’ concluded Chrissy

Disbelief: Shortly after uploading her undeniably sad news to Instagram, Chrissy took to her Twitter page to further express her shock 

On Monday, she updated fans on her condition in an Instagram post, revealing she had received two blood transfusions and said: ‘Baby and I are completely fine.’

‘Hello from hospital. about to have my second blood transfusion which truly, truly, truly sounds more dramatic than it is,’ she said. 

‘It’s an IV, but instead of fluids, the blood of some kind human being out there. Baby and I are completely fine, just missing the little things like walking…cooking…playing with the other buttbutts.’

Teigen had already been on strict bed rest earlier this month but explained she was admitted to the hospital after her bleeding had worsened. 

Teigen – who is expecting her third child, a baby boy, with husband John Legend – was hospitalized on Sunday evening after a month of bleeding 

What is a blood transfusion? 

The NHS writes: ‘A blood transfusion is when you’re given blood from someone else (a donor). It’s a very safe procedure that can be lifesaving.

‘A blood transfusion may be needed if you have a shortage of red blood cells.

‘This may be because your body’s not making enough red blood cells or because you have lost blood.

‘For example, you may need a blood transfusion if you have

‘a condition that affects the way your red blood cells work – such as sickle cell disease or thalassaemia

‘a type of cancer or cancer treatment that can affect blood cells – including leukaemia, chemotherapy or stem cell transplants

‘severe bleeding – usually from surgery, childbirth or a serious accident

‘A blood transfusion can replace blood you have lost, or just replace the liquid or cells found in blood (such as red blood cells, plasma or cells called platelets)’ 

‘I’m about halfway through pregnancy and the blood has been going on for about a month, maybe a little bit less than a month. We’re talking about more than your period girls, it’s definitely not spotting. A lot of people spot but it’s usually fine. Mine was a lot,’ she added.  

‘Everytime I go to the bathroom it would be blood, and honestly just laying there there would be blood.’

Despite the scare, she assured her fans she and her baby were doing well and said the her son was ‘healthy, growing stronger than Luna or Miles.’  

‘He moves so much, so much earlier than they ever did. I’m so excited for him, he’s the strongest little dude. He’s the strongest coolest dude in the sh***iest house.’

‘So his house is like falling apart. It didn’t have a good foundation to begin with, he didn’t have the strongest chance at the very, very beginning so all we’re doing now is trying to make sure he has a lot of fluid around him and I’m resting as much as possible.’ 

Teigen and Legend wed in 2013.

After Chrissy announced the news, some of the couple’s closest friends, like Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union, voiced their condolences in the comment section.

‘We’re always here for you and love you guys so much,’ wrote Kim Kardashian, 39, who happens to share four children of her own with husband Kanye West, 43. 

Gabrielle Union, 47, made sure that Chrissy and John knew that her family would be there for them during this trying time. ‘We love you guys so much and we will be here for whatever yall need. Always,’ she commented.

Paris Hilton, who recently opened up about her own pregnancy plans, said that her ‘heart breaks for [Chrissy] and John. ‘I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you and your family so much love. Love you beautiful,’ wrote the 39-year-old heiress. 

Hailey Bieber expressed sympathy for John and Chrissy’s unfortunate situation in Chrissy’s Instagram comment section. The 23-year-old model, who is married to Justin Bieber, wrote: ‘I’m so so sorry. Thinking of you and John, praying for you guys and sending you so much love during this time.’

Channing Tatum let the couple know that he is ‘sending so much love to [them] right now,’ while Jersey Shore star Snooki informed Chrissy that she is ‘praying for [her] and [her] beautiful family.’  

Support: After Chrissy announced the news, some of the couple’s closest friends, like Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union, voiced their condolences in the comment section

Take away the pain: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who just became a dad for the first time with husband of seven-years Justin Mikita, 35, said that he wish he could ‘take away [Chrissy’s] heartbreak’

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who just became a dad for the first time with husband of seven-years Justin Mikita, 35, said that he wish he could ‘take away [Chrissy’s] heartbreak.’ 

John and Chrissy have been candid in the past about their journey with IVF and their fertility struggles. It took her several rounds of IVF before she got pregnant with her daughter, Luna, who was born in 2016.

She told The Cut in 2018 that she it was ‘devastating’ when her first round of IVF didn’t work, and she admitted to blaming herself. ‘You just look for anything to blame, especially yourself,’ she explained. ‘I think hearing stories is just really important. You realize there’s no right way to do it, or right way to react.

‘I don’t know. There’s no right way to do IVF. You just have to keep hoping that it will happen. It’s easy for some, and not for others. And that’s okay.’

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MLB playoffs schedule, scores: Cardinals hit Padres’ Paddack hard in Game 1 win; Astros, Rays advance to ALDS – CBS Sports

The 2020 Major League Baseball postseason continued Wednesday with a packed eight-game schedule in the best-of-three Wild Card Series. The full slate saw three American League teams advance to the ALDS — including the Yankees in a wild game vs. Cleveland — and two road teams winning in the National League.

Below are the results from Wednesday and key takeaways from the day.

Wild Card Series scores

Yankees outlast Cleveland in wild Game 2

Hands down, the game of the postseason thus far is Game 2 between the Yankees and Cleveland. The game featured multiple lead changes, including one in the eighth inning and one in the ninth, and 19 total runs. At four hours and 50 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game in baseball history, and that doesn’t include the 76 minutes of rain delays they had to wait out.

The Yankees ultimately prevailed thanks to their ninth-inning comeback against Brad Hand. A walk, a single, and an infield single loaded the bases with no outs, then Gary Sanchez tied the game with a sac fly to center. DJ LeMahieu gave the Yankees the lead with a four-hopper back up the middle. It was definitely well-placed rather than well-struck, which is what the Yankees needed.

New York overcame a poor start from Masahiro Tanaka (six runs in four innings) and some shoddy bullpen work to win Game 2. They drew 12 walks, the most ever in a nine-inning postseason game, and they also hit three home runs. That includes Gio Urshela’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Urshela of course started his career with Cleveland.

The Yankees now advance to the Southern California bubble and the ALDS, where they’ll take on the AL East rival Rays. That series will begin Monday. Cleveland goes home for the winter with the franchise’s championship drought now at 72 years.

Dodgers grab close win over Brewers

It’s a rematch of the 2018 NLCS, though this one isn’t nearly as close a matchup on paper. Mookie Betts doubled in each of the first two innings for the Dodgers, who scored three times in those first two frames and never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Brewers. Julio Urias, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen from the Dodgers’ bullpen combined for five scoreless innings, striking out seven, to lock things down. For full takeaways on the Dodgers taking a 1-0 series lead, click here.   

Cards hit Paddack hard in Game 1 win

In a perfect world, the Padres would’ve had Mike Clevinger or Dinelson Lamet start Game 1 of their Wild Card Series against the Cardinals. In this decidedly imperfect world, the Padres had to start Chris Paddack after both Clevinger and Lamet developed arm issues. 

If the Padres go on to lose the series — and they’ll have to win Games 2 and 3 to avoid elimination after dropping the series opener on Wednesday — they’ll have no choice but to wonder what could have been if Clevinger and Lamet had stayed healthy a little longer. Paddack’s start got off on the wrong foot, as he allowed four runs to cross the plate before the Padres had a chance to bat. 

His troubles wouldn’t end with the first inning, either. By the time he departed, after 2 1/3 innings, he had yielded six runs on eight hits. Paddack managed just one strikeout along the way. The Cardinals will have a chance to advance to the NLDS on Thursday. They would play the winner of the Dodgers-Brewers series.

Astros knock out Twins 

The No. 3 seed Twins saw their postseason nightmares continue this week. With the 3-1 loss to the Astros in Game 2, the Twins extended their record MLB playoff losing streak to 18 games and were knocked out of the postseason in the process. The devastating streak dates back to the 2004 ALDS, and is the longest in North American sports history. Houston, the team with the worst regular season record (29-31) in the playoff field, knocked out Minnesota in two games at Target Field. 

Aside from the fact the the Twins were simply a far better team than the Astros during the regular season, the Twins also held a 24-7 (.774) record when playing at home. Furthermore, the Astros had been terrible when playing on the road during the regular season, compiling an atrocious 9-23 (.281) record on the road. The Twins home record was the highest win percentage since the 1975 Reds, while the Astros away record is the worst road winning percentage by a playoff team in the World Series era.

Frustrations piled up for the Twins in Wednesday’s elimination game when the Twins’ offense went ice cold. Altogether in the two Wild Card Series games, the Twins lineup managed just seven hits and two runs. Minnesota’s usually hot bats going quiet during the postseason isn’t a new storyline. The last time the Twins scored more than four runs in a playoff game was when they scored five runs in a loss to the Yankees on Oct. 9, 2004.

Braves only need one

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman secured a 1-0 victory with a walk-off single in the 13th inning of Atlanta’s series opener against the Reds on Wednesday. Freeman’s knock was just the sixth of the day for a Braves team that reached base six fewer times than the Reds did.

What everyone will remember about Game 1 was how dominant the pitching was for both teams. The Braves were paced by left-hander Max Fried, who struck out five over seven shutout frames. Atlanta then received three-plus perfect frames from relievers Chris Martin, Will Smith, and Mark Melancon before turning things over to the rest of the bullpen. Darren O’Day, Tyler Matzek, Shane Greene, and A.J. Minter bent but didn’t break by putting on eight baserunners and stranding them all across 2 2/3 shutout frames.

The Reds arguably outpitched the Braves. Trevor Bauer struck out 12 and allowed just two hits in 7 2/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias, Lucas Sims, and Michael Lorenzen then combined to strike out nine batters and gave up a hit and two walks over four-plus innings. Archie Bradley and Amir Garrett couldn’t keep the good times rolling with no margin for error, however. Every starter on both teams struck out at least once, resulting in a record 37 punch outs. As our Mike Axisa noted elsewhere, the Braves and Reds also set a record for the longest scoreless playoff game. It was just that kind of afternoon.

Oakland flips the script? 

Playoff success for the A’s since the days of the Bash Brothers has been difficult to come by. From 2000-13, there were six Game 5 losses in the ALDS. They did win one ALDS, but then got swept in the ALCS. Since that stretch, there have been three wild card games and the A’s lost all three. Looping in the last two with Game 1 here in 2020, the A’s had zero leads in any playoff game after losing the 2014 Wild Card Game to the Royals

With their backs against the wall on Wednesday, however, the A’s delivered the goods early. They got two in the first thanks to a Nick Madrigal error, though they got three singles before that and putting the ball in play is always preferred to striking out. Then in the bottom of the second, Marcus Semien muscled up for a two-run shot: 

White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel was chased after just 3 1/3 innings. 

The A’s counterpart, however, was excellent. Chris Bassitt worked seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits. Oakland nearly coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth, but Jake Diekman got Jose Abreu to ground out with the bases load to end the threat and the game.

Looking ahead to Game 3, the A’s could run lefty Sean Manaea out there, but there’s a caveat. The White Sox are now 15-0 this season in games started by left-handers, including Game 1 against Jesus Luzardo. Here’s how the Sox fared in the regular season against each side: 

vs. RHP: .253/.313/.436

vs. LHP: .285/.364/.523

With that in mind, maybe the choice will be righty Mike Fiers

The White Sox’s options are Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.97), Dylan Cease (5-4, 4.01) and Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 6.49). 

Rays sweep Jays with ease

Three-game series on a one vs. eight matchup in baseball might not typically be quite the bloodbath fans of other sports might expect. In the case of the Blue Jays visiting the Rays, it was every bit of one. The Rays grabbed a run in the bottom of the first, a two-run homer in the second, and then a Bo Bichette error left the door open for Hunter Renfroe with the bases loaded and two outs:

Just like that, it was 7-0 Rays and they never looked back. The series barely felt like it had started before it was essentially over. 

Renfroe’s shot was the first Rays grand slam in postseason history. 

The Rays only had to use Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow among their starting pitchers and now get to wait until Oct. 5 (Monday) before they have to play again. They will be traveling to southern California, but otherwise it’s an easy handful of days working out to get themselves ready for the ALDS, where they’ll face either the Yankees or Cleveland.

Marlins push Cubs to brink

The Marlins surprising 2020 continued Wednesday as Miami scored five times in the seventh inning for a 5-1 win over the Cubs in Game 1. Miami got a strong outing from Sandy Alcantara and finally got to Cubs’ righty Kyle Hendricks in the seventh. You can read more about that game here.

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Seagram’s Heiress Sentenced In Nxivm Sex Trafficking Ring Case – NPR

Clare Bronfman, the Seagram’s liquor fortune heir, was sentenced to 81-months in prison for her role in protecting Keith Raniere, the disgraced leader of Nxivm, who was convicted of turning women into sex slaves.

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Clare Bronfman, the Seagram’s liquor fortune heir, was sentenced to 81-months in prison for her role in protecting Keith Raniere, the disgraced leader of Nxivm, who was convicted of turning women into sex slaves.

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An heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for fraud and forced labor as a leading member of Nxivm, a cult-like self-help group accused of holding women captive, and coercing them into having sex with the group’s leader.

Clare Bronfman, 41, was a member of Nxvim — pronounced Nehk-see-um — for 15 years, eventually joining its executive board and bankrolling numerous lawsuits against critics of the secretive organization led by Keith Raniere.

Bronfman pleaded guilty to felony charges of harboring a woman who was in the U.S. illegally and the fraudulent use of a deceased person’s identity.

In a hearing that went on for more than three hours, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis scolded Bronfman for using her fortune to protect Raniere even after she became aware of the sex trafficking ring.

“I am troubled by evidence suggesting that Ms. Bronfman repeatedly and consistently leveraged her wealth and social status as a means of intimidating, controlling, and punishing” Nxivm’s enemies, Garaufis said on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

But rather than distancing herself from the leader of the group, whom authorities have called a “modern-day Svengali,” Garaufis said, “She chose to double down on her support of Raniere.”

Heiress Charged With Supporting Sex-Trafficking Operation

The group was based in upstate New York but grew to have a global presence. It espoused a philosophy of self-improvement but investigators that over the years it became a vehicle for recruiting, grooming and even branding an inner circle of female sex slaves for Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard.”

Raniere was convicted in June 2019 on charges of sex trafficking, forced labor, conspiracy, human trafficking and multiple counts of racketeering — including sexual exploitation of a child.

NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sex Cult Case

Before Bronfman’s sentence was announced on Wednesday, several victims offered emotional statements of ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives.

Among them was Barbara Bouchey, a former Nxivm member who defected and claims she continues to be hounded by Bronfman and her lawyers.

“You’ve been under house arrest for two years, yet you have never stopped,” Bouchey tearfully told the court, The Associated Press reported.

“Will you never stop?” she asked Bronfman, who sat silently at the defense table.

Bronfman pleaded guilty last year to credit card fraud on behalf of Raniere. She also admitted to illegally harboring a woman who was in the U.S. on an expired visa for unpaid “labor and services.”

Though she remained quiet for most of the proceedings, Bronfman did address the unnamed woman on Wednesday, saying, “I truly hope you can forgive me and live a happy life.”

She also told the court that she is thankful for the support she’s continued to receive.

“It doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes because I have made mistakes,” Bronfman said.

She did not mention Raniere, however, in a letter to the court last month. She said Nxivm had “greatly changed my life for the better” and that she wouldn’t denounce its leader.

Part of her plea agreement included a $500,000 fine and the forfeiture of $6 million of her fortune, a sum prosecutors say is only a fraction of her wealth. Bronfman was also ordered to pay a Nxivm victim nearly $100,000.

The 41-year-old heiress was taken into custody to begin her 6-year and nine-month sentence immediately after her appearance Wednesday.

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Google’s ‘Hold for Me’ Assistant feature appears first on new Pixel phones – Engadget

When the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G arrive, they’ll include an early preview of Google’s new feature for the Phone app, the Duplex-powered “Hold for Me.” Mentioned during the Launch Night presentation and explained in a blog post, it lets Google Assistant wait around and wait for someone to pick up when a business is keeping you on hold.

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It follows Call Screen and Verified Calls as new features that use Assistant to make phone calls less annoying, and repurposes the Duplex developments to let AI detect hold music and produce a notification once someone actually picks up. According to Google, you’ll see captions produced in real-time on your phone’s screen to let you know what’s happening, as Duplex can tell when it’s picking up a recorded message vs. a live representative.

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Japan’s Tokyo Stock Exchange halts trading because of a technical glitch – CNN

Hong Kong / Tokyo (CNN Business)A hardware failure has caused the Tokyo Stock Exchange to completely halt trading for an entire day for the first time in its history.

The exchange said Thursday afternoon that the technical problem was due to an issue with hardware. A backup device failed to work, making it impossible to distribute market information.
The issue also appeared to affect smaller Japanese stock exchanges in Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo, which share the same trading system as the TSE.
The daylong halt is a significant nuisance for a stock market that is worth about $6 trillion and is the world’s largest after the United States and mainland China, according to statistics compiled by the World Federation of Exchanges.
The TSE said that it is replacing the hardware “to ensure normal trading” from Friday onward.
The exchange earlier said that it “sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused to investors and the people related to stock market.”
The suspension is “regrettable,” said Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, at a press conference. He added that the country’s financial regulator has ordered the exchange and its operator, Japan Exchange Group, to investigate the cause of the glitch.
When asked about the possibility of a cyberattack, Kato said that he had “not heard about such information as of now.”
The problems shut down one of the only major exchanges operating in Asia on Thursday. Other countries are celebrating public holidays, including mainland China, Hong Kong and South Korea. Markets in mainland China will remain closed for several days for the Golden Week holiday.
Markets elsewhere were higher. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1%. US stock futures advanced: The Dow (INDU) ticked up 240 points, or 0.9%. S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq (COMP) futures were each up 0.7%.
September wasn’t rosy for the market. Wall Street’s major indexes all recorded losses, breaking a five-month winning streak and marking the first down month since March.
For the quarter overall, things were a bit better: All three indexes ended higher, making it the second straight quarter that stocks rose following the abysmal first three months of the year.
Jazmin Goodwin and Anneken Tappe contributed to this report.

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The First Person to Be Cured of HIV Has Passed Away From Cancer – ScienceAlert

Timothy Ray Brown in 2012. (T. J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images via AFP)


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The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown – known as the “Berlin Patient” – has died from cancer, the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced Wednesday. 

Brown made medical history and became a symbol of hope for the tens of millions of people living with the virus that causes AIDS when he was cured more than a decade ago.

He had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months and received hospice care at his home in Palm Springs, California. 

“On behalf of all its members… the IAS sends its condolences to Timothy’s partner, Tim, and his family and friends,” said IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman. 

“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hutter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible.”

Brown was diagnosed with HIV while he was studying in Berlin in 1995. A decade later, he was diagnosed with leukaemia, a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

To treat his leukaemia, his doctor at the Free University of Berlin used a stem cell transplant from a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that gave him natural resistance to HIV, hoping it may wipe out both diseases.

It took two painful and dangerous procedures, but it was a success: in 2008 Brown was declared free of the two ailments, and was initially dubbed “the Berlin Patient” at a medical conference to preserve his anonymity.

Two years later, he decided to break his silence and went on to become a public figure, giving speeches and interviews and starting his own foundation.

“I am living proof that there could be a cure for AIDS,” he told AFP in 2012. “It’s very wonderful, being cured of HIV.”


Ten years after Brown was cured, a second HIV patient – dubbed “the London Patient” – was revealed to be in remission 19 months after undergoing a similar procedure. 

The patient, Adam Castillejo, is currently HIV-free. In August a California woman was reported to have no traces of HIV despite not using anti-retroviral treatment. 

It is thought she may be the first person to be cured of HIV without undergoing the risky bone marrow treatment. 

Sharon Lewin, president-elect of the IAS and director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia, praised Brown as a “champion and advocate” of a cure for HIV.

“It is the hope of the scientific community that one day we can honour his legacy with a safe, cost-effective and widely accessible strategy to achieve HIV remission and cures using gene editing or techniques that boost immune control,” she said.

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Donald Trump Claims Joe Biden Wants to Cancel Remaining Debates—He Doesn’t – Newsweek

President Donald Trump said during a Minnesota campaign event that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was ready to cancel the two remaining presidential debates.

Trump’s comments the day after his first presidential debate with Biden, which many criticized as chaotic and lacking in substantive policy discussions. Trump offered no proof for his debate cancellation allegations, which Biden’s campaign had already repudiated.

“Joe Biden is too weak to lead this country,” Trump said to a crowd at Duluth International Airport. “You know Biden lost badly when his supporters are saying he should cancel the rest of the debates. Now I understand he’s canceling the rest of the debates. Let’s see what happens. I think that’s not gonna be a good move for him.”

Biden’s campaign said that Biden has no intention of canceling the debates. “I don’t know how many different ways we can say it,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a press call after the Tuesday debate. “Yes, we are going to do the debates.”

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Biden’s running mate California Senator Kamala Harris said in a Tuesday interview with CNN that Biden would go through with the scheduled debates.

“Joe Biden’s never going to refuse to talk to the American people and have any opportunity that he can to speak directly to American families and speak about the issues, speak the truth, and address the facts of where we are now, but also address the hopes and dreams of the American families and where we could be and Joe’s got a plan for dealing with those hopes and aspirations as well,” Harris said.

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President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was going to cancel the remaining presidential debates, but Biden’s camp denied that allegation.
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Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for further comment.

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Trump and Biden’s first scheduled debate was marked by moments of confusion. The two candidates often spoke over each other, sometimes raising their voices, leaving debate moderator Chris Wallace struggling to restore order.

Trump expressed frustration with Wallace’s attempts to guide the debate. “I guess I’m debating you, not [Biden],” Trump told Wallace.

On Wednesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said it was looking at instituting new guidelines for upcoming debates.

During a Wednesday campaign stop, Biden criticized Trump’s debate performance. “I think it was just a national embarrassment,” Biden told reporters. “I just hope that the American people and those undecided voters try to determine what each of us has an answer for their concerns, and allows us to actually speak.”

“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” read a Wednesday statement from the CPD. “The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

In a Wednesday statement, Trump’s re-election campaign communication director Tim Murtaugh said the CPD was only considering changes because Biden lost the debate. “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs,” Murtaugh said. “They shouldn’t be moving the goal posts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”

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Apple Suggests Restoring iPhone and Apple Watch to Fix Excess Battery Drain or Missing GPS Data – MacRumors


Shortly after the release of iOS 14 and watchOS 7, many users ran into problems with their iPhone and Apple Watch.

Multiple online support threads including our own found GPS data was not being properly recorded during activities. The issue appeared to affect all models of Apple Watches.

In the majority of cases, users record a workout on their watch while leaving their ‌iPhone‌ at home, but when they later look at the Activity app it only shows the workout’s starting point on the GPS map, and nothing else.

In addition, some users have been reporting excess battery drain of their Apple Watch, ‌iPhone‌ or both under ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌. In the support threads, the unofficial fix seemed to be unpairing and restoring your Apple Watch. Jack Taylor from our forums reported resolving both issues with this method:

Both the GPS and severe battery drain issues on ‌watchOS 7‌ were fixed for me simply by in-pairing and re-pairing my watch. Both issues resolved themselves immediately after as noted in many of the support groups

It appears that Apple has adopted this advice as the official solution to this problem. In a newly published support document titled If you’re missing Workout GPS routes or Health data after updating to ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌, Apple writes that users may see the following issues after upgrading to ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌:

Possible Symptoms

  • Your workout route maps are missing in the Fitness app on ‌iPhone‌ for previous GPS-enabled workouts from your Apple Watch.
  • The Activity, Heart Rate, or other health-related apps fail to launch or load data on your Apple Watch.
  • The Fitness app or Health app fail to launch or load data on your ‌iPhone‌.
  • The Health app or Fitness app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your ‌iPhone‌.
  • The Activity app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your Apple Watch.
  • Your environmental sound levels data or headphone audio levels data from Apple Watch is missing in the Health app on ‌iPhone‌.
  • Increased battery drain on your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch.

If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, Apple suggests unpairing your Apple Watch, backing up both your ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch, wiping both devices and restoring from backup. Apple provides steps to accomplish these tasks in their support document which was published today.

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