The Daily Populous

Sunday September 22nd, 2019 morning edition

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The herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV2) is spread by vaginal, anal or oral sex.

People remain infected for life, as some of the HSV2 viruses hide away in nerve cells where they lie dormant.

Most people never realise they are infected but others suffer from outbreaks of painful symptoms, including genital lesions.

The virus can also cause complications such as meningitis, and is occasionally passed on to babies during birth with fatal results.

But an experimental vaccine developed by Harvey Friedman at the University of Pennsylvania has prevented genital lesions in all mice and guinea pigs tested.

In 98 per cent of mice and 80 per cent of guinea pigs it also prevented the low-level “hidden” infections.

Friedman’s team is now testing whether the vaccine can also protect against herpes simplex 1, or the cold sore virus. »

Employees at a Chick-fil-A in Houston gave away hundreds of sandwiches to drivers who were trapped by flooding on the highway

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Employees at a nearby Chick-fil-A delivered between 200 and 400 sandwiches to drivers who were stuck on the highway.

When Tropical Depression Imelda left drivers stranded on Houston highways on Thursday, employees at a nearby Chick-fil-A decided to step up and deliver hundreds of sandwiches to those who were stuck on the roads.

Read more: A Chick-fil-A employee gave out chicken sandwiches to 'stressed out' Popeyes workers amid viral battle between the 2 chains. »

11% of the Military Budget Could Fund Enough Renewable Energy for Every Home in the US

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One estimate calculates the total cost of shifting to 100% renewable energy over 10 years at $4.5 trillion.

That’s a ninth of one year’s military budget, to cover the up-front costs of construction and installation of enough renewable electricity for every home in the country.

See more trade-offs from the federal budget between military spending and other priorities with NPP's Trade-Offs Tool. »

British unions vote ‘unanimously’ to boycott Israel

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Representing more than 5.5 million members, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the peak British union representative body, equivalent to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

Palestine has long been on the campaign platform of many trade unions around the world.

A broad coalition of Palestinian unions issued a statement in 2011 calling on unions around the world to support the call for BDS against Israel until it complies with international law. »

How Oprah’s iconic ‘you get a car’ moment ended on a sour note

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The podcast, hosted by journalist Jenn White, explains that the concept for the mega car giveaway actually started with Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King.

King sat next to an executive from the Pontiac car company on a flight and struck up a conversation.

They kept pushing and pushing until the manufacturer finally agreed to gift a brand new G6 to every member of the studio audience. »