Tuesday, June 25

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Fauci says the idea that he hid a lab leak is 'absurd'
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Fauci says the idea that he hid a lab leak is 'absurd'

Monday is the first opportunity for lawmakers to ask him about his agency's record-keeping practices. For Republicans on the committee, the hearing is also the culmination, so far, of a long campaign against American scientists and health officials who they say helped trigger the Covid pandemic. No new evidence of a pandemic emerging from a laboratory, with or without the help of American taxpayer funding, has emerged in a series of high-profile hearings over the past year. In a report on Monday, titled “Republicans' Fauci Flop,” Democratic lawmakers said Republicans on the committee failed to prove that the coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, came from a lab leak. “Select Republicans on the subcommittee devoted time and taxpayer money to an investigation into federally funded res...
The transplanted pig kidney is removed from the patient
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The transplanted pig kidney is removed from the patient

In April, Ms. Pisano became the second person to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig. Hers was a particularly complicated case: she suffers from heart and kidney failure and she received the organ only eight days after receiving a mechanical heart pump. Ms. Pisano was at risk of dying without the heart pump, a device implanted in patients who need a heart transplant. But there is a critical shortage of available human donor kidneys, and her heart disease has made her ineligible to receive one. She is the first known heart pump patient to receive an organ transplant of any type, NYU Langone Health officials said. Patients with kidney failure are usually ineligible to receive a heart pump due to the high risk of death. The first patient to receive a kidney from a ...
FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder
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FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

What is the framework for approval? In 2017, the FDA granted “breakthrough” status to MDMA-assisted therapy. Status, the recognition of a drug's therapeutic promise, aims to shorten regulatory times. The original application was sponsored by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which earlier this year created a for-profit entity, Lykos Therapeutics, to commercialize MDMA if it gained approval. FDA approval. The request presents an unusual challenge for the FDA, which typically does not regulate drug treatments associated with talk therapy, an essential part of Lykos' regimen for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. On June 4, an expert advisory panel will review Lykos' clinical data, along with public comments and staff analyses, to make r...
Morrie Markoff, considered the oldest man in the United States, dies at 110
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Morrie Markoff, considered the oldest man in the United States, dies at 110

As of April, the world's oldest living man is believed to be Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood at 111 years old, according to Guinness World Records. (Guinness lists María Branyas Morera, a California native living in Spain, as the world's oldest woman, at 117.) When Mr. Markoff heard the news of his rise to the top of the list, "he just smiled and said, 'Well, someone has to be there,'" his daughter said in an interview. He stood out not only for his longevity but also for a lucidity unusual for his age. Until her final months, she pored over the Los Angeles Times every morning, discussed the war in Ukraine and other world events and posted dispatches about his life on his blog. “He believed that if he stayed active, he would live, and he really wanted to live,” Ms. Han...
The art and power of healing
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The art and power of healing

“In a creative environment there is an encounter with yourself, an awakening to your unconscious, to your experiences,” said Tammy Federman, a filmmaker whose new documentary “Memory Game” centers on a theater troupe of survivors of Holocaust in Israel managed by AMCHA, an Israeli social support services organization. “But there's also a group meeting because one person talks about this very traumatic experience and another person can relate to it. It gives you the courage to open up, to share your experience, and there is also joy, there is humor, there is movement and creativity.” And while research from Brandeis University and IMPACT, a non-profit organization born out of a Brandeis initiative, found that creative sector efforts tackling tough challenges “are not adequately under...
Hunter Biden's addiction shocked his family.  Has your family had similar problems?
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Hunter Biden's addiction shocked his family. Has your family had similar problems?

Hunter Biden, the president's son, is on trial in federal court for falsely claiming in a gun application that he had not used illicit drugs. Testimonies from his ex-wife and his ex-girlfriends describe his drug-fueled character; look for his dealer on the streets; his large cash withdrawals from the bank. Hallie Biden, his brother Beau's widow who was dating him in the fall of 2018 when the gun purchase occurred, spoke of his erratic behavior, possession of rocks of crack and cocaine "the size of ping-pong balls, or bigger, maybe” and how she frantically urged him to go to rehab. She, like Mr. Biden, is in recovery. I write about addiction for the New York Times and have spoken to countless families who have shared harrowing experiences. I'm working on an article about h...
La Comisión Europea abre una investigación sobre Meta al considerar que fomenta la adhesión de los menores
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La Comisión Europea abre una investigación sobre Meta al considerar que fomenta la adhesión de los menores

Related media - Connected media La Unión Europea ha anunciado que acaba de abrir una investigación para determinar si las redes sociales Facebook e Instagram, del grupo Meta, provocan conductas adictivas en menores de edad. «No estamos convencidos de eso [Meta] esto es suficiente para (…) mitigar los riesgos de efectos negativos sobre la salud física y mental de los jóvenes europeos en sus plataformas Facebook e Instagram», informó el comisario europeo de Mercado Interno, Thierry Breton, en un comunicado. La investigación deriva de la Ley de Servicios Digitales (LSD), uno de los pilares regulatorios sobre plataformas digitales en el bloque europeo. Se trata de la sexta investigación formal iniciada por la Comisión Europea, brazo ejecutivo de la UE, en virtud de esta legisla...
Apple entra en la carrera de la IA generativa
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Apple entra en la carrera de la IA generativa

Connected media - Linked media Tras los anuncios de OpenAI y Google, que esta semana presentaron sus nuevas propuestas de inteligencia artificial generativa, todos los milagros del sector se dirigen ahora hacia Apple. Tim Cook, el CEO de la multinacional estadounidense, anunció que el público pronto tendrá sus primeros pasos en este nuevo campo abierto de la IA con la irrupción de ChatGPT. La fecha informada es el 10 de junio, cuando se llevará a cabo la conferencia anual de desarrolladores WWDC y se conocerán las nuevas características de iOS 18, la próxima versión del sistema operativo del iPhone. Ante la falta de más detalles, a lo largo de las últimas semanas se han extendido numerosos rumores que apuntan a todo tipo de indicios de que podría destruir al gigante tecnológico. Entr...