Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox. The World Health Organization classified the escalating outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July; the U.S. declared it a national emergency last week. Outside of Africa, 98% of cases are in men who have sex with men. With only a limited global supply of vaccines, authorities are racing to stop monkeypox before it becomes entrenched as a new disease. CAN MONKEYPOX BE CONTAINED? Theoretically, yes. The virus does not spread easily and there is a vaccine. But there are only about 16 million doses available now and only one company makes the shot. Except for Africa, there is no sign of sustained monkeypox transmission beyond men who have sex with men, meaning that stopping spread among that group could effectively end the outbreak. Last week, British scientists said there were “early signs” the monkeypox cases in the U.K. — which once had the world’s biggest outbreak … [Read more...] about EXPLAINED: Can the Spread of Monkeypox Be Stopped?
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LONDON (AP) — Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox. The World Health Organization classified the escalating outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July; the U.S. declared it a national emergency last week. Outside of Africa, 98% of cases are in men who have sex with men. With only a limited global supply of vaccines, authorities are racing to stop monkeypox before it becomes entrenched as a new disease. CAN MONKEYPOX BE CONTAINED? Theoretically, yes. The virus does not spread easily and there is a vaccine. But there are only about 16 million doses available now and only one company makes the shot. Except for Africa, there is no sign of sustained monkeypox transmission beyond men who have sex with men, meaning that stopping spread among that group could effectively end the outbreak. Last week, British scientists said there were “early signs” the monkeypox cases in the U.K. — which once had the world’s … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: Can the spread of monkeypox be stopped?
The new cheese puff snack brand Ffups stresses that they are not a “better-for-you” alternative. They make no promises of rejuvenated digestion, extra nutrients, or plant-based goodness. These “unapologetically indulgent” puffs are just tasty “things for your mouth.” “If you’re worried about Ffups being healthy, you’re on the wrong website,” reads the blunt marketing copy. “Go eat some carrots!” Andrea Hernández, the creator of snack trend newsletter Snaxshot, has witnessed a new generation of brands rejecting aggressive health marketing claims, which have begun to feel like “Mad Libs” of every nutrient under the sun. Consumers were bombarded with charcoal-infused cheddar cheese and vegetable ice cream (“it’s good for immunity!”). CBD seltzer promised a “meditation in a can.” Even Evian released a line of functional “mineral enhanced” sparkling water called Feed Your Mind to allegedly boost cognitive function. “The funniest was beverage brands having to label … [Read more...] about The Goop-ification of wellness is on the way out (you can thank Gen Z)
The battle over reproductive rights thrust the importance of our fundamental right to privacy back into the center of everyday life. From menstrual cycle tracking apps, to Google searches for abortion services, our relationship with the privacy of our personal information shifted underneath our feet. That's why our fight for genetic privacy is so vital. Think about it. When a consumer signs up to do a genetic test, she may do so to discover her ethnic heritage, find a distant family member, or learn the chances she may one day be at risk for a hereditary disease. What she likely does not expect is that data may be accessible by some of the world's most repressive regimes, used in warrantless law enforcement searches, or commercialized by pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, that is exactly what can happen to consumers' genetic data today. Unlike other unique identifiers, such as a Social Security number or login credentials, our genome cannot be changed—even if it's … [Read more...] about There’s no “reset password” for your DNA | Opinion
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had made abortion a constitutionally protected right, could have a chilling effect on reproductive rights in Guam. Advocates say women have already been living under a de facto ban in the largely Catholic U.S. Pacific Island territory and fear it could get more restrictive. No surgical abortion has been performed on the island since 2018, when the last doctor trained to provide the procedure retired, according to the ACLU and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs. “People in Guam were already living in a post-Roe world,” Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, told NBC Asian America. “This is what we will see again if extremist politicians enact new abortion bans and force women into second-class status.” The Supreme Court ruling might have ramifications for Pacific Islanders in the two other U.S. Pacific territories, the Northern Mariana Islands and … [Read more...] about In Guam, the nearest domestic abortion clinic is 4,000 miles away. How will Roe’s reversal change the U.S. territory?
I showed up at the central New York City bus station at 6:45 a.m. not sure where I was going, not even exactly sure what I was looking for. “Go through the glass door entrance on 8th and look at the directory or ask the information booth; be careful going up the block, there are scuzzy people on this street,” a Port Authority security officer told me when I asked where I was supposed to go to meet “a bus coming from Texas, sent by the government.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced months ago that he would begin sending migrants to Democrat-controlled “sanctuary cities” — a fitting destination for the flood of illegal immigration triggered by President Joe Biden’s lax border policy. Aside from New York City, Abbott is also sending migrants to Washington, DC, and more sanctuary cities are soon to be announced. I walked up 41st toward 8th and passed a man sleeping on the ground under a blanket covered in grease stains and street grime — “scuzzy,” maybe, but not unusual if … [Read more...] about Morris: My Day with a Biden Migrant — Broke, Abandoned, and Lost in New York
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 NEW YORK (AP) — Metallica, Mariah Carey and The Jonas Brothers will headline a free concert in New York’s Central Park next month marking the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival organized by the international nonprofit fighting extreme poverty. The Sept. 24 event will also feature a concert across the globe in Accra, Ghana, with Usher, SZA and H.E.R. But the day will be less a celebration and more of a call to action to immediately address numerous international crises, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said. “We are actually at one critical inflection point where COVID has pushed nearly 100 million people into extreme poverty and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made the situation so much worse,” he said. “As many as 323 million people are now facing acute hunger. And if we don’t take urgent action now, as many as 200 million more people are likely to be plunged into … [Read more...] about Metallica, Mariah Carey headline Global Citizen NYC concert
While India has taken a clear view of the role of the G20, there is concern that the agenda, themes and focus areas which India will set for 2023 lack vision. The G20 plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. It recognises that global prosperity is interdependent and economic opportunities and challenges are interlinked. The challenge is to craft new approaches to overcome the acute global discord. Also Read G-20 | A multilateral platform in a polarised world However, according to the Ministry of External Affairs, in 190 meetings, India will strengthen international support for priorities of vital importance to developing countries in diverse social and economic sectors, ranging from energy, agriculture, trade, digital economy, health and environment to employment, tourism, anti-corruption and women empowerment, including in focus areas that impact the most vulnerable and … [Read more...] about A new global vision for G20
AMONG all the attractions of Geneva, none had appealed to me so much as the possibility of finding some background for Amiel’s Journal. The other literary backgrounds had already been elaborately explored, and were at the traveler’s disposal, but Amiel’s had never been furnished. Though he was the last Genevan to add one to the world’s classics, his trail seemed to have been lost. Amiel himself gives us hardly a trace of where he might be found, and no one of all the readers and lovers of the Journal had ever sought out his home and his surroundings. It seemed impossible that those who knew Geneva well should not be familiar with the house of one who had been the most recent of its scholars and writers to achieve a permanent place in the world’s thought. His home might be a block away from where I began my search for it, but nowhere was there a clue. The last Amiel had disappeared from the directory. Guides, of course, had never even heard the name, and frankly doubted whether … [Read more...] about In Search of Amiel