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WHO: Congo Ebola not a global health emergency

WHO: Congo Ebola not a global health emergency

World
May 19 (UPI) -- Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka, bringing the total to three. Despite more breakouts, The World Health Organization on Friday said the crisis being labeled an international health emergency is not warranted. The new cases of Ebola in the Congo take the number of suspected infections to 43, according to the health minister. Outbreaks were previously reported in remote areas. Friday's meeting was called because Mbandaka is a sprawling city of 1.2 million people, and also because the city sits on the banks of the Congo River and is a major trade thoroughfare. Nine neighboring countries, including Congo-Brazzaville and Central African Republic, have been advised they are at high risk of spread for the disease, a...
NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

Technology
As part of mental health awareness week, the NHS is talking about its use of online advertising to target individuals who may be suffering from mental health problems but will not reach out for help. Google, Facebook and Twitter have been criticised in recent weeks for the vast amount of data they collect on their users - allowing advertisers to target them for sales.Public Health England is running the Good Thinking Service with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups across London to reach out to people suffering from stress and anxiety.This will signpost sufferers to some of the apps on the NHS Apps Library, run by NHS Digital and NHS England, which is fully launching in autumn.There were more than 500,000 referrals to NHS psychological therapies for stress a...
Forest health on one coast can affect forests on the other coast

Forest health on one coast can affect forests on the other coast

Science
May 16 (UPI) -- Shrinking forests don't just have local or regional consequences. New research suggests the loss of forests on one coast can affect forest health on the opposite coast. In a new study, published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Washington detailed the linked fates of forests on the East and West coasts of the United States. Die-offs on one coast, whether caused by wildfire, drought or disease -- or some combination thereof -- can have a measurable impact on the health of sections of forest a few thousand miles away. "These smaller areas of forest can have continental-scale impacts, and we really need to be considering this when we're thinking about ecological changes," Abigail Swann, an assistant professor of atmosph...
How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

Finance
Your financial wellness could hinge on the timing of your Social Security check every month, according to new research.For 28 million beneficiaries, Social Security checks are issued on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of every month according to birth date. Other beneficiaries get their checks at other times of the month.The timing of those checks and how they correspond to the due dates for your bills can make a big difference whether you are cash rich or cash strapped, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.For every one week increase in the timing between when the money comes in and when bills are due, there is an 18 percent increase in the likelihood you will come up short, the research found.A one-week discrepanc...