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Breast cancers predicted to rise by 50 percent by 2030

Reuters/Rhoda Baer/National Cancer Institute The number of breast cancers suffered by American women will increase by about 50 percent by 2030, researchers from the National Cancer Institute reported Monday. Breast cancers already are the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 283,000 diagnosed cases in 2011. That number is predicted to rise to about 441,000 in 2030, according to Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute. The information was released ahead of Rosenberg's presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The sharp rise will be fueled by an increase in tumors receptive to the hormone estrogen (known as ER-positive breast cancers) and by the total number of cancers in women over the age of 70, Rosenberg reported. The total includes both invasive and non-invasive forms of breast cancer. [3-D mammography substantially improves screening for breast cancer, study shows] In a more optimistic development, Rosenberg forecast a small decline in the number of tumors that are not receptive to estrogen, which are more difficult to treat because they do not respond to endocrine therapy. They are expected to decline from about 17 percent of all tumors to about 9 percent, for reasons that are not clear, the researchers reported. ...  

The best person for your next hire might be an autistic person

Microsoft has announced its intention to hire more autistic people—not as a charitable enterprise but because, as corporate vice-president Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft.” Employing autistic people makes good business sense. Microsoft is not the only firm to reach this conclusion. More and more companies are beginning to seek employees from the pool of autistic talent. Specialisterne is a consultancy that recruits only autistic individuals. Originally based in Denmark it now operates in 12 countries worldwide and is currently working with Microsoft. In recent years Vodafone and German software giant SAP have also launched recruitment drives to find more autistic employees, and to provide better support for them in the workplace. Both companies state that this is due to the competitive edge it gives, with SAP executives reporting increased productivity. This is testament to the excellent work that many autistic people and their supporters have done to raise awareness of the strengths and abilities associated with autism, as well as the better-known difficulties with social communication and interaction. But what are these strengths? Highlighting strengths not drawbacks The three companies above might suggest that benefits come to those working in computing. Indeed Specialisterne has revealed that its autistic consultants find on average 10% more bugs than their non-autistic colleagues when checking s...  

The Next Generation of Science Standards

MASON CITY, Iowa – A group of Iowa educators is taking a closer look at science in our schools. Members of Iowa’s Science Standards Review team are proposing the Next Generation Science Standards and are offering some suggestions on improving what happens in the classroom. The idea behind implementing new, and some would say improved standards, is to better prepare students who plan to go into these career fields. That’s why this team of top educators from across the state is suggesting a plan move away from common core and use these new, more modern, practices in science and engineering. That includes studying current research and breaking down different standards by grade level. “I think they are involving the 21st-century skills more,” says Science Teacher, Ashley Stout. She has been working to meet the Next Generation Science Standards for two years. So far, she says meeting these standards have increased student involvement and learning. “We’re living in an ever-changing society right now and we have to make sure that we prepare our kids went for when they are finished with school. These standards are a great way to get them there,” says Stout. One curriculum director would agree as its focus is on real-life application. “The Next Generation Science Standards take more of a blended approach to the sciences and how you incorporate those kind of in life and businesses,” says TJ Jumper, Director of...  

Negative reader comments on cigarette tax for the arts clash with positive ...

CMA solstice.jpg The Cleveland Museum of Art's 2012 summer Solstice party drew thousands to the museum's front steps. The museum is one of approximately 60 arts organizations that receives annual support from Cuyahoga County's cigarette tax for the arts. (Cleveland Museum of Art) CLEVELAND, Ohio - A majority of readers who posted comments in response to recent stories about the possible renewal of Cuyahoga County's cigarette tax for the arts intensely dislike the idea of extending the levy for another 10 years. But the tenor of those comments is in conflict with a pair of polls - one of them non-scientific - which show that strong support exists for renewing the 10-year, 30-cents-a-pack excise tax. The Cleveland Orchestra, which receives funding through Cuyahoga County's cigarette tax for the arts, performed Friday, April 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Slavic Village as part of a neighborhood residency.Roger Mastroianni  County voters approved the levy in 2006. Since 2008, the tax has provided $125 million in competitive project grants and annual operating support for more than 300 cultural organizations, plus grants to individual artists. The support has made the county one of the top areas in the U.S. in public funding for the arts. Last Monday, the five-member board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the political subdivision that distributes the tax revenue voted to ask County Council to pla...  

FOREX-Euro dips, China boost for Aussie dollar fades

* Euro broadly weaker but still holding above $1.07 * Concerns over Greece weigh* Aussie & kiwi fall back after boost from Chinese stimulus* Dollar up 0.3 percent vs basket of major currencies (Recasts with euro move, updates prices)By Patrick GrahamLONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - The euro slid just over half a percent against the dollar in a slack start to the week on Monday dominated by the fallout of new economic stimulus in China and concerns over Greece.The dollar's worst performance in a month last week had added to a growing number of signals casting doubt on its ability to extend a year-long rally against other major currencies.But allied to the programme of money-printing embarked upon by the European Central Bank, the risk of Greece leaving the single currency within months still looks to make the euro a good bet for more weakness.IMF meetings over the weekend did nothing to ease those fears and the euro eased 0.6 percent to $1.0740 in morning trade in Europe."We see the dollar moving towards parity with the euro in the third quarter, but if something happens around Greece, it may come sooner," said Lee Hardman, a strategist with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in London."(Beyond monetary policy) this is the other big risk hanging over the euro at the moment."The Australian and New Zealand dollars both eased back after solid gains following China's move over the weekend to boost banks' lending power in Asia's biggest market.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) on Sunday ...  

Google Auto Insurance Comparison: Will It Change the Industry?

Google recently made headlines by unveiling its much anticipated auto insurance quote comparison tool. By partnering with Compare.com and Coverhound, the new interface gives consumers a single point of interaction to get auto insurance quotes from multiple providers. Currently only available in California, the new platform is designed with a focus on helping consumers find auto insurance options with the best prices.While a lot of the media coverage has proclaimed this to be Google's entrance into the auto insurance industry, the truth is that the company has long had a role in the insurance acquisition funnel. Google Adwords (the company's paid search business) benefits immensely from advertising dollars spent by insurance carriers. For keywords related to "auto insurance" the company suggests advertisers bid as much as $80 for a single click.It is difficult to get exact numbers on what paid search brings in from auto insurers but rough estimates  derived from search volume suggest that top insurers spend tens of millions annually for such traffic. Through the comparison shopping platform, Google would instead earn revenue through a commission model typically referred to as CPA (cost per action), getting paid only when policies are sold.If Google can manage to establish comparison shopping for insurance, it would certainly present significant upside for insurance-related revenues. Though the company has had success in doing just that in the UK, investors looking a...  

Barcelona defends 3-1 lead at home in CL 2nd leg against PSG

Luis Enrique will celebrate his 50th match in charge of Barcelona as the club welcomes Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of its Champions League quarterfinal.In that time, the relatively undemonstrative Spaniard has steered his team to 41 wins, three draws and five losses, with 141 goals scored and just 31 conceded — better statistics than any predecessor, including Pep Guardiola, Johan Cruyff and even the locally revered Helenio Herrera.Among the keys to Enrique's success have been his gritty determination to brush aside criticism or disputes and concentrate on the game ahead, steely patience and an ability to imbue his squad with self-belief.These assets have helped the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and — most recently — Luis Suarez all recover from dips in form.Barcelona, which has won 24 of its last 31 Champions League matches and lost just one, needs to defend a 3-1 away lead.PSG will need to be at its strongest if it hopes to dent the host's run of nine home games undefeated in this competition.Here are some things to know about Tuesday's game:---400 UPMessi's goalscoring rate keeps breaking new ground, and at just 27-years-old it's tantalizing to consider how far it could go.After scoring in Saturday's hard-fought 2-0 league win against Valencia, Messi thanked teammates' and fans' support on his Facebook page."400 goals for FC Barcelona, and I hope to score many more! However the most important part is that we got 3 points from a rea...  

World leaders gather in Jakarta for Asia-Africa Conference

JAKARTA: 34 Heads of State from the Asian and African Continent will meet at the Asia-Africa Conference in Jakarta this week. The five-day Afro-Asia Summit is held once in 10 years, and this is the sixth meeting of the group.Some leaders will remember how they resisted the overtures from two rival camps, to form the Non-Aligned Movement at the height of the Cold War. To stay current with changing global developments, the movement evolved into the New Asian African Strategic Partnership, or NAASP in 2005.Indonesian soldiers stand guard around the Jakarta Convention Center, the venue of the Asian-African Conference. (Photo: AFP/Romeo Gacad)It also allowed member countries to switch their focus from diplomatic training and technical cooperation, to a business forum. But some say a stronger external push will be helpful.Dinna Wisnu, Director of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy says the New Asia Pacific Strategic Partnership has not been as effective as it wished to be: "First and foremost, it is because the members themselves are not at the position to use this framework to build cooperation with the member states. The terms of cooperation are not suitable with the reality of the matters including economic conditions that they have to face.She added: "What I'm saying is, for instance, what the member states in Asia-Africa need are investment. And the investment resources are not coming from the member states - instead, the major source of investment comes from China."Indon...  

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Saudi Arabia signals a more muscular foreign policy less reliant on US

Just weeks into the reign of Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman, wars were raging across two of the kingdom's borders.To the north, Sunni Muslim extremists were threatening the stability of Iraq, which sought help from another of its neighbors, Saudi nemesis Iran. To the south in Yemen, Shiite Muslim militias that had seized control of the capital, Sana, last year began advancing on the southern commercial hub of Aden, where the Saudi-backed president had set up a parallel government.To the Saudis, the implications were clear: Iran, which Riyadh says is supporting the Yemeni rebels known as Houthis, was making a play to extend its reach into their backyard. The response was swift: The king assembled a coalition of fellow Sunni states and launched punishing airstrikes in Yemen aimed at reinstating the now-exiled President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi. The operation, now in its fourth week, is a dramatic departure for Saudi Arabia, which has preferred to use diplomacy, cash and religion to defend its interests and influence over the Persian Gulf region. Analysts say the air war signals a shift to a more muscular foreign policy that no longer relies on the United States to take an active role in protecting the oil-rich nation and defending vital shipping lanes for its tankers.The kingdom has spent billions of dollars on weapons and military infrastructure. But its armed forces have until now played a modest role in the Middle East's many conflicts, including in continuing U.S.-led...  


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