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Debenhams secures cash injection as it battles for survival

Image copyright Getty Images Debenhams is understood to have secured a cash injection of around £40m to buy it extra time as it battles to secure a longer term deal with lenders. The department store chain is expected to announce the fresh funds imminently. The struggling chain – which issued three profit warnings last year – is in talks with lenders and bondholders over renegotiating its debts. Debenhams is also trying to accelerate plans to close stores, and is expected to close around 20 stores this year. The extra money…

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Turtle meat – the ultimate survival diet?

Image copyright Getty Images Douglas Robertson was 18 when his father, Dougal, a former merchant navy officer, decided it’d be fun for the family to sell his farm, buy a 43ft wooden schooner and sail around the world. “Every day was an adventure – life was idyllic,” says Douglas, of the 1971 voyage. Indeed, it was all going swimmingly until a pod of killer whales – near the Galapagos Islands – attacked the boat. Forced to abandon the sinking vessel, the six of them ended up adrift on the Pacific…

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Single mum shares secrets of survival to encourage others

Image copyright JL Image caption From the heart: Jenni Lee and family at the beach “I see people suffering every day,” says single mum Jenni Lee, from Portsmouth. “I work as a lollipop lady and a dinner lady in a very poor area and the struggles people face on a daily basis are so intense.” Jenni posted about her experiences on Facebook in a bid to encourage other parents who are struggling. She says the post “came from the heart”. “I wanted people to know that there are other people…

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Leicester helicopter crash: ‘Minimal chance’ of survival for five on board

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook/Instagram Image caption (L-R): Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and Eric Swaffer were killed in the crash on 27 October There was “minimal chance” for anyone to survive a helicopter crash outside Leicester City’s stadium in which five people died, an inquest has heard. Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died alongside four others when the aircraft came down shortly after a match on 27 October. Det Ch Supt David Sandall told the inquest an intense fire stopped anyone getting in or out of the…

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Debenhams ‘seeks to close 50 stores’ in survival bid

Image copyright Reuters Debenhams is understood to be seeking to close 50 of its 166 stores in a radical overhaul as it prepares to reveal a record £500m loss. The struggling department store chain has previously said 10 stores were earmarked for closure over the next five years but has raised that target. The retailer’s survival plan, which was first reported by Sky News, will affect about 4,000 jobs. Debenhams, which declined to comment, reports annual results on Thursday. About 25 store leases are due to expire over the next…

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‘Treatment may extend advanced breast cancer survival’

Image copyright Getty Images Combining a pioneering drug with hormone therapy may extend the survival of some women with advanced breast cancer, a trial suggests. Women who received palbociclib and hormone therapy lived up to 10 months longer than those given hormone treatment alone. It also delayed the time at which women needed to begin chemotherapy, which often has debilitating side-effects. Experts say the preliminary results of the trial are very encouraging. But they point out that the treatment is not a cure and will not work for everyone. The…

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Roche’s Tecentriq boosts survival in triple-negative breast cancer

ZURICH/MUNICH (Reuters) – An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow a type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, data released on Saturday showed, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich/File Photo Women with advanced triple-negative breast cancer lived a median 7.2 months without their disease worsening (PFS) with Roche’s Tecentriq plus chemotherapy as an initial treatment, compared with…

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Scientists investigate icy streams for survival clues

FURKA, Switzerland (Reuters) – A team of scientists has embarked on a four-year quest to discover what beyond water the world loses when glaciers melt. Hannes Peter of the Alpine and Polar Environment Research Center (Alpole) from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) collects microorganisms from a stream to extract their DNA to better understand how they have adapted to their extreme environment, near the Rhone Glacier in Furka, Switzerland, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse By poring over microorganisms they find in glacier-fed streams, researchers from the Swiss Federal…

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Complementary cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients who use complementary therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, research suggests. A study of 1,290 patients in the US found people who received such therapies often refused life-saving care such as chemotherapy or surgery. Fewer of them survived five years after starting treatment compared to those on standard care, researchers found. Experts urged patients not to ditch proven cancer medicines. ‘Remarkable’ therapy beats terminal breast cancer Cancer delays ‘leave patients at risk’ Researchers said the…

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