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Today's Headlines: July 10, 2018

Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases

Legionnaire's Disease Confirmed in 33 Michigan Counties ( The Detroit News) Legionnaires' disease has been on the upswing across Michigan with cases confirmed in 33 Michigan counties including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb, state health officials said Monday. There have been 135 cases of the disease by July 1, compared with 107 cases by the same time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Go to article

Global Health Security

Research Charity Launches $330M Initiative to Fund High-Risk Life Sciences Projects ( STAT News) One of the world's largest biomedical research charities is setting up a new $330 million initiative to fund high-risk projects--an effort it hopes can help researchers challenge the status quo in the life sciences. The Wellcome Trust says that it is establishing what it is calling the Leap Fund--an independently run offshoot that will seek out and provide funding for outside-the-box science. Go to article

Development and Implementation of the World Health Organization Emergency Medical Teams: Minimum Technical Standards and Recommendations for Rehabilitation ( PLOS: Currents Disasters) Emergency medical teams provide urgent medical and surgical care in emergencies characterized by a surge in trauma or disease. Rehabilitation has historically not been included in the acute phase of care, as teams have either not perceived it as their responsibility or have relied on external providers, including local services and international organizations, to provide services. Go to article

Protective Measures for Humans Against Avian Influenza A(H5N8) Outbreaks in 22 European Union/European Economic Area Countries and Israel, 2016-17 ( Emerging Infectious Diseases) We sought to better understand national approaches for managing potential human health risks during outbreaks of infection with avian influenza A(H5N8) virus during 2017-17. Twenty-three countries in the Union/European Economic Area and Israel participated in this study. Go to article

Science & Technology

Genealogy Site MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Accounts Compromised ( STAT News) MyHeritage, one of the nation's most popular online genealogy sites, said a security breach had affected the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92 million users, raising concerns about the security of more sensitive data that the company collects. Go to article

The Digitization of Biology: Understanding the New Risks and Implications for Governance ( Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction) In its multi-year study entitled Emergence and Convergence (E&C) led by Dr. Natasha E. Bajema, Senior Research Fellow, the WMD Center is exploring the risks, opportunities, and governance challenges for countering WMD introduced by a diverse range of emerging technologies. Go to article

Gene-Drive Technology Must Be Developed in a Safe, Ethical Way ( STAT News) We need powerful tools to take on the deadliest creature in the world: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes spread malaria, a disease that sickens more than 200 million people each year and kills 430,000. Genetically engineering mosquitoes to stop the spread of malaria offers great promise in saving many of these lives, and could add an estimated $4 trillion to the global economy over the next 14 years. Go to article


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