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How The Candy Crush Of Data Is Saving Lives In Nepal

The UN and Frog have teamed up on a platform that’s unifying data and first responders alike.<p>When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, it killed more than 10,000 people in a matter of hours. Dale Kunce, a senior geospatial engineer for the American Red Cross, was scrambling stateside to map the …

Geospatial Analysis

Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

For the first time in 90 years, U.S. health officials say they have diagnosed a case of the plague that may have spread in the air from one person to another. Don't be alarmed — the plague these days is treatable with antibiotics and is exceptionally rare (just 10 cases were reported nationwide in …

Public Health

Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

It took 15 years and hundreds of millions of vaccines. But North America and South America have officially eradicated rubella, health authorities said Wednesday. Rubella is only the third virus eradicated from people in the Western Hemisphere.<p>Also known as German measles, rubella causes only a mild …

Public Health

One in six species faces extinction from climate change

Global temperature rise of four degrees Celsius could spell disaster for a huge number of species around the world<p>One out of six species faces extinction as a result of climate change and urgent action must be taken to save large numbers of animals from being wiped out, an analysis said …

Climate Change

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

Should we genetically engineer humans? – podcast

The team look at the rapid rise of genome editing procedures and the power scientists now have to tinker with human DNA. Where's the technology going? And where should it stop?<p>The announcement that a Chinese team has altered the genetics of a human embryo for the first time has ignited a wave of …

Genetics

Lungs age faster for babies born prematurely - Futurity

Many young adults in their early 20s who were born prematurely have lungs that are more like those of a healthy older person or a casual smoker.

Pregnancy

How fat tissue controls brain's energy levels - Futurity

New research with mice suggests there's an optimal amount of body fat for maximizing health and longevity.

Body Fat