The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 18th, 2023 night edition

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A new drug has been found to slow the progression of Alzheimer's, with experts hailing it as a "turning point" in the fight against the disease.

Following the findings of a trial of the drug, Alzheimer's Research UK said "we're entering a new era" where the disease "could become treatable".

The health spending watchdog in England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), is already assessing whether the drug can be used in the NHS.

Alzheimer's Society said treatments such as donanemab could one day mean the disease is comparable to long-term conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

Donanemab works by removing plaques of a protein called amyloid that build up in the brain of people with Alzheimer's.

Scientists have published the final results of a trial, known as TRAILBLAZER ALZ-2, examining the safety and efficacy of the drug, manufactured by US pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

The researchers found among a small number of people there were some serious side effects such as brain swelling. »

Colombia says deforestation fell 29% in 2022

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BOGOTA, July 12 (Reuters) - Deforestation in Colombia fell 29.1% in 2022 versus the previous year spurred by sharp decreases in the country's Amazon region, the government said on Wednesday, marking the lowest level since 2013.

Nationally, deforestation fell by just over 500 square kilometers (193 square miles) last year to just over 1,235 square kilometers (477 square miles).

Deforestation in Amazon provinces, where a majority of the activity occurs, fell significantly, the environment ministry said in its report, with a 50% decrease in Caqueta province alone. »

Swatch Group sues Malaysian govt over seizure of Pride watches worth RM64,000

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According to Swatch Group, it had been selling its watches since 1995 in Malaysia via its stores which mostly employ Malaysians and through authorised resellers.

Swatch Group said it had not received any complaints from the public about any of the watches that were later seized.

Swatch Group said the refusal to return the Swatch watches had breached its constitutional rights to livelihood and property under the Federal Constitution's Articles 5, 8 and 13. »

Why Isn't Clarence Thomas Facing Impeachment Hearings?

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Though impeachment is the only way to expel a Supreme Court justice, the likelihood of that happening to the disgraced Clarence Thomas is very slim.

In April, it was revealed by ProPublica that Thomas received luxury gifts and trips from Republican donor Harlan Crow.

Thomas insisted that he simply benefitted from Crow’s “personal hospitality” and Crow doubled down on never seeking “to influence Justice Thomas on any legal or political issue.” »