Harry and Meghan’s second baby
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby girl named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4. This is the second child for her and Prince Harry. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” said the royal couple’s statement.
Climate change leaves the western US in drought
Increased demand for water because of rising populations, along with the onset of large forest fires has left the western United States in severe drought that appears to have little relief ahead. Nearly all of California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and North Dakota are affected. Large areas in many of these states are in “severe” or “exceptional” drought conditions. Though the western half of the country is drier and hotter, conditions have exacerbated because of climate change.
Europe becomes Biden’s first foreign destination in office
President Joseph Biden is heading to Europe for his first foreign trip during his time in office. Over the next few weeks, Biden will try to repair ties with powerful figures like Boris Johnson, leaders of the G7 like Angela Merkel, NATO, and leaders participating in the first U.S.-EU Summit since 2014. Biden will conclude his trip by trying to establish a more stable relationship with Russia through President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Serena Williams exits the French Open
Serena Williams exited the French Open at the last-16 stage on Sunday after a surprising loss to Russian-born Elena Rybakina. She will switch her attention from the clay stage of the Open to the grassy court of Wimbledon, which starts on June 28. Williams lost 6-3 7-5 to Rybakina and hasn’t made it past the fourth round on the clay at Roland Garros since 2016, CNN reported.
40 years since the first reported AIDS case
June 5, 2021, marked 40 years since the first case of AIDS was reported. In 1981, five gay men in Los Angeles had been diagnosed with a strange lung infection known as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). Two of them died and less than a month later new case reports started flowing in, setting the ball rolling for a devastating disease that left mental and emotional scars many are still healing from. More than 700,000 people in the US have died of AIDS since 1981. Though medical and scientific advancements have been made, no cure exists to this day.
FDA approves first drug to fight Alzheimer’s in nearly 20 years
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first new medication for Alzheimer’s disease in 18 years, on Monday. The drug, called aducanumab, will go by the brand name Aduhelm. It is a monthly intravenous treatment that attacks the disease process itself rather than symptoms of dementia. But clinical trials showed incomplete evidence regarding its effectiveness. The FDA has given approval on the condition that the manufacturer, Biogen, conduct a new trial. If it fails the Phase 4 trial, approval can be rescinded, though the FDA isn’t required to.