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U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

Health
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials are looking to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to what this year's flu season might look like -- hint: it's not good.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization met in Australia this week to discuss the challenges of producing an effective flu vaccine.As summer approaches, the flu season is winding down in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere. But in the United States, flu season is beginning to kick into gear.A new study shows Australia experienced an increase in influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths over the winter compared to last year. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests the vaccine in Australia had a success rate of just 10 percent.Officials in the Unite...
Bitcoin investments new attraction for Indians, say experts

Bitcoin investments new attraction for Indians, say experts

Finance
NEW DELHI: Experts involved or associated with the Bitcoin industry, maintain that it has emerged as a new attraction for Indians who are keen to augment their wealth, notwithstanding calls issued by the Supreme Court to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to put in place effective regulatory mechanisms to prevent money laundering in any form. Commenting on the thriving bitcoin scene in India, Zebpay co-founder Sandeep Goenka said, "Investing in bitcoin has emerged as a significant trend in the past few months. We have enabled Indians to buy an international asset in a large scale and help them contribute to increase in wealth." According to Goenka and others involved in this industry, the key benefits that most Indians see are as follows: • According to leading crypto-currency exchanges
U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

U.N. experts: Assad regime responsible for Syria chemical attack

World
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Syria's government was responsible for the chemical attack that killed more than 80 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, U.N. experts reported Thursday.The report compiled by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations' Joint Investigative Mechanism found that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime were responsible for the deadly sarin attack."The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017," the report stated.Syria repeatedly denied it was involved in the attack that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the report "confirms what we h...
Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

Business
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Experts on the Middle East, terrorism and the Islamic State say that while the terrorist organization is in a "death spiral," the U.S.-led coalition battling the group is likely entering its most dangerous phase.The early signs of victory are beginning to circulate as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, drive IS out of its proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria.IS fighters were contained Tuesday in a stadium complex in the city as they attempt to make a last stand effort in a battle campaign the SDF began in June with air support from the U.S.-led coalition and the Russian government."They are getting desperate," chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White told reporters last week. "Civilians are running toward the Iraqi security fo...
Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

Health
There are not enough NHS psychiatrists in some parts of the UK and more should be recruited to improve care, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists.In Scotland, there are 10 consultant psychiatrists per 100,000 people - but only eight for the same number in England and Northern Ireland, and just six in Wales.London's tally is more than double that of the east of England.English health ministers said thousands of new posts were already planned.The government in England recently announced there would be 570 extra consultant psychiatrists by 2020-21.And the Welsh government said it was committed to improving mental health services in Wales.But the Royal College of Psychiatrists said there were too few medical students specialising in psychiatry and not enough psychiatrists becoming consultan...