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Google Set 2018 Lobbying Record as Washington Tech Backlash Expands

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:34

The total beats the Alphabet Inc. unit’s record set in 2017, when it spent more than $18 million, according to federal disclosures. Google, which spent $4.9 million in the last three months of the year, according to a Tuesday filing, usually leads the tech sector in lobbying outlays and often is among the top-spending companies overall in Washington.


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EBay CEO Has a Stark Choice: Show Growth or Break Up Company

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:29

EBay has no Prime-style subscription and makes a big deal about helping shoppers discover products rather than mission shopping as they typically do at Amazon.com Inc. To compete against his larger rival, Wenig has tried to freshen EBay’s image with younger shoppers, made the site easier to navigate and harnessed artificial intelligence to give EBay merchants real-time insights about what shoppers want and how much they’re willing to pay. Wall Street bought the story for a while, but with Amazon gaining and EBay atrophying, investors have been losing patience with Wenig’s slow-and-steady approach.


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Equities slump on growth, trade worries

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:19

A gauge of world stock markets fell on Tuesday as concerns over global growth and trade gave investors incentive to look toward safe-haven assets such as the Japanese yen and government bonds. Investors shunned risk assets like equities as the International Monetary Fund warned of a dimmer outlook on Monday, China confirmed its slowest growth rate in nearly 30 years, and as Brexit uncertainty continued to drag on sentiment. "There's so much in the background - trade, government shutdown, earnings season - you're going to have these big swings in the markets based on the latest data," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago.


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NASA shuffles crew for Boeing Starliner space taxi’s test flight due to medical issue

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:08

NASA says a medical issue is forcing a switch in the crew for the Boeing Starliner space taxi’s first crewed test flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for no earlier than August. Astronaut Eric Boe will no longer be on the flight due to unspecified medical reasons, NASA announced today. Instead, three-time spaceflier Mike Fincke will take Boe’s place alongside NASA’s Nicole Mann and Boeing test pilot Chris Ferguson. Fincke will begin training for the Starliner flight immediately, while Boe will replace Fincke as assistant to the chief for commercial crew in the astronaut office at Johnson Space… Read More


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Apple Supplier Loses Half Its Value But Foreign Funds Just Won't Sell

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:00

As of this week, foreign investors held about 17 percent of Han’s Laser through the northbound arm of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock connect: the highest proportion among more than 700 stocks that foreigners can invest in via the two-year-old market link. Admirers of Han’s Laser believe it’s close to a bottom in the wake of Apple boss Tim Cook’s surprise outlook cut in January, the culmination of months of concerns about iPhone demand that’ve walloped partners such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Mounting evidence that China’s economy is cooling more rapidly than expected is also punishing industrial firms.


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'RBG' Filmmakers Report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is "Strong and Cheerful"

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:53

Despite her recent surgery, the unflappable Supreme Court Justice is happy to be back at work.


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The Colon Cancer Symptoms Young Men Should Never Ignore

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:43

Our gastroenterology expert reveals what signs to look for.


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PG&E shares surge as company secures $5.5 billion in bankruptcy financing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:38

The financing will comprise a $3.5 billion revolving credit facility, a $1.5 billion term loan and a $500 million delayed-draw term loan. Investment banks JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Plc and Citigroup Inc will provide financing, the company said in a filing. Separately on Tuesday, PG&E shareholder BlueMountain Capital Management LLC urged the power producer to delay its plans to file for bankruptcy.


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Pre-infected $80 tissues claim to help you prepare for flu season. Here's what doctors have to say.

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:35

“We believe using a tissue that carries a human sneeze is safer than needles or pills,” the makers of Vaev tissues say.


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Bleeding risks may offset aspirin's benefit vs heart disease

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:26

Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? The notion has been controversial, and the medical advice mixed. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can help prevent clots that may lead to heart attack or stroke.


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19-Year-Old Mom and Newborn Baby Both Die After She Delayed Her Cancer Treatment to Save Son

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:09

Teen Mom and Newborn Baby Die After Delayed Cancer Treatment


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Boxing Startup Favored by Justin Bieber Is Seeking VC Funding

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:08

Rumble’s latest financing signals a speedy ascent for a startup that opened its doors just two years ago, offering group fitness classes under the brand Rumble Boxing. But with a loyal clientele prepared to pay as much as $36 per class, and plans for a rapid expansion, Rumble is attracting interest from venture investors, one person said. Its fast-paced classes, with lighting and music that wouldn't be out of place in a nightclub, fit into the exercise-as-entertainment trend that has fueled the growth of businesses such as Tough Mudder Inc. and SoulCycle Inc.


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Aspirin self-medicating boosts risk of dangerous bleeds, major study finds

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:03

Aspirin should not be taken to prevent heart disease unless on doctors’ orders, scientists have warned after a major study found the drug “substantially” increases the risk of dangerous bleeds. A review of 164,225 people in their fifties, sixties and seventies found that regularly taking the inexpensive drug boosts the chances of major bleeding by more than 40 per cent. Aspirin has long been recommended for patients already known to suffer from heart conditions and those at high risk of stroke, with evidence indicating its blood-thinning qualities render the risk of side-effects worthwhile. However, the new research by King’s College London suggests that for middle-aged and older people currently in good health, the benefit of regularly taking the drug is not worth the risk of serious bleeding. Aspirin is not routinely prescribed for “primary prevention” of heart disease or stroke in the UK. Nevertheless, experts have estimated that tens of thousands of healthy people take the inexpensive drug anyway. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study of 53 to 74-year-olds included people taking aspirin, those taking a placebo and those on no treatment at all. Regular use of aspirin was associated with an 11 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular events such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke. This means that roughly 250 patients would need to be treated with the medication for five years to prevent a single cardiovascular event. However, those taking aspirin were 43 per cent more likely to suffer a major bleeding episode than those not using the drug. Dr Sean Zheng, who led the research, said: "This study demonstrates that there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine aspirin use in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths in people without cardiovascular disease.” At a glance | Cancer risk reduction with daily aspirin Meanwhile Professor Stephen Evans, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "The message for healthy patients is that taking aspirin has a small benefit to prevent heart disease but also at least as large a harm in terms of serious bleeding. "For some individual patients the balance may tip more clearly in either direction." After Alzheimer’s, heart disease is Britain’s second biggest killer, claiming roughly 153,300 lives a year of approximately seven million patients living with one or more of the conditions, which are closely linked to poor lifestyle. Last night the Royal College of GPs (RCGP)said patients who regularly take aspirin “should not panic”, but should talk to their family doctor if they are concerned about the drug. “Aspirin can be an inexpensive and effective drug for reducing risks of recurrence in patients who have suffered a stroke or heart attack, but we have known for many years that there are risks and side effects involved with its long-term use, and this study highlights the importance of managing its use carefully and effectively,” said Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP chair. Experts have previously warned people who have been self-medicating with daily low-dose aspirin against stopping abruptly in order to avoid rebound “stickiness” of the blood. Instead, they recommend reducing the dose gradually over a month to six weeks. "Aspirin use requires discussion between the patient and their physician, with the knowledge that any small potential cardiovascular benefits are weighed up against the real risk of severe bleeding,” said Dr Zheng. Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University, said future research should concentrate on methods of enabling GPs to recommend aspirin on a more personal basis. “Ideally it would help to know whether some people have characteristics that make aspirin a good choice for them, while it would be better for others to avoid it,” he said.


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Americans: “We need a carbon tax, but keep the change”

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 12:00

More people support a carbon tax earmarked for climate fixes rather than one that puts money into their own pockets. That surprising finding challenges conventional wisdom on the best way to get a carbon tax over the Congressional finish line in the US. The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a non-partisan…


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Nigeria's new outbreak of Lassa fever kills 16

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:44

Nigerian health authorities on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Lassa fever that has killed 16 people since early January, despite successfully containing the disease last year. "Since the onset of the 2019 outbreak, there have been 16 deaths in confirmed cases," said a report released by the National Centre for Control (NCDC), revealing a 26.7 percent mortality rate in confirmed cases. "Given this increase in reported cases of Lassa fever, the NCDC has declared this an outbreak and activated an Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate the response," the report said.


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This woman died after having a routine colonoscopy — now the hospital is being questioned

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:40

Martha Wright, 83, reportedly died of internal bleeding.


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Brazilian leader at odds with Davos focus on environment

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:38

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to work "in harmony with the world" to cut carbon emissions, aiming to quell international concerns that his country, the main custodian of the oxygen-rich Amazon, could put economic interests over environmental ones.


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Bleeding risks may offset aspirin's benefit vs heart disease

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:38

Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? The notion has been controversial, and the medical advice mixed. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can help prevent clots that may lead to heart attack or stroke.


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More And Bigger Private Jets Landing at Davos as Leaders Discuss Climate Change

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:35

More And Bigger Private Jets Landing at Davos as Leaders Discuss Climate Change


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More Americans Than Ever Believe in Climate Change, No Matter What Trump Says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:12

New rates of melting ice underscore the results of an encouraging survey about environmental attitudes


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