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Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Health
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- More states reported high flu activity this week as the season heads into high gear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, CDC officials noted that eight jurisdictions across the country reported high influenza activity during the week ending Nov. 16: Puerto Rico and seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas. Previously only Puerto Rico and Louisiana had reported high flu activity. In addition, 2.5 percent of all healthcare visits across the country were due to flu-related concerns, up from 2.3 percent the previous week. The CDC reported that the percentage of positive blood tests for influenza A and B virus nationwide increased to 7.3 percent from 5.7 ...
Scientists find seven new leech species that live inside freshwater mussels

Scientists find seven new leech species that live inside freshwater mussels

Science
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- If you eat freshwater mussels, you might open a shell to find one of seven newly named leech species. Yummy. Between 2002 and 2018, Arthur Bogan, research curator of mollusks at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, recruited collaborators from all over the globe to collect freshwater mussels, sample DNA and document what they found inside. The project revealed seven new species of leeches. According to Ivan N. Bolotov, scientist of the Federal Center for Integrated Arctic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences and one of Bogan's collaborators, at least two of the species should be classified as obligate inhabitants of the freshwater mussel's mantle cavity. These species cannot complete their life cycle without their bivalve host. "It has been suggested tha...
Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Cannabis to be given to patients to test impact on seven conditions

Technology
Thousands of patients are to be given cannabis in the first large-scale study of the drug's clinical effect.Medical cannabis, which is grown to a precise grade of active ingredient, was legalised in the UK a year ago. But only a handful of patients have since been prescribed the drug on the NHS because of what medical authorities have called a "paucity of evidence" that it works and is safe. Image: Professor David Nutt says cannabis medicines can be life-saving in disorders like childhood epilepsy The only option for patients is to either source cannabis illegally, and risk prosecution, or pay for a private prescription of the drugThe new study, called Project Twenty21, will subsidise cannabis for 20,000 patients to test its impact on...
Prince’s memoir: Seven things we learned

Prince’s memoir: Seven things we learned

Entertainment
"Yesterday I tried to write a novel, but I didn't know where to begin," sang Prince in his 1982 song Moonbeam Lyrics.More than three decades later, in 2016, he announced he had started to write his autobiography. The purple prose was never finished. On the 21 April that year he died aged 57, three months into the project, having hand-written 28 pages about his childhood, using his trademark abbreviated spellings, U, R, 2, 4 and "eye" for I. "The book coincided with an inward turn in what he was experiencing, in what would turn out to be his final years," says Dan Piepenbring, 33, the writer Prince chose to collaborate with on his memoir The Beautiful Ones, named after his track on the Purple Rain...
Microwaves and dog tags: Seven of the best new Amazon products

Microwaves and dog tags: Seven of the best new Amazon products

Technology
Amazon has unveiled new products and updates to its virtual assistant Alexa in an event at its Seattle headquarters.New hardware unveiled at the event included several new Amazon Echo speakers - the company has the best-selling smart speaker range in the world. The new Echo Studio (£189.99) aims to rival smart speakers designed with high-quality sound in mind, such as Apple's HomePod and Sonos.Sonos stock took a hit at the news, with the company closing down 5%, with Amazon ending the day 1.5% higher.The company also announced its new "neural-to-text" speech model, which allows Alexa to sound more realistic. Advertisement As well as the updates, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services David L