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Xofluza: 5 questions you might have about the new flu drug and their answers

Xofluza: 5 questions you might have about the new flu drug and their answers

Health
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new flu medication on Wednesday and medical professionals are ecstatic about it. Why? Because the drug, called Xofluza, is the first and only single-dose oral medicine approved for treating the flu. “We welcome any additional tools available to us to treat influenza when patients become ill, and this new drug is a convenient, one-dose option for patients,” Dr. David Priest, medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health, told ABC News. But he also emphasized that the best method for treating the flu is by not getting it in the first place. And you can do that by getting a flu shot — the first line of defense against the flu. “The influenza vaccine is still the best way to prevent influenza, and we will c...
My son was finally diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, now I need more answers

My son was finally diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, now I need more answers

Health
Editor's Note: This essay is a firsthand account written by Amber Allen, the mother of Cooper. It was Aug. 7, and we were about to leave for our last family trip of the summer. As my husband and I finished packing up the car for a family trip, our 13-year-old son Cooper complained of a headache and a sore, stiff neck. He was lethargic and had a fever. "He must be coming down with a something," I thought. Nothing that warranted canceling our plans, I reassured myself. After all, with 15 years of parenting under our belts and five kids, we’d experienced fevers and illnesses more times than we could count. Cooper slept for most of the drive to Utah, but his symptoms worsened the next day. The fever continued and he began vomiting — he was extremely pale and weak. I felt a d...
Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with U.S. lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company peers into the lives of its 2.2 billion users. But while some questions were elementary, others left Zuckerberg unable to offer clear explanations or specific answers. A series of tough inquiries about how much personal information Facebook vacuums up on and off its social network seemed particularly vexing for Zuckerberg, who couldn't quantify it. He was vague about whether Facebook was a monopoly and whether it would offer an ad-free option, as well as about how the company could offer the same level of privacy protection to users around the world. Zuckerberg squirmed when pressed about a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trad...
MPs want answers over $2tn Saudi Aramco float

MPs want answers over $2tn Saudi Aramco float

Business
The City watchdog is facing questions from MPs over its proposed rule changes that could lure the multi-trillion listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco to London.Tory MP Nicky Morgan and Labour MP Rachel Reeves, who chair the Treasury and business select commitees respectively, have written to the Financial Conduct Authority demanding it explain its proposals which would create a new category exempting state-controlled companies from certain rules that apply to other "premium" firms.Aramco is planning to list 5% of its shares. The FCA plan would allow state-controlled companies to side-step rules that would otherwise oblige them to float at least a 25% stake to gain a premium status.Image:The London Stock Exchange could host the float under the proposed rule changesWithout the rule change, it m...