With A.I., the Secret Life of Pets Is Not So Secret

This article is part of our latest Artificial Intelligence special report, which focuses on how the technology continues to evolve and affect our lives. Most dog owners intuitively understand what their pet is saying. They know the difference between a bark for “I’m hungry” and one for “I’m hurt.” Soon, a device at home will…

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Hotels Open as ‘Comforting Refuge’ for Health Care Workers

Days after closing for the first time in its 200-year-history, Claridge’s, the storied luxury hotel in London’s Mayfair district reopened on April 3 to 40 doctors, nurses and other National Health Service workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Claridge’s is one of many hotels around the world that shuttered to the public in recent weeks…

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China’s Coronavirus Battle Is Waning. Its Propaganda Fight Is Not.

HONG KONG — For months the Chinese government’s propaganda machine had been fending off criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and finally, it seemed to be finding an audience. Voices from the World Health Organization to the Serbian government to the rapper Cardi B hailed China’s approach as decisive and responsible. But China…

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European Finance Ministers Can’t Agree on Coronavirus Bailout: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Dutch finance minister, Wopke Hoekstra, meeting with his European counterparts in a video conference on Tuesday.Credit…Bart Maat/EPA, via Shutterstock European finance ministers split on ‘coronabonds’ to help the countries worst hit by the pandemic. European finance ministers broke off a marathon overnight teleconference without reaching an agreement on…

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Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie gives $1 million to Penn medicine research to fight COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA—Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie today announced a $1 million contribution to Penn Medicine to establish the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund, laying the foundation for the world’s foremost experts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. The funds will support both an emerging research program to test front-line health care workers for potential immunity to COVID-19,…

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76ers star player, owners partner with Penn Med to fight COVID-19

As part of a pledge to coronavirus medical relief efforts, NBA All-Star Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, along with the team’s managing partner, Josh Harris, and co-managing partner, David Blitzer, today announced a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine, establishing a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care…

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McGill researchers identify correlation between MBI and Alzheimer’s

In recent years, scientists have conducted more than 100 clinical trials in the hopes of finding new indicators capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease prior to the manifestation of clinical symptoms such as memory loss. Though MBI, characterized by changes in the normal patterns of behaviour in the elderly, had already been suggested to be an…

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Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear, study suggests

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds. However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year.…

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COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics

April 8, 2020 — «COVID-19 in Humanitarian Settings and Lessons Learned from Past Epidemics» published in Nature Medicine, invokes a global response to protect the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors make the point that displaced populations, including refugees and migrants, are often the first to be stigmatized and unjustly blamed for the…

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New tool helps gather useful genetic information obtained from blood, skin tissues

Philadelphia, March 31, 2020 — DNA sequencing is becoming a more commonplace method for detecting diseases and improving precision medicine. Because DNA sequencing does not detect all possible disease-causing mutations, RNA sequencing is often used to address this important gap. However, RNA sequencing is typically performed on clinically-accessible tissues from blood and skin and likely…

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