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Does sticking with the same doctor lead to a longer life?

Does sticking with the same doctor lead to a longer life?

Health
About 21 percent of Americans do not have a personal doctor, according to the 2016 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, with Alaska topping out at 32.2 percent. However, a new systematic review suggests that when a person sees the same doctor over time that it can lead to a lower chance of an early death. The review, a collaboration between the U.K. University of Exeter Medical School and St. Leonard’s Practice in Exeter, analyzed 22 smaller studies from nine different countries. Each of these studies looked at the association between “continuity of care” and death. The U.K. researchers defined "continuity of care" as "repeated contact between an individual patient and a doctor." About 81 percent of the studies they looked at showed statistically significant re...
Could an emoji save your life?

Could an emoji save your life?

Science
Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster... But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts.Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set - the standard group of icons available on digital devices worldwide.But can one emoji really make a difference in a crisis?Emoji-quake"Maybe up to one third of the world's population might be exposed to some [seismological] hazard," explains University of Southampton seismologist Dr Stephen Hicks, a founder of the Emoji-quake campaign. "So we really want to be able to communicate to all of those regions, all of those different languages, and an emoji is an amazing way...

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

Finance
IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, with the goal of using algorithms to predict the reply to an e-mail. In May they were fundraising for their startup, EasyEmail, when Google held its annual conference for software developers and announced a tool similar to EasyEmail’s. Filip Twarowski, its boss, sees Google’s incursion as “incredible confirmation” they are working on something worthwhile. But he also admits that it came as “a little bit of a shock”. The giant has scared off at least one prospective backer of EasyEmail, because venture capitalists try to dodge spaces where the tech giants might step.The behemoths’ annual confer...

Restoring life to the Aral Sea's dead zone

Science
The loss of the Aral Sea in central Asia is an ecological disaster. Toxic chemicals in the exposed sea bed have caused widespread health problems. Can an ambitious project to plant millions of trees save the Karakalpak people of Uzbekistan? Seventy-eight-year-old Almas Tolvashev shuffles through the sand towards the rusting hulk of a fishing boat. The lighthouse that keeps watch over a crumbling flotilla of 10 or so ships is a stark reminder that Moynaq was once a thriving fishing port on the Aral Sea."The history of the Karakalpak people starts with the sea," says the former fisherman. "Fishing was the first thing fathers taught their sons".Moynaq lies at the heart of Karakalpakstan, a semi-autonomous republic within Uzbekistan....