While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 1 edition

Dozens still trapped after flyover collapses in India; at least 22 killed, 100 injured

Hundreds of emergency workers in India battled on Thursday night to rescue dozens of people still trapped after a flyover collapsed onto a busy street, killing at least 22 people and injuring nearly 100.

The flyover was under construction when a 100m section collapsed suddenly onto a crowded street in the eastern city of Kolkata around lunchtime, crushing pedestrians, cars and other vehicles under huge concrete slabs and metal.

“The death toll has risen to 22,” Javed Ahmed Khan, disaster management minister for the state of West Bengal, told AFP.


Renowned architect Zaha Hadid dies of heart attack aged 65

Zaha Hadid, the world’s most famous female architect who attracted plaudits for works of sweeping curves and controversy for huge cost overruns, died on Thursday at the age of 65, her company said.

Iraqi-British Hadid, the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, was best known for her designs for the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics.

Her first high-rise residential project in Singapore was the d'Leedon, at King's Road.


Major study confirms mums' smoking changes foetal DNA

Women who smoke while pregnant may harm their babies by chemically altering the DNA of the developing foetus, a major study including more than 6,000 women and children found on Thursday.

Doctors have long warned women to avoid cigarettes while pregnant because smoking can lead to stillbirth, or babies born with cleft palate, lung disease, or neurobehavioural problems.

Despite these warnings, as many as 12 per cent of pregnant women in the United States continue to smoke, exposing their foetuses to chemicals in cigarette smoke that pass through the barrier of the mother's placenta.


Avoiding food at night may reduce breast cancer recurrence: Study

Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer may lower their risk of tumours coming back if they avoid eating for 13 hours or more each night, a study published Thursday said.

Those who fasted less than 13 hours per night saw a 36 per cent higher risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to those who refrained from eating for 13 or more hours per night.

Patients who did not eat at night for longer periods also slept better and showed more normal glucose metabolism than those who snacked before bed.


Beyonce jumps into athleisure market with Ivy Park clothing line

Recording star Beyonce launched a women's fitness clothing line on Thursday featuring bodysuits, leggings and headbands, named in part for her four-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

Called Ivy Park, the 200-piece active wear collection is a joint venture with British businessman Sir Philip Green, who owns the Topshop fashion chain.

The collection will feature leggings, T-shirts, crop-tops and jackets all designed for fitness and leisure wear. It will go on sale at selected Topshop and high-end department stores around the world on April 14.