What we’re reading: Nobel Prize in medicine announced, Trump to leave hospital tonight



This combination of photos shows, from left, Harvey J. Alter, Charles M. Rice, and Michael Houghton who jointly won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus. The major source of liver disease affects millions worldwide. (Rhoda Baer/National Institutes of Health, Richard Siemens/University of Alberta, AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By Sophia Vandewark

Nobel Prize winners announced

The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute announced the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.

The award was given jointly to Drs. Harvey J Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice.

While the hepatitis A and B viruses have previously been discovered, researchers have been working since the 1970s to isolate the genetic sequence of the hepatitis C virus.

The hepatitis C virus leads to long-term illness and affects millions of people every year. The discovery of the three recipients allows for a blood test to detect the virus.

The virus can now be treated, and cured in a matter of weeks, while a vaccine is currently in the works, according to The New York Times.

Gay men redefine #ProudBoys hashtag

Following comments from President Trump during the first presidential debate, members of the far-right white nationalist group Proud Boys took to social media to rally their supporters.

Actor and gay rights activist George Takei, however, tweeted Thursday encouraging gay men to share pictures of themselves with their families and tagging #ProudBoys in order to “reclaim” the hashtag for the LGBTQ+ community.

The far-right group has expressed anger over the use of the hashtag, leaving homophobic slurs in many comments. Allies came out in support of the movement, retweeting and sharing images of family and friends.

Trump has since denounced the group after his initial comments last week, according to The Washington Post.

President Trump to leave hospital where he received COVID-19 treatment

President Trump announced in a tweet Monday afternoon he would be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center tonight.

Trump has been staying in the hospital since Friday for COVID-19 treatments. He made a brief drive-by outing on Sunday to greet supporters.

Trump’s doctors said his health has been improving, according to NBC News.

Carjacking leaves child dead

A one-year-old died Sunday night following a carjacking outside Texas Health Huguley Hospital, located in south Fort Worth.

The child’s parents had met in the parking lot of the hospital to trade custody of their son when a man forced his way into the car, before hitting and then running over the child and the child’s mother.

The child was cared for at Cook Children’s Medical Center but died from his injuries.

The suspect crashed the car not far from the hospital and was arrested. There was no connection between the suspect and the victims, according to The Dallas Morning News.