Martin Schram: Bloomberg's debate falls short of his ads' promise
This we know: $300 million worth of TV and digital media ads, gushing into our homes and across our news screens, can rocket even a late-starting presidential candidate into the top tier of the White House wannabes.As New York City’s ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg has just shown us.But this we also know: Ultimately, even a billion dollar blizzard of TV and digital ads can only work wonders when their creative messages and images of presidential decisiveness and leadership are reinforcing positive presidential messages and images we voters are also viewing each day on our free media TV and digital new...
Tribune News Service
Fewer than 5% of pregnant women have good heart health, according to study. Experts say doctors need to do more in response.
CHICAGO — Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and U.S. health experts are working to better understand why so many moms are dying.But many women might be unaware of their heart risks while pregnant — and the importance of taking steps to improve heart health is becoming clearer in light of a new study.On Monday, Northwestern Medicine researchers published what they say is the first study to examine the cardiovascular health of pregnant women in the United States.Using 15 years of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...
Early exposure to cleaning products linked to asthma in small children
Infants who live in houses where cleaning products are used more frequently have a higher risk for developing asthma and wheeze, a Canadian study found.“The prevalence of childhood asthma has steadily increased over the past several decades and is now a leading cause of childhood chronic disease and admissions to hospital in developed countries, making it a priority for clinicians, researchers and the public,” the researchers wrote in their study, published Tuesday in Canadian Medical Association Journal.For their study, the researchers followed more than 3,000 infants from pregnancy through c...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Washington State moves ahead on bill to regulate governments' use of facial-recognition technology
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments.Sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Joe Nguyen, Senate Bill 6280 is one of a series of legislative proposals this year to counter technology that is evolving fast, regulated little and all but opaque to most residents.Facial recognition has been a particular concern, with worries that its use by law enforcement comes before the programs even can accurately identify people.A landmark federal study released in December found that fa...
The Seattle Times
The coronavirus seems to be mild in most children, but scientists are not sure why
Some good news on the coronavirus front: so far, it has not killed any children under age 10.Yet scientists are not sure why.Chinese health officials provided details this week on 44,672 patients whose illnesses had been confirmed with laboratory testing as of Feb. 11, including 1,023 deaths. Just one of the people who died was under age 20 — a slightly different picture from what is usually seen with a far more common respiratory illness, the flu.The flu can occasionally cause severe complications in the young, and in the United States, it kills 200 or so children under age 18 every year.The ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The youngest children are falling out of health insurance
WASHINGTON — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in any of those areas are most likely to succeed.So, for many health experts, the most troubling aspect of a recent increase in the number of children without health insurance is a spike in the number of uninsured kids under 6. That figure has climbed above a million for the first time since most of the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014, a...
Is it 'torture'? California inmate going to court over prison noise keeping him awake
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All Christopher Lipsey Jr. wants is a fighting chance at a good night’s sleep.But the 34-year-old Corcoran State Prison inmate says he and hundreds of other prisoners have been subjected to virtual “torture” through the use of nightly welfare checks in the security housing unit, or SHU, conducted every half hour with pipe-like electronic devices that cause loud clanging noises and increase the possibility of suicide and mental degradation.“I have experienced medical problems from the lack of sleep, including sleep deprivation, including headaches, dizziness and sudden fain...
The Sacramento Bee
Sprint says three telecommunication companies stole patents, trade secrets: lawsuit
Sprint filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that three other telecommunications companies stole patents and trade secrets from the Overland Park-based company.The lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court, names as defendants Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable, and two former Sprint employees.Court documents allege the two former employees disclosed trade secrets to Bright House shortly before leaving Sprint and joining Bright House.The patents and trade secrets were related to Sprint’s Voice over Internet Protocol technologies, which enable phone calls over the...
The Kansas City Star
Qualcomm introduces third-generation 5G chips to boost speeds and performance of mobile devices
Continuing its efforts to drive 5G technology, Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced its third generation 5G mobile chip aimed at improving performance for smartphones and other gadgets.The San Diego company’s new processor and radio frequency antenna platform give mobile operators the ability to combine fragmented airwave spectrum to expand coverage, boost capacity and deliver faster speeds.The technique is called carrier aggregation. The Snapdragon X60 5G modem and antenna work across a wide range of airwave frequencies earmarked for 5G.They include high-frequency millimeter-wave bands, mid-frequen...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sweetened-beverage sales in Seattle dropped 30% after soda tax, new study says
SEATTLE — Sales of sugar-sweetened beverages at stores in Seattle dropped about 30.5% in the months after the city adopted a tax on such beverages, says a new study that also looked at sales at stores in Portland, which has no such tax.Sales in Portland declined only 10.5%, suggesting sales in Seattle dropped much more than they would have without a tax, according to the peer-reviewed study by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.The study’s results are the first to measure the impact of Seattle’s tax on beverage sales in the city, and they may bolster claims by supporters that the co...
The Seattle Times