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Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

World
Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began.Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk.The research also points to the high risk to medical staff.A hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus on Tuesday. Liu Zhiming, 51, was the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan - one of the leading hospitals in the virus epicentre. He is one of the most senior health officials to die so far.Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, is the worst affected province in the country. Media pl...

Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market over cancer risk

Health
The weight loss drug Belviq is being pulled from the market because of an increased risk of cancerBy LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical WriterFebruary 13, 2020, 10:10 PM1 min read The weight loss drug Belviq is being pulled from the market because of a slight increased risk of cancer. The drug's maker, Japan’s Eisai Inc., said Thursday that it has agreed to voluntarily withdraw Belviq at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, the company said in a statement that it disagrees with the FDA’s interpretation of new data on the drug’s safety and still believes the drug's benefit outweighs any cancer risk. The FDA also is warning patients to stop taking Belviq immediately and contact their doctor for advice on alternatives. The agency also is telling doctors to stop prescribing

As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk

Technology
Fabric curtains stretch across the huge Warragamba Dam to trap ash and sediment expected to wash off wildfire-scorched slopes and into the reservoir that holds 80% of untreated drinking water for the Greater Sydney area. In Australia's national capital of Canberra, where a state of emergency was declared on Friday because of an out-of-control forest fire to its south, authorities are hoping a new water treatment plant and other measures will prevent a repeat of water quality problems and disruption that followed deadly wildfires 17 years ago. There have not yet been major impacts on drinking water systems in southeast Australia from the intense fires that have burned more than 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) since September. But authorities know from experience that the bi...
BAFTA ‘at risk of losing credibility’ because of a lack of diversity

BAFTA ‘at risk of losing credibility’ because of a lack of diversity

Entertainment
BAFTA is in danger of losing credibility with talent if it doesn't change and reflect the diversity of the industry, the CEO of Time's Up UK has told Sky News.Dame Heather Rabbatts said the awards need to urgently "address the structures that are meaning only certain films are making their way through the system". The BAFTAs faced a backlash when it announced its nominations earlier this month, with an all-white line-up of acting nominees and no women directors. Image: Dame Heather Rabbatts was disappointed and frustrated by the BAFTA nominees Dame Heather said she was disappointed and frustrated by the nominees particularly when "we have more films from a richer array of film-makers" this year.She told Sky News that BAFTA must now r...
CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

Health
Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its travel warning for China to its highest alert level as they consider increased screenings for travelers from the Asian nation that is dealing with an increasing number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The agency raised its travel advisory to a level 3, warning U.S. citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to the country while urging those who must visit China to avoid sick people, animals, animal market and animal products. Meanwhile, the agency told reporters Monday that there have been no new cases beyond the five currently known and that 110 people from 26 states are currently being tested for the virus. People coming to the United States from China have been funneled through five airpor...