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Turkey opposition chief vows to defy Erdogan 'threats'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:24am

Çanakkale (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu vowed to press on with an intensifying campaign for justice in defiance of "threats" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of ruling as a dictator. Kilicdaroglu, head of the secular Republican People's Party (CHP), told Agence France-Presse in an interview he believed that Erdogan feared his movement and consequently was attacking him in nearly every public speech. The CHP leader, who analysts until now rarely saw as posing a major challenge to Erdogan, threw down a new gauntlet to the president this summer with a nearly month-long march complaining of injustice in Turkey in the wake of the July 15, 2016 failed coup bid.

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Harvey flood waters badly damage Houston home

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:05am

A producer with ABC station KTRK in Houston shows several feet of water flooding the first floor of his home.

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Jim Mattis tells US troops America has 'problems', urges them to 'hold the line'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 9:01am

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has told US troops stationed abroad their duty is to “hold the line” amid partisan division at home. In comments contained in a video posted to a Facebook page called “US Army WTF Moments” that appeared to have been taken shot on a smartphone during a visit to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine this week, most likely in Jordan, Mattis said: “Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military. Mattis spoke before Trump on Friday followed up on his promise of a ban on transgender troops by directing the Pentagon to stop allowing transgender people to enlist and to stop paying for gender reassignment surgery except in cases that are already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.

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Trump's meandering Sunday morning tweetstorm never once mentioned Houston

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 8:06am

Donald Trump woke up early on Sunday morning to grim news out of Texas: a flash flood emergency had been declared in and around Houston after 2 feet of rain fell in 24 hours, with more to come. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Harvey slams storm chasers: 'One of the worst hurricanes I've ever been in' In response, he picked up his phone and — using his preferred method of communication with the public — fired off a pair of tweets:  Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Hurricane Harvey dumped 1 to 2 feet inches of rain on the Houston area between Saturday and Sunday morning, a catastrophic development that's left the people of Houston facing historic flooding. In all, the damage is likely to dramatically exceed that of Tropical Storm Allison, the 2001 weather event that claimed 41 lives and wrought $9 billion worth of destruction. It's gotten so bad, in fact, that the National Weather Service issued a warning to Houston residents at 7:16 a.m. ET: if the highest floors in your home become uninhabitable, take refuge on the roof rather than your attic. Trump's tweet came several hours later, though it wasn't the first tweet of the day from a president who woke up to a devastating natural disaster. Roughly 20 minutes before Trump's Harvey-related tweet — which, you should note, makes no mention of the situation in Houston at all — he tweeted this... A great book by a great guy, highly recommended! https://t.co/3jbDDN8YmJ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Clarke is a controversial figure in the law enforcement community, often getting a mention in the same breath as the former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, whom Trump recently — and controversially — pardoned. As with the pardon, the weather disaster provides Trump with cover as he boosts divisive personalities. Not much cover, mind you. Ever-attentive Twitter users spotted Trump's pro-Clarke tweet and called out the highly questionable timing. They're telling people to climb onto their rooftops in Houston and this jackass is tweeting about a book. #houstonflood https://t.co/lDuS0RgTgM — Justin Yandell (@ShotgunZen) August 27, 2017  @realDonaldTrump MSM coverage you diverted with damn pardon crap could have been focused on #houstonflood evac. & prep. This cost lives — ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 27, 2017 I seriously can't believe Trump is tweeting a book review when #houstonflood is happening and people are drowning. #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/PsJlgawjme — Barbara Ann  (@TweetingYarnie) August 27, 2017 Daylight reveals the extent of flooding in Houston #hurricane #harvey #Houston buffalobayoupark #flood #flooding #… https://t.co/YCyGkAJg6M pic.twitter.com/wAYU7zZz7G — DoubleHorn Photo (@DoubleHornPhoto) August 27, 2017 Trump also sought to portray the storm response as seamless, even as thousands are being rescued from rapidly flooding homes in Houston.  Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Take note, folks: you're now seeing what Trump looks like in action during a crisis that he himself didn't create. It's not pretty. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 9:17 a.m. ET: Trump sent out two more tweets after the earlier three, for a total of five Sunday morning tweets. Out of those five, not a single one mentions the terrible situation in Houston. I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Trump does at least say that he's going to visit Texas, but in the very next tweet he drops the subject of Harvey completely and resorts again to one of his favorite forms of address: self-praise. History is watching, Mr. Trump. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 9:47 a.m. ET: There's now a sixth Trump tweet. Still no mention of Houston, but worse than that: he's embraced a weirdly celebratory tone. Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 You can almost visualize him shouting "Our storms are the best. The BEST." from the podium of one of his stump speeches. It's a remarkably ignorant response to a situation that has already claimed multiple levels, and threatens to claim more with each passing hour. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:17 a.m. ET: Two more tweets.... With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 That's eight Sunday morning tweets and no mention whatsoever of the situation in Houston. Someone needs to impress upon this president the importance of comforting the nation when tragedy strikes, because he's clearly incapable of grasping that on his own. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:35 a.m. ET:  Ninth tweet. Still no mention of Houston. Going to a Cabinet Meeting (tele-conference) at 11:00 A.M. on #Harvey. Even experts have said they've never seen one like this! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 Also worth noting: The unprecedented nature of this storm had been forecasted in the days and hours before Harvey made landfall. UPDATED Aug. 27 at 10:59 a.m. ET: A 10th tweet again referenced the storm, but still not a single mention of Houston, where an historic catastrophe continues to unfold. Major rescue operations underway! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017 WATCH: Hurricane Harvey is intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico

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New wonder drug hailed as biggest breakthrough in fight against heart attacks and cancer

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 7:58am

A new class of drugs which could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths from cancer has been hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins. Scientists last night said the discovery ushered in “a new era of therapeutics” which work in an entirely different way to conventional treatment. As well as cutting the risk of a heart attack by one quarter, the drugs halved the chances of dying from cancer and protected against gout and arthritis. Heart attack: Symptoms and treatment Cholesterol-busting statins are given to millions of adults deemed to be at risk of heart disease. But half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol at all. Now scientists have found that reducing inflammation in the body can protect against a host of conditions - with a “really dramatic effect” on cancer deaths. The drug canakinumab, given by injection every three months - cut repeat heart attacks by one quarter. Statins cut the risk by around 15 per cent. Experts said the findings have “far-reaching” implications for the 200,000 people a year in Britain who suffer a heart attack. Statins are given to millions of adults deemed to be at risk of heart disease And they called for urgent trials to further examine the impact of the medication on cancer. Professor Paul Ridker of Harvard Medical School, presenting his findings at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona yesterday, said it opens up a “third front” in the war on heart disease. The landmark study tracked 10,000 heart attack victims who were given canakinumab, a drug which targets inflammation. Typically, around a quarter of survivors will go on to have another event within five years, despite taking statins. Novartis headquarters The four-year study found those given the new treatment saw a 24 per cent reduction in heart attacks and 17 per cent fall in angina, while those on the highest dose saw cancer deaths fall by 51 per cent. Speaking at the world’s biggest gathering of heart experts, Harvard scientists said the approach promises to “usher in a new era” of treatment. statins Dr Ridker, from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said: “These findings represent the end game of more than two decades of research, stemming from a critical observation: Half of heart attacks occur in people who do not have high cholesterol.”   “For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk," he said. He said the findings had “far-reaching implications,” opening up a new generation of treatment. “In my lifetime, I’ve gotten to see three broad eras of preventative cardiology,” the heart expert said. “In the first, we recognized the importance of diet, exercise and smoking cessation. In the second, we saw the tremendous value of lipid-lowering drugs such as statins. Now, we’re cracking the door open on the third era.” The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Inflammation is one of the body's natural responses to infection or injury. But it also plays a major role in causing heart attacks and strokes. The findings are said to have “far-reaching implications” Credit: Alamy Experts said high levels of inflammation were associated with a variety of conditions linked to ageing, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout - all of which reduced among patients put on the treatment. The new treatment - which works by blocking part of the immune system called interleukin-1 - currently costs around £40,000 annually to treat a patient with the drug, compared to just £20 for statins. But experts say the price would come down if widely adopted. And they said the cost would be offset by the millions of pounds saved from not having to perform heart bypasses and other major forms of surgery. Leading British medics last night hailed the findings as “exciting" and incredibly important”. Dr Derek Connolly, consultant interventional cardiologist at Birmingham City Hospital, said:  “The drug is likely to be given to patients alongside statins - in a 'twin attack' against cholesterol and inflammation. “You need lots of bricks to build a wall - this is another brick in the wall.” Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Nearly 200,000 people are hospitalised due to heart attacks every year in the UK.  “Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins are given to these people to reduce their risk of another heart attack and this undoubtedly saves lives. But we know that lowering cholesterol alone is not always enough. “These exciting and long-awaited trial results finally confirm that ongoing inflammation contributes to risk of heart disease, and could help save lives.   “The findings suggest that existing anti-inflammatory drugs, such as canakinumab, could be given along with cholesterol-lowering drugs to treat survivors and further reduce their risk of another heart attack.” Novartis, the company which produces the drug, said they now intend to apply for a licence for the treatment for heart attack victims, and to embark on a new phase III trial about the use of the drugs to protect against cancer.

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Indian guru faces up to life in prison in rape case

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 7:10am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an Indian quasi-religious sect leader left his headquarters in northern India on Sunday as authorities relaxed a curfew a day ahead of his sentencing for rape.

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Israelis log out of high-tech jobs for a life offline

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 6:45am

Former technology executive Dotan Goshen carefully arranges some melons at the bottom of a crate, followed by courgettes, tomatoes and lettuce. Goshen, a graduate of Israel's prestigious Technion technological institute, made a dramatic change of course after his boss called him at home one evening and berated him for not devoting himself sufficiently to his work -- even though he was putting in at least 50 hours a week. The following day, the 37-year-old father of three handed in his resignation and set out to realise his dream of producing organic fruit and vegetables.

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Donald Trump 'might refuse to leave the White House when his term ends', expert warns

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 6:44am

Donald Trump might refuse to leave power when his time at the White House comes to an end, an expert on Latin American leaders has warned. Tim Rogers, a journalist, said the US leader had no respect for the "sanctity of the presidency". The expert on Nicaragua’s Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) and the country's former President Daniel Ortega, Mr Rogers said it was common for Latin American leaders to stay in power for long periods.

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What Ligers, Grolar Bears, and Mules Show Scientists About Evolution

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 6:00am

Hybrids, once treated as biological misfits, have been the secret saviors of many animal species in trouble. Reconciling that truth with conservation policies poses a challenge for science.

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10 fascinating facts about President Lyndon B. Johnson

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 4:53am

On the occasion of President Lyndon Johnson’s 109th birthday, the National Constitution Center looks at 10 interesting facts about one of the most colorful and controversial figures in American history.

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Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 4:41am

A powerful storm lashed Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just days after a punishing typhoon swept through the region and claimed at least 18 lives. Both cities raised a Typhoon 8 signal -- the third-highest warning level -- early Sunday as severe tropical storm "Pakhar" made landfall in the region, where emergency workers were still battling to repair Wednesday's damage. A total of 206 flights were cancelled and another 471 delayed because of the latest storm, while 44 flights had to divert, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said.

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Bayer, J&J in frame for bigger anti-clotting market opportunity

Reuters Health News - August 27, 2017 - 4:15am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer and Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster clot prevention drug Xarelto was shown to cut the risk of potentially deadly strokes and heart attacks in patients with severe atherosclerosis by 24 percent, raising the prospects of billions more in sales.
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Looking at the heavens: Photographer captures perfectly symmetrical ceilings

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 4:00am

Gazing on these perfectly symmetrical ceilings in religious buildings around the world is almost like looking at the heavens themselves.

The beauty of the precise patterns carved high above the camera has been captured in a series of stunning images.

Colorful light streaming through the stained-glass windows of some churches and mosques helps to highlight the intricacies of the decorations. (Caters News)

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Paul Ryan Disagrees With Joe Arpaio's Pardon

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 3:27am

After President Donald Trump pardoned the former sheriff of Maricopa County, voices from across the political spectrum have criticized the decision.

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Relationship Between Trump and Arpaio Began with 'Birtherism'

Pharma news - August 27, 2017 - 1:50am

Katy Tur, Michael Gerson, Danielle Pletka and Yamiche Alcindor discuss the president's move to pardon former Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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