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Chronic wasting disease has been detected in British Columbia deer, and we need to act now

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Since 1996, a deadly neurodegenerative disease of cervids (deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer) has been spreading across Canada.

Key Points: 
  • Since 1996, a deadly neurodegenerative disease of cervids (deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer) has been spreading across Canada.
  • On Jan. 31, 2024, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected for the first time in British Columbia in two deer.

Disease-causing proteins

  • The protein is similar to other normal proteins in the body, except it’s abnormally shaped.
  • The abnormal folding of these disease-causing prion proteins — which are found most abundantly in the brain — leads to brain damage that makes the brain appear like a sponge.
  • Other TSEs include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in people, bovine-spongiform encephalopathy (“mad cow disease”) in cows, and scrapie in sheep and goats.
  • This means that early detection and management is critical for reducing the impact of this disease.

British Columbia’s preparations

  • has established a surveillance program to detect CWD as soon as possible.
  • Our research suggests that a robust approach to such a difficult disease will require rapid, collective and collaborative action across sectors.
  • This approach must involve wildlife managers, hunters, local communities, First Nations and researchers to integrate a number of approaches.

Surveillance and management

  • Many CWD management programs rely on removing infected animals from the landscape.
  • While it is mandatory to submit the heads from hunted cervids in select management units in B.C., in most regions, submission is voluntary.
  • Hunters can participate in CWD management and surveillance by removing the head of the animal and submitting it to a local testing station or freezer for CWD testing.
  • The public can also participate in CWD surveillance and management by reporting signs of sick animals and vehicle collisions with cervids.
  • This is why testing cervids that have been killed by vehicles is also a critical component of CWD surveillance and management.

Curbing the spread

  • CWD can spread between animals through contact with bodily fluids.
  • Legal restrictions on carcass transport and the use of urine-based scents in hunting can also reduce the unintentional spread of CWD.
  • Research has shown that community-focused communication and engagement are essential for the success of CWD management efforts.
  • In the days ahead, fostering open dialogue and collaboration will be paramount towards an effective and sustainable effort against CWD.


Kaylee Byers is the Regional Deputy Director of the British Columbia Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and collaborates with the Wildlife Health Program, which leads Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance in British Columbia. Sarah Robinson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

FDA Approves Xolair as First and Only Medicine for Children and Adults With One or More Food Allergies

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People taking Xolair for food allergies should continue to avoid all foods they are allergic to (commonly referred to as “food allergen avoidance”).

Key Points: 
  • People taking Xolair for food allergies should continue to avoid all foods they are allergic to (commonly referred to as “food allergen avoidance”).
  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergies are the most common type and are typically characterized by the rapid onset of symptoms following exposure to certain food allergens.
  • Xolair is the first and only FDA-approved medicine to reduce allergic reactions in people with one or more food allergies.
  • About 3.4 million children and 13.6 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with IgE-mediated food allergies, based on estimates for 2024.

FDA approves Xolair® (omalizumab) as first and only medicine for children and adults with one or more food allergies

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People taking Xolair for food allergies should continue to avoid all foods they are allergic to (commonly referred to as "food allergen avoidance").

Key Points: 
  • People taking Xolair for food allergies should continue to avoid all foods they are allergic to (commonly referred to as "food allergen avoidance").
  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergies are the most common type and are typically characterized by the rapid onset of symptoms following exposure to certain food allergens3.
  • Xolair is the first and only FDA-approved medicine to reduce allergic reactions in people with one or more food allergies.
  • "Given the growing prevalence of food allergies, this news offers hope to the many children and adults who may benefit from a new way to help manage their food allergies."

Real World Evidence Solutions Market Worth $4.5 Billion | MarketsandMarkets™.

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Real World Evidence Solutions Market Dynamics:

Key Points: 
  • Real World Evidence Solutions Market Dynamics:
    Key Market Players of Real World Evidence Solutions Industry:
    Prominent players in the Real-World Evidence Solution market include Iqvia Holdings Inc. (US), Merative(US), Optum Inc. (US), Icon Plc.
  • Product Development/Innovation: Detailed insights on upcoming trends, research & development activities, and new software launches in the Real-World Evidence Solution market.
  • Market Diversification: Exhaustive information about the software portfolios, growing geographies, recent developments, investments in the Real-World Evidence Solution market.
  • Competitive Assessment: In-depth assessment of market shares, growth strategies, product offerings, company evaluation quadrant, and capabilities of leading players in the global real-world evidence solution Market.

Real World Evidence Solutions Market Worth $4.5 Billion | MarketsandMarkets™.

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Real World Evidence Solutions Market Dynamics:

Key Points: 
  • Real World Evidence Solutions Market Dynamics:
    Key Market Players of Real World Evidence Solutions Industry:
    Prominent players in the Real-World Evidence Solution market include Iqvia Holdings Inc. (US), Merative(US), Optum Inc. (US), Icon Plc.
  • Product Development/Innovation: Detailed insights on upcoming trends, research & development activities, and new software launches in the Real-World Evidence Solution market.
  • Market Diversification: Exhaustive information about the software portfolios, growing geographies, recent developments, investments in the Real-World Evidence Solution market.
  • Competitive Assessment: In-depth assessment of market shares, growth strategies, product offerings, company evaluation quadrant, and capabilities of leading players in the global real-world evidence solution Market.

State of Pet Dental Health: Significant Majority of U.S. Dogs and Cats Have Oral Health Issues

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VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- This National Pet Dental Health Month, Banfield Pet Hospital – the nation's leading provider of preventive veterinary care and part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices – analyzed its data from more than 3 million pets seen at its 1,000+ hospital locations nationwide to gain insights on the state of pet dental health across the U.S., including breeds and states with the highest and lowest cases of oral health-related issues.

Key Points: 
  • Dental disease in pets is about so much more than bad breath – and a lot more common than most owners realize.
  • In 2023, 73% of dogs and 64% of cats seen at Banfield were diagnosed with dental-related issues.
  • Poor oral health can be associated with pain, excessive drooling, bleeding, and reluctance to eat or drink.
  • "Oral health is an integral part of a pet's overall health and wellbeing, and our veterinary teams are committed to partnering with pet owners to find the right professional and at-home care plan for each pet."

$38.44 Billion Coaxial Cable Markets - A Global and Regional Analysis and Forecast, 2023-2032 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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The "Coaxial Cable Market - A Global and Regional Analysis: Focus on Country and Region - Analysis and Forecast, 2023-2032" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • The "Coaxial Cable Market - A Global and Regional Analysis: Focus on Country and Region - Analysis and Forecast, 2023-2032" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • The coaxial cable market experiences significant growth driven by the expanding telecommunications sector and heightened demand for high-speed internet services.
  • The evolution of the coaxial cable ecosystem is driven by continuous technological advancements aimed at improving cable performance.
  • The key players in the coaxial cable market analyzed and profiled in the study include coaxial cable manufacturers, raw material suppliers, and wholesalers and distributors.

Global Retinal Surgery Devices Markets Forecast to 2030 - Company Profiles, Major Deals, Strategy and Recent Developments, Featuring Alcon, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Iridex, Lumenis, Optos & Nidek - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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The "Global Retinal Surgery Devices Market (By Device Segment, Application, Regional Analysis), Company Profiles, Major Deals, Strategy and Recent Developments - Forecast to 2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • The "Global Retinal Surgery Devices Market (By Device Segment, Application, Regional Analysis), Company Profiles, Major Deals, Strategy and Recent Developments - Forecast to 2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • The global retinal surgery devices market is projected to reach US$ 4.71 Billion by 2030.
  • The global retinal surgery devices market is mainly driven by the increasing prevalence of ophthalmic conditions, especially diabetic retinopathy.
  • This report has been analyzed from 8 viewpoints:
    Global Retinal Surgery Devices Market - Company Profiles, Major Deals, Strategy, Sales, Recent Developments

7 crucial issues casting a shadow over Prabowo-Gibran’s likely Indonesian election victory

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After four election attempts and three presidential races, the 72-year-old Defence Minister is set to succeed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has been in power for a decade.

Key Points: 
  • After four election attempts and three presidential races, the 72-year-old Defence Minister is set to succeed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has been in power for a decade.
  • We summarised the views of nine academics on seven crucial issues that have become public discussions following recent presidential and vice-presidential debates.

1. Human rights and freedoms on the line

  • Prabowo had admitted his involvment in the kidnapping of pro-democracy activists in May 1998 riots, but said he released them.
  • Eka said it was concerning that Prabowo did not include any commitment to resolve past human rights violations in his election platform.
  • “Hoping for Prabowo to resolve the past human rights cases seems impossible.
  • It is difficult to expect Prabowo to be able to fully protect human rights, including civil, political, economic and socio-cultural rights of the entire community,” Eka said.

2. The New Capital’s funding challenge

  • Prabowo-Gibran’s victory means the development of the New Capital city in East Kalimantan, one of Jokowi’s signature projects, will continue as planned.
  • With many of Prabowo-Gibran’s campaign programs requiring substantial funding, including the free lunch and internet programs, money will be tight.
  • “There is still a burden from the debt inherited by the Jokowi administration, and the interest is also very high.
  • This does not include the risk of biodiversity loss due to the reduction in cover.

3. Food estate’s risk of failure

  • However, amid a changing climate and the risk of extreme weather, the food estate project is at high risk of failure.
  • Prabowo must reconsider the food estate project, Angga said, because Indonesia had already experienced two losses by forcing itself to boost mass agriculture: the Suharto-era million-hectare rice field project in Central Kalimantan and the food estate project in Merauke in Papua.

4. Strategies for nickel and other industries

  • Additionally, given its status as one of the world’s biggest nickel producers, Indonesia’s export ban on raw nickel and the flood of semi-finished nickel products in the international market has seen global nickel prices plummet.
  • Krisna said the downstream aspirations echoed by Prabowo-Gibran were not only about nickel, but also crude palm oil, coal and digital downstreaming.
  • “Some of these industries are varied, and many require a wide scale that may not be sufficient if they only rely on the domestic market.

5. Improving teacher and lecturer welfare

  • One study found increased welfare could encourage educators to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process.
  • Another study in 2019 showed the fulfilment of adequate welfare for teachers would increase teachers’ enthusiasm when working.
  • Hariyadi concluded that although necessary, improving welfare was not the only component needed to enhance the quality of public services, especially in the education sector.

6. Protecting independent research and academic freedom

  • In the presidential debates, Prabowo and his two competitors did not explain their understanding of academic freedom.
  • The discussion about the political environment, academic autonomy and the legal environment determining academic freedom was nowhere to be found.
  • Masduki said Prabowo should acknowledge academic autonomy from the very beginning: from planning research topics and building the research environment to receiving funding not flavoured with political messages.

7. Progress on helping children grow

  • The prevalence of stunting cannot go down quickly in only one leadership period, as it is caused by many factors.
  • “The Health Ministry has a program for the first 1000 days of a child’s life, starting during pregnancy.
  • “The target (of the program) is unclear, whether (it is) to overcome stunting, malnutrition or other nutrition.
  • Ultimately, budget allocations may hinder the efforts to reduce stunting, as Jokowi government has eliminated the mandatory spending for health.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Toolkit Research Report 2023-2028: Increasing Need to Accelerate End-To-End Ml and Data Science Pipelines Using Optimized Deep Learning Frameworks Fueling Growth

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These toolkits are revolutionizing content creation and distribution across industries by automating the production of high-quality, contextually relevant content at scale.

Key Points: 
  • These toolkits are revolutionizing content creation and distribution across industries by automating the production of high-quality, contextually relevant content at scale.
  • The utilization of computer vision in industrial automation is a central driver for the AI toolkit market.
  • These tools provide valuable insights into soil conditions, weather, and crop health, enabling data-driven decisions and minimizing resource wastage.
  • As a result, adoption is increasing, addressing food security, and propelling the overall AI toolkit market in Asia Pacific.