Statins can save lives; are they being used? — ScienceDaily

People who have coronary artery disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease often are prescribed a statin, a cholesterol-lowering drug that reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.

In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, Mayo Clinic researchers identify trends in statin use across the U.S. among people with these diseases, as well as among those who already had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Their data indicate that only about 60% of patients are getting the recommended therapy.

“Statins are one of the few key medical advancements in recent decades that contribute to the health of broad populations,” says Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., a health sciences researcher at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. “High cholesterol is very common, making statins relevant to many patients.”

“Dr. Yao and I were interested in understanding the trends and outcomes related to these medications over the past decade,”

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Big data saves lives, and patient safeguards are needed — ScienceDaily

The use of big data to address the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts poses ethical concerns that could undermine its benefits without clear governance guidelines that protect and respect patients and society, a University of Massachusetts Amherst study concludes.

In research published in the open-access journal BMC Medical Ethics, Elizabeth Evans, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, sought to identify concerns and develop recommendations for the ethical handling of opioid use disorder (OUD) information stored in the Public Health Data Warehouse (PHD).

“Efforts informed by big data are saving lives, yielding significant benefits,” the paper states. “Uses of big data may also undermine public trust in government and cause other unintended harms.”

Maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the PHD was established in 2015 as an unprecedented public health monitoring and research tool to link state government data sets and provide timely information to

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Uber made big promises in Kenya. Drivers say it’s ruined their lives.

NAIROBI, Kenya — At first, work as an Uber driver seemed to offer Harrison Munala everything he’d hoped for when he moved from a town in the western part of Kenya to its capital, Nairobi.

Uber seemed like the answer to Munala after he had spent nearly 15 years of informal employment as a house cleaner and school bus driver. Many of the energetic hustlers with middle-class aspirations who flock to East Africa’s economic hub thought so, too.

Work with Uber was so good that, about three years ago, after a year having driven a car he rented privately for 15,000 shillings a week (at the time, about $150), Munala, who is now 34, borrowed money from his sister for the down payment on a Toyota Passo, a compact car. And he took out a loan from Izwe, a pan-African microfinance and loan company.

Now, Munala figured, he could work

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Apple still lives off Steve Jobs technology: Founder of Telegram

The new iPhone 12 Pro was harshly criticized and described as an “incredibly clumsy piece of ‘hardware’” by Russian businessman Pàvel Dúrov , founder of the Telegram messaging service on his blog .

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According to Dúrov, this model of mobile device lacks originality and innovation, since it consists of wide bezels and a ‘notch tab’ that “creates a low ratio between body and screen and an overall outdated feel for the device”.

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Nowadays, the trend for smartphone manufacturers is to design smartphones in such a way that the outer bezels occupy the least amount of front space on the device, creating a perspective of an ever-larger screen.

“It is not surprising that iPhone sales fell 21% earlier this year. If this trend continues in seven to ten years, the global market share of iPhones will

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Gateway GWTN156-3BK review: A gaming laptop that lives a bit too loud

Gateway’s back! This once-famous PC company from the 1990s was purchased by Acer some years ago. It sat idle until Acer resuscitated the Gateway brand earlier this year, complete with spotted-cow mascot, as a Walmart exclusive. One of the first new offerings, the poetically named Gateway GWTN156-3BK, builds a Comet Lake-H mobile CPU and a modestly aggressive Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 chip into a laptop costing just $999 at Walmart.

Does it deliver? Absolutely. While both the available memory and SSD are sparser than we’d like, our tests revealed satisfactory to very good gaming performance. The design has its highlights too, including a decent keyboard and a good mix of connectivity options.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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The Gateway spotted-cow logo reappears on the lid of the

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Facebook Content Moderators Say Office Push Risks Lives

(Bloomberg) — More than 200 of Facebook Inc.’s content moderators said their lives are being put at risk by the requirement to work in offices in global hot spots during the pandemic.

a screen shot of a computer: The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

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The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

“Now, on top of work that is psychologically toxic, holding onto the job means walking into a hot zone,” wrote the outside contractors and Facebook employees in a letter to the executives of the social-media company and the contracting companies released Wednesday. Moderators sift through explicit, violent and abusive content to remove it from Facebook’s social network.



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The 1980s-era Abrams tank lives on with new weapons

It may have the same basic external configuration, weight and 120mm cannon, but today’s Abrams tank is, simply put, far more lethal than ever before due to the addition of sensors, ammunition, armor, EW (Electronic Warfare) and new weapons.

The battle-tested platform has over the years, continued to incorporate cutting-edge innovations. For example, the Army is now testing and preparing a new Advanced. Multi-Purpose Round 120mm ammunition shell which offers attackers an immediate and efficient choice about which kind of explosive they may wish to use for a specific scenario. The AMP round is being prepared for a far-superior M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams tank variant for the 2020s and beyond — designed to be more lethal, faster, lighter weight, better protected, equipped with new sensors and armed with upgraded, more effective weapons, service officials said.

The AMP round, according to Northrop Grumman and Army developers, will replace four tank rounds

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Trump’s closing argument on the virus clashes with science, and voters’ lives.

As an immense new surge in coronavirus cases sweeps the United States, President Trump is closing his re-election campaign by continuing to declare before large and largely maskless crowds that the virus is vanishing.

Hopping from one state to the next, he has made a personal mantra out of declaring that the country is “rounding the corner,” even as case counts soar, fatalities climb, the stock market dips and a fresh outbreak grips the staff of Vice President Mike Pence.

Mr. Trump has attacked Democratic governors and other local officials for keeping public-health restrictions in place, denouncing them as needless restraints on the economy. And the president has been describing the pandemic as a political hindrance inflicted on him by a familiar adversary.

“With the fake news, everything is Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid,” Mr. Trump complained at a rally in Omaha on Tuesday, chiding the news media and pointing to

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Technology matters, but how real are our virtual lives at work and play?

NEW YORK – As our lives become more virtual with technology, how do gadgets define our identity at work, home and social circles at this unique moment in history?

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Mary L. Gray, an anthropologist and recent recipient of a 2020 MacArthur “genius grant,” looks at the way technology affects labor, identity and human rights. Gray, 51, who is based in Somerville, Massachusetts, discusses how digital culture can improve our professional as well as personal lives.

Below are edited excerpts.

Q: Nearly six in 10 workers say that working from home means their day is less defined, according to a recent study. What are your thoughts on how technology is keeping us connected to work more than we probably want or need it to?

A: Remote work is not new

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Thanks To Schmidt Futures, The Keeling Curve Lives To Measure CO2 Another Day

The Keeling Curve, whose daily measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in Mauna Loa have demonstrated how rapidly fossil fuel emissions are altering greenhouse gases, recently received $1 million in funding from the Schmidt Family’s Foundation to sustain future operations.

“More than ever, we need good data to inform our critical policy decisions, and the Keeling Curve is an essential measurement of a changing climate,” said Wendy Schmidt. The Schmidt Ocean Institute also furnished a $450,000 grant to measure changes in seawater chemistry in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Charles David Keeling initially started taking these daily measurements at Hawai’i’s Mauna Loa Observatory – as well as Arctic and Antarctic stations – in 1958. And, Keeling’ son, Ralph, has continued these efforts into the present day. Since

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