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Inovio Ends Enrollment in Anal Dysplasia Study on VGX-3100

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:14

Inovio (INO) closes enrollment in the phase II study evaluating VGX-3100 for the treatment of HPV-related high-grade anal dysplasia. Shares up.

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Higher oxygen levels helped dinosaurs to thrive and spread, experts find

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:06

Rising levels of oxygen in the atmosphere hundreds of millions of years ago helped dinosaurs in North America to flourish, scientists have found.Levels of the gas rose by nearly a third in three million years, which experts say is very rapid in geological terms.

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Britain tops healthy league table in supermarket sold food, Oxford University study finds

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:50

Britain isn’t on a junk food diet - the food sold in its supermarkets tops health league tables, a study by Oxford University suggests.  The study of more than 400,000 food and drink products from 12 countries ranked Britain best for the levels of sugar, fat, salt and calories in common foods.  The ranking came despite the fact the UK has the highest obesity levels in western Europe.  And the US - which has the highest obesity levels in the world - was found to have the second healthiest offerings on sale, followed by Australia.  The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford analysed assessed countries using Australia’s Health Star Rating system – which measures the levels of the nutrients such as energy, salt, sugar, saturated fat as well as protein, calcium and fibre.  It found that the UK had the highest average Health Star Rating of 2.83, followed by the US at 2.82 and Australia at 2.81. India got the lowest rating of just 2.27 followed by China at 2.43 with Chile coming third from bottom at 2.44.  The results were published in Obesity Reviews. Lead author Dr Elizabeth Dunford said: “Globally we’re all eating more and more processed foods and that’s a concern because our supermarkets’ shelves are full of products that are high in bad fats, sugar and salt and are potentially making us sick. Our results show that some countries are doing a much better job than others.” Later this year, Public Health England is due to issue new calorie guidelines setting out stringent calorie limits on hundreds of foods, such as sandwiches and ready meals.  The body has already set targets for sugar content of common foods, which critics say would result in the elimination of traditional sweets, such as Sherbet Lemons and Parma Violets.

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Water pollution can reduce economic growth by a third: World Bank

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:17

Heavily polluted water is reducing economic growth by up to a third in some countries, a World Bank report said Tuesday, calling for action to address human and environmental harm. The report relied on what the Bank said was the biggest-ever database assembled on global water quality using monitoring stations, satellite data and machine learning models. "Clean water is a key factor for economic growth.

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Kamala Harris, in Reversal, to Participate in Climate Town Hall

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:08

After previously declining the invitation due to a scheduling conflict, the California Senator became the 10th confirmed participant in the September 4th event

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We've killed off more than 50% of forest animals on Earth, a new report found — even more evidence of a 6th mass extinction

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:40

Forests are our "greatest natural ally in the fight against global warming," said one conservationist.

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Elections Canada climate advertising guidelines puts chill on green groups' advocacy

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:52

Elections Canada, a non-partisan body that manages federal elections, has said that such advertising campaigns could be interpreted as partisan politics. The watchdog strictly regulates advertising during campaign periods, and one small right-wing party running in the October election - the People's Party of Canada (PPC) - denies climate change is man-made.

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Even a Republican study can't confirm anti-conservative bias on Facebook

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:49

Is Facebook biased against conservatives? An independent review led by former Sen. Jon Kyl set out to answer that question last year. Now, the results are in. The answer? Inconclusive. But the methodology behind the "audit" is highly dubious.On Tuesday, the long-awaited report was released, along with a Wall Street Journal op-ed by the former Arizona GOP senator."Facebook has recognized the importance of our assessment and has taken some steps to address the concerns we uncovered," Kyl writes in the report. "But there is still significant work to be done to satisfy the concerns we heard from conservatives." Read more...More about Facebook, Social Media, Right Wing, Conservative, and Bias

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Julián Castro to Participate in Climate Town Hall After Hitting Needed Poll Numbers

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:18

The Obama-era Housing Secretary hit the needed poll numbers and will be on stage

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National Space Council meeting highlights moon and Mars plan – plus nuclear power

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:58

The latest meeting of the National Space Council provided a forum to build support for NASA's twin-focus plan to send astronauts to the Moon in preparation for trips to Mars – and for the idea of using nuclear-powered rockets to get there. In contrast to some of the council's past meetings, today's session at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia produced no Space Policy Directives with capital letters. Instead, administration officials – led by Vice President Mike Pence – summarily approved a set of recommendations aimed at fostering cooperation with commercial ventures and international partners on… Read More

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India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:54

India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks in space, the craft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. ISRO chief K. Sivan said the manoeuvre was a key milestone for the mission, adding he was hoping for a perfect landing next month.

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Space Force, newest branch of the military, will launch Aug. 29

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:22

Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Space Force, officially known as the U.S. Space Command, would be established next week.

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Limited Competition: Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant Program for NIAID K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:05
Funding Opportunity PAR-19-351 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announces a program that provides NIAID-supported K01, K08, and K23 recipients with the opportunity to apply for Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant (R21) support at some point during the final two years of their K award. Through the use of this mechanism, NIAID seeks to enhance the capability of its K01, K08, and K23 award recipients to conduct research as they complete their transition to fully independent investigator status (e.g., R01 support). The R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects, including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. The R21 is, therefore, intended to support research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources and that may provide preliminary data to support a subsequent R01, or equivalent, application.
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Study on cannabis chemical as a treatment for pancreatic cancer may have 'major impact,' Harvard researcher says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:51

Scientists from Harvard University's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have found evidence that a chemical derived from cannabis may be capable of extending the life expectancy for pancreatic cancer.

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New study links antibiotic use with a higher risk of bowel cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:24

New research has found that antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of bowel (colon) cancer, but a lower risk of rectal cancer, suggesting that, to some extent, the risk of cancer may depend on the type and class of antibiotics prescribed. Carried out by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA along with the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, UK, the new study set out to investigate how the strong and long-lasting impact of antibiotics on the gut microbiome, which is the balance of helpful and harmful bacteria in the gut, could affect bowel and rectal cancer risk. To do so, the researchers looked at the medical records of 19,276 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer and 9,254 patients diagnosed with rectal cancers who were followed for at least two years.

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A controversial study suggests drinking fluoride-filled water during pregnancy is linked to lower childhood IQs

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:18

Fluoride is a mineral that's present in most people's water supplies and is touted as a way to prevent tooth decay.

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Intralink-Spine, Inc. Expands Clinical Studies in Australia

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:00

Intralink-Spine, Inc. announces the expansion of clinical trials in Australia for their patented medical device for the treatment of low back pain, called Réjuve™. “We’re pleased that Dr.

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Braingrid's Data Intelligence Program Increases Cannabis Yields, Reduces Costs

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:57

Strong crop improvements result in three-cycle payback Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 20, 2019) - Braingrid Limited (CSE: BGRD) ("Braingrid" or the "Company") a global provider of cultivation analytics using its affordable, scalable and easy-to-deploy sensor platforms for precision agriculture, announced that results in a peer-reviewed journal at an Ontario cannabis production facility shows optimizing fertigation can increase yields by up to 110%(1). Fertigation(2) is the injection of fertilizers for water, soil and other products ...

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NASA's future missions will shoot for an icy moon of Saturn, photograph the Big Bang, and more. Here's what's coming in the next 10 years.

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:41

NASA intends to return to the moon, continue on to Mars, and look for life near Saturn and Jupiter within 10 years. Its other plans go even further.

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