Research looks to outer space to learn about human health on Earth
PHILADELPHIA – As an oncologist, Adam Dicker has seen how cancer treatments can pummel the body to knock out tumors, sometimes leading to deteriorating bones, more infections, and haywire sleep cycles. But others have observed similar ailments in a group of healthy people: astronauts who spend time in space. Next year, Dicker and fellow researchers at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will launch three studies of how space travel affects aspects of the human body — immunity, microbes in urine, and stress — as part of the first private mission to the I...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study finds correlation between high-fat Western diet and pain
The Western diet is associated with many ills, and now chronic pain may be added to the list. Fats provide important health benefits, but they can be too much of a good thing. Most people eat too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3. A new study looks at the potential for omega-6 fats’ influence on neuropathic pain in people with diabetes and other conditions. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio studied the effects of omega-6 fatty acids themselves by measuring the role of these dietary lipids in pain conditions and found that the substances themselv...
New York Daily News
Around 1.2 million of US adults identify as nonbinary, study says
More than 1 million adults in the U.S. identify as nonbinary, according to a groundbreaking new study published Tuesday by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, the nation’s leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Analyzing data on characteristics and demographics of LGBTQ adults in the U.S., the study, entitled “Nonbinary LGBTQ Adults in the United States,” found that around 11% of them do not fall into a binary definition of gender — that’s approximately 1.2 million people whose gender falls somewhere in between male and female, or som...
New York Daily News
Cuba says 2 of its vaccines are effective against COVID-19, but where is the data?
Cuba said this week that its Soberana 02 and Abdala coronavirus vaccines, two out of its five candidates, have shown high efficacy rates against COVID-19 as the island’s bet on a homegrown solution begins to bear fruit. BioCubaFarma, the government-owned pharmaceutical company, said late Monday that its three-dose Abdala vaccine candidate had an efficacy rate of 92.28% in phase III of clinical trials, while the state-run Finlay Institute of Vaccines said its Soberana 02 had completed phase III trials with an efficacy rate of 62% after two out of three recommended shots. The vaccines are alread...
Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison, reports say
John McAfee, the eccentric founder of the antivirus computer software bearing his name, was found dead inside a jail cell shortly after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the U.S., Spanish media reported Wednesday. The 75-year-old cybersecurity pioneer, who was charged with tax evasion and cryptocurrency-related federal crimes in recent months, appears to have died from suicide in the town of Sant Esteve de Sesrovires, according to Madrid-based newspaper El País. The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately return a request for comment. ———
New York Daily News
UFO buffs await release of Pentagon report into unexplained sightings
CHICAGO — Chicago-area UFO aficionados are buzzing in anticipation of a Pentagon report into strange aerial phenomena, but not T.J. Japcon. He doesn’t need the government to validate what he recorded hovering above Tinley Park almost 17 years ago. “I don’t think it makes a difference,” he said. “I know what I saw.” Japcon, who still lives in the southwest suburb, is the foremost chronicler of what has come to be known as the Tinley Park Lights — a trio of color-shifting orbs, seemingly connected, that slid across the horizon before a crowd of witnesses. Some experts have dismissed the images h...
250 gators removed from Disney properties since 2-year-old’s 2016 death
ORLANDO, Fla. — About 250 alligators have been removed from Disney properties since an alligator killed 2-year-old Lane Thomas Graves from the shores of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa five years ago. Disney management and staff have worked directly with trappers contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove them. Disney has also installed a boulder wall and reptile warning signs at the resort, as well as reinforced training among Disney staff. The majority of nuisance gators taken from Disney are euthanized and sold for their hide and meat, accordi...
Boeing ousts longtime head of government relations in Washington, D.C.
Tim Keating, Boeing's executive vice president of government operations, the company's chief lobbyist and political strategist in Washington, D.C., and a leading figure on the jet maker's leadership council, is "no longer with the company." That was the curt wording in a Monday afternoon memo from Chief Executive Dave Calhoun to Boeing's government operations team, telling them that "effective immediately" Marc Allen, the company's chief strategy officer, would abruptly take over Keating's role on an interim basis. Calhoun's memo provided no explanation for Keating's sudden departure, which ha...
The Seattle Times
Birthday parties might have fueled COVID surges: study
Birthday parties might have fueled COVID-19 surges during the darkest days, a new study suggests. Kiddie birthday parties, to be precise. Researchers matched coronavirus statistics with data on birthday parties and found 15.8 more positive coronavirus tests per 10,000 people than in households where no birthday party was held, said researchers. Adult birthdays were correlated with 5.8 more positive tests in the ensuing two weeks. “There’s a natural inclination to not think that your family members or friends are potentially infected or that you could potentially spread to family members or you...
New York Daily News
Bay Area has become more segregated over decades, report says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Bay Area has become more racially segregated since 1990, mirroring a long-running national trend of cities and neighborhoods dividing more starkly along ethnic lines, according to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers. Oakland, Fremont, San Francisco and San Jose are all California cities among those ranked as “highly segregated” by the university’s Othering & Belonging Institute. Although the Bay Area has one of the country’s most diverse populations, researchers say ethnic groups have settled into homogenous neighborhoods, often hindering economic advancement in segre...
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