News That Matters

Tag: better

Century-old TB vaccine may work better if given in a new way

Technology
Scientists think they can make a century-old tuberculosis vaccine far more protective simply by changing how they give itBy LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical WriterJanuary 1, 2020, 7:31 PM3 min readWASHINGTON -- Scientists think they’ve figured out how to make a century-old tuberculosis vaccine far more protective: Simply give the shot a different way. In a study with monkeys, injecting the vaccine straight into the bloodstream dramatically improved its effectiveness over today's skin-deep shot, researchers reported Wednesday. “This offers hope,” although more safety studies are required before testing the approach in people, said Dr. Robert Seder of the National Institutes of Health, a senior author of the study. Tuberculosis kills about 1.7 million people a year, mostly in poor countries. Th
Trees often better, cheaper than technology at mitigating air pollution, study says

Trees often better, cheaper than technology at mitigating air pollution, study says

Science
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Planting trees and shrubs around factories and power plants may be a better air pollution mitigation strategy than installing scrubbing technologies, according to a new study. When researchers analyzed the potential of natural and technological mitigation strategies for dozens of pollution sources, including factories, roadways, power plants, oil and gas drilling sites and more, they found natural interventions were superior roughly 75 percent of the time. The findings, published this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, showed natural remedies reduced air pollution by an average of 27 percent. "The fact is that traditionally, especially as engineers, we don't think about nature; we just focus on putting technology into everything," lead study author ...
Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Health
There are calls for better support for women who have multiple miscarriages.Jessica Evans, who has lost six babies, had to seek specialist care in England and is calling on the Welsh Government to action recommendations from a report.They include two miscarriage clinics and a time limit on health boards to ensuring care in early pregnancy units is in line with guidelines.The Welsh Government said work was under way at some health boards.Charlotte Byrne, who lost four pregnancies, added that a miscarriage should be treated as an emergency as it can involve severe bleeding.According to the charity Tommy's, one in four women will experience a miscarriage and 40% of those will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Recommendations...
Bees get better at math when they’re punished for mistakes

Bees get better at math when they’re punished for mistakes

Science
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Bees can count and understand the concept of zero. But their math skills have limits. Previously, scientists thought bees could only count to four, but new research suggests bees can understand quantities as great as five, provided they're trained with rewards and punishments. Tests suggest fish are also thwarted by arithmetic thresholds. But it's not just small-brained animals. Human brains are similarly limited. Estimating quantities up to four is effortless for most people, but estimating larger quantities takes more concentration. Until now, scientists thought bees were incapable of the focus necessary to comprehend larger numbers. However, the latest research showed that when bees are properly trained, they can process quantities as large as five. For the study, sc...
Have asked officials to come up with framework for better regulation of multi-state cooperative banks: Nirmala Sitharaman

Have asked officials to come up with framework for better regulation of multi-state cooperative banks: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman today met the customers of the PMC bank which is facing allegations of fraud. The finance minister said that she heard their problems and explained to them that the RBI is looking into the matter as it is the appropriate authority in its capacity as the regulator. The finance minister noted that the PMC is a multi state cooperative banks and like all other banks it is regulated by the RBI. Although she said that the registration of such banks happens through the rural and urban development ministry for rural and urban cooperative banks respectively, the RBI is the right institution to look into the matter. She, however, said that she has asked the banking and economic affairs secretary to sit with the ministries which register the multi-state cooperativ...