Electronic alert reduces excessive prescribing of short-acting asthma relievers — ScienceDaily

An automatic, electronic alert on general practitioners’ (GPs) computer screens can help to prevent excessive prescribing of short-acting asthma reliever medication, according to research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress.

The alert pops up when GPs open the medical records for a patient who has been issued with three prescriptions for short-acting reliever inhalers, such as salbutamol, within a three-month period. It suggests the patient should have an asthma review to assess symptoms and improve asthma control. Short-acting beta2-agonists (SABAs), usually described as blue inhalers, afford short-term relief of asthma symptoms by expanding the airways, but do not deal with the underlying inflammatory cause.

“Excessive use of reliever inhalers such as salbutamol is an indicator of poorly controlled asthma and a risk factor for asthma attacks. It has also been implicated in asthma-related deaths. Yet, despite national and international asthma guidelines, excessive prescribing of short-acting beta2-agonists persists,”

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Michigan AG warns of Apple tech scam that could give remote access to your phone

(WXYZ) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has issued a warning to Michiganders about an Apple tech scam.

A Michigan woman was reportedly contacted by a scammer who told her her phone needed a security update and he could assist with the process.

The woman followed instructions and unknowingly gave the scammer remote access to her phone, and he transferred $1,000 out of her bank account.

Some tech-support scams may begin with a phone call from a real person, while others may be initiated with a robocall. The Attorney General’s office has an example of such a call on its website.

“Whether the call is coming from a live person or a robocall, Michiganders must be cautious whenever contacted by unsolicited callers, particularly when those individuals are seeking access to your personal devices, like a smartphone, tablet or computer,” Nessel said. “As more people are working and attending school from

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Elon Musk demos Neuralink Brain Computer Interface update – General – News

At a live streamed event on Friday, tech tycoon Elon Musk showcased the latest Neuralink technology. The demo starred a pig called Gertrude, which had a coin-sized computer chip implanted into her brain previously. In the webcast Musk summed up the device as “kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires”. However, the possibilities of a high-functioning Brain Computer Interface (BCI) could go much further than that catchy snippet hints at, especially for people who have developed neurological problems or impairments. Moreover, Musk hinted that humans might one day need BCIs to stay relevant as computer AI marches onwards.

In July last year HEXUS reported upon Neuralink’s application to start human trials in 2020. No update was given with regard to human testing unfortunately, and no timelines were put forward.

So, what of this latest demonstration? There was a lot of talk about the

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MI AG warns of Apple, Microsoft tech support scam

AG Dana Nessel says scammers may be posing as employees and offering tech support for companies like Apple and Microsoft.

LANSING, Mich — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning the public about recent Apple iPhone and tech support scams. 

According to the attorney general’s office, there hasn’t been an uptick in complains as of late, but Michiganders should remain cautious. 

Nessel said that scammers may pose as employees offering tech support for major companies like Apple or Microsoft. 

A Michigan woman was reportedly contacted by a scammer who told her that her mobile device required a security update and that he could assist with the process. The woman followed the caller’s instructions and unknowingly gave him remote access to her phone, and he transferred $1,000 from her bank account.

Some tech-support scams may begin with a phone call from a real person, while others may be initiated with a

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Frankie Kay, interim director general for data capability, ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been keeping busy during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and the data collected and analysed by the ONS has been key in helping the country understand the impact of the virus.

The ONS might be best known for its census data, but the organisation’s remit is much broader than that. Frankie Kay, interim director general for data capability at the ONS, tells Computer Weekly how it has worked with academia, the government and the NHS to help the UK fight the virus.

Data science has played an important role, not just in informing the public and giving them “as much clarity and transparency as we can in terms of the pandemic itself”, she explains, but also in looking at the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.

ONS has had to spin up new surveys quicker than ever before. The questions asked have also changed during

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We need answers from postmaster general, and we need them now

Jacky Rosen
Published 1:30 p.m. PT Aug. 28, 2020


Facing public backlash, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is testifying that it’s his “sacred duty” to ensure election mail delivery. Democrats warn DeJoy’s cost-cutting initiatives are causing an upheaval that threatens voting. (Aug. 21)

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This opinion column was submitted by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada).

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor global pandemic can stop the men and women of the United States Postal Service. However, recently one man has worked to stop the mail in its tracks. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy assumed his position in mid-June, and in just a few short months, Americans have reported nationwide delays in mail delivery.

During a recent Senate hearing, I questioned the postmaster general about his destructive

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U.S. surgeon general tells states to be ready for COVID-19 vaccine by November ‘just in case’ | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

States across the United States should be prepared to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by November 1 “just in case” one is ready, Dr. Jerome Adams, the US Surgeon General said.

“We’ve always said that we are hopeful for a vaccine by the end of this year or beginning of next year,” Adams said in an ABC News interview Friday. “That said, it’s not just about having a vaccine that is safe and effective — it’s about being ready to distribute it.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked public health officials in the states to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by late October or early November. As of Saturday, more than 6.2 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US since the pandemic began and 188,252 people have died, according to a tally of cases by Johns Hopkins University.

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Cat Refuses To Let Her Mom Use Her Computer Mouse

“When he has his mind set there is no trying to distract him from his course.”

Mokou first came into Brenna Telaroli’s life as a sickly 8-week-old kitten. Born with a large umbilical cord hernia, Mokou needed emergency surgery. But as soon as Telaroli saw his beautiful blue eyes she knew she’d do anything for him.
Now completely recovered, Mokou is full of personality — which can be a little difficult to handle when Telaroli’s working from home.

Mokou the kitten tries to distract mom from work
Brenna Telaroli

“For starters, he is a major talker,” Telaroli told The Dodo. “He has something to say about everything, including when I am at work trying to talk to customers.”
Mokou will do anything to distract his mom from work, and usually, he’s pretty successful. The less time his mom spends working, the more time she has to focus on him.

Brenna Telaroli

“He loves to play — that is all

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General Sherman students first day back starts them at new building


LANCASTER – Students’ first day back to school at General Sherman Junior High School was also the first day in the new building, and their first day actually coming to school since March.

Gov. Mike DeWine ordered schools closed in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was climbing. Schools transitioned to remote learning, with students and teachers working on lessons by computer.

Construction on the new building on Election House Road started in August 2018 and was

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Bill Gates Will NOT And CANNOT Inject Us With A Microchip In A Vaccine – Fails Basic Fact Check

Bill Gates doesn’t make vaccines. There are now 176 vaccines from many different countries, thirty four of those already in clinical trials and eight in phase 3. Some may be approved soon, and none are made by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation does provide funding for some vaccines. In particular they are amongst the funders for the vaccine alliances GAVI and COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the “Access to COVID19 Tools” ACT accelerator.

The aim is to make sure that as a top priority many vaccines are distributed to the places that are worst hit and that the vaccines are available to all including the very poor. It is partly funded by the Gates foundation along with many other donors including now the European Commission

The WHO think we can eliminate COVID19 in less than two years. Making a vaccine available in the

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