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Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous


How decline in memory, gait speed are associated with dementia risk

The risk of dementia in adults 60 and older who experience declines in both memory and gait speed was compared with adults who experience no decline or decline in either memory or gait speed only in this observational meta-analysis that included six studies with about 8,700 participants from the US and Europe.
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Alcohol-induced deaths in US

National vital statistics data from 2000 to 2016 were used to examine how rates of alcohol-induced deaths (defined as those deaths due to alcohol consumption that could be avoided if alcohol weren't involved) have changed in the US and to compare the results by demographic groups including sex, race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status and geographic location. The study is accompanied by two commentaries.
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A genetic map for maize

Researchers have decoded the genetic map for how maize from tropical environments can be adapted to the temperate US summer growing season. They believe that if they can expand the genetic base by using exotic varieties, they might be able to counter stresses such as emerging diseases and drought associated with growing corn in a changing climate.
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The Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak : Should You Be Worried?

Symptoms of a Covid-19 virus infection – other than breathlessness, very similar to other flu symptoms There’s never been such a massive response to any previous infectious outbreak as there has been to what was originally generically termed and described as a new type of coronavirus, and which has now been officially named as Covid-19.Is this massive response, all around the world, necessary, or is it a panicked over-reaction?  Is the outbreak now almost under control and the threat it origin...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Japan, UK, Science, California, China, Miscellaneous, US, Walmart, Iran, Canada, Current Affairs, Korea, Ikea


Coronavirus: two Diamond Princess passengers die as Japan defends quarantine

US says efforts to contain spread ‘may not have been sufficient’ as Japanese health minister argues ‘we’ve been doing our best’Two passengers who were onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner have died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, Japan’s health ministry said on Thursday.The victims – the first people connected to the ship to have died – were an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, both of whom had pre-existing medical conditions, the public broadcaster NHK said, adding...
Tags: Japan, Science, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Global development, NHK, Coronavirus outbreak


Research team tackles superbug infections with novel therapy

Superbug infections kill 35,000 people in the US annually. A team of researchers has found that a treatment known as AB569 kills pseudomonas aeruginosa in humanized cells in mouse models. The treatment does not harm these humanized cells.
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Fifty years of data show new changes in bird migration

A growing body of research shows that birds' spring migration has been getting earlier and earlier in recent decades. New research from The Auk: Ornithological Advances on Black-throated Blue Warblers, a common songbird that migrates from Canada and the eastern US to Central America and back every year, uses fifty years of bird-banding data to add another piece to the puzzle, showing that little-studied fall migration patterns have been shifting over time as well.
Tags: Science, US, Canada, Central America


Want to live longer? Stay in school, study suggests

A multi-institution study led by the Yale School of Medicine and University of Alabama-Birmingham has attempted to tease out the relative impact of two variables most often linked to life expectancy -- race and education -- by combing through data about 5,114 black and white individuals in four US cities.
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The potentially deadly paradox of diabetes management

Diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US, of these millions, more than 90% have Type 2 diabetes. Controlling blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin levels -- or HbA1c, which is sometimes referred to as A1C -- is key to diabetes management and necessary to prevent its immediate and long-term complications. However, new Mayo Clinic research shows that diabetes management may be dangerously misaligned.
Tags: Science, US, Mayo Clinic


Big investment needed to eliminate Hep C in Pakistan could deliver huge health benefits

A large investment of at least US$3.9 billion needed to meet the World Health Organization's (WHO) target for the elimination of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Pakistan could deliver huge benefits in terms of lives saved and reduced ill health, according to University of Bristol led research published in The Lancet Global Health today [19 February].
Tags: Science, US, Pakistan, World Health Organization, University of Bristol, The Lancet Global Health


Spanish modified Story Memory Technique efficacious for Mexicans with multiple sclerosis

Researchers adapted the English language Kessler Foundation modified Story Memory Technique into Spanish. 'This is an example of how cultural adaptation can extend evidence-based interventions to non-English speaking populations,' said Dr. Krch. 'The positive outcomes of this pilot study of urban-based Mexicans have important implications. While further testing is needed, we anticipate that this adaptation of the modified Story Memory Technique will be applicable to the diverse Spanish-speaking ...
Tags: Science, US, Kessler Foundation, Story Memory Technique


China's handling of coronavirus is a diplomatic challenge for WHO

Beijing’s draconian measures to contain outbreak have delayed global transmissionThe World Health Organization is having to perform a diplomatic balancing act over the new coronavirus outbreak, caught between China – whose draconian measures to contain the disease have delayed transmission to the rest of the world –and China’s critics, who say its behaviour is typical of its disregard for human rights.At every press briefing, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended China’s h...
Tags: Health, Science, China, US, Society, World news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak


Are plastic containers safe for our food?

The industry says its containers are safe but some experts point to a lack of data and warn that plastic and heat aren’t a good mixMany of us have an overflowing kitchen cupboard of plastic containers to store our leftovers.But as awareness grows over the health and environmental pitfalls of plastic, some consumers may be wondering: is it time to ditch that stash of old deli containers?Only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled. From its contributions to global heating and p...
Tags: Science, US, Switzerland, Fda, New York University, Environmental Science Technology, BPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, FCS, Nias, BPF, FPF, Emily Holden, Leo Trasande, New York University 's Grossman School of Medicine


Are plastic containers safe for our food? Experts say it’s hard to know

The plastics industry says its containers are safe but some experts advise consumers to avoid heating them and advocate using glass or metal instead Many of us have an overflowing kitchen cupboard of plastic containers to store our leftovers.But as awareness grows over the health and environmental pitfalls of plastic, some consumers may be wondering: is it time to ditch that stash of old deli containers?Only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled. From its contributions to gl...
Tags: Science, US, Switzerland, Fda, New York University, Environmental Science Technology, BPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, FCS, Nias, BPF, FPF, Emily Holden, Leo Trasande, New York University 's Grossman School of Medicine


Cancer screening among women prescribed opioids

US women who take prescription opioids are no less likely to receive key cancer screenings when compared to women who are not prescribed opioids.
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More purple than blue: Religiously unaffiliated vary in political beliefs

The number of religiously unaffiliated people has reached nearly one-fourth of the US population, one of the largest demographic groups in the country. University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel examined their political orientation and found this group can no longer be presumed to be liberal.
Tags: Science, US, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Philip Schwadel


Hurricane Harvey tops league of most extreme US weather this decade

A top ten of record-breaking US weather events of the last decade reveals Hurricane Harvey is the most extreme of the decade, and similar others were among the costliest and deadliest on record, according to magazine Weatherwise.
Tags: Science, US, Hurricane Harvey


Rounds of rain to drench southern US, exacerbate flooding this week

For residents across the southern United States dealing with an abnormally wet weather pattern and flooding, Mother Nature will only bring more of the same this week as a parade of storms keeps the wet weather pattern in place.AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said that, while more storms are expected this week, rainfall is not likely to be as intense as that of recent storms. "Rainfall totals for all of this week should average 1-2 inches," Sosnowski said. "The past 10 days hav...
Tags: Texas, Science, US, Alabama, Georgia, United States, Arkansas, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, Accuweather, South Carolina, Mother Nature, Mississippi River, Northeast, Carolinas, Jackson Mississippi


Americans evacuated from coronavirus-hit cruise ship return to US

Passengers flown from Japan after being stuck onboard now face 14 days in quarantineCoronavirus - live updatesTwo charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan have landed at military bases in California and Texas, with passengers now facing a quarantine period to ensure they do not have the Covid-19 virus that has been spreading in Asia.A plane carrying American passengers touched down at Travis air force base in northern California just before 11.30pm local time (0730 GMT) on Sund...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Texas, Science, California, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Travis, LACKLAND, Coronavirus outbreak


Vaccine misinformation and social media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The study, based on surveys of nearly 2,500 US adults, found that up to 20% of respondents were at least somewhat misinformed about vaccines.
Tags: Science, US, Annenberg Public Policy Center


'Birth Settings' report explores medical disparities of childbirth in the US

A report released earlier this month dives deep into the ongoing inequities surrounding childbirth in the US, with Oregon emerging as a leading example of how to do better.
Tags: Science, Oregon, US


Charity care provided by nonprofit hospitals

Researchers looked at the net income of nonprofit hospitals in the US and examined how their financial status was associated with the level of charity care they provided in 2017 for uninsured and insured patients.
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Coronavirus updates: US flies out its Diamond Princess passengers as China cases pass 70,000 – live news

Global death toll reaches 1,770 with first case in Taiwan, as Canada prepares to airlift its citizens from Japan cruise ship. Follow live news and latest updates 1.21am GMT China’s ambassador in Australia, Chen Jingye, is giving an interview on Sky News Australia about the coronavirus outbreak.“This is controllable. This is curable,” he says. “So we have every confidence and capacities to win against the epidemic.” 1.07am GMT Chinese state media is reporting that penalties up to life imp...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Science, Australia, China, US, World news, Australia news, Taiwan, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Sky News Australia, Coronavirus outbreak, Chen Jingye


Human composting could be the future of deathcare

Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UKIt is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly “deathcare” options.Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washin...
Tags: Science, Washington, Environment, US, World news, Death and dying, Seattle, Compost, Washington State University, Lynne Carpenter Boggs


Arctic blast to send a chill through midwestern, eastern US

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind the storm and even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell with temperatures some 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit higher, it will still be a drastic change.A warmup will prece...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina, Syracuse New York


Another blast of cold air to infiltrate US this week

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind and move even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell, it will still be a drastic change."Before the storm that moves through the eastern half of the country, places from...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Northeast, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina


Fresh blanket of snow forecast for snow-weary northern tier of the US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. Then the storm will shift north, aiming for the northern Plains."As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from northern Minnesota through northern New E...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver


Winter storm to dish out another helping of snow to northern US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing mainly nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. The storm will then shift north and aim for the northern Plains. "As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from the Upper Midwest through nort...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver, Accuweather


Coronavirus: US to evacuate Americans onboard cruise ship

Diamond Princess evacuations to begin as China announces death toll in country up to 1,665Hundreds of American passengers were poised to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan, as local health authorities said a further 70 people onboard had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 355.The expected removal of US citizens from the ship, moored at Yokohama, south of Tokyo, came as other countries said they would fly their citizens home just four days before the offi...
Tags: Japan, Science, China, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Canada, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Yokohama, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak



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