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‘The Voice’ pays tribute to Christina Grimmie as Top 11 is revealed: Watch

One artist was eliminated on The Voice on Tuesday night (April 24). After Monday night’s voting and iTunes tallies, the bottom two artists had to sing live for the instant save. Coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine performed with their teams, and Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani will perform next week.

Carson Daly started the night by bringing back the top 12 artists and announcing the first of the results. Viewers voted to save Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown, Team Adam’s Jesse Larson and Team Blake’s Lauren Duski. Brown’s advancement in particular was not a surprise, since her song from last night broke into the top 10 on iTunes.

Daly also announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which will help victims of gun violence and breast cancer. A former contestant on The Voice, Grimmie was fatally shot at a concert last year. Levine, her former coach, dedicated his team’s performance of “Hey Jude” to Grimmie, and her family was in the audience.

The remaining nine artists were brought back to the stage. Viewers voted to save Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson and Team Blake’s Aliyah Moulden, the youngest artist left in the competition.

Performing “Good Life” from The Fate of the Furious, G-Eazy took the stage next.

The next two artists to advance to the top 11 were Team Adam’s Lilli Passero and Team Alicia’s Chris Blue.


Team Blake gave a country performance of “Crippled Inside” by John Lennon, and then it was time for Daly to announce the last two artists who were automatically voted through. Viewers voted to save Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake and Team Blake’s TSoul, leaving Shelton’s team intact. America also saved Team Alicia’s Stephanie Rice, leaving Alicia Keys’ team intact as well.

That left Team Gwen’s Troy Ramey and Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah to sing for the instant save. Ramey went first, singing “Drift Away.” It was a smooth and soulful performance, but artists should always go with something more upbeat and exciting when singing for the instant save. This felt more like a casual jam session than a performance, and Ramey’s nerves seemed to be getting to him a little bit. Shelton said he has a classic sounding voice and also encouraged Ramey to show more of his personality on the show if he advances to next week. “You’re so easy with the way you sing,” Stefani said, describing him as natural and intuitive.

THE VOICE — ‘Live Top 12’ Episode: 1215A — Pictured: (l-r) Aliyah Moulden, Lauren Duski, Lilli Passero, Vanessa Ferguson, Brennley Brown, Troy Ramey, Hunter Plake, Stephanie Rice, Chris Blue, TSoul, Mark Isaiah, Jesse Larson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Isaiah followed with a performance of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. And even though it also was on the slower side, it was a strong example of the kind of music that Isaiah sings very well. Given Isaiah’s easy charm, it’s surprising he hasn’t connected with viewers more. Levine thought it was a perfect song choice. “You’re getting better every day,” Levine said, urging viewers to vote him through so they can see his full potential.

Live votes were cast on Twitter, and Daly announced the results. Isaiah secured the instant save and advanced to the top 11, and Ramey went home.

The top 11 will sing live next week on The Voice. What did you think of tonight’s results?

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival.

In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs.

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Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefing.

At that age, a human baby weighs little more than 500 grams, its lungs are not able to cope with air and its chances of survival are low. Death rates are up to 70 percent and those who do survive face life-long disability.

“These infants have an urgent need for a bridge between the mother’s womb and the outside world,” said Alan Flake, a specialist surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who led the development of the new device.

His team’s aim, he said, was to develop an extra-uterine system where extremely premature babies can be suspended in fluid-filled chambers for a vital few weeks to bring them over the 28-week threshold, when their life chances are dramatically improved.

It could take up to another 10 years, but by then he hopes to have a licensed device in which babies born very prematurely are given the chance to develop in fluid-filled chambers, rather than lying in incubators being artificially ventilated.

“This system is potentially far superior to what hospitals can currently do for a 23-week-old baby born at the cusp of viability,” Flake said. “This could establish a new standard of care for this subset of extremely premature infants.”

The team spent three years evolving their system through a series of four prototypes – beginning with a glass incubator tank and progressing to the current fluid-filled bag.

Six preterm lambs tested in the most recent prototype were physiologically equivalent to a 23- or 24-week-gestation human baby and were able to grow in a temperature-controlled, near-sterile environment, Flake said.

The scientists made amniotic fluid in their lab and set up the system so that this flowed into and out of the bag.

Lung development in fetal lambs is very similar in humans, said fetal physiologist Marcus Davey, who worked on team.

“Fetal lungs are designed to function in fluid. We simulate that environment … allowing the lungs and other organs to develop while supplying nutrients and growth factors,” he said.

Flake said the success of the system, details of which were published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, was due to its mimicking life in the uterus as closely as possible.

It has no external pump to drive circulation, because even gentle artificial pressure can fatally overload an underdeveloped heart, and there is no ventilator, because the immature lungs are not yet ready to breathe air.

Instead, the baby’s heart pumps blood via the umbilical cord into a low-resistance oxygenator that acts as a substitute for the placenta in exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Flake’s team plans to refine the system further and then downsize it for human infants, who are around a third of the size of the lambs used in the study.

(Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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