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Health records giant Epic cracks down on startup for unauthorized sharing of patient data

Epic Systems, the electronic health records giant, cut off its data supply to Particle Health, claiming the startup was using information in unauthorized ways.

EU probe of weight loss and diabetes drugs like Wegovy, Ozempic finds no link to suicidal thoughts

The review examined several drugs from Novo Nordisk, including Wegovy, Ozempic, Rybelsus, and Saxenda, but did not include Eli Lilly's Zepbound and Mounjaro.

Record levels of funding propel Denver-Boulder to the top of the life sciences market

Denver-Boulder is rapidly becoming a life sciences hub thanks to a surge in funding, research collaborations and lab space.

Healthy Returns: J&J cell therapy gains new edge over Bristol Myers rival

J&J's cell therapy is now approved for an earlier line of treatment than a competing drug from Bristol Myers. Meanwhile, a look at Mount Sinai’s approach to AI.

Biotech startup Seed Health is betting its profits on AI-powered medical science

Seed Health became profitable by selling consumer probiotics, and now it's chasing much bigger science, investing in an AI platform for microbiome moonshots.

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Downing Street was ‘infested with fleas,’ Liz Truss says in new memoir

Boris Johnson’s dog Dilyn may have been the cause, Truss charges in excerpts in the Daily Mail.

Conservatives clash with Trump on leaving abortion up to voters

The gulf between what Trump said and what anti-abortion groups want underscores divisions that have dogged conservatives for two years.

US Vice President Harris hits Trump on abortion from Arizona

Friday’s appearance marked a shift to campaign events that allowed the vice president to attack Trump more directly.

Biden warns that Iran could attack Israel soon

U.S. president said his grim outlook was based on intelligence reports that he was not at liberty to describe further.

Macron’s explosive home front in the Gaza war

France's Gaza diplomacy is also about navigating France's internal political and religious divisions, which have been a frequent source of domestic tensions.

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Palestinian man killed after Israeli boy vanishes in West Bank

Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed a village during an Israeli search for a missing teenager.

'It was insanity' - Eyewitnesses tell of Sydney stabbings horror

Shoppers describe scenes of panic as a deadly knife rampage unfolded at Westfield shopping mall.

Sydney mall attack: 'It was insanity'

Eyewitnesses tell of their horror as a deadly knife attack sparked panic at a Sydney shopping mall.

Five dead after multiple stabbings at Sydney mall, police say

Police in the city confirmed a man had been shot in a statement released shortly after the incident.

Ros Atkins on... UK arms exports to Israel

This week, Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron said the UK wouldn't block arms exports to Israel.

Erie, Pennsylvania: A swing county Biden and Trump can’t ignore

Inflation is the big issue in this bellwether for the nation. And voters have a message: listen or lose.

The children living between starvation and death

Millions have fled Sudan's year-long civil war and hunger is now leading to the deaths of many children.

US diplomat turned Cuban spy jailed for 15 years

Victor Manuel Rocha is believed to have spied for communist nation for more than four decades.

Ukraine could face defeat in 2024. Here's how that might look

With ammo critically low and Western aid stalled, what might Russia attempt in Ukraine this year?

'Don't' - Biden warns Iran against attacking Israel

Israel says it is ready to defend itself against retaliation for an attack on an Iranian consulate in Syria.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is a global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and began referring to it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 25 May 2023, the pandemic had caused 766,894,311 cases and 6,935,876 confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

COVID-19 symptoms range from undetectable to deadly, but most commonly include fever, dry cough, and fatigue. Severe illness is more likely in elderly patients and those with certain underlying medical conditions. COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles containing the virus. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors. Transmission can also occur if contaminated fluids reach the eyes, nose, or mouth, or, more rarely, through contaminated surfaces. Infected individuals are typically contagious for 10 days and can spread the virus even if they do not develop symptoms. Mutations have produced many strains (variants) with varying degrees of infectivity and virulence.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and widely distributed in various countries since December 2020. According to a June 2022 study, COVID-19 vaccines prevented an additional 14.4 million to 19.8 million deaths in 185 countries and territories from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. Other preventive measures include social distancing, wearing masks, improving ventilation and air filtration, and quarantining those who have been exposed or are infected. Treatments include novel antiviral drugs and symptom control. Common public health mitigation measures during the emergency phase included travel restrictions, lockdowns, business restrictions and closures, workplace hazard controls, mask mandates, quarantines, testing systems, and contact tracing of the infected, which, together with treatments, served to bring about the control of the pandemic.

The pandemic has triggered severe social and economic disruption around the world, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. Widespread supply shortages, including food shortages, were caused by supply chain disruptions and panic buying. Reduced human activity led to an unprecedented decrease in pollution. Educational institutions and public areas were partially or fully closed in many jurisdictions, and many events were cancelled or postponed during 2020 and 2021. Many white-collar workers began working from home. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media, and political tensions have intensified. The pandemic has raised issues of racial and geographic discrimination, health equity, and the balance between public health imperatives and individual rights.

The WHO ended its declaration of COVID-19 being a global health emergency on 5 May 2023, but continued to refer to it as a pandemic. Prior to this, some countries had already transitioned their public health approach towards regarding COVID-19 as an endemic disease.

Source: Wikipedia (May 25, 2023)

Please find below further updates from The World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO calls for access to health and humanitarian assistance on fourth day of conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

The World Health Organization (WHO) repeats its call for an end to the hostilities that are causing untold suffering in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Over 1000 people have died and many more injured following horrific acts of violence by Hamas and others on Saturday in Israel. Nine hundred people have died and many more injured in days of bombing by Israel in Gaza. The pain of so many families must be unbearable.

WHO has offered assistance to health officials in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.   

On 9 October, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who agreed to a WHO request to facilitate the delivery of health and other humanitarian supplies from WHO to Gaza via the Rafah crossing. Such humanitarian corridors must be protected.  

In the Gaza Strip, hospitals are running on back-up generators with fuel likely to run out in the coming days. They have exhausted the supplies WHO pre-positioned before the escalation. The life-saving health response is now dependent on getting new supplies and fuel to health care facilities as fast as possible.   

WHO is urgently working to procure medical supplies locally to meet demand, and preparing supplies from its Global Medical Logistics Hub in Dubai, UAE.  

WHO is also gravely concerned about the health and well-being of hostages, including elderly civilians, seized from Israel by Hamas in attacks on 7 October. The hostages’ health and medical needs must be addressed immediately, and we call for their safe release.   

 

New funding to ensure 370 million children receive polio vaccinations and to boost health innovation in low-income countries

Today, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new financing partnership to address critical global health opportunities: eradicating polio and ensuring that innovations in health are more accessible to the people who need them most.