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WHO chief’s dire warning about Disease X outbreak

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In a sobering address at the World Government Summit in Dubai, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus sounded the alarm on the looming threat of Disease X.

Tedros, known by his first name, drew parallels to his warning in 2018 about the likelihood of a pandemic, a prediction that materialised with the devastating onset of COVID-19.

Stressing the global community’s unpreparedness for another health crisis, he reiterated the urgent need for a comprehensive international treaty to fortify pandemic preparedness.

“The painful lessons we learned are in danger of being forgotten as attention turns to the many other crises confronting our world,” Tedros lamented, highlighting the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of life and socioeconomic disruptions.

Despite some strides in bolstering surveillance and vaccine production capabilities, Tedros cautioned that the world remains ill-equipped to confront another pandemic.

He warned that history has repeatedly shown pandemics to be an inevitability, with Disease X representing a hypothetical yet ominous threat.

‘Don’t even know yet’

“Disease X is a placeholder for a disease we don’t even know about yet, but for which we can nonetheless prepare,” Tedros explained, underscoring the imperative of proactive measures in readiness for unforeseen pathogens.

As the clock ticks on the deadline for a global pandemic treaty set in 2021, Tedros urged nations to set aside differences and commit to collaborative efforts under a “one health” approach.

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He dispelled misconceptions surrounding the treaty, refuting claims of WHO overreach and emphasising its focus on cooperation in research, access to vaccines, and information sharing.

However, Tedros acknowledged significant barriers to consensus, including misinformation campaigns spreading falsehoods about the treaty’s implications. He called for a concerted effort to counter these narratives, emphasising the treaty’s potential to enhance global health security.

“We cannot allow this historic agreement, this milestone in global health, to be sabotaged by those who spread lies, either deliberately or unknowingly,” Tedros asserted.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AI tracks enigmatic cancers back to origins in new study

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In a groundbreaking development, scientists have unveiled a remarkable AI tool that promises to revolutionise the detection and treatment of metastatic cancers.

These elusive cancers often evade detection until they have already spread to distant organs, posing a significant challenge for diagnosis and treatment. Published in Nature Medicine, the study showcases an AI model developed by researchers at Tianjin Medical University (TMU) in China, led by Tian Fei and Li Xiangchun. Trained on a vast dataset of 30,000 images from 21,000 individuals, the AI model demonstrated an unprecedented accuracy rate of 83% in identifying the origins of metastatic cancer cells found in fluid samples from abdominal or lung regions.

Impressively, the model’s top three predictions included the tumour’s source with a staggering 99% accuracy.

This breakthrough not only surpasses the capabilities of human pathologists but also offers a beacon of hope for the 300,000 people annually diagnosed with cancer at TMU-affiliated hospitals, where approximately 4,000 cases rely on such image-based diagnoses.

By significantly reducing the need for invasive tests and providing timely and accurate predictions, this AI tool could potentially extend the lives of late-stage cancer patients. Faisal Mahmood of Harvard Medical School praises the study’s findings, highlighting the potential of AI as an indispensable assistive tool in healthcare.

Looking ahead, the integration of AI with tissue samples and genomic data holds the promise of further enhancing outcomes for individuals battling metastatic cancers of unknown origins, ushering in a new era of precision medicine and personalised care.

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Surprising Netflix subscriber surge despite price hikes

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Netflix Surpasses Expectations with 9.33 Million New Subscribers in Q1 2024

Netflix stunned analysts and the industry alike with its first-quarter 2024 earnings report, revealing a remarkable surge of 9.33 million paid subscribers, soaring past the anticipated 3.93 million additions and bringing its total subscriber count to an impressive 269.60 million.

This surge follows a record-breaking fourth quarter of 2023, where Netflix added 13.1 million subscribers. Despite this remarkable growth streak, Netflix announced it would cease reporting quarterly subscriber totals from 2025 onward, signalling a significant shift in industry dynamics. Notable contributors to this growth included high-profile releases like the live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “3 Body Problem” by the show-runners behind “Game of Thrones.”

Regionally, the U.S. and Canada saw a growth of 2.53 million paid subscribers, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa added 2.92 million, Latin America saw an increase of 1.72 million, and the Asia-Pacific market experienced a rise of 2.16 million.

Alongside surpassing subscriber expectations, Netflix exceeded financial projections, reporting a 15% increase in revenue from Q1 2023, with diluted earnings per share of $5.28 on $9.37 billion in revenue.

Looking ahead, Netflix forecasts robust financial performance for Q2, with expectations of $9.49 billion in revenue and diluted EPS of $4.68, aiming for revenue growth of 13% to 15% for the full year 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook on its operational margin.

 

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Why are Americans moving abroad?

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Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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