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Michelle Obama opens up about racism: Some people can't see past my skin colour

Michelle Obama has spoken candidly about the racism she still faces.  During a rare appearance since leaving the White House, Obama took to the stage at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30 year anniversary celebration to share her personal experience in shattering glass ceilings and the obstacles she faced as America’s inaugural African-American First Lady. Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks, emphasizing that women must celebrate their strength, during a live conversation with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Y. Casteel. Photo: Getty Images Interviewed by the organisation’s…

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Trump: Transgender people 'can't serve' US military

US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in “any capacity” in the military. He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption”. The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people. Some Republicans have voiced opposition to allowing transgender people to serve at all. The independent Rand Corporation estimated in 2016 that 2,450 of the 1.2…

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Pirelli calendar exclusively features people of colour, including Aussie Duckie Thot

On a muggy afternoon in May, in a heavily guarded studio hidden along a nondescript industrial North London back road, RuPaul, the actor, drag queen and TV personality, was holding court inside a padded box, wearing a resplendent scarlet red ball gown from which oversize playing cards tumbled from the voluminous skirt. Inches away, actor Djimon Hounsou stood staring, shirtless, sporting a gold crown and pinstripe trousers. Hours earlier, actress Whoopi Goldberg had mugged for the cameras on that same set in rounded glasses, an oversize tunic the shape and…

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For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries. Experts applauded the progress, but questioned if the billions spent in the past…

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Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment. The findings, reported Wednesday, mark a first peek at a huge study under way to help determine if Medicare should start paying for specialized PET scans that find a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — a sticky plaque called amyloid. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and classic…

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This psychological trick can get people to eat more vegetables

Researchers believe they’ve found a way to help us eat more vegetables: Describe them differently. People are more likely to eat vegetables when they are labelled with decadent, enticing descriptions, say researchers at Stanford, who found in a recently published study that more diners at a university cafe chose to eat vegetables when they had so-called “indulgent” labels. For instance, more diners generally chose to scoop up beets when they were labelled “dynamite chili and tangy lime-seasoned beets,” rather than just plain “beets.” It turns out that most people prefer…

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Successful people wear the same thing to work every day. Or are they just depressed?

 Many moons ago, I recall reading an article in Marie Claire (or something similarly likely to dazzle a tatty 19-year-old) about how Donna Karan had cracked the “uniform dressing” code. She spoke in matter-of-fact terms about how all you needed was just 15, or 13, or seven, or however many fewer-than-my-groaning-floordrobe items, to get you through life. I think there was a cashmere sweater, some sort of smock dress, some shirts, and a few “work” options. It was the turn of the millennium so there was probably a pashmina in…

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