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AstraZeneca cancer drug hits second goal by extending survival

“Analysts believe using Imfinzi in stage III lung cancer, where cancer has only spread locally, opens up a multibillion-dollar sales opportunity and the latest overall survival (OS) data should underline the drug’s potential” reports cnbc.com. “Nevertheless … the OS data will help Astra in its physician education and ensure the peak sales can be achieved.”.  Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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U.S. biotechs to speed work on Nipah vaccine as virus hits India

“Based on data so far, Christopher Broder, one of the main researchers behind the project, said the Nipah vaccine in development was also “highly likely” to work against the related Hendra virus” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Nipah is on the World Health Organization research and development priority list alongside Ebola, Zika, MERS, Lassa and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Facebook will ask researchers to measure the effects of misinformation in the News Feed

“Facebook is asking academics to help measure the volume and effects of misinformation on the platform, the company said today” writes May Edt for theverge.com. The same commission established last month to analyze Facebook and elections will initiate a request for proposals to measure misinformation on the platform.They will be granted special access to user data from Facebook, though users’ privacy will be maintained, the company said.The campaign, which will unfold over the next few months, will offer tips for spotting misinformation and promote the steps Facebook is taking to…

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Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

“The spread of Ebola from a rural area to Mbandaka has raised alarm as Ebola can spread more quickly in urban centers” writes Saleh Mwanamilongo for sun-sentinel.com. A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country Monday begins a vaccination campaign in three health zones affected by the deadly outbreak, Congo’s health minister said. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Why betting on college sports is a terrible idea

“Take six popular North American betting sports/leagues: the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, and college basketball” writes May Edt for sbnation.com. If betting score totals is more your speed, maybe college football wagering is more your speed.If you’re betting against a point spread, it’s generally really hard to figure out college sports and the NBA: Spread betting is weird and relatively uncommon in hockey, where there aren’t many goals scored in a game. Source: sbnation.com Share This:

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Gardeners warned invasive moth is spreading across Britain after warm weather

“Gardeners have been warned invasive caterpillars which feed on hedges, stripping all the leaves within days, could spread across the country after the warm weather” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. The box tree caterpillar, which is native to the Far East and India, was first spotted in London seven years ago and has since spread to Hertfordshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Frog-killing fungus found to have origins on Korean Peninsula

“They determined that the pathogen most likely arose on the Korean Peninsula 50 to 100 years ago and spread through global trade” writes The New York for seattletimes.com. It suggests that new variations of the fungus can still develop and spread disease without proper protections.These amphibians likely harbored the fungus, allowing it to become more virulent and spread to others not adapted to it. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Ebola spreads to large city in Congo

“The Ebola virus has spread to a large city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a development the World Health Organization is calling “concerning” and a “game changer” that will make public health efforts more challenging” writes Ap Photo John for washingtonexaminer.com. Peter Salama, WHO’s deputy director, on Twitter called the spread a “game changer” in the outbreak.The virus has spread to Mbandaka, a city with more than 1.2 million residents. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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