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EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

Science
An EU research head says that he is "optimistic" that there will continue to be close scientific collaboration with the UK after Brexit.Prof Mauro Ferrari said that science bodies on both sides of the Channel want close existing links to continue.Prof Ferrari is the new president of the European Research Council, which funds EU science and tech research.He made his comments at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Seattle."I am very optimistic," he said. "The stakes are so high. It is in everybody's interest that a solution that is as good as the current one or better is found."Although there is near universal agreement that Britain's current close relationship with the ERC should continue, there is ...
Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Health
Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children's mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers.Tech companies must be made to share data and pay a tax to fund important research, they say in a report.There is growing evidence internet use can harm mental health but research is still lacking, it adds.But a civil rights group said children should not be treated "like lab rats".An independent regulator for online safety is planned by the government.The report, by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, calls on the regulator to require social-media companies to share data on how children and young people are using the likes of Instagram, Facebook and Tw...
Thousands die in Japan due to overuse of antibiotics, research shows

Thousands die in Japan due to overuse of antibiotics, research shows

World
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- More than 8,000 people die annually from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Japan. Japanese researchers at the Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine said methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and fluoroquinolone-resistant salmonella were the leading causes of death among patients in 2017, Kyodo News and NHK reported Thursday. The total number of MRSA-related deaths was more than 4,200 in 2017, and the number of patients who died from salmonella was more than 3,900, according to researchers. Patients' overuse of antibiotics and the application of antibiotics on animals for consumption, were cited as the causes of the fatalities. Hiroshige Mikamo, a bacteria expert at Aichi Medical University, said the actual number of annual d...
Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Technology
Apple is making a bid for its customers' healthcare data by launching a new "Research app" which will collect information from iPhone and Apple Watch users and share it with academic studies.The app is being pitched to Apple's estimated billion customers as a way to "contribute to groundbreaking research studies". It is an opt-in programme which will share the data captured by Apple's existing monitoring of users' menstrual cycles, electrocardiogram sensoring, as well as a decibel measure to analyse the noise of the environment. Image: The Research app will allow users to volunteer data to scientific studies This data could be used in academic studies to improve the design of healthcare provision, which could then allow Apple to devel...
United States, South Korea agree to research partnership

United States, South Korea agree to research partnership

World
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The United States and South Korea reached a partnership on Thursday to cooperate on research as well as solutions for natural disasters and other public safety threats. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding confirming the agreement in Seoul. The partnership aims to promote cooperation between the United States and South Korea through joint research, researcher exchanges and conferences focused on science and technology research and developing solutions to fires, storms, floods and earthquakes, as well as infectious disease. "This is a great opportunity to discuss mutual challenges, shared priorities and join...