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Elizabeth Heng Ad, Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Draws a Backlash

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 13:04
A Republican political action committee paid for the provocative advertisement, which aired during the Democratic primary debate on Thursday night.

Former NFL player shot and killed

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 13:00

John Bolton resumes political activity after leaving White House

Washington Post - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:59
The former national security adviser announced donations to five lawmakers’ reelection campaigns.

Watch epic flash dance form at a wedding party

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:58
At Taylor and Isaiah Green-Jones' wedding, they surprised their guests with a choreographed flash dance.

Progressive host slams Rush Limbaugh for 'slut shaming' her

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:57
Krystal Ball, a host on The Hill's web show "Rising," spoke out against conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh after he accused her of sharing nude photographs.

'I always look orange': Trump rails against energy-efficient light bulbs and Democratic environmental policies

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:52
President Donald Trump on Thursday evening claimed that energy efficient light bulbs make him look orange, one in a series of bizarre claims about green energy and climate conservation in remarks to Republican House members in Baltimore.

The Third Democratic Debate

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:50
With the field narrowing, some of the leading candidates went head to head on the same stage for the first time.

ABC debate notches 14 million viewers, a sign that interest in primaries is still strong

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:50
If you're wondering whether interest in the Democratic primary process has cooled off, check the Nielsen ratings and stop wondering.

Pence argued homosexuality was a choice during '90s fight against gay rights ordinance

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:49
Vice President Mike Pence once argued that homosexuality was a choice during his fight in the early 1990s against local efforts in Indiana to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

You Will Love This Sheet-Pan Dinner

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:48
We’ve got pasta. We’ve got fish. We’ve got meatballs. And we’ve got your new favorite sheet-pan recipe: chicken with potatoes, scallions and capers.

Transit Strike Slows Paris to a Crawl, in a Warning to Macron

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:48
The government’s pension reform plan would take aim at early retirement for some people, like transit workers, who consider it a benefit they have earned.

Attorney for McCabe asks prosecutors if grand jury has declined to bring charges

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:47
The attorney for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asked federal prosecutors late Thursday if a grand jury in Washington, DC, had declined to bring charges against their client following a report in The Washington Post of possible grand jury activity.

How to navigate relationships in the office

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:44
We spend so much time with our colleagues that relationships are bound to blossom.

Retired steel worker slams Trump as his town languishes

CNN - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:41
President Donald Trump made the steel industry a key focus of his 2016 campaign, but the struggling steel town of Monessen, Pennsylvania, is still waiting for Trump's promises to come true. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich speaks to one retired steel worker who has a message for the President.

Marathon Democratic Debate Includes No Questions About Women’s Issues

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:41
The candidates were asked about a wide range of topics over three hours, but abortion and the gender pay gap never came up.

Options don’t boost rates of colorectal cancer screening

Futurity.org - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:40

Offering people the choice between home tests or a colonoscopy doesn’t increase rates of colorectal cancer screening participation, research finds.

The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, show the proportion of colonoscopies—the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening—fell when doctors presented home screening as an available option.

“As clinicians, we should think carefully about the choices that we offer to patients: While they’re well-meaning and seemingly more patient-centered, choices may actually be overwhelming and could impede decision-making,” says lead author Shivan Mehta, associate chief innovation officer and assistant professor of medicine at Penn Medicine. “It is important for us to simplify choices as much as possible, but also think about how we frame them.”

One in three people in the United States are not up-to-date on their screening for colorectal cancer, the second deadliest cancer in the United States, so doctors and researchers like Mehta and his team are working on ways to make tests more widespread and/or easier to complete.

Upsides and downsides

For the current study, the researchers explored whether offering fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), a stool test that people can complete at home and mail to a lab, as an alternative choice to colonoscopies would boost screening completion.

People often view FIT kits as more convenient, but they need annual testing to keep patients up to date. Colonoscopies are more comprehensive, allowing for the removal of potentially harmful tissues, and patients only need them once a decade.

“We know from behavioral science that we all tend to overweigh present-time risks as compared to future benefits,” Mehta says. “In the short term, it’s easier to get stool testing done, but the need to do it yearly presents more opportunities for a patient to get behind on their screening. Conversely, colonoscopies are more challenging in the short term, but they keep patients up-to-date longer.”

Researchers separated a group of 438 patients overdue for screening equally into three different study arms. Each received a letter from their primary care physician about the benefits of screening. The first group also received a phone number to call to schedule a colonoscopy. If they didn’t schedule within four weeks, they got a follow-up letter with the same information.

Patients in the second group received a number they could call for scheduling a colonoscopy, in addition to the letter. But if they, too, didn’t schedule one within four weeks, they then received a reminder letter along with a FIT kit (with instructions and a stamped envelope with which to return it).

Finally, patients in the third arm received the colonoscopy scheduling number and the FIT kit immediately. In four weeks, without either screening completed, they then received a letter with information both about colonoscopy scheduling and the FIT kit.

Does timing matter?

The study showed that colonoscopy popularity fell as FIT kits became more readily available, with colonoscopies being used in 90% of the completed screenings in the first arm, 52% in the second, and just 38% in the third. However, overall screening rates did not vary significantly, with each group having roughly the same numbers.

“One interpretation of our results is that any of these strategies can be deployed by health systems with reasonable effectiveness,” Mehta says.

Moving forward, Mehta says he would like to examine the long-term effects of these choices with more participants, as there may be small but significant differences in response rate. In particular, he’d like to examine variations of the sequential choice option—the second arm that offered colonoscopy information before mailing a FIT kit four weeks later.

“Specifically, we would like to explore how long we should wait before we offer stool testing when patients do not participate in colonoscopy,” Mehta says. “This may offer a clue as to whether there is a better timing option that might increase screening rates while accounting for the need to repeat stool testing annually.”

The Penn Roybal Center through the Institute of Aging and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health funded the work.

Source: Penn

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A Diverse Nation Demands Collaboration

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:40
There are opportunities for both Republicans and Democrats to focus on building coalitions across racial lines.

Why Is a Gay Council Speaker Killing a Ban on Conversion Therapy?

NY Times - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:33
Friday: New York was planning to repeal its ban, in order to neutralize a federal lawsuit filed against the city.

Every game should copy Death Stranding’s “Very Easy Mode”

Ars - Fri, 2019-09-13 12:32

Enlarge / Settle in, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the game. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty)

Last week, the team behind Death Stranding discussed the game's "Very Easy Mode" publicly for the first time. The mode, according to Director Hideo Kojima's assistant Ayako Terashima, is designed for "[people] who usually don’t play game[s], movie fans or RPG fans. Normal or Hard Mode is for action game fans." Kojima later added that the new mode was designed for "movie fans since we have real actors [starring]. Even [writer Kenji Yano], who never completed the 1st stage of Pac-Man, was able to complete the game on Very Easy Mode."

The news was treated with its fair share of derision in certain corners. Some poked fun at Kojima's not-so-hidden desire to be a movie director (as usual, the Onion did it first). Others said such a mode was below their dignity and only appropriate for babies (or for those lousy game journalists, of course).

But Death Stranding's Super Easy mode is part of a trend toward extreme difficulty tuning that's slowly seeping into the industry at large. And, frankly, it's a trend we hope picks up more steam going forward.

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