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NOT REAL NEWS: An outbreak of virus-related misinformation – Yahoo Lifestyle

In this week's roundup of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week, we focus on false and misleading reports spreading online around the new coronavirus outbreak, a situation the World Health Organization has dubbed an infodemic.

China attempted to contain COVID-19 that emerged in Wuhan in late 2019 through travel restrictions and city lockdowns, but the virus has now spread to 50 countries and infected more than 83,000 people.

False posts online have distorted symptoms of the virus and peddled miracle cures. Members of the public are urged to follow the advice of established institutions like WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to beware of claims suggesting ways to prevent the virus.

Here are some of the claims spreading online, and the facts you need to know about them.

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CLAIM: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people shave off facial hair to protect against the new coronavirus.

THE FACTS: Reports that the CDC published an infographic recommending that men shave their beards to protect against the coronavirus circulated widely as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased to 60 in the U.S. The CDC did not release this graphic in relation to preventing the new coronavirus, nor did the agency recommend that people shave off their facial hair to protect against it. The graphic dates to 2017 and depicts the types of facial hair that do and do not work well when wearing filtering facepiece respirators. Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC, told the AP in an email that the graphic was developed several years ago and is intended for professionals who wear respirators for worker protection. CDC does not recommend the routine use of respirators outside of workplace settings (in the community). In the midst of the new coronavirus outbreak, many people began wearing masks to cover their nose and mouth. In most cases, they are surgical masks, as opposed to more advanced respiratory masks. Surgical masks are loose-fitting, compared to tight fitting N95 respirators. Surgical masks also dont fully protect people from inhaling smaller airborne particles, unlike respirators which filter out at least 95 percent of airborne particles. The CDC also notes that when it comes to the new coronavirus people should only wear a face mask if theyre experiencing symptoms or are being investigated for possibly having the virus.

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CLAIM: Everyone should ensure that their mouth and throat is moist and never dry. Take sips of water every 15 minutes because even if the virus gets into your mouth by drinking water or liquids, it will wash the virus down through your esophagus and into your stomach where your stomach acid will kill the virus.

THE FACTS: Drinking water prevents dehydration but will not prevent anyone from catching the new coronavirus. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-diseases expert at Vanderbilt University, said the claims are incorrect. While medical professionals typically recommend keeping up fluid intake, Schaffner said drinking more water will not keep anyone from catching the virus. We always caution anyone healthy and people who are sick to keep up fluid intake and keep mucus membranes moist, he said. It makes you feel better; there is no clear indication that it directly protects you against complications.

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CLAIM: Garlic can help cure the new coronavirus.

THE FACTS: There is no evidence that garlic cures the virus. While garlic does have antimicrobial properties, WHO said that there is no evidence that eating garlic will help with the virus.

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CLAIM: Chlorine dioxide will help get rid of the new virus from China.

APS ASSESSMENT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against ingesting the bleaching agent. As news spread about the outbreak, social media accounts began promoting the idea that drinking chlorine dioxide or related products with names like Miracle Mineral Solution would help wipe out the virus. The FDA told The Associated Press in a statement that they do not recommend ingesting this product. We understand people are concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus and we urge people to talk to their health care provider about treatment options, as well as follow advice from other federal agencies about how to prevent the spread of this illness, the agency said. The FDA warns that drinking the product can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration.

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CLAIM: Surgical masks protect against the new coronavirus.

THE FACTS: Medical masks alone cannot protect against being infected with the new coronavirus. WHO advised that the masks should be worn by those showing symptoms of coughing and difficulty breathing, so they don't spread disease to others. There is no evidence that masks protect people who are not sick.

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CLAIM: The new coronavirus can cause 50 percent fibrosis of the lungs.

THE FACTS: False. Experts say there is no evidence that the new virus causes fibrosis. Dr. Robert Legare Atmar, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, said patients have not been shown to have fibrosis, which occurs when lung tissue begins scarring. The virus has been known in more serious cases to cause pneumonia, severe respiratory syndrome or kidney failure, but not fibrosis. People who are suffering from coronavirus may see symptoms in as little two to 14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-diseases expert at Vanderbilt University, said he has not seen studies indicating that after patients recover from the new coronavirus, they suffer serious lung damage. The vast majority of people get better, he said.

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CLAIM: Colloidal silver products can help prevent or protect against the new coronavirus from China.

THE FACTS: The silver solution has no known benefits in the body when it is ingested, according to officials with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a federal scientific research agency. Colloidal silver is made up of silver particles suspended in a liquid. The liquid solution is often pushed as a miracle solution to boost the immune system and cure diseases. Experts have long said the solution has no known health benefits and can cause serious side effects. The FDA has taken action against companies promoting colloidal silver products with misleading claims.

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CLAIM: Lysol knew of the new coronavirus before the outbreak happened.

THE FACTS: While Lysol products have labels that state they disinfect against Human coronavirus, it is not a specific reference to the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December. The current virus is part of a large family of viruses that can range from the common cold to SARS, a viral respiratory illness that spread to two dozen countries in 2003 before being contained. According to Lysols website, specific Lysol products have demonstrated that they are effective against viruses similar to 2019-nCoV on hard, non-porous surfaces.

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CLAIM: Symptoms of new coronavirus include vomiting blood.

THE FACTS: In late January, a video circulated on Facebook with a caption saying that a man on a train in China began vomiting blood after being infected with the new coronavirus. The video was actually a year old and showed the man battling liver cancer. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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CLAIM: Coronavirus changes the color of human blood.

THE FACTS: A video surfaced on social media of a man claiming to be a scientist who was said to be sampling blood for the new coronavirus. The video, which circulated widely on TikTok, showed a man in a lab coat supposedly testing two blood samples. He showed one sample in a test tube saying the blood looked bright red, healthy and clear. He then showed a sample from what he describes as patient zero where the blood appeared purple. The creator of the video said it was meant to be satire.

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This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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Find all AP Fact Checks here: https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

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US reports first drug shortage tied to virus outbreak – Yahoo Lifestyle

WASHINGTON (AP) Health officials reported the first U.S. drug shortage tied to the viral outbreak that is disrupting production in China, but they declined to identify the manufacturer or the product.

The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that the drug's maker recently contacted officials about the shortage, which it blamed on a manufacturing issue with the medicine's key ingredient. Regulators stressed that alternative medicines are available to treat patients.

The FDA previously said it had reached out to 180 drug manufacturers and asked them to check their supply chain and report any potential disruptions. The agency also said it had identified 20 drugs produced or sourced exclusively from China, but it declined to name them.

The FDA has good reason to not release the names of drugs facing potential shortages, said Rosemary Gibson, who wrote the book "China Rx" on that nation's role in American health care.

"People might rush to buy it and that would create a worse situation," said Gibson, a senior adviser at bioethics research group The Hastings Center. In the context of shortages globally, you have to be very, very careful.

More than 83,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, nearly 79,000 of them in mainland China. Government officials there have severely restricted travel and imposed strict quarantine measures to try and stop the virus from spreading.

Restrictions on movements of people and goods have been imposed by at least 90 countries, and that's disrupting flow of drugs and raw materials, said Nicolette Louissaint, executive director of Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit group funded by drug distributors, government and foundations that tracks the impact of epidemics and natural disasters.

For decades, the pharmaceutical industry has shifted manufacturing to China, India and other countries to take advantage of cheaper labor and materials. Today, roughly 80 percent of the ingredients used in U.S. medicines are made abroad, according to federal figures. India and other Asian nations rely on Chinese drug ingredients to make finished generic pills.

China ranks second among countries that send drugs and biotech medicines to the U.S., according to the FDA. It is also the top exporter of medical devices and equipment to the U.S.

The country is a major producer of antibiotics for the U.S. market, as well ingredients and medicines for common chronic conditions such as heart disease, said Louissaint.

The virus, which led to strict travel restrictions in Chinese cities home to more than 60 million people, has affected a range of industries. Some factories have tried to restart and run into problems getting the raw materials and components they need.

Chinese factories making pharmaceutical ingredients and drugs are still operating, with some trying to produce far more than usual and others still trying to get workers back, Louissaint said Friday. Cargo carriers are still transporting those products from China to other countries, she said.

It is challenging, but fortunately Chinese ports have remained open, Louissaint said.

She added that the FDA's announcement of the shortage indicates the FDA's tracking efforts are working and drugmakers are communicating with the agency.

The FDA said Thursday there are no reported medical device shortages related to the coronavirus. However, the agency said several Chinese device manufacturing facilities are being adversely affected by the outbreak due to staffing problems, including workers who have been quarantined.

The FDA said it is in touch with 63 device manufacturers with Chinese facilities that produce essential" medical devices. While noting increased orders for masks, respirators, gloves and other protective gear, regulators said there are no reported shortages of those items in the U.S.

Under a 2012 law, drugmakers are required to notify the FDA of production or sourcing issues that could create medication shortages. The agency noted this week that medical device manufacturers are not bound by that law and are not required to respond when the FDA requests information about potential supply chain disruptions."

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Johnson reported from Trenton, New Jersey. AP Writer Bernard Condon contributed from New York.

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MIT Technology Review predicts the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2020 – Digital Trends

New technologies emerge faster than ever now, but the editors and writers at the MIT Technology Review think they know which ones will be making the biggest impacts this year. The renowned tech magazine published its annual list of the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2020 Wednesday morning; editor David Rotman spoke with Digital Trends about why everyone will be talking about tiny A.I., satellite mega-constellations, and anti-aging drugs this year.

What we do to put the list together is really just ask each of our writers and editors, What are really the most important advances that youve been writing about, thinking about over the last year? Rotman told Digital Trends. While it doesnt have to be the most-covered tech, the breakthroughs that make the list often have multiple companies or organizations working towards making it happen. Were looking for big trends that are getting a lot of people excited, he said.

Heres the list:

1. Satellite mega constellations will result as companies like SpaceX, Amazon, and OneWeb launch thousands of satellites, providing high-speed internet but clogging Earths orbit.

2. Tiny A.I. can run algorithms on our phones, instead of the cloud, giving us more power and security in our pockets.

3. Researches are turning to A.I. to discover molecules, lowering the cost and time of developing drugs.

4. With climate change attribution, institutions like World Weather Attribution are trying to determine how humans contributed to catastrophes like the Australian bushfires.

5. Delft University of Technology and others are working on a quantum internet thats unhackable. It should be ready later this year.

6. To help patients with rare, incurable diseases, researchers are turning to personalized medicine.

7. For problems too big for even supercomputers to handle, theres quantum supremacy.

8. There are lots of players looking to slow aging and avoid diseases like cancer and dementia, including the Mayo Clinic and Unity Biotechnology.

9. Is this the year digital moneygoes mainstream? Facebook and other are trying to make it happen.

10. The U.S. Census made waves when it announced the data it releases will be protected with differential privacy, a technique to help keep information secure. Some researchers worry that it may impact how theyre able to use the data, though.

With quantum supremacy, its a topic the editors have been following for years, but an October 2019 announcement from Google meant it had to make this years list. The companys 53-bit quantum Sycamore processor computed a task in 200 seconds that would even the fastest supercomputer 10,000 years. For the first time a quantum computer can do something in this case, it is not that interesting but it can do something that is not possible with a classical conventional computer, said Rotman. An important part of MITs list is tempering expectations. Practical applications for quantum supremacy are still five to 10 years off.

Thats especially important with something like A.I.-discovered molecules. This process was recently in the news because researchers at MIT used machine learning to identify a new antibiotic. While institutions like the University of Toronto and Atomwise are working on developing other compounds, a usable drug is still several years off. One thing we try to do with the list is have both things that are having an immediate impact, that are already available, and also things that will that will take a while, said Rotman. The fact the list coincides with the big announcement of the antibiotic feels prescient. I think its just confirmation that were that we have a hot topic, he said.

Many of the technologies that made the list seem to overlap and even amplify each other, like advances in personalized and anti-aging medicine. Its also no coincidence that A.I. is involved in many of these spaces, as its allowed for many breakthroughs something that will continue as it runs on more devices, like your phone.

While the editors and writers all chose technologies that are solving big problems, Rotman pointed out that there are often downsides and risks. The satellite mega-constellations might hinder astronomers and contribute to space junk, for example. Still, this year, I think each of the items have at least some benefits that you can point to, he said.

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Can Men Live Longer By Taking Testosterone Therapy? – Anti Aging News

Article courtesy of: T. Hertoghe, MD, author of Testosterone, the Therapy for Real Gentlemen

The potent effects of testosterone therapy and its abuse by sports players has put use of this therapy under controversy for decades. In 2020, the discussion on whether or not to treat men who have testosterone-deficiency symptoms and levels with testosterone is possibly over, belonging to the past. The scientific data gathered and published in support of testosterone-deficient men, generally older than 30 years, using testosterone therapy are abundant and relevant. There is also ample information on how to monitor testosterone treatment and problems that may potentially ensue.

Testosterone therapy can safely and efficiently help prevent and reduce the severity of many age-related disorders

Medical research has now shown that it is safe to treat with testosterone therapy all types of testosterone-deficient patients, even those with active (untreated) prostate cancer, a topic we will talk about in another article. Testosterone therapy has also been found to make the mind stronger, reducing the incidence and impacts of anxiety and depressive disorders. It also helps mental functioning, boosting memory and even serving as one of the tools to slow down and oppose the development of Alzheimers disease. More than 80% of the studies published on the topic in peer-reviewed medical journals have shown that testosterone therapy improves heart conditions. Moreover, testosterone therapy has been reported to help prevent, oppose, and even reverse the development of obesity, type II diabetes, sarcopenia, osteoporosis, stroke, cachexia, etc. By preventing and alleviating age-related disorders testosterone therapy may make men also live longer.

Recent evidence that testosterone deficiency may shorten life and supplementation of it may extend life

Paucity of studies on the effects of testosterone deficiency and therapy on longevity two decades ago

Two decades ago, there were almost no studies showing that testosterone deficiency could increase the risk of premature death and that testosterone therapy could potentially extend the life span. Now, we have the studies. In medicine, researchers seldom write down in a publication that the therapy they used could improve longevity in their patients. It sounds too positive, not serious enough to publish in medical journals. Most investigators prefer using the less positive terminology of reducing mortality, which produces a more scientific impression. However, increasing longevity and reducing mortality are basically the same.

I found 35 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals that show that higher blood levels of testosterone (within the reference range) are associated with a significantly increased longevity. Low testosterone levels that may increase mortality are usually low-normal within the reference range (in the lower two-thirds, lower half, lower third, lower quartile, or lower quintile of the reference range), and below the lower reference limit for testosterone is below the lower reference limit for testosterone in a laboratory test or a. The association of increasingly greater longevity at progressively higher testosterone levels suggests that the lack of testosterone causes or contributes to premature death. Furthermore, 9 studies have shown that testosterone therapy significantly increases longevity (or, if you prefer lowers mortality). In other words, older men who take testosterone may live longer.

There are a few studies showing no effects of testosterone therapy, and almost no study showing the opposite. The balance is visibly in favor of providing testosterone therapy to men with mild to severe testosterone deficiencies to keep them alive longer.

To access the relevant data on testosterone deficiency, testosterone therapy, and their association with longevity visit the International Hormone Society website, in the Evidence-based hormone therapies section.

To get more references and practical information on testosterone therapy, read my 600-page book for physicians, Testosterone, the Therapy for Real Gentlemen.

To get practical and in-depth training in testosterone therapy, attend the hormone therapy workshop in Orlando, May 15-16, 2020. Check out the Evidence-based hormone therapy workshop here,which will be available at the A4M 28th Annual Spring Congress being held in Orlando, Florida on May 14-16, 2020.

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American Companies in China Say This Is the Date When Coronavirus Business Impact Will Become Detrimental – Yahoo Lifestyle

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American companies in China are bracing for coronavirus impact.

In a survey conducted this month of over 150 member companies, the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) found that nearly half of respondents expect to see revenue declines if the situation does not return to normal by the end of April. Should the outbreak last through the end of August, about 20% of respondents said they believe revenues will drop by 50%.; the majority of AmCham members said it was too soon to forecast the long-term effects of the virus.

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AmCham China members say the most significant coronavirus challenges at present are disrupted travel due to government-imposed travel restrictions and a reduction in staff productivity, both of which have slowed project timelines. One-third of respondents said they have already been hit with increased costs and significantly lower revenues.

So far, there have been over 82,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus globally, with more than 2,800 deaths recorded. The virus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has mostly been contained to China, where about 78,500 cases and nearly 2,750 deaths have been reported by officials. However, this week there was a significant uptick in cases outside the country, particularly in South Korea and Italy, which fueled a global stock market sell-off. In the U.S., 15 patients have been confirmed with the fifteenth case reported last night at a White House briefing. (Thereare also as many as 42 American citizens who contracted the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship coming out of Japan.)

In response to coronavirus, many U.S.-based fashion and footwear firms with operations in China, including Nike, Skechers and Tapestry, have opted to shutter outposts or reduce operating hours in heavily infected areas. Due to decreased sales, several companies have already warned that their fiscal year sales could be negatively impacted by coronavirus.

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Kate Middleton Steps Out in Glittery Heels and the Queen’s Earrings – Yahoo Lifestyle

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The Duchess of Cambridge is putting some sparkle in her step. While attending a performance of Dear Evan Hansen in London with her husband, Prince William, Duchess Kate dressed up in a black tweed midi dress by Eponine London and added some shimmer to her ladylike look with a pair of silver Jimmy Choo pumps. Coordinating her accessories, she toted a matching shiny clutch for the evening affair.

While sequins and glitter may not be part of the future queen's daily attire, Kate has actually worn the glamorous heels before. Last summer, she sported the footwear to a gala hosted by one of her patronages, Action on Addiction, with a white off-the-shoulder number by Barbara Casasola.

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As if the shoes and bag didn't add enough shine to Kate's outfit, she also wore a pair of the queen's diamond chandelier earrings to complete the ensemble.

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Tonight's performance, taking place at the Nol Coward Theatre, is hosted by The Royal Foundation, the umbrella organization for the charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Next week, Kate and William are set to embark on a three-day trip to Ireland. Shortly after, we can expect them to reunite with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the rest of the royal family for Commonwealth Day festivities.

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