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Arab League condemns deadly twin bombings in Libya.

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The Arab League on Wednesday condemned the deadly terror attack in Libya that killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens others.

There has been no claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s double car bombing which took place outside a mosque in the eastern city of Benghazi, targeting people who were coming from evening prayers.

In a statement, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said the body supports Libya and its national army in the fight against terrorism and extremist groups that seek to destabilise the country.

Aboul-Gheit called on all Libyans to unite in order to rid the North African country of terrorists.

The latest attack comes after a United Nations endorsement of the planned national elections which are scheduled for later this year.

The agency last week said it hoped the elections can help stabilise the country, which has been dogged by turmoil since the 2011 ouster and killing of long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Today, Libya is grappling with insecurity as different factions control different parts of the country.

Before the elections however, a new electoral law would likely have to be agreed on and a referendum on a constitution held.

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Living With Anxiety by Shelby Nixon

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By Shelby Nixon of confidencefirst.wordpress.com

How many people here suffer severe anxiety? I sure do, and believe me, it is one hell of a ride. To me, anxiety is like a rollercoaster, when you wake up in the morning it’s like climbing that steep hill and throughout the day it kind of works it’s way to the top until you are at the top starring down the other side. Next thing you know your going high speed down the steep drop with no way to stop it.

Some people coast it out, while others are screaming and crying waiting for it to be over. This just so happens to be my life except some days, I’m already at the top and before I even have a chance to leave the house I’m screaming and crying, wanting it to be over. That’s the sad truth. Not only is my anxiety really high almost everyday, she likes to bring along her friend depression without even asking- God she can be so intrusive… You know sometimes I wish I could just beat it up. I’m a non-believer of medication, I feel like it just gives me a false sense of hope and it makes me feel like I’m not real. Most people in my life try and force it on me and when I fight back and try to stand my ground about it, they tell me I’m being irrational and unhealthy; so uncool. I know I’m not the only one who is like this. Like who wants to take medication that makes them feel zombified all the time? I don’t, screw that! I’d rather sit in my bed writing my blogs, or talk to a therapist than poison my emotions. People with anxiety or depression, even addiction, know what they want and they sure as shit know how to get it. We know how to channel our energy and thoughts into healthy things, just sometimes we struggle with the motivation.

Life can be so debilitating when you suffer inside your own head of overthinking and worry. It’s like your always telling your head to go sleep and let you live one day anxious free. Oh boy would that ever be nice!! Has anyone here ever wondered if people you talk to about your anxiety or depression really understands you, or is it like they are just finding another way to judge you? Maybe that’s my anxiety talking, I don’t really know. I really think my anxiety has made me a little insecure and possibly paranoid about certain things. Anyone I talk to about my anxiety looks at me like I’m a total nut job or they respond with “just suck it up, life is to short to always be in the fast lane” and I respond with “oh, I’m sorry, I can’t slow down because it makes you uncomfortable.” That might seem like a snarky response but it’s true, anxious people can’t just dial it down. Some days it’s go time! For anyone who feels like their rollercoaster is going to fast or never-ending, just remember to close your eyes, take three big breathes through your nose and out your mouth, try and calm yourself, and give it another shot.

For someone who struggles everyday, I find this to be one of the best techniques out there. Find your favorite song and dance along to release energy and most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help or a time out! Keep smiling folks, happiness is within arms reach, and you will get there!

By Shelby Nixon of confidencefirst.wordpress.com

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Cancer Cure In Sight. Fighting it With Another Disease!

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Scientists probing the reason why cancer is far less common in individuals with Huntington’s disease have revealed that the gene responsible for the fatal brain condition produces a molecule that is deadly to cancer cells.

In a recent paper published in the journal EMBO Reports, scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, note exactly how they tested the molecule in human and mouse cancer cells, as well as in mice with ovarian cancer.

“This molecule,” explains senior study author Marcus E. Peter, who’s a professor of cancer metabolism, “is a super assassin against all tumor cells. We’ve never seen anything this powerful.”

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He and his colleagues hope that the discovery will lead to a short-lived treatment that can target and destroy cancer cells without triggering the progressive brain damage that occurs alongside Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s disease is a fatal and inherited disorder that destroys nerve cells in the brain, causing a progressive decline in mental and physical ability. Symptoms will typically emerge between age 30 and 50 and progress over a period that lasts 10–25 years.

There are currently 30,000 people in the United States living with Huntington’s disease, as well as another 200,000 who are at risk of inheriting it.

There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease, which arises from a fault in the Huntington gene. The gene is passed from parent to child. Children with a parent who has the disease have a 50 percent chance of carrying the gene.

The faulty Huntington gene contains more than a normal number of repeats of a certain sequence of nucleotides in its DNA code. Nucleotides are the “alphabet”of DNA and RNA and there are five of them: A, G, C, T, and U.

In Huntington’s disease, the Huntington gene contains too many repeated sequences of CAG. The more repeated sequences of CAG in the gene, the earlier the disease develops.

The repeated sequences give rise to molecules called small interfering RNAs that attack genes that are important for cell survival, and they trigger a type of cell death that brain cells are susceptible to.

However, it seems that cancer cells are much more vulnerable to this type of cell death, which opens up the possibility of using the process to eliminate cancer cells in a way that does not damage healthy cells.

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