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Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs

Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs

Health
Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs.This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US researchers said.They said the technique could be used to prevent illnesses such as Zika, yellow fever and malaria.But their research is still in its early stages, the study in the journal Cell reports.The researchers, from Rockefeller University in New York City, conducted their experiments on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes of this species - who are the only ones who bite - are fiercely attracted to human beings, because their blood contains the protein they need to produce their eggs.Once fed, that attraction to humans goes aw...
AI identifies precancerous cervix better than human experts, report says

AI identifies precancerous cervix better than human experts, report says

Health
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A new artificial intelligence method could be key for future diagnosis of cervical cancer. The algorithm, developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, was 91 percent accurate in diagnosing cancer in women during a study in Costa Rica, according to findings published Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Our findings show that a deep learning algorithm can use images collected during routine cervical cancer screening to identify precancerous changes that, if left untreated, may develop into cancer," Mark Schiffman, a researcher at the NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and study senior author, said in a news release. "In fact, the computer analysis of the images was better at identifying precancer than a human expert revie...
Mulvaney called Trump 'terrible human being' in 2016, video shows

Mulvaney called Trump 'terrible human being' in 2016, video shows

World
President Donald Trump's choice of new acting White House chief of staff once described him as "a terrible human being", it has emerged.A video shows Mick Mulvaney making the disparaging remark in a debate shortly before the 2016 presidential election."Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I'm doing so despite the fact that I think he's a terrible human being," Mr Mulvaney says. He describes Mr Trump's then opponent, Hillary Clinton, as "just as bad".Mr Mulvaney, 51, is a former Republican Congressman and the video, which was obtained by the Daily Beast, was taken during a debate with Democratic challenger Fran Person in York, South Carolina.He is currently director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and takes up his n...
Nigeria's president denies conspiracy theories that he's a human clone

Nigeria's president denies conspiracy theories that he's a human clone

World
The president of Nigeria has been forced to deny that he is a human clone after rumors circulated on social media that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike called “Jubril.” When asked about the conspiracy at a conference in Poland, President Muhammadu Buhari called the rumors “irreligious," and drew laughter from the crowd when he denied being a “clone.” “One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not,” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “The ignorant rumors are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.” President Buhari was speaking with Poland’s Nigerian diasp...
Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

Technology
Apple has announced a programme to help human trafficking victims get behind-the-scenes jobs at its stores.The technology company has teamed up with an NGO that will help the victims pass interviews for caretaker and landscaping posts among other roles.The individuals will not be identified to Apple and will be employed by its suppliers rather than directly. But it intends to monitor the initiative.The announcement coincides with the company winning the Stop Slavery Award.The prize was given by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and accepted by Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts in London.It recognises companies that are at the forefront of efforts to combat forced labour in supply chains. Judges praised the Apple's "extremely robu...