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Weather experts: Lack of planning caused cold catastrophe

Weather experts: Lack of planning caused cold catastrophe

Technology
This week’s killer freeze in the U.S. was no surprise.Government and private meteorologists saw it coming, some nearly three weeks in advance. They started sounding warnings two weeks ahead of time. They talked to officials. They issued blunt warnings through social media.And yet catastrophe happened. At least 20 people have died and 4 million homes at some point lost power, heat or water.Experts said meteorologists had both types of sciences down right: the math-oriented atmospheric physics for the forecast and the squishy social sciences on how to get their message across.“This became a disaster because of human and infrastructure frailty, a lack of planning for the worst case scenario and the enormity of the extreme weather,” said disaster science professor Jeannette Sut...
Glitch caused self-isolation orders to be too long

Glitch caused self-isolation orders to be too long

Technology
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UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

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The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in ChadBy MARIA CHENG AP Medical WriterSeptember 2, 2020, 9:17 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLONDON -- The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus.In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked...
“Super-spreaders” caused up to 20% of all COVID-19 cases in Georgia, study finds

“Super-spreaders” caused up to 20% of all COVID-19 cases in Georgia, study finds

Health
Aug. 20 (UPI) -- About 20% of all COVID-19 infections in Georgia during the early stages of the outbreak were directly linked with 2% of the cases, according to a study published Thursday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings indicate that "super-spreading" of the virus was widespread in the state, particularly in rural areas, the researchers said. Advertisement "Super-spreading can contribute to explosions of transmission, even when we are seeing the numbers of new cases declining," study co-author Max Lau, an assistant professor of biostatics and bioinformatics at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, told UPI. "Everyone should be mindful of maintaining social distancing so that super-spreading can be curtailed," he said. Super-spreading is ...
Study: Topical minoxidil reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

Study: Topical minoxidil reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

Health
Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Treatment with topical minoxidil helps restore hair loss caused by radiation treatment for brain tumors and other head and neck cancers, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Dermatology found. Twenty-eight of 34 patients treated with the drug after radiation therapy experienced hair regrowth in as little as three weeks, researchers said. Advertisement Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for hair regrowth in men and women. The patients suffered from persistent radiation-induced alopecia, or hair loss, as a result of cancer treatment, the researchers said. The hair loss from radiation is "a dose-dependent phenomenon," and was linked specifically to higher doses of radiation applied to the scalp, researchers at Memoria...