Monday Oct 13th, 2014

How Pre-Schoolers Can Predict Disease Outbreaks

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Pre-schoolers might be the key to identifying the next big disease outbreak, finds a new study soon to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference.

The idea is simple—the researchers created an online disease surveillance system that allows child care staff to log symptoms, like fever or stomach flu, that they see in the young kids they care for. Nearby public health departments have access to the real-time data, which helps them quickly spot emerging trends. Health officials can then loop back to the child care staffers about a spreading illness, along with instructions on how to handle it, so that the caretakers can prepare for it and alert parents. [full article below]

'The Walking Dead' Season 5 premiere seen by 17.3 million viewers

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Sunday's Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead delivered the highest ratings in series history, AMC declared Monday.

The zombie-apocalypse show's return was watched by 17.3 million viewers, the cable network said.

"It's a Dead man's party. Who could ask for more?" Charlie Collier, the cable network's president, said in a statement. "Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero -- who also directed last night's terrific premiere -- Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the No. 1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans."

The previous ratings record for an episode of The Walking Dead was 16.1 million total viewers for the Season 4 premiere.

Sunday night's Season 4 debut of Talking Dead, the live aftershow of The Walking Dead, was seen by 6.9 million viewers. The program is hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick.


'Broken man Pistorius has lost it all’ - defence

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OSCAR Pistorius is a “broken man” after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he lost the woman he said he loved as well as his reputation, friends, income and sense of self-worth, a psychologist called by the defence testified yesterday.

Dr Lore Hartzenberg gave the testimony ahead of the runner’s sentencing for culpable homicide, and it was almost immediately characterised by the chief prosecutor as unbalanced.

Dr Hartzenberg said the double-amputee runner had sometimes cried, retched, perspired and paced up and down during meetings in which she tried to assist him.

The testimony was part of an effort by the runner’s legal team to persuade Judge Thokozile Masipa that Pistorius has suffered emotionally and materially for what he said was an accident and that he is remorseful. The team hopes the judge will be lenient when she sentences Pistorius after what is expected to be about a week of legal argument and testimony. [full article below]

'Goldilocks' burglar found asleep in elderly couple's bed

Lukasz Piotr Chojnowski outside Burnley Crown Court Photo: Cavendish

By Victoria Ward [The Telegraph]

An elderly couple returned from a National Trust holiday to find a "Goldilocks" burglar asleep in their bed, a whiff of perfume in the air, the bath full of bubbles and the intruder's underwear hanging out to dry.

Pat Dyson, 73, and her partner Martin Holtby, 78, were alarmed when they got home to find a chicken fillet and pasta dinner had been prepared in the kitchen and their dinner plates and newspapers neatly stacked.

As they opened the door, they noticed their post had been tidied away and the cordless telephone moved from its base on a table in the hallway. The couple went into the kitchen and found pasta, processed cheese and chicken fillets on the worktop.

Mr Holtby went upstairs and found Polish immigrant Lukasz Chojnowski, 28, snoozing under the bed clothes.

Details of the bizarre break in emerged at Burnley Crown Court, where Chojnowski, an upholsterer, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft. [full article below].

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