Author: James Martin

One study investigated how physical and mental activities such as household chores, exercise, and visiting with family and friends could potentially lower the risk of dementia. The other study looked at the impact of eating ultraprocessed food on the future risk of dementia.Over 500,000 people participating in the UK Biobank, which houses in-depth genetic and health information, were asked about how often they climbed stairs, walked or biked, did chores for home or work, or participated in strenuous sports. The same group of people was also asked about their educational level and whether they went to adult education classes, how…

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CNN  —  As a global outbreak of monkeypox continues to grow, public health officials are stressing the importance of education in fighting the virus. “This is an outbreak that can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals informed themselves, take the risk seriously and take the steps needed to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. WHO has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, but the Biden administration has not issued its own public health emergency declaration. Monkeypox is a poxvirus, related to smallpox and cowpox. It generally…

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Comment on this storyCommentLong-awaited funding for the CHIPS Act is a win for a cabal of US chipmakers and foreign companies, but largely ignores the nation’s true semiconductor leaders who have been propping up the domestic sector for two decades.Three-quarters of the $52 billion allocated to the industry by Congress was earmarked “to strengthen semiconductor advanced test, assembly, and packaging capability in the domestic ecosystem.” The rest of the funds will largely go to a technology center to be set up by the Commerce and Defense departments, and a new Manufacturing USA Institute that will mostly research new ways to…

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CNN  —  After weeks of mounting frustration over limited supplies of monkeypox vaccines, about 786,000 additional doses are being made available in the United States, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday. The US Food and Drug Administration said Jynneos monkeypox vaccine doses filled and finished at a Denmark manufacturing facility meet the agency’s quality standards and it has approved a supplement to the vaccine’s biologics license. Doses that were previously manufactured at the facility had already been shipped to the United States, so the FDA action clears the way for doses to be distributed and…

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Comment on this storyCommentIn the Wallace and Gromit clay-animated movie “The Wrong Trousers,” a pair of futuristic pants lets people walk on walls and ceilings.Researchers in England said the film sparked an idea: Robotic clothes could help society. They created “The Right Trousers,” a set of pants embedded with electrical pumps to force air into tiny tubes that expand and can help elderly or disabled people with issues like getting up or improving blood circulation.Now, in university labs across the world, material scientists, computer programmers and fabric designers are working to advance robotic clothing at a rapid pace, inching us…

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Comment on this storyCommentOne of China’s largest-ever debt restructurings is starting to take shape, with the Communist Party now in the driver’s seat, after China Evergrande Group was formally declared to be in default. The world’s most indebted developer, at the center of a broader debt crisis in the country’s property industry, has unveiled preliminary principles for the restructuring of its offshore debt. While the state’s intervention has quelled fears of a disorderly collapse that would jolt the world economy, bondholders are wondering how much of their money they’ll see after the dust settles. Meanwhile, Evergrande is under pressure to…

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CNN  —  In June, the World Health Organization recommended that scientists continue to research all possible origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, including a lab leak. Two newly published studies take totally different approaches but arrive at the same conclusion: The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, was most likely the epicenter for the coronavirus. The studies were posted online as preprints in February but have now undergone peer review and were published Tuesday in the journal Science. In one, scientists from around the world used mapping tools and social media reports to do a spatial and environmental analysis. They suggest…

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Rail services around Great Britain will be severely disrupted on Saturday by the most widespread strike by train drivers since rail privatisation in 1996.Members of the Aslef union will stop work for 24 hours at seven train operators, halting some parts of the network and leaving only a few trains running on some other lines.The strike by drivers comes three days after a national strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT), including Network Rail signallers and onboard crew at 14 train operators, shut down most services.The strike coincides with the first weekend of the Commonwealth…

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Comment on this storyCommentSAN FRANCISCO — The trial over Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid will take place beginning Oct. 17 in Delaware Chancery Court, a judge ruled Thursday night, putting the world’s richest man on a collision course with the social media giant.Twitter had pushed for an expedited timeline in the matter to prevent damage to the company, an order that was granted earlier this month.Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick signed off on a trial schedule for the week in mid-October, the court documents said, as well as setting a deadline of Friday for Musk’s team to respond to Twitter’s complaint.Judge grants…

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