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Medical science has made tremendous advances in "personalized medicine" -- drugs that fight cancer and other diseases by boosting the immune system or targeting specific genetic traits.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter benefited from one of these drugs, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), which successfully beat back his brain cancer by ramping up his immune system.
But the American public is still struggling to understand the implications of these new targeted treatments, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found.
A large majority (71%) of Americans are unfamiliar with personalized medicine, the survey found.
Among those who are familiar with the concept, nearly half (49%) don't understand that this new type of therapy is typically more successful, with fewer side effects, compared to other treatments.
On the other hand, most (62%) didn't realize that the cost of the drugs will be significantly higher than other treatments.
The online survey of over 2,000 adults was conducted Nov. 15-19.
"Very few Americans know a lot about personalized medicine but, nevertheless, people are excited about it, particularly regarding its potential to save lives and revolutionize health care," said Deana Percassi, managing director of The Harris Poll's public relations research practice.
Personalized medicine, also called precision medicine, uses genetic profiling and specific knowledge of a person's body to optimize therapies.
For example, there's a drug called Lynparza (olaparib) that treats people with advanced breast and ovarian cancers caused by mutations of the BRCA gene. The drug blocks an enzyme and makes it more likely for cancerous cells to die off more quickly.
In an advance for the field, last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for a treatment of a wide range of cancers based on a shared mutation. The drug, Vitrakvi (larotrectinib), can treat thyroid, lung, and head and neck cancers caused by a common genetic factor.
Read more at HealthDay.
In a new study the Harris Poll conducted for CareDox and Families Fighting Flu, we found that a majority of Americans (85%) understand that otherwise healthy children can die from the flu, yet nearly half of parents of kids under 18 have still not had their children vaccinated and 17% of parents don't plan to get their children vaccinated this flu season.
According to the CDC, 2017 was the worst flu season on record, with an estimated 79,000 deaths, including 185 children. Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination that season. This year's flu season is already underway, and there have already been two reported pediatric flu deaths.
The survey found that parents weren't vaccinating because they don't believe the flu vaccine works (55%), they think the vaccine isn't safe (52%) and some even believe they can get the flu from the vaccine (32%)
"Parents may believe that children, even healthy children, dying from flu is a rare occurrence," said Serese Marotta, chief operating officer of Families Fighting Flu, in a press release. "But the members of our organization, including myself, can tell you that flu hospitalizations and deaths occur much more frequently than we'd like to think. And we want parents to know that annual flu vaccination is the best defense we have against influenza."
Families Fighting Flu and CareDox are collaborating to combat the myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccination, with the aim of increasing flu vaccination rates for school-age children this season. Families Fighting Flu will provide flu facts as well as stories of families that have been adversely impacted by this disease to raise awareness about the dangers of flu while CareDox will make it easy for parents to locate and sign up for no-cost school-located vaccine clinics in their areas through its website.
Microsoft announced that it will add real-time captions and subtitles to PowerPoint early next year to break down communication barriers and help presenters interact effectively with their audiences.
The AI-powered feature was conceived in honor of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual day of observance, on December 3, that raises awareness on issues faced by people with disabilities around the world.
"Live captions & subtitles in PowerPoint supports the deaf and hard of hearing community by giving them the ability to read what is being spoken in real-time," Microsoft said of the feature in a blog post. "In addition, captions and subtitles can be displayed in the same language or in a different one, allowing non-native speakers to get a translation of a presentation."
The captions are based on Microsoft’s ongoing AI work, and, according to The Verge, the company has used similar software for its own presentations. "Presenters will be able to customize the appearance of subtitles to match a presentation, and the speech recognition should adapt for more accurate terminology based on context."
Microsoft is planning to bring these features to the Office 365 version of PowerPoint in late January 2019 across Windows, PowerPoint for Mac, and online versions of PowerPoint. The new tool will support 12 spoken languages and display on-screen in more than 60 different languages.
PowerPoint's new perk could bode well for Microsoft's reputation as a recent Harris Poll survey on consumer perceptions of companies shows Microsoft faring better than its tech peers, Apple and Google, on certain aspects of financial performance. In the Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study, consumers ranked Microsoft (60%) higher than Apple (55%) and Google (53%) when asked which company had strong prospects for future growth.
The average worker in the U.S. doesn't start saving for retirement until they're 31, a new survey commissioned by the Nationwide Retirement Institute revealed.
Of the more than 1,100 employed Americans surveyed, 76% said some factor has prevented them from to contributing as much as they wanted to their retirement plan.
Employed survey respondents cited three main factors preventing them from saving the amount they wanted for retirement: not making enough money (44%), daily expenses (41%) and paying off debt (38%). However, when asked what age people should start saving for retirement, 42% said between the ages of 18 and 24, while 35% said between 25 and 30.
When asked how much they have saved for retirement, 26% percent of respondents said they have less than $1,000 in savings, while 45% said they have $1,000-$25,000 in savings,and 56% have $25,000-$100,000 in savings. All told, only 22% of employees say they feel "very prepared for retirement," according to the survey.
Read more at Pensions & Investments
This year, Cyber Monday is expected to generate $7.8 billion in sales, up nearly 18% from last year, which would make it the biggest online shopping day in the U.S., according to Adobe Analytics. Last year, Cyber Monday went down in the history books as the largest online shopping day in U.S. history when online transactions reached a record $6.59 billion, a 16.8 percent increase from 2016 and more than the $6.2 billion in online sales from Black Friday.
Thanks to its focus on online sales, Cyber Monday is a more appealing shopping day as it is in line with consumers' digital spending habits today, unlike Black Friday. Our recent poll with OpenX found that consumers have significantly less negative feelings about Cyber Monday. 73% of consumers think Cyber Monday is not overwhelming, compared to 60% who say Black Friday is overwhelming. Millennials are 30% more likely to shop on Cyber Monday than any other age group.
The holiday season in general can be particularly taxing, especially the hustle to buy loved ones the perfect gifts. Our survey with Amazon revealed that nearly 9 in 10 Americans (86%) experience stress during the holiday season, with one of the primary stressors among those individuals being what gifts to buy for people on their lists (58%). Cyber Monday, however, with its convenience of shopping online, has become a day when consumers prioritize and spoil themselves as the study found that 59% of Cyber Monday shoppers will be buying deals for themselves.