Beethoven may have died from lead poisoning

Ludwig Von Beethoven, one of the world’s greatest classical composers, lost his hearing and died from copious amounts of cheap wine he drank because it contained lead, which, at the time, people considered a sweetener, according to “The Disturbingly Long History of Lead Toxicity in Winemaking.” The bottles’ corks were soaked in lead, and the…

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Kidney transplant victim dies

Richard “Rick” Slayman, who received the world’s first successful transplant of a genetically edited pig kidney, has died.  Massachusetts General Hospital, where the transplant occurred on March 21, made the announcement today. Slayman, 62, was living with end-stage kidney disease. The hospital discharged him on April 2. His treatment points to a major discrepancy regarding kidney transplants…

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Mumia Abu-Jamal praises pro-Palestine student activists

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In an address to students at the City University of New York on Friday night, the incarcerated Black political activist Mumia Abu-Jamal praised the pro-Palestinian growing at U.S. colleges as being on the right side of history. “It is a wonderful thing that you have decided not to be silent and decided to speak out…

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