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Millions of children miss measles shots, creating outbreaks: UNICEF

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 18:03

More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years, laying a path of exposure to a virus that is now causing disease outbreaks globally, a United Nations report said on Thursday. "The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children," said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, adding: "The ground for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid years ago." The UNICEF report said an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 - equating to 21.1 million children a year on average.


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Amy Schumer's Instagram Post Nails the Gender Disparity in Medical Research

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:18

Amy Schumer shared an Instagram photo of herself and husband Chris Fischer walking. She commented that she is still pregnant and puking because of the gender disparity in medical treatment.


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Major emperor penguin breeding ground gone barren since 2016

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found.


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Does China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited's (HKG:3996) CEO Pay Matter?

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:06

The CEO of China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited (HKG:3996) is Yanzhang Ding. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we'll...


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Japan's incoming imperial couple offers the nation something new

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:01

As they prepare to carve out identities as Japan's emperor and empress, hopes are high they will make the office both more international and more in touch with the lives of ordinary Japanese. "I think there's opportunities for this newest generation of imperial family members to embrace causes that push the envelope a little," said Shihoko Goto, an analyst at the Wilson Center, citing the 55-year-old Masako's experience as a diplomat. "They have a unique background and they have the interest, I believe, and they should have the skill sets to be more engaged," she added, noting how far the family has come from World War Two, when Emperor Hirohito was considered a god.


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One in six cancer patients is being denied drugs recommended by doctors

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:01

One in six cancer patients is being denied drugs recommended by their doctors, a study  has found. The Institute of Cancer Research said radical action was needed to cut drug costs and speed up access to life-extending medications. Its survey of more than 1,000 cancer patients found 16 per cent had been denied a drug recommended by their consultant, or faced a delay receiving it. Almost half of those who tried to enroll on clinical trials of new treatments were unable to do so. The ICR said too many patients were being denied drugs, or forced to wait too long for them, because NHS rationing bodies did not prioritise new types of treatment. Its research found that the average time from when a cancer drug is patented to approval by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is now more than 14 years. It urged health officials to rewrite the rules, in order to fast-track those with the greatest potential into the NHS. It also calls for "radical action" to lower the cost of new drugs to the health service; for example, by introducing pricing based on how successful they are in treating patients. Cutting cancer risks | 10 recommendations The survey of 1,064 cancer patients found that 9 per cent of sufferers had been unable to access a treatment recommended by their doctors, while 12 per cent said they had experienced delays in receiving a suggested drug. The publication of the manifesto follows an ICR report last year, which suggested NHS patients are waiting longer for new cancer drugs because of delays getting them through clinical trials and licensing. Its research found that the average time from when a cancer drug is patented to approval by Nice has risen from 12.7 to 14.1 years, comparing the period 2000-2008 to 2009 to 2016. ICR chief executive Professor Paul Workman said: "We will only make step-change advances against cancer by giving patients access to genuinely innovative new drugs, which can attack cancer in brand new ways, or as part of innovative combinations to overcome the challenge of drug resistance. "We need drug regulators and Nice to be faster and more flexible in their assessment of evidence, especially for the most innovative treatments. "And it's crucial also to address the extremely high prices of cancer drugs, which researchers and patients agree are the biggest barrier to getting them to patients." Professor Raj Chopra, head of cancer therapeutics at the ICR, said: "It's only by encouraging innovation that we can make big leaps forward in treating those forms of cancer that have so far missed out on major progress. "It's essential too that we ensure all cancer patients have access to suitable clinical trials - and that we greatly expand efforts to discover and develop new drugs for children with cancer, so that they can start to benefit from the same kinds of advances we have seen in adults." Meindert Boysen, director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation at Nice , said: “Providing patients with access to innovative cancer treatments that are clinically and cost-effective is NICE’s highest priority. Since July 2016, we said yes for cancer drugs in 80 percent of the cases we have looked at – compared with 47 per cent  in 2012/13."


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U.K. Cybersecurity Agency Won't Tell Regulator About Breaches

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:01

The decision, which the National Cyber Security Centre and the Information Commissioner’s Office jointly announced Thursday, is designed to prevent new data privacy laws from having a chilling effect on businesses’ willingness to share information about cyber attacks with the government. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which took effect in May 2018, allows national regulators such as the U.K.’s ICO to impose fines up to 4 percent of global revenue for data breaches. The NCSC, which works with British industry to strengthen the defenses of the U.K.’s critical national infrastructure against cyberattacks, worried these large fines would deter companies from reporting hacks for fear the agency would inform the ICO.


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U.S. measles cases at highest since elimination in 2000: CDC

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:57

The United States has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest incidence recorded since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The resurgence of the contagious disease is linked mainly to large outbreaks in Washington state and two in New York that began late last year, the agency said in a statement. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the agency's statement warned.


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Brainstorm Health: Biogen Earnings, Thought to Speech Device, ADHD Device

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:43

Brainstorm Health: Biogen Earnings, Thought to Speech Device, ADHD Device


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U.S. measles cases at its highest since elimination in 2000: CDC

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:40

(Reuters) - The United States has recorded 695 measles cases from 22 states as of April 24, the largest number of cases reported in the country since measles was eliminated in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.


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NYC mayor takes aim at glass towers as energy hogs

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:04

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presides over a city that's known for its skyscrapers but he is no fan of the glass towers that have transformed the Manhattan skyline in recent decades.


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Indigenous protesters march on Brazil Congress over land rights

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:47

Brasília (AFP) - Thousands of indigenous people decorated with traditional feathers and body paint converged on Brazil's capital Wednesday to defend hard-won land rights many fear could be eroded by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Heavy security, including riot police, has been deployed for the annual three-day lobbying effort in the heart of Brasilia, where representatives from various tribes have set up camp along the broad avenue leading to Congress. Next to tents pitched on the grass, demonstrators displayed posters declaring "Our land is sacred," "No mining on indigenous lands" and "We demand the demarcation of our lands" as others sang and danced during the first such protest under Bolsonaro, a champion of farm businesses, mining and logging who took power on January 1.


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Microsoft Sales Top Estimates Amid Flurry of Cloud Wins

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:19

Net income was $8.8 billion, or $1.14 a share, compared with an average analyst estimate of $1 a share, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The fiscal third quarter featured a flurry of large brands, particularly in retail, signing agreements to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud software. Microsoft also is benefiting as more traditional companies that are longtime customers move to the cloud.


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21-year-old woman arrested for lying about having kidney cancer

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:06

A local club organizing a fundraiser to help Hannah Hume with her medical bills became suspicious about her kidney cancer diagnosis.


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Hubble enjoyed a colorful view of the Southern Crab Nebula to celebrate 29 years in space

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:02

The Hubble Space Telescope has provided mankind with some of the most incredible views of space that we've ever seen. It's shown us breathtaking images of distant objects and structures for nearly three decades, and to celebrate the 29th anniversary of its launch NASA took the time to show us some of the best galactic eye candy yet.What you see above is the Southern Crab Nebula, which gets its unique appearance from a pair of stars locked in an incredibly close relationship. Material from one of the stars is regularly spewing out, being drawn in by the gravity of its companion star and filling the gap between both stellar bodies. The material is pushed out into space in a shape that vaguely resembled an hourglass.The two stars, a red giant and a white dwarf, are putting on quite a show for us here on Earth, but at a distance of several thousand light-years away it's possible that the incredible structure has already changed dramatically from what we can see today.NASA explains:> The outflow may only last a few thousand years, a tiny fraction of the lifetime of the system. This means that the outer structure may be just thousands of years old, but the inner hourglass must be a more recent outflow event. The red giant will ultimately collapse to become a white dwarf. After that, the surviving pair of white dwarfs will illuminate a shell of gas called a planetary nebula.This is just one of many images made possible by the venerable Hubble, which launched into space exactly 29 years ago today. It was sent into orbit by the space shuttle Discovery, and after some in-space adjustments to its lens system it has been producing gorgeous images ever since.It has been repaired, augmented, and modified several times during its long stint in space, and it's still one of NASA best tools for observing the cosmos. The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will provide NASA with even more power to peer into space, but it won't replace Hubble outright and we can expect the aging telescope to continue to provide us with views of space for some time.


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This Insane Spiral Forest Walkway is Cooler than any Treehouse

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:47

It's a nature lover's dream come true.


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PayPal’s Payment Volume Disappoints as Venmo Fails to Deliver

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:34

Shares of PayPal have risen 28 percent this year, as analysts expected the company to continue reaping benefits from a strong e-commerce market and hopes that Venmo will soon turn a profit. PayPal’s stock fell as much as 3.14 percent in extended trading on Wednesday following the earnings report. For the first time, PayPal disclosed the number of people active on Venmo, or those who have made at least one transaction in the past 12 months: 40 million.


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Slack Finds New Ways to Fit In at the Office, Ahead of Stock Debut

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:30

Recent private sales of Slack stock have valued the business at about $16 billion, more than double its last private funding valuation. It’s expected to file the public version of its stock offering prospectus this month before directly listings its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the summer, according to three people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. Over the next few months, the company will roll out the ability for users send emails to colleagues directly from within Slack.


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Scientists turn brain signals into speech, may help people who cannot talk

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:04

Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, implanted electrodes into the brains of volunteers and decoded signals in cerebral speech centers to guide a computer-simulated version of their vocal tract - lips, jaw, tongue and larynx - to generate speech through a synthesizer. This speech was mostly intelligible, though somewhat slurred in parts, raising hope among the researchers that with some improvements a clinically viable device could be developed in the coming years for patients with speech loss. It was incredibly exciting that a lot of the aspects of real speech were present in the output from the synthesizer," said study co-author and UCSF doctoral student Josh Chartier.


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Ebola first responders threaten strike if security not improved

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 13:59

Health workers in one of the epicenters of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak threatened on Wednesday to go on strike as early as next week if authorities don't do more to protect them. In the latest attack, on a hospital in the city of Butembo, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist from Cameroon was killed and two others wounded last Friday. At a protest on Wednesday in Butembo, the biggest city to be affected by the current outbreak, dozens of Congolese doctors and nurses marched behind a banner reading "Ebola exists" and urged authorities to take additional security measures.


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