Gannett touts digital growth as it battles takeover bid

New York (CNN)Under the cloud of an aggressive takeover bid, Gannett reported a dip in fourth quarter revenue Wednesday. But the company said it was encouraged by growth in digital advertising. But Robert Dickey, the president and CEO of Gannett who intends to step down later this year, said the company was “pleased” by growth in digital advertising, which he said was driven by “strong national advertising” across the company’s network of newspapers. Gannett said Wednesday that its total digital revenue for the fourth quarter was $272.3 million, comprising 36% of its overall sales. The number of digital-only subscribers jumped to 504,000, a 46.3% spike from a year earlier. That didn’t impress MNG Enterprises, the hedge fund-owned company that has …

New sepsis test ‘could save thousands’

The body’s immune system starts to attack the body’s own organs and the condition can be fatal. The biggest killer you may not know Sepsis: What is it – and how to spot it? Sepsis: Ambulance call handlers ‘must spot condition’ It is hard to diagnose and can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. Early diagnosis is key because every hour that you delay antibiotic treatment, the likelihood of death increases. Diagnosis of sepsis is usually based on body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and often a blood test, which can take up to 72 hours. The new test uses a device to detect if one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is present in …

Science being ‘debunked:’ Why are some countries making a vaccine U-turn?

(CNN)More than a century before Facebook, anti-vaccination campaigners had another method for spreading their message — an eye-catching march through town with tiny children’s coffins emblazoned with the words: “Another victim of vaccination.” British parents in the 19th century didn’t take kindly to government-mandated smallpox vaccinations although the gruesome process — a series of deep cuts in the arms of the child — was a world away from today’s sterile practices. But the anti-vaxxers of the time were also joined by libertarians, who believed the compulsory vaccinations violated their personal freedoms. Today, that anti-government control sentiment “continues to be a thread in the anti-vaccine movement — particularly in this era of mistrust in government,” Professor Heidi Larson, director of the …

Trump’s call to end HIV is a worthy mission both at home and abroad

(CNN)In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump brought attention to a disease that has almost disappeared from the headlines: HIV/AIDS. At the time, more than 12 million people were living with HIV in Africa. It drained a community’s health, productivity and hope, leaving uncertainty and despair in their place. And it created unstable nations with broken family units and weakened economies that lacked able-bodied workforces. In 2001, President George W. Bush made the founding US contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in 2003 as Senate majority leader, I shepherded the legislation creating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Congress. Since then, we’ve seen half as many AIDS-related deaths …

Immunotherapies could change kidney cancer care, studies suggest

(CNN)The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving. Targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other substances that block cancer growth by interfering with specific molecules that are involved in the growth, progression and spread of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Immunotherapy is a treatment approach that harnesses certain parts of the body’s own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer. This approach can come in many forms — vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs — and can be administrated through injections, pills or capsules, topical ointments or creams, or a catheter. An immunotherapy can also be combined with another therapy as a form of treatment, as seen in the two …

Deer in 24 states infected with chronic wasting disease

(CNN) Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 states, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat. Currently, there is no evidence the disease can spread to humans, but the CDC warned hunters to be cautious around potentially infected animals. It advised people not to handle or eat meat from deer and elk that seem sick or have been found dead. It says latex or rubber gloves should be worn when handling the meat and contact kept to a minimum — especially when handling organs such as the brain or spinal cord. In deer and other cervids, the disease has an incubation period …

Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ blindness

The treatment was carried out under local anaesthetic last month at Oxford Eye Hospital by Robert MacLaren, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. He told BBC news: “A genetic treatment administered early on to preserve vision in patients who would otherwise lose their sight would be a tremendous breakthrough in ophthalmology and certainly something I hope to see in the near future.” Mrs Osborne, 80, is the first of 10 patients with AMD taking part in a trial of the gene therapy treatment, manufactured by Gyroscope Therapeutics, funded by Syncona, the Wellcome Trust founded investment firm. What is AMD? The macula is part of the retina and responsible for central vision and fine detail. In age-related macular degeneration, …

School threat system fields thousands of tips in first month

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. The goal of the Safe 2 Say Something program, which funnels tips to an around-the-clock call center at the attorney general’s headquarters in Harrisburg, is to respond to troubling behavior, unsafe school situations and anything else tipsters deems appropriate to report. The program passed the Legislature with near unanimity last year, mandating it encompass all K-12 students in Pennsylvania, including charter, private and vocational-technical schools. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

Trump intends to sign border deal to avoid another shutdown

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoke directly with the President. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tongue-splitting body artist admits GBH

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrendan ‘Dr Evil’ McCarthy admits GBH for performing tongue splitting and nipple removal A body modification artist has admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm, by carrying out tongue splitting and ear and nipple removal procedures. Brendan McCarthy, also known as Dr Evil, carried out consensual procedures without using anaesthetic. In his defence, the 50-year-old argued that consent was given but the judge ruled the procedures could not be compared to tattoos and piercings. He will be sentenced on 21 March at Wolverhampton Crown Court. McCarthy, of Bushbury, Wolverhampton, ran a modification emporium in Princess Alley before he was charged with six counts of wounding in 2017. Image copyright PA Image caption …

A year after shutting down schools across the state, West Virginia school employees are to hit the picket lines once again

(CNN)Almost a year after West Virginia teachers and other school employees shut down schools across the state, demanding higher pay and better benefits, union officials announced Monday night they would go on strike again. The bill has bounced around the state Legislature for the past few weeks, spurring worry among education advocates and teachers in West Virginia, and some changes were made in the House of Delegates to walk back some of the most sizable proposals. Pressures came to a head on Monday when the bill returned to the state Senate, which added an amendment that reinstated a lower number of charter schools and would allow for 1,000 education savings accounts. The bill in its amended state passed the Senate …

Brexit healthcare worries for Brits in Spain

Image caption About 70,000 British pensioners live in Spain A S1 certificate is available to anyone in receipt of a state pension, and to some workers who are sent overseas on a temporary basis by their UK employers. The system currently saves the NHS about £450m a year. In 2017, a senior health department official told a parliamentary select committee that Spain charges an average of £2,300 for every pensioner it treats, compared with £4,500 charged by the NHS. Yet there are no guarantees that this arrangement will continue under the Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals to protect the rights of EU citizens, including the 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in the EU. London has said the S1 certificate may …

The Latest: McConnell: Trump to sign bill, declare emergency

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he’s prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border. McConnell said Thursday the Senate will soon vote on the bill that’s needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown Friday. The comprise measure keeps departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico. The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. Trump’s assent would end a raucous legislative saga that commenced before Christmas and saw Trump force a record 35-day partial federal shutdown. ___ 12:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is reviewing the border security compromise. But he …

The old men vying to lead Africa’s youngest population

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)On first look, not much separates the two front-runners contesting Nigeria’s presidential election. Both are men in their 70s with previous experience of high-level politics. Both are from the same ethnic group. And both are Muslims from the north of the country. Abubakar, who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007, is a staunch capitalist who made his fortune investing in various sectors in the country. Regardless of who the electorate picks — and there are 70 more candidates to choose from — the outcome will dramatically shape the fortunes of Nigeria’s more than 190 million people. The vote comes at a critical time for the country’s economy, a lynchpin of the region. The recent oil price …

Taxi drivers accused of serious sex crimes

City of Wolverhampton Council has increased the number of licences it issues eightfold since the Deregulation Act 2015 was introduced, meaning drivers no longer needed to live or work in the area of the local authority that granted them a licence. The situation has led to a chaotic picture emerging around the country, with authorities unable to control all cabbies working in their area. Taxi and cab drivers have staged go-slow protests against the current regulations around the country, saying they leave the public at risk. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I was sitting in the back of the taxi and he put his hand on my knee” Wolverhampton licensing bosses have insisted they informed relevant authorities …

Cory Booker Woos Iowans With Love-Heavy Brand Of Progressive Patriotism

WATERLOO, Iowa ― New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s favorite presidential campaign-trail yarn ― and he has a lot of them ― is about how his parents, two of IBM’s first black executives, overcame housing market discrimination to raise him and his brother in a predominantly white neighborhood in one of his state’s suburbs. Recounting the tale Friday afternoon to an audience of about 100 Democrats at a community college in Waterloo, Booker marveled at the far-reaching power of individual political sacrifices. It’s a testament, he declared with excitement in his voice, to his deeply held belief that “love is a radical force.” On the same weekend that Sen. (D-Mass.) officially with a pledge to “fight back” against the waged by …