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The New Health Care: Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas

NY Times - 6 hours 18 min ago
Funding is harder to find in general, and the current approach favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men.

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

Washington Post - 6 hours 18 min ago
But he stressed that President Trump should make no pardons until the probe is over, to avoid the “cloud” of suspicion that he may have something to hide.

Apple Camp Registration Now Open for Summer 2018 Programs

MacRumors - 6 hours 27 min ago
As it does every year, Apple today opened registration for its annual three-day "Apple Camp" event. At Apple Camp, kids between the ages of 8 and 12 can partake in hands-on projects at Apple retail locations by choosing one of three tracks and spending 90 minutes per day for three days "immersed in their chosen subject."


The three programs include "Coding with Sphero Robots", "Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand", and "Telling Stories with Clips." Apple broke down what each program is about on the registration page for Apple Camp:
Coding with Sphero Robots - In this three-day session for kids ages 8-12, we’ll introduce the fundamentals of coding using Sphero robots. Each day Campers will learn a new coding concept and practice problem-solving skills. They’ll partner up for fun activities to program their Sphero to change colors, create sounds, complete challenges, and more. Then they’ll apply their coding skills to design their own games.

Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand - In this three-day session, kids ages 8-12 will discover the magic of beat making and songwriting. They’ll start by exploring basic elements of song structure and how beats create the foundation of a song. Campers will get hands-on as they create music using Touch Instruments, add vocals, and fine-tune their creations with GarageBand on iPad. On day 3, they’ll share their songs with the group.

Telling Stories with Clips - Future filmmakers ages 8-12 will explore the creative process of telling stories using video, photos, and music. Campers will brainstorm and storyboard their ideas. They’ll get hands-on in groups to capture short videos, edit and enhance their shots with fun graphics and filters, and add opening and closing titles in the Clips app on iPad. On the final day, they’ll present their video stories. The days of the week and time for each program varies by region, with some classes taking place on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and others organized on a Tuesday-Thursday-Friday schedule. Classes typically begin at around 9:30 a.m. ET and stop around 5:30 p.m. ET.

The free Apple Camp sessions will kick off on July 9 and run through July 27, and parents interested can register their kids now on Apple.com in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and more. In the United Kingdom and Germany, registration will open next Monday, June 25. Like previous years, parents or a legal guardian must accompany any child participating in the 90-minute sessions every day, and those kids who do participate will get a free Apple Camp t-shirt.

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Riling Up the Base May Backfire on Trump

NY Times - 6 hours 30 min ago
Not only does it get Democrats going, it hurts him with Republican moderates.

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Lawsuit Accusing Apple of App Store Monopoly Should Proceed

MacRumors - 6 hours 36 min ago
In 2011, a class action lawsuit filed against Apple accused the company of operating an illegal monopoly by not allowing iPhone users to download mobile apps outside of its own App Store, reducing consumer choice.


The antitrust case was eventually dismissed in 2013 by a U.S. district court in Northern California, due to errors in the complaint, leading to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowing it to proceed in 2017.

That decision led to Apple's petition for a writ of certiorari, which was granted today, meaning that the U.S. Supreme Court will now review the appeals court's decision to reinstate the case last year, according to Reuters.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in support of Apple, urging the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit's decision, arguing that it misapplied precedent from Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois.

From the start, Apple has argued that it doesn't set prices for paid apps, and that charging a 30 percent commission on the distribution of paid apps and in-app purchases does not violate antitrust laws in the United States.

Apple will now hope the Supreme Court agrees that the case should be dismissed again. No date has been disclosed for the hearing.

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Survey may have gotten Florida’s obesity rate wrong

Futurity.org - 6 hours 38 min ago

Florida’s obesity rate may be higher than originally thought, according to a new study.

A widely used national health survey puts the overall obesity rate in the state at 27.8 percent, but a new study based on an analysis of a robust clinical data repository shows a rate of 37.1 percent—nearly 10 percentage points higher.

The researchers calculated obesity rates in Florida by analyzing data from the OneFlorida Data Trust, a database of medical claims information and electronic health records data for more than 12 million people statewide.

“The data make all the difference.”

To establish their findings, they compared those obesity rates with data from the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS, says Stephanie Filipp, the study’s lead author and a statistician in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. The study is one of the first to make such a comparison, she says.

Data culled from more than 1.3 million adult Floridians’ electronic health records was based on patients’ objective measurements during at least two health care visits between 2012 and 2016, whereas height and weight information for the BRFSS was self-reported by respondents during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual 2013 telephone survey.

“The data make all the difference. People responding to surveys tend to overreport their height and underreport their weight,” says Matthew Gurka, a health outcomes and biomedical informatics professor and the study’s senior author.

Having objective obesity estimates from electronic health records is important because it helps policymakers decide how to focus their resources, Gurka says.

Health risks associated with obesity, including an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, can lead to increased health care costs for individuals and put an increased strain on health systems.

“There is an urgency to address and understand true rates of obesity because there’s a lot of other health-related issues that are coupled with it,” Filipp says.

To determine Florida obesity rates for the study, the researchers used body mass index, or BMI, based on a person’s height and weight for adults ages 20-79 living in Florida. A BMI of 30 or higher indicates obesity.

In addition to a higher overall obesity rate, the research team found consistently higher rates than the BRFSS across all of the demographic groups they studied. Among those findings:

More women (39 percent) than men (34.7 percent) in Florida are obese. By comparison, the BRFSS reported higher overall obesity rates for men (28.8 percent) than women (26.7 percent).

For older women, exercise may help avoid ‘destiny for obesity’

Among racial and ethnic groups, blacks have the highest obesity rates. OneFlorida data revealed an overall obesity rate of 45.7 percent for blacks, followed by 37.1 percent for Hispanics, and 35.2 percent for non-Hispanic whites. The BRFSS data reported lower obesity rates across nearly all racial and ethnic groups, including blacks (35.2 percent), Hispanics (28 percent), and whites (26.5 percent).

There is significant geographic variation in Florida’s obesity rates: A handful of counties had obesity rates between 25 percent and 29.9 percent, while more than 10 counties had obesity rates over 45 percent. Generally, the highest obesity rates were in the central, northern and Panhandle counties.

The BRFSS does not show any counties with obesity rates as high as 45 percent, whereas OneFlorida data indicates multiple counties with higher rates, particularly among women, Filipp says.

The research appears in the journal Obesity Science and Practice.

University of Florida Health, Florida Hospital in Orlando, and the Tampa-based nonprofit Obesity Action Coalition collaborated on the research.

Source: University of Florida

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DHS secretary: We will not apologize

CNN - 6 hours 39 min ago
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen hit back at criticism of the Trump administration's practice of separating families at the border, saying DHS will not watch the media "attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by Congress."

German Leaders Delay Migration Showdown, Seeking Solution in E.U.

NY Times - 6 hours 40 min ago
Leaders of allied conservative parties in Germany agreed to a two-week cooling period in a migration standoff, avoiding a government collapse, for now.

‘My opponent likes to praise and encourage white supremacists,’ Kaine tells crowd

Washington Post - 6 hours 48 min ago
The Democratic senator condemned challenger Corey Stewart for his ties to hate groups.

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

Washington Post - 6 hours 48 min ago
Longtime political operative suspects the meeting in a South Florida restaurant was an FBI setup designed to hurt the Republican nominee.

For South Koreans, Singapore summit was success

CNN - 7 hours 4 min ago
We've made much of what President Donald Trump failed to get from Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

NPR All Things Considered - 7 hours 7 min ago

With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof of its effectiveness.

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Migrant Families, World Cup, Beyoncé: Your Monday Briefing

NY Times - 7 hours 15 min ago
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
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