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Injured sailor rescued in bay

A sailor has been rescued after suffering suspected spinal injuries when he was hit by a snapped mast.

The middle-aged man was hit across the back as he and the crew of a 33-foot yacht took part in Sunday morning races on Dublin Bay.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat said the Irish Coast Guard helicopter was called in after the accident happened at about 11am and the disabled yacht was located halfway between the West Pier and South Bull Way.

David Brannigan, Dun Laoghaire RNLI spokesman, said it is not known what caused the mast to snap.

Sea sponges aid cancer fight

A drug derived from sea sponges extends the life of women with an especially aggressive form of breast cancer, research shows.

Two major trials involving more than 1,800 women found eribulin boosted survival by more than two months overall.

The most significant improvement was seen in women with the advanced triple negative breast cancer, where lifespan was increased by nearly five months.

The drug was originally developed from a sea sponge called Halichondria okadai but is now made in laboratories.

Ebola patient out of danger

A Spanish nursing assistant who recovered from an Ebola virus infection has left the isolation unit where she was being monitored.

Teresa Romero tested positive on October 6, but was declared cured of the virus 15 days later. She was the first known person to contract the disease outside of West Africa in the latest outbreak.

Romero (44) is now being attended by hospital staff that no longer needed to wear protective outfits.

Art auctions to fetch millions

The annual round of Autumn art auctions kicks off on Tuesday with Vincent van Gogh's Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies at Sotheby's in New York. It could sell for up to $50m.

The following week, Christie's in New York is selling Andy Warhol's paintings of Elvis and Marlon Brando with each expected to fetch $60m.


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