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Legendary NFL Quarterback Phil Simms Tackles Skin Cancer

By: Ruchi Shah
 
As a quarterback for the New York Giants for more than 14 years, Phil Simms knew how to take a hit. But nothing could prepare the NFL hall-of-fame player for the blow of finding out he had skin cancer.
 
“[The dermatologist] walked in the room and looked at me and goes ... ‘You're in trouble’ … right away,” Simms told FoxNews.com. “Of course, looking back I can see. She could look at me and see all the signs were there ... I have [precancerous cells] everywhere -- my chest, my legs, my hands were unbelievable.”
 
Simms admits he had never visited a dermatologist for skin cancer screenings before his diagnosis in 2010. And he’s not alone. While more than 90 percent of American men admit they know something about skin cancer, only about 18 percent actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
 
Since Simms’ initial diagnosis, he has undergone several Mohs surgery procedures to remove cancerous cells from his skin.  During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, according to the Mayo Clinic.  However, Simms also had numerous spots where precancerous cells were found.

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Could Ebola Spread to the United States?

By: Rachael Rettner
 
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history, but how likely is it to spread to the United States or other countries around the world?
 
It's theoretically possible that people with Ebola could travel to other countries on planes, and infect others outside the region. However, it's extremely unlikely that the virus would then cause further outbreaks in communities in the United States or other developed countries with systems in place to contain such deadly infections, experts say.
 
So far, the Ebola outbreak, which first appeared in December 2013, has infected at least 600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, including 338 who died, according to the World Health Organization.
 
The medical group Doctors Without Borders has said the epidemic is "out of control" in the region, and that they do not have the resources to care for the growing number of people who are sick.
 
Could Ebola come to the U.S.?
 
One reason why the Ebola virus's spread is possible in theory is that it can take up to 21 days for an infected person to show symptoms. That's ample time for someone with Ebola to travel a long distance by plane and arrive in the United States or Europe, said Derek Gatherer, a researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom who studies virus genetics and evolution.

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Deadliest Weekend for New Mayor: 4 Killed, 19 Injured in New York City

 

By: Spencer Platt
 
A string of bloody shootings in New York City over the weekend has left at least four people dead and 19 others injured.
 
The surge in violence marked the deadliest weekend since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January, the New York Post reported. It was also the third time in June that New York City saw at least 12 people involved in shootings, leaving one local lawmaker to wonder whether a decline in stop-and-frisk practices is responsible for the spike.
 
According to NBC New York, the shootings took place in all five of the city’s boroughs, and included injuries to 10-, 12-, and 16-year-old boys in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem. One man died after being shot in the head in Queens, while another suffered a similar fate in Brooklyn. Of all the boroughs, Brooklyn experienced the most violence with seven shootings and 11 people hurt.
 
At one point, 15 people were shot over a 12-hour period between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
 
Speaking with the New York Post, state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) blamed the New York Police Department’s decreased use of stop-and-frisk for the uptick in violent episodes, saying gun wielders “are taking chances because they don’t think stop-and-frisk is going on … Thank God these guys are bad shots and thank God for our trauma rooms that keep these [victims] alive.
 
“If we don’t do stop-and-frisk, there will be more shootings and there will be more death.”

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US First Marijuana-Infused Meals Sold from Food Truck in Washington

By: Reuters/Blair Gable
 
A food truck starts selling weed-infused meals openly in Washington for the first time after a vote in favor of recreational marijuana legalization in 2012.
 
Food company MagicalButter is taking the “Samich” truck across US cities where marijuana is now legal, and its journey began in April in Denver. “Samich”, the company says, stands for "Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness."
 
The process of infusion is achieved using an automatic botanical extractor often used to make cannabutter and canna-oil. The device can take nutrients from plants and produce butters, oils, and tinctures.
 
On the menu, are barbecue and pulled pork filled sandwiches, in addition to a turkey and stuffing option served on cornbread. The latter is known as the "Danks-giving."
 
The truck's signature "Samich" sandwich consists of nut butter, jelly, and banana. The jelly is a “trinity jam” made with blueberries, raspberries, and pomegranates, MagicalButter enthused.
 
Also on the list is truffle popcorn with ganja – Indian marijuana.
 
MagicalButter pledges that each product will be packed with between 30 and 100 milligrams of THC, cannabis' main psychoactive element. This constitutes a healthy daily dose, according to Medical Jane, the marijuana enthusiasts' site.

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US Spy Agency Trying to Develop Computers That Think Like Humans

By: Mauricio Lima
 
A little-known US intelligence research agency hopes to revolutionize the machine mind by finding firms capable of writing computer algorithms nearly identical to those implemented by the human brain.
 
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which operates under the Director of National Intelligence, will host a Proposers' Day conference for the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program on July 17, the agency said in a press release.
 
“The overall and specific goal of the MICrONS program is to create a new generation of machine learning algorithms derived from high-fidelity representations of cortical microcircuits to achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks,” IARPA says.
 
In layman’s terms, that means getting computers to operate and process information much like the human brain. 
For many information processing tasks, the brain employs algorithms – a step-by-step procedure for making calculations.
 
The human brain uses a combination of algorithm "primitives", where neurons – electrically excitable cells that process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals – communicate in a localized, three-dimensional pattern.

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