• Protein 'can stop viruses developing'

    Researchers at the University of the West of Scotland have discovered a protein that can stop viruses developing. The team had already established that the same protein can suppress cancer. Now the fight is on to fully understand how it works in the hope of turning the laboratory research into a treatment. The protein is called Hira. Technically it is a histone chaperone complex, but it is easier to understand in terms of what it can do. Three years ago Dr Taranjit Singh Rai and colleagues at the Beatson cancer institute and Glasgow University reported that Hira could suppress the uncontrolled division of cells that causes cancer. So far, so exciting. But in the course of that research Dr Rai

  • Self-harm rising among teenage girls

    There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely that rising stress and psychological problems in young people were also behind the trend. The NSPCC said giving children support early could be a matter of life or death. Since 2001, girls have had much higher rates of self-harm than boys - 37.4 per 10,000 compared with 12.3 in boys. While self-harm rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-olds and 17- to 19-year-olds, there was a 68% increase among 13- to 16-year-olds over

  • Gord Downie of Tragically Hip dies at 53

    Tragically Hip toured in summer 2016 as a way of dealing with the singer's diagnosis. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us," the band said at the time in a statement. Born in Kingston, Ontario, Downie loved playing hockey and became a lifelong fan of the Boston Bruins, which was strengthened by his godfather, Harry Sinden, serving as the team's coach and general manager. But he loved music and songwriting even more. Formed in 1984, the Hip, as the band is commonly called, became one of Canada's premiere groups with hits such as "Wheat Kings," "Bobcaygeon" and "Ahead by a Century." City and Colour's Dallas Green told The Canadian Press in June 2016 that Downie

  • Have the Manics made their final album?

    Manic Street Preachers won the Inspiration award at Wednesday's Q Awards, 25 years after releasing their debut album, Generation Terrorists. Michael Sheen presented the award, paraphrasing the lyrics to Design For Life, saying: "Libraries gave us power and this band gave us power!" But speaking to the BBC, bassist Nicky Wire said he "didn't know" whether the band would ever release another album. "I'm in a funny place," he said. "I've kind of given up listening to music." "There's lots of good music out there - St Vincent is great, Wolf Alice I really like - but I just listen to Radio 4." Wire, who is the Manics' chief lyricist, said the band might have "overdone it" with their last two albums,

  • 'Project Runway's' Mychael Knight dies at 39

    Lifetime, the network that airs "Project Runway," also released a statement to CNN. "We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the 'Project Runway' family, designer Mychael Knight," the statement said. "It's a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during this difficult time." Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Knight grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from high school in Washingtonville, New York. After attending Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he earned a degree in apparel design and merchandising, Knight broke into the fashion industry while working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in Atlanta in 2001. An established fashion stylist,

  • Hanks: 'It's all got to change' after Weinstein

    Hanks: 'It's all got to change' after Weinstein Tom Hanks talks to the BBC about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying there will now be a "sea change" in Hollywood.

  • Sir Tom: Encounter 'made me feel terrible'

    The singer says he was propositioned by a man in the music industry, early on in his career in the 1960s. Sir Tom had been asked about the abuse alleged to have taken place in Hollywood. This clip is originally from Afternoon Edition on Thursday 19 October 2017.