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Vaccines, OS upgrades, climate change, and other studies August 17, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Good news about vaccines: “Now more than ever, Africa appears on course to being declared free of polio. The continent has not had a case of polio reported for the last 12 months.”

Bad news about the lack of vaccines: Diptheria has killed a child in Spain, in the country’s first new case for almost 28 years. (They’ve found eight other kids in Spain who are carrying the bacteria…but who aren’t in danger of dying, who aren’t even sick, because they were vaccinated. “Spain’s Health Ministry had to scramble to find the drug to treat the child…The antitoxin was eventually delivered from Moscow to Barcelona by the Russian ambassador.

Good news about women’s health care: “According to a new study that tracked hundreds of women who had abortions, more than 95 percent of participants reported that ending a pregnancy was the right decision for them. Feelings of relief outweighed any negative emotions, even three years after the procedure.”

Bad news about the planet: “If melting continues at its current pace, by around 2025, some parts of Iceland will be rising at a rate of 15.7 inches a year.” Related: “New Climate Change Study Just 400 Pages Of Scientists Telling Americans To Read Previous Climate Change Studies

Bad news for advocates of torture: “At no time did the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of imminent threat intelligence, such as the hypothetical ‘ticking time bomb’ information that many believe was the justification for the use of these techniques.”

Good news for controlling parents: “When you add a child’s Microsoft account to your family, you’ll get regular activity report emails summarizing how much time they spent on the PC, the websites they visited, the games and apps they used, and the terms they’ve looked up in search engines.” (Only applies if you have a child-type account, not an administrator-type account. If you’re living at home, in a dodgy situation, and your family is getting the upgrade, stay alert.)

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