Woodstock Wire: NewsTidBits

August 10, 2020

Explainer: Microsoft's TikTok Bid Spotlights Windows Maker's History With China

U.S. News -- Microsoft Corp has emerged as the most likely buyer of the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese...

August 10, 2020 03:20 PM

Dementia: Writing the Story Now You May Never Hear

Life -- Better After 50 - I'll never forget the moment I found out my mother's diagnosis. 'Your mother has the classic symptoms of Alzheimer's,' the geriatric psychiatrist said.

What a relief! After months of increasing concern about her memory lapses and being...

August 10, 2020 03:16 PM

Americans Regard Gender Equality as Unfinished Business

Life -- Gallup Headlines - A century after women won the right to vote, two-thirds of Americans, and an even higher share of women, think women have not achieved equity with men in the workplace or politics.

August 10, 2020 03:16 PM

New treatment targets found for blinding retinal disease

Life -- EurekAlert - When the eye isn't getting enough oxygen in the face of common conditions like premature birth or diabetes, it sets in motion a state of frenzied energy production that can ultimately result in blindness, and now scientists have identified...

August 10, 2020 03:16 PM

Ring of Stellar Wildfire

Life -- ESA-Hubble POW - NGC 1614, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is an eccentrically-shaped galaxy ablaze with activity. The galaxy resides about 200 million light-years from Earth and is nestled in the southern constellation of Eridanus...

August 10, 2020 03:16 PM

Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - New protection already active in Firefox 79; will roll out to all Firefox users in the next few weeks.

August 10, 2020 03:14 AM

Preparing for Medical Expenses in Retirement

U.S. News -- Your health care costs can still add up even after you enroll in Medicare, but smart strategies can help you minimize these expenses.

August 10, 2020 01:10 AM

Are Baby Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?

U.S. News -- Aging baby boomers may not be as mentally sharp as their parents were, a...

August 10, 2020 01:10 AM

Many Older Americans Getting Cancer Screens They Don't Need: Study

U.S. News -- Contrary to recommendations set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task...

August 10, 2020 01:10 AM

New Drug May Beat Older One at Preventing MS Relapse

U.S. News -- A new injection drug can prevent multiple sclerosis flare-ups better...

August 10, 2020 01:09 AM

Q&A With Jamie Hopkins on Retirement Income Planning in 2020

U.S. News -- Big changes are afoot for retirement income planning in 2020. Here's what financial advisors need to know.

August 10, 2020 01:08 AM

Can wearable devices help detect COVID-19 cases?

Aspencore -- EDN - COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines and one of the most visibly affected industries is professional sports. When basketball returned to action in isolation in July, the NBA and WNBA offered players the option of using the Oura Ring to monitor...

August 10, 2020 12:53 AM

August 09, 2020

What Trump's Payroll Tax Cut Will Mean for You

Life -- Kiplinger - Since negotiations for another stimulus bill appear to be going nowhere, President Trump has issued a series of executive orders to help financially distressed Americans. One of the executive orders defers the collection of payroll taxes until...

August 09, 2020 11:49 PM

Worried About Losing Your Job? Take These Steps Now

Life -- Kiplinger - The U.S. unemployment rate is gradually improving, but many workers understand that their jobs may not be safe. Instead of just hoping they hang on as the fallout from the pandemic worsens, it's important to take steps now to secure another...

August 09, 2020 11:49 PM

Addition of sintilimab to pemetrexed and platinum improved progression-free survival

Life -- EurekAlert - The interim analysis of ORIENT-11, a phase III double-blind randomized trial has shown a nearly two-fold increase in progression-free survival with addition of sintilimab to chemotherapy in patients with advanced or metastatic non-squamous...

August 09, 2020 11:48 PM

Could COVID-19 increase the risk of memory loss?

Life -- Live Science - Will there be a COVID-19-related wave of memory deficits, cognitive decline and dementia cases in the future?

August 09, 2020 11:48 PM

Drawing Down Retirement Savings in a Pandemic

Life -- Kiplinger - As the coronavirus shut down the economy last spring, many consumers had their budgets cut by default. Trips and shows were canceled, nonessential medical procedures were postponed and restaurants closed.

August 09, 2020 11:48 PM

People Who Feel Dizzy When They Stand up May Have Higher Risk of Dementia

Life -- Neuroscience News - People who experience dizziness when standing face an increased risk of developing dementia, a new study reports. The increased risk appears to only apply to those who experience a drop in their systolic blood pressure. Those with...

August 09, 2020 11:47 PM

Affirmative Action and Public Opinion

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Americans support the concept of affirmative action and its objectives, but attitudes are nuanced when it comes to specifics.

August 09, 2020 11:46 PM

Higher body mass index (BMI) linked to lower blood supply to the brain in large neuroimaging study

Life -- SharpBrains - Figure 6 from the study, showing 3‑D renderings of cerebral perfusion averaged across normal BMI (23), overweight (29), and obese (37) 40-year-old menBody weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function (Science Daily):


August 09, 2020 11:46 PM

Check If Your Power Is Out by Activating Your Smart Devices

Life -- Lifehacker - Batten down the hatches: Hurricane season is here, and meteorologists expect it to be a busy one. Already, the east coast has been battered by Tropical Storm Isias, which made landfall last week, causing floods, fires, and tornadoes and killing...

August 09, 2020 11:45 PM

Machine learning research may help find new tungsten deposits in SW England

Life -- EurekAlert - Geologists have developed a machine learning technique that highlights the potential for further deposits of the critical metal tungsten in SW England.

August 09, 2020 11:44 PM

3 Signs Your Streaming Accounts Have Been Hacked

Life -- Reader's Digest - Our streaming services can feel like part of the family. Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and others offer up television shows to binge-watch when we feel like staying in and movies when we need an adventure, a laugh, or a...

August 09, 2020 11:39 PM

U.S. Face Mask Usage Relatively Uncommon in Outdoor Settings

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Eighty-six percent of Americans are routinely wearing face masks in indoor settings when they cannot socially distance. But, far fewer, 47%, are doing so in outdoor settings.

August 09, 2020 11:39 PM

Chemotherapy for rare cancer fine-tuned with organoids

Life -- EurekAlert - A patient-specific tumor organoid model developed at Wake Forest is being used to identify the most effective chemotherapy protocol to treat appendix and colon tumors, a personalized medicine approach that is showing promise.

August 09, 2020 11:38 PM

What Are Payroll Taxes? 8 FAQs About How a Tax Cut Would Work

Life -- The Penny Hoarder - Millions of people are on edge about their expired unemployment benefits and whether a second round of stimulus checks is coming.

But there's another issue that keeps resurfacing as lawmakers wrangle over the next stimulus bill: payroll...

August 09, 2020 11:36 PM

Are Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?

Life -- WebMD - Looking at two decades' worth of data on U.S. adults, the study found generational differences in tests of cognitive function. That refers to essential mental abilities such as remembering, reasoning and problem-solving.

August 09, 2020 11:35 PM

Is That 'Contact Tracer' Really a Scammer? How to Tell

Life -- Reader's Digest - If you're contacted about possible exposure to the coronavirus, make sure it's legit. Scammers are masquerading as contact tracers, and it's smart to verify calls or texts before giving out any information.

A tracer's job is to help...

August 09, 2020 11:35 PM

Gut Bacteria in People With Huntington's Disease May Be a Potential Drug Target

Life -- Neuroscience News - Study provides evidence of gut dysbiosis associated with Huntington's disease. Some of the gut measures were associated with disease symptoms such as movement and cognitive impairment. The findings could provide a new avenue of treatment...

August 09, 2020 11:05 PM

World film premiere: Death of cell infected with tuberculosis

Life -- Phys.org - The tuberculosis bacterium has been around as long as mankind has.

August 09, 2020 11:04 PM

Trump says 'NASA was Closed & Dead' before he took charge. That's not true.

Life -- Live Science - President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday (Aug. 5) to announce that he brought NASA back from being "Closed & Dead."

August 09, 2020 11:04 PM

'Busy' hurricane season is about to get a whole lot busier, NOAA says

Life -- Live Science - NOAA experts predict an "extremely active" hurricane season, with as many as 25 named storms.

August 09, 2020 11:03 PM

Hubble uses Earth as proxy for identifying oxygen on potentially habitable exoplanets

Life -- Phys.org - Taking advantage of a total lunar eclipse, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected Earth's own brand of sunscreen-ozone-in our atmosphere. This method simulates how astronomers and astrobiology researchers will search...

August 09, 2020 11:03 PM

10 Best Power Banks to Top up Your Phone at Will on the Go

Life -- Lifehack - The alert beep for low battery serves as a death call when you're running late for work or are out on the town and need to make a call. Luckily, a super convenient alternative to your regular charger and charging wires is available in the form...

August 09, 2020 11:00 PM

Large study finds that placebo works as well as vitamin D supplements to prevent depression and improve mood

Life -- SharpBrains - Large Study Confirms Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Risk of Depression in Adults (Mass General press release):

Vitamin D supplementation does not protect against depression in middle-age or older adulthood according results from one of the largest...

August 09, 2020 11:00 PM

Flexible management of hydropower plants would contribute to a secure electricity supply

Life -- EurekAlert - UPV/EHU and BC3 researchers have analyzed the expected evolution of power supply and demand over the coming decades in Spain; they consider a future without nuclear and coal-based plants but with a greater share of renewable sources. They...

August 09, 2020 10:59 PM

Study gauges specific site stomach cancer risks among ethnic groups

Life -- EurekAlert - Non-white Americans, especially Asian Americans, are at disproportionately higher risk for gastric cancer compared to non-Hispanic white Americans. A new study breaks down this risk according to specific ethnicities and locations within the...

August 09, 2020 10:59 PM

Tasmanian devil research offers new insights for tackling cancer in humans

Life -- EurekAlert - Researchers found a single genetic mutation that leads to reduced growth of a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils in the wild. The finding gives hope for the animals' survival and could lead to new treatment for human cancers.

August 09, 2020 10:58 PM

A Starry Sky Above the Earth's Atmospheric Glow

Life -- NASA Image of the day - This long-exposure photograph captures a starry sky above the Earth's atmospheric glow.

August 09, 2020 10:58 PM

Weightless action on the space station - power, bones and bubbles

Life -- Phys.org - European science progressed at a slower pace on the International Space Station in the past month. As a series of spacewalks to power up the space habitat came to an end and two of its passengers left for home Earth, intriguing bubbles puzzled...

August 09, 2020 10:57 PM

Planning for Retirement in the New Normal of Covid-19

Life -- Kiplinger - There is a lot of talk these days about the "new normal," which might be more accurately described as not normal. COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our daily lives and if you're nearing or in retirement, you may be wondering if it will...

August 09, 2020 10:39 PM

Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment

Life -- Live Science - A new experiment on ultra-rare astatine could open the door to cancer treatments and new research into super-heavy atoms.

August 09, 2020 10:38 PM

Which Americans Are Most Likely to Be Eating Out Again?

Life -- Gallup Headlines - Younger Americans, Republicans and those with kids are among the groups most likely to have returned to dine indoors at restaurants. Reduced seating capacity has a significant impact on perceptions that restaurant dining is safe.

August 09, 2020 10:37 PM

Citizen scientists help geologists to identify earthquakes and tectonic tremors

Life -- Phys.org - It is not yet possible to predict earthquakes, but the analysis of different types of seismic data allows scientists to pinpoint where and when each type of earthquake originated, and hence better understand when and where tectonic slip might...

August 09, 2020 10:37 PM

This Tattoo Artist Helps People with Scars Love Their Body Again

Life -- Reader's Digest - Eric Catalano fills in the blanks left empty by surgery or accidents.Mark Bertram, 46, lost the tips of two fingers at work in 2018 when his hand became trapped in a fan belt. "It's life-changing but it's not life-ending," he says. "Doing...

August 09, 2020 10:35 PM

Bellhop Is Hiring 4,000 Movers Across 23 States

Life -- The Penny Hoarder - It's peak moving season. Know what that means? Jobs.

On-demand moving-service startup Bellhop is recruiting an estimated 4,000 movers and drivers, who are independently contracted gig workers, by the end of the year. The coronavirus


August 09, 2020 10:29 PM

Researchers examine food supply chain resiliency in the Pacific during COVID-19 pandemic

Life -- Phys.org - The COVID-19 pandemic exposes weaknesses in the supply chain when countries go into lockdown. Some are small, such as the toilet paper shortages early on, that, while annoying, were eventually resolved. But what happens when the effects of...

August 09, 2020 10:22 PM

Cancer Diagnoses Drop, COVID Drives Down Screenings

Life -- WebMD - The drop is not being attributed to a downturn in cancer incidence, but rather a COVID-driven reluctance to get screened.

August 09, 2020 10:22 PM

Body Weight Has Surprising and Alarming Impact on Brain Function

Life -- Neuroscience News - Obesity and higher body mass are linked to decreased cerebral blood flow. Lower cerebral blood flow is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and a range of psychiatric disorders.

August 09, 2020 10:21 PM

Satellite images reveal land productivity changes in protected areas worldwide

Life -- Phys.org - Satellite observations suggest that protected areas may help conserve stable levels of land productivity. However, productivity has dropped or risen in nearly half of the total land under protection worldwide, pointing to potentially detrimental...

August 09, 2020 10:21 PM