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When heat waves turns deadly: How high temperatures affect the human body

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As temperatures and humidity soar outside, what’s happening inside the human body can become a life-or-death battle decided by just a few degrees.

The critical danger point outdoors for illness and death from relentless heat is several degrees lower than experts once thought, say researchers who put people in hot boxes to see what happens to them.

With much of the United States, Mexico, India and the Middle East suffering through blistering heat waves, worsened by climate change, several doctors, physiologists and other experts explained to The Associated Press what happens to the human body in such heat.

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Heat waves can raise your body temperature

The body’s resting core temperature is typically about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s only 7 degrees away from catastrophe in the form of heatstroke, said Ollie Jay, a professor of heat and health at the University of Sydney in Australia, where he runs the thermoergonomics laboratory.

Dr. Neil Gandhi, emergency medicine director at Houston Methodist Hospital, said during heat waves anyone who comes in with a fever of 102 or higher and no clear source of infection will be looked at for heat exhaustion or the more severe heatstroke.

A man pours cold water onto his head to cool off on a sweltering hot day in the Mediterranean Sea in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 16, 2023. As temperatures and humidity soar, what’s happening inside the human body can become a life-or-death battle decided by just a few degrees. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

“We routinely will see core temperatures greater than 104, 105 degrees during some of the heat episodes,” Gandhi said. Another degree or three and such a patient is at high risk of death, he said.

How heat kills

Heat kills in three main ways, Jay said. The usual first suspect is heatstroke — critical increases in body temperature that cause organs to fail.

When inner body temperature gets too hot, the body redirects blood flow toward the skin to cool down, Jay said. But that diverts blood and oxygen away from the stomach and intestines, and can allow toxins normally confined to the gut area to leak into circulation.

“That sets off a cascade of effects,” Jay said. “Clotting around the body and multiple organ failure and, ultimately, death.”

But the bigger killer in heat is the strain on the heart, especially for people who have cardiovascular disease, Jay said.

It again starts with blood rushing to the skin to help shed core heat. That causes blood pressure to drop. The heart responds by trying to pump more blood to keep you from passing out.

“You’re asking the heart to do a lot more work than it usually has to do,” Jay said. For someone with a heart condition “it’s like running for a bus with dodgy (hamstring). Something’s going to give.”

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The third main way is dangerous dehydration. As people sweat, they lose liquids to a point that can severely stress kidneys, Jay said.

Many people may not realize their danger, Houston’s Gandhi said.

Dehydration can progress into shock, causing organs to shut down from lack of blood, oxygen and nutrients, leading to seizures and death, said Dr. Renee Salas, a Harvard University professor of public health and an emergency room physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Dehydration can be very dangerous and even deadly for everyone if it gets bad enough — but it is especially dangerous for those with medical conditions and on certain medications,” Salas said.

Dehydration also reduces blood flow and magnifies cardiac problems, Jay said.

Intense heat can ‘fry’ your brain

Heat also affects the brain. It can cause a person to have confusion, or trouble thinking, several doctors said.

“One of the first symptoms you’re getting into trouble with the heat is if you get confused,” said University of Washington public health and climate professor Kris Ebi. That’s little help as a symptom because the person suffering from the heat is unlikely to recognize it, she said. And it becomes a bigger problem as people age.

One of the classic definitions of heat stroke is a core body temperature of 104 degrees “coupled with cognitive dysfunction,” said Pennsylvania State University physiology professor W. Larry Kenney.

Heat and humidity are a dangerous duo

Some scientists use a complicated outside temperature measurement called wet bulb globe temperature, which takes into account humidity, solar radiation and wind. In the past, it was thought that a wet-bulb reading of 95 Fahrenheit was the point when the body started having trouble, said Kenney, who also runs a hot box lab and has done nearly 600 tests with volunteers.

His tests show the wet-bulb danger point is closer to 87. That’s a figure that has started to appear in the Middle East, he said.

And that’s just for young healthy people. For older people, the danger point is a wet bulb temperature of 82, he said.

“Humid heat waves kill a lot more people than dry heat waves,” Kenney said.

When Kenney tested young and old people in dry heat, young volunteers could function until 125.6 degrees, while the elderly had to stop at 109.4. With high or moderate humidity, the people could not function at nearly as high a temperature, he said.

“Humidity impacts the ability of sweat to evaporate,” Jay said.

How to cool down heat exhaustion patients

Heatstroke is an emergency, and medical workers try to cool a victim down within 30 minutes, Salas said.

The best way: Cold water immersion. Basically, “you drop them in a water bucket,” Salas said.

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But those aren’t always around. So emergency rooms pump patients with cool fluids intravenously, spray them with misters, put ice packs in armpits and groins and place them on a chilling mat with cold water running inside it.

Sometimes it doesn’t work.

“We call it the silent killer because it’s not this kind of visually dramatic event,” Jay said. “It’s insidious. It’s hidden.”

FDA approves new drug to treat autoimmune liver disease: ‘Giant step forward’

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A new drug to control liver disease has gotten the green light.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the French drugmaker Ipsen’s medication Iqirvo (elafibranor).

The drug, an 80 mg tablet administered orally once daily, is intended to treat an autoimmune cholestatic liver disease called primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). 

What is PBC?

PBC is a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the small bile ducts of the liver. 

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Without the active bile ducts, acids can then leak into the nearby tissue and cause liver damage or failure, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the French drugmaker Ipsen’s medication Iqirvo (elafibranor). (iStock)

The disease typically involves chronic inflammation along with a stagnant build-up of bile and toxins known as cholestasis, which can lead to irreversible scarring of the liver and ultimately destroy the bile ducts. 

Although PBC is considered a rare condition, it can often go undetected, some health experts said.

“PBC is likely to be way underdiagnosed,” Dr. Douglas Dieterich, M.D., director of the Institute for Liver Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, told Fox News Digital.

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“Many people — mostly women — have elevated liver enzymes that can be easily diagnosed with a simple blood test called the AMA.”

Patients typically experience severe fatigue and significant itching called pruritus. 

If the disease is not treated or an individual does not respond to current therapies, it can lead to liver failure, the need for a liver transplant or even early death, according to experts.

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PBC is a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the small bile ducts of the liver. Without the active bile ducts, acids can then leak into the nearby tissue and cause liver damage or failure. (iStock)

PBC is diagnosed with a blood test that measures liver enzymes. 

One common test analyzes the patient’s alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme that helps detect liver or bone disease. 

Another blood test to diagnose PBC measures antimitochondrial antibodies (AMAs), which are positive in approximately 95% of patients with the condition, according to several liver experts.

Patient welcomes more treatment options

One New York patient with PBC told Fox News Digital that she did not know she had a liver disease until her primary care physician performed routine blood work and noticed that her liver enzymes were elevated. 

Meredith S., who withheld her last name for privacy reasons, was referred to a hepatologist, whom she credits for saving her life. 

“It is distressing to know that your body is fighting itself and you can’t figure out how to stop it.”

“I was feeling tired, but attributed it to working and studying at school,” she told Fox News Digital. 

“I was completely surprised to find out I had a liver disease and learned it was PBC.”

She went on, “My doctor performed a liver biopsy and I had significant scarring of my liver in my 30s, even though I didn’t drink alcohol.”

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Patients have expressed relief at having another treatment option for liver disease. (iStock)

Meredith S. said she is glad there are more treatment options available, and hopes for more awareness and research of PBC.

“It is distressing to know that your body is fighting itself and you can’t figure out how to stop it,” she told Fox News Digital.

Addressing an ‘unmet need’

Dieterich of New York City, who is also a professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Fox News Digital that this newly approved medication “is a giant step forward in the treatment of PBC.”

He noted, “Up until now, there has been only one drug available … Now there are two.”  

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The existing drug, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) — commonly called ursodial or “urso” — is a naturally occurring bile acid that has been used to treat liver disease for decades. 

The newly approved Iqirvo (elafibranor) is intended to be used in combination with UDCA in patients who are not responding to the first medication on its own, or can be used on its own for people who cannot tolerate UDCA.

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The disease typically involves chronic inflammation along with a stagnant build-up of bile and toxins known as cholestasis, which can lead to irreversible scarring of the liver and ultimately destroy the bile ducts.  (iStock)

“For a significant number of people living with PBC, available treatments do not control the condition and may exacerbate symptoms of PBC,” said Christelle Huguet, executive vice president and head of research and development at Ipsen, in a press release.

“Iqirvo demonstrated statistically significant improvements in biochemical response compared to UDCA alone. Iqirvo is therefore a much-needed treatment option and the first new medicine for PBC in nearly a decade.”

Primary biliary cholangitis affects approximately 100,000 people in the U.S.

The accelerated approval for Iqirvo was based on positive results from the Phase III ELATIVE trial, which showed reduced levels of the alkaline phosphatase enzyme, which is elevated in people with liver disease.

The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, included 161 patients with PBC who were inadequately responding to treatment with UDCA or could not tolerate that medication. 

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Researchers found that 51% of the patients who received the elafibranor had a biochemical response, compared to only 4% who received a placebo.

After 52 weeks, the patients who were treated with elafibranor showed normalized liver enzymes, compared to 15% of patients in the placebo group.

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The study, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, included 161 patients with PBC. (iStock)

“Data from the pivotal Phase III ELATIVE clinical trial demonstrated that Iqirvo is an effective second-line treatment for patients with PBC with favorable benefit and risk data,” Dr. Kris Kowdley, a primary investigator on the ELATIVE study and the director at Liver Institute Northwest, Washington, said in a news release.

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“The approval of Iqirvo will allow health care providers in the U.S. to address an unmet need, with the potential to significantly reduce ALP levels for our patients with PBC,” he added. 

Continued approval is contingent upon further studies showing improved survival or prevention of liver decomposition, the FDA report noted. 

Potential side effects and limitations

Some reported side effects of Iqirvo included muscle pain, rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, fractures, weight gain and drug-induced liver injury, according to the FDA report.

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Some reported side effects of Iqirvo included muscle pain, rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, fractures, weight gain and drug-induced liver injury, according to the FDA report. (iStock)

Also noted was the potential risk to the fetus in pregnant patients, based on animal study data. 

The FDA cautioned health care providers to ensure that patients are not pregnant prior to starting the medication.

Iqirvo is also not recommended in patients who have advanced stages of cirrhosis. 

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Primary biliary cholangitis affects some 100,000 people in the United States, according to the drugmaker Ipsen.

It is a lifelong disease that can result in liver failure if left untreated, according to experts.

Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Imagine cruising down the highway when suddenly a massive, self-driving 18-wheeler pulls up beside you. No human in the driver’s seat, just sensors and computers guiding this 40-ton behemoth down the road. A bit unsettling, right?

You’re not alone in feeling that way. Surveys show that 65% of people would feel unsafe sharing the road with an autonomous freight truck. And can you blame them? The idea of a vehicle that large operating without a human in control at high speeds is understandably concerning for most.

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Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Driverless 18-wheeler trucks hitting the road soon

But that’s exactly what could be headed to a highway near you as soon as this summer. Volvo and self-driving tech company Aurora have teamed up to create the Volvo VNL autonomous truck. This big rig is packed with Aurora’s autonomous driving smarts and redundant safety systems.

While it may seem jarring at first, their “self-driving truck” will actually have a human safety operator on board, at least initially. This person can take over if the autonomous systems encounter any issues. Volvo plans to start hauling freight loads with their autonomous trucks over the next few months as they prep for broader commercial operations. And Volvo has already kicked off manufacturing a launch fleet of autonomous trucks at their Virginia plant.

Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Safety is at the core of the Volvo VNL autonomous design

The Volvo VNL Autonomous truck has been designed with a strong emphasis on safety. According to Volvo Autonomous Solutions, the platform engineering approach incorporates high-assurance redundancy systems to mitigate potential emergency situations.

The truck has been built from the ground up, with redundant systems integrated for all safety-critical components like steering, braking, communication, computation, power management, energy storage and vehicle motion management. This intentional duplication of critical systems significantly enhances the autonomous truck’s safety and reliability.

The truck is also integrated with the Aurora Driver, a self-driving system that includes dual computers, self-driving software, in-house lidar that can detect objects more than 1,300 feet away, high-resolution cameras, and imaging radar.

Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Volvo and Aurora push toward commercialization

The reveal of the Volvo VNL Autonomous truck comes as both companies continue to push toward their stated goal of commercializing self-driving trucks by the end of 2024. Volvo initially plans to carry freight between Dallas and Houston using Class 8 trucks in autonomous mode with a safety driver behind the wheel.

Getting to commercialization is existential for Volvo and Aurora – two of the last autonomous trucking companies standing. Last year, Waymo Via put the brakes on its self-driving trucking program, and TuSimple recently left the U.S. market in favor of expanding in Asia. Aurora has not been immune to the high capital costs of developing and then launching commercial autonomous trucks either. In January, the company laid off 3% of its workforce to trim costs in advance of its commercial launch.

Consolidation in the AV industry has meant Aurora has fewer rivals. Einride, Torc, and Kodiak Robotics, which revealed its own purpose-built self-driving big rig, are among the few that remain.

Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Aurora’s commercialization strategy

The Volvo partnership, which the companies first inked in March 2021, is one part of Aurora’s commercialization strategy. Aurora has launched pilot programs with logistics companies FedEx, Ryder, Schneider and Uber Freight.

In January, Aurora and automotive supplier Continental closed the first phase of a more than $300 million project to mass-produce autonomous vehicle hardware for commercial self-driving trucks. The two companies finalized the design and system architecture for an AV hardware kit and the blueprint for a secondary computer that can take over operations if a failure occurs. The Continental hardware kit won’t be in Aurora trucks until 2027, but the Volvo VNL will still be packed with safety features, the company says.

Autonomous big rigs from Volvo and Aurora are coming to highways

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Public acceptance is key

So, whether you’re ready or not, self-driving semitrucks look poised to hit America’s highways sooner than you think. The real questions are: Will the public’s safety concerns be alleviated? Will autonomous big rigs really make our roads safer and more efficient, as proponents claim? Overcoming consumer skepticism about sharing roads with robotic, driverless trucks is likely to be a major hurdle. Building public trust in the technology’s safety and reliability will be crucial for wider acceptance and adoption.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

The unveiling of the Volvo VNL Autonomous truck marks a significant milestone in the path toward commercializing self-driving trucks. With its redundant safety systems and cutting-edge autonomous driving capabilities, this truck could pave the way for a future where autonomous hauling becomes a reality on highways across the United States – if it can overcome the public’s very real safety concerns first.

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America’s alarmingly high terror threat just keeps climbing the more we fling open our doors

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What is the risk of a terrorist attack in the United States perpetrated by foreign nationals released at the border or paroled in by the Biden administration? No one knows. 

Not me. Not FBI Director Chris Wray. In an op-ed for Foreign Affairs published on June 10, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell writes that “the terror threat posed by vulnerabilities at the U.S.-Mexico border is ‘blinking red’” but he doesn’t know either.

Risk is an estimate, like the number of “gotaways” who sneak into the country undetected every year. It’s not a calculation, like the 194 known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) actually caught entering illegally in Fiscal Year 2024 so far, which Customs and Border Protection (CBP) counts.

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More than 20 years ago, I had lunch with a Foreign Service officer who had issued visas to half the 9/11 hijackers when working in Saudi Arabia. Back then, young men from this rich, stable country were thought to be low-risk travelers. They went to U.S. universities, spent money, obeyed our laws, and came home. are still good risks, but trust me, a single man from the Middle East wanting to come to the U.S. for flying lessons gets asked some questions. 

After 9/11, the U.S. developed better screening methods, collected more information via fingerprints and facial scans, and improved inter-agency information sharing. This made it harder for known bad guys to get in – but not those whose records we didn’t have. China, Cuba, and Venezuela are not forthcoming with such information. 

Biden’s relatively open border makes it difficult to assess, much less avoid the risk of terrorism. 

We know that many Americans have had their lives ended or blighted by foreign nationals who had no right to be here. Children have been raped, like a 13-year-old girl in New York City last week. Women like Kayla Hamilton, murdered by members of violent gangs. Mothers like Rachel Morin whose death has allegedly been the result of murder by a man from El Salvador. Victims of drunk drivers like Ignacio Cruz-Mendoza, who had already been sent back to Mexico 16 times when he killed Scott Miller. 

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When it comes to terrorists, their acts are planned in advance and well hidden. In May, two men – likely Jordanian illegal aliens – were arrested after attempting to get onto the Quantico Marine base in Virginia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t reveal their names.

The driver who killed himself trying to drive on to Fort Story in Virginia Beach in April crashed and died, and the feds still haven’t told Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin his identity or status. As Youngkin wrote in a letter to Secretary Mayorkas asking for that information, there were only 11 Terrorist Screening Dataset (watchlist) individuals caught at the southern border from Fiscal 2017 to 2020 combined, but we’re already up to 104 this fiscal year. 

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In Fiscal 2021, DHS encountered only 342 Chinese between ports of entry. Last year, it was 24,125. Crushed by volume, DHS half-heartedly interviews them and lets them go. In March, a Chinese illegal alien “accidentally” wandered onto the nation’s largest Marine base in California, Twentynine Palms. According to The Wall Street Journal, there have been more than 100 such supposedly accidental incursions by Chinese nationals in recent years. 

Gate at Twentynine Palms, California. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Several countries on the edge of the former Soviet Union such as Dagestan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, are known to have active terrorist groups. The New York Post recently reported that over 1,500 Tajiks illegally crossed our border between October 2020 and May 2024, and a stunning 500 have been “caught” this year alone. Recently, eight Tajiks were caught who had known ties to ISIS. What about those with unknown ties? They were almost all then released. 

In Fiscal 2021, CBP only encountered 3,675 Special Interest Aliens, “people from countries identified by the U.S. government as having conditions that promote or protect terrorism or potentially pose some sort of national security threat,” at the borders. Between October 2022 and August 2023, CBP encountered 74,904. Among that total were 659 Iranians and 538 Syrians – two places which harbor some people who thirst for revenge against the U.S. 

Despite the obvious risk, our government seems so oblivious to potential disaster that they are allowing in, with no verification of their identity or criminal history back home – thousands of people every day (many of them young men) at our borders. 

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On top of this, they are paroling another 1,400 a day. From all over the world, but particularly Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Of the Afghans, how many were the Taliban, rather than its victims? How many of the Haitians were persecuting civilians on behalf of the government or criminal gangs, rather than their victims? Of the Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans, how many worked for their communist regime, rather than against them? 

With these risks to manage, it’s sad to see the Border Patrol diverting its energy from detaining and deporting illegal immigrants to welcoming them. Former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott said that the usual ratio of 70% of staff out on patrol and 30% doing administrative tasks was now more like 10% to 90%, as agents were re-assigned as social workers.

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Meanwhile, the State Department is focused on creating passports for made-up genders, the CIA is painting fingernails for Pride Month, and DHS has changed the name of Special Interest Alien (“alien” is the term used in U.S. law) to Special Interest Migrant – I guess to be inclusive.

It’s pretty much a matter of time before a preventable terrorist attack is carried out in the U.S. by foreign nationals. It’s possible the terrorists will be here on visas just like the 9/11 hijackers, but the unprecedented pool of illegal aliens released or paroled by the Biden administration is a more likely source. 

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Ash Fox Continues To Dominate The Proposal Planning & Photography Sector

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With a passion for storytelling, Ash Fox has been capturing love stories for over a decade. She takes pride in creating a unique experience for each couple, capturing intimate and genuine moments that will be treasured forever.

New York City, New York, June 20, 2024, Ash Fox Proposals is the leading marriage proposal planning and surprise proposal photography company based in New York City. For 13 years Ash Fox has been helping couples from all over the world propose marriage to their loved ones in unique and cinematic ways. She has been the subject of numerous viral videos around the world.

Ash Fox came from a background as an artist and photographer who was obsessed with the art of capturing love and eventually built one of the first successful proposal planning and photography businesses in the world. She collaborates closely with her clients helping them produce unique and creative proposal ideas, helps them formulate the perfect game plans so that their partner will not suspect the big surprise that awaits them.

Ash and her team manage all the logistics as far as locations public and even private locations like glamorous private rooftops with sweeping skyline views of the city, they also handle decorations and decor ensuring the perfect romantic ambiance for the engagement. Finally, it is essential to Ash that the proposal itself is perfectly chronicled in timeless quality images, as well as videography for couples who want a video time capsule of their moment.

From expert guidance and advisory and ideas on how to propose, to the planning and logistical elements of location selection, decorations, floral arrangements, live musical performances, and gorgeous documentation with stunning photography and videography services, Ash Fox Proposals covers everything a client needs for a stress free, easeful, experience and milestone.

Ash Fox Proposals removes the stress, work and worry and ensures that everything is taken care of so that all a person must do is show up and say, “Will You Marry Me.” The answer is always “yes,” after 3,000 proposals and counting no one has ever said “No”.

While Ash Fox mainly services clients who want to get engaged in New York City, she also does special proposals for clients who desire to propose in other locations around the world.

Some of Ash Fox Proposals’ popular proposal locations include Central Park, whether it be near one of the beautiful bridges or inside a cozy gazebo decorated with fairy lights, candles and rose petals. Brooklyn Bridge Park also known as Dumbo is another popular public location where she sets up proposals for her clients who are looking for expertly crafted photography and may even desire decor such as a giant Marry Me Marquee sign or a heart made of roses and candles.

For her clients who want an 100% private proposal experience, Ash offers, 11 stunning private rooftop locations which feature remarkable views of The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, and other famous landmarks for a sensational private proposal experience safe from the crowds and hustle bustle of the city. Additionally, those who want to make a bold statement she helps them propose on Giant billboard in the middle of Times Square!

When the holiday season hits Ash helps create all kinds of amazing proposals that celebrate the festive season, including proposals on the Rockefeller Center ice rink in front of the famous Christmas tree. Whether a client is looking to make an over-the-top statement or enjoy a more underrated romantic experience, Ash can help ensure her couple’s engagements are milestone moments that could be out of a movie.

The main elements of Ash’s services include:

  • Her expert consult proposal planning one on one sessions where she collaborates closely with the person who is proposing to find out their needs and desires for their proposal and any challenges they are facing or questions they have on how to do it right.
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  • Also, setting up whatever decorations the couple has requested, whether it be a sign spelling out “I Love You” or “Marry Me” in bright lights, a subtle heart made from roses and rose petals, flickering candles, and of course a bottle of Champagne for a celebratory post engagement toast.
  • Finally, Ash ensures that the proposal is expertly chronicled with stunning photography and videography. Ash’s team has trained under Ash to know exactly the shots that are important for creating the perfect time capsule of this once in a lifetime moment.

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Putin’s AI doctrine seeks semi-automated military as Moscow could look to China for help, expert says

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Russia increasingly looks toward artificial intelligence (AI) to address deficiencies in its battlefield capabilities and capacities that the invasion of Ukraine has exposed, according to experts. 

“Russian futurists, Russian technologists, Russian developers are envisioning this slow evolution away from larger human involvement to where humans are going to be involved as little as possible,” Samuel Bendett, adjunct senior fellow in the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told Fox News Digital. 

“Some of those statements were made prior to Russia’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s conduct in this war, which is very much manpower intensive… but this is something that the Russian military is keeping sort of on the horizon,” he said. 

Bendett in his paper for CNAS argued that Russia’s keenness to adopt AI could lead the country to take greater risks as it seeks to catch up with the West. He relied on public statements, announcements and analysis of Russian-language media to develop his paper, which looks at major developments in robotics and AI spaces and as Russia seeks an “intellectualized” military that makes semiautomated decisions. 

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“Such sources offer a glimpse into Russian deliberations and debates on the role and utility of AI on the modern battlefield and help analysts understand what the Russians emphasize in terms of AI research and development,” Bendett wrote. 

The greatest concern that Western officials may have regarding Russia’s intended use for AI is the integration of AI systems with its nuclear command, a goal that Bendett argues is on top of Russia’s list. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade, celebrating victory over Nazi Germany, at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2023. (Gavriil Grigorov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

While the main, immediate goal for Russia is to use AI for data collection, analysis and “situational awareness,” the military forces ultimately seek to integrate AI in decision-making, including when and how to deploy nuclear weapons. 

“Repeated statements by officials within the Ministry of Defense and the government point to AI as a data analysis and decision-making tool,” Bendett said. “Therefore, nuclear forces are going to be part of that larger effort to integrate some of these more advanced technologies alongside analysis and understanding done by human operators.”

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In his paper, Bendett expands on this point, saying that AI would allegedly help Russian officials “in the event the political leadership is incapacitated and no longer can make crucial decisions.” The system, called Perimeter, is an automatic nuclear weapons control system from the Cold War that played into the nation’s doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), but the system remains functional today, which Bendett notes as an indication of where Russia’s thinking lays. 

“The system’s continued existence today implies the preference for semiautomatic, instead of fully automated, systems to meet the challenges of enormous stress, the pressure to understand the unfolding scenario in real time, and the possible lack of relevant information, along with emotions that affect human decision makers under stress,” Bendett writes. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech to mark the 79th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II in Moscow. (Tian Bing/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

“By removing the pressure for Russian leaders to decide whether to launch a nuclear attack on a short timeline under pressure, Perimeter is meant to reduce the risk of miscalculation on both sides and to avoid wrong decisions with enormous consequences,” he added. 

One of the primary concerns he raises is that while Russia’s views on AI align with those of other major powers, it may lack the ability to adopt those systems, especially in light of Western sanctions and export controls. 

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In his paper, Bendett listed a number of factors that could otherwise impede Russia’ development and adoption of AI technology, namely the exodus of tech personnel at the start of the Ukraine invasion, lack of access to parts and data, and the impacted economy as major stumbling blocks Russia faces in its AI ambitions. 

Bendett argued that Russia’s desperation to keep up with the West could drive officials to lean on China, Moscow’s increasingly close ally, to fill the gaps in development. 

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In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping hold an informal meeting in Beijing on May 16, 2024. (Mikhail Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty Images)

“One of the things we have discovered with the imposition of sanctions, starting in March of 2022, is that Russia can evade many of the sanctions and can actually acquire what it needs through willing partners or through partners who are unaware of certain transactions,” Bendett explained during an interview with Fox News Digital. 

“This, of course, involves microelectronics, involves certain hardware and software solutions: As long as Russia maintains open trade and relationships with countries like China and India and a number of other states around the world, it is probably going to have access to certain technologies, certain concepts which are necessary for its high-tech development and in particular for artificial intelligence development,” he argued.

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Rebekah Koffler, a strategic military intelligence analyst and the author of “Putin’s Playbook,” told Fox News Digital that AI remains one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “top priorities,” with annual reports on progress in development and implementation. 

“Putin once stated that the nation that controls AI will control the world,” Koffler said. “His concern is that if the West leads in AI, Western values and concepts will be embedded in it and not Russia’s values.” 

“Putin believes that Russia will lose sovereignty if it loses competition in AI,” she added. “Putin once compared AI with nuclear weapons, and he estimates that AI will follow the trajectory of nuclear weapons development – once people realize what enormous danger AI represents if it is not managed properly, there will be attempts to control it.”

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Koffler claimed that Putin has indirectly acknowledged the U.S. as the frontrunner on AI development, citing Elon Musk’s Neuralink as proof that the billionaire will “do what he thinks must be done” to advance technology. 

Bendett and Koffler both lamented the difficulty in fully assessing Russia’s progress with AI due to the lack of “trustworthy intelligence” and the overreliance on statements from the Russian government, which Koffler warned are often “exaggerations.” 

Legoland New York desires disco dancers to break world record

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Legoland New York will offer free admission to the first 2,500 people who come to the park on June 24 dressed in their “disco best” as the park attempts to break the world record for “largest disco dance party.” 

Guests must pre-register for the event on the Legoland New York website, the Goshen, New York-based theme park said in a June 4 press release.

“Guests are encouraged to dress in their disco best – glitter/sequin apparel, sparkly tutus, disco-ball themed accessories and other disco-themed duds,” the company said. 

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The record attempt is part of a celebration for Legoland New York’s newest attraction, the “Minifigure Skyfler,” the company said in the release. 

The attraction, which opens to the public on June 24, is a gondola-type attraction promising a “party in the sky” with seven themed “Party Pods,” Legoland New York said. 

Legoland New York is attempting to break the record for “largest disco dance party” on June 24. (The Lego Group)

“The party starts on the ground with an immersive queuing experience filled with disco tune music and inviting guests to get in the groove with the signature Minifigure Skyflyer Dance,” the release said.

The “Minifigure Skyflyer” will also serve as a way for guests to more easily reach the different sections of the park, according to Stephanie Johnson, divisional director of Legoland New York.

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“There’s so much fun to be had at Legoland New York Resort, but it’s a sprawling park, so guests have been asking for easier ways to navigate between the park’s seven themed lands, and we listened,” Johnson said in the release. 

“Minifigure Skyflyer provides an exciting solution that ignites creativity, sparks imagination and gives the best views of all the excitement happening at the park and the surrounding, picturesque Hudson Valley, all from the air,” Johnson added. 

artist rendering of Minifigure Skyflyer

The record attempt is a celebration of Legoland New York’s newest attraction, the “Minifigure Skyflyer.”  (The Lego Group)

More than just a simple gondola ride, the “Minifigure Skyflyer” contains several interactive elements, Legoland New York said in a Feb. 2024 press release revealing the attraction. 

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“Once in flight, families can use their imaginations to help ‘power’ the ride through movement as they dance while traveling across the park with the best views over Miniland and more – all from the sky,” Legoland New York said. 

family in skyflyer pod

The attraction’s “Party Pods” seat 10 and are ADA-accessible, a release from Legoland New York said.  (The LEGO Group)

The seven “Party Pod” themes are based on existing LEGO themes and include a “Pirate Shindig,” “City,” “Disco Pod,” and “Lego Galaxy – Out of This World Party,” the June release said. 

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Each of the pods is “hosted” by a Lego minifigure, according to the company. 

Legoland New York Resort opened in May 2021. 

It is located in Goshen, New York, outside of New York City. 

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The theme park features seven different “lands,” each based on a Lego theme. 

In addition to the theme park, which is open seasonally, the resort is also home to the year-round Legoland Hotel.

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Other Legoland theme parks in the United States are Legoland Florida, located in Winter Haven near Orlando, and Legoland California, located in Carlsbad near San Diego.

Kids with obesity need ‘behavioral counseling,’ task force recommends

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Young people with obesity should receive intensive behavioral counseling, according to a major health agency.

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) conducted a systematic review of various types of weight management interventions — including behavioral counseling and prescription medications — for kids and teens aged 6 and older.

The official recommendation was published in JAMA on Tuesday.

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The task force stated that people in this age group with a high BMI (95% or greater) should receive at least 26 hours of “comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions.”

Young people with obesity should receive intensive behavioral counseling, according to a major health agency. (iStock)

“The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that providing or referring children and adolescents 6 years or older with a high BMI to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions has a moderate net benefit,” the recommendation stated. 

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“Therefore, clinicians should provide those with a high BMI with such interventions or refer them to appropriate health care professionals.”

Approximately 19.7% of U.S. children and adolescents between 2 and 19 years of age have a body mass index (BMI) at or above 95%, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Incorporating regular physical activity is a core component of the recommended behavioral interventions. (iStock)

BMIs tend to rise with age and in certain ethnic groups, including Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic Black children and adolescents.

Youth from lower-income families are also more likely to have obesity, per the CDC.

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While BMI is an “imperfect measure” of obesity, the task force noted that most children with a BMI above 95% will have obesity, while few children with a BMI below 85% will fall in the obese category.

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Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurologist and longevity expert, is not affiliated with the USPSTF, but offered his reaction to the new guidance.

“This recommendation is not just a guideline; it’s a call to action,” he told Fox News Digital.

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Obesity can be seen as a “gateway disease” linked to many other non-infectious, age-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and even certain cancers, a doctor told Fox News Digital. (iStock)

“Early recognition and intervention are critical to curbing a potential lifetime of health problems.” 

Obesity can be seen as a “gateway disease,” according to Osborn, linked to many other non-infectious, age-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and even certain cancers. 

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Osborn agreed that the recommended behavioral interventions are “vital” in helping young individuals adopt healthier lifestyles. 

“These interventions focus on supervised physical activity (supplanting mobile phone usage with structured exercise), healthy eating education and behavior change techniques,” he said.

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In addition to behavioral changes, the doctor recommends medications like GLP-I agonists — such as Ozempic — as a “necessary boost” to kick-start weight loss.  (Getty Images)

In addition to behavioral changes, Osborn recommends incorporating medications like GLP-I agonists — such as Ozempic — as a “necessary boost” to kick-start weight loss

“These medications can be particularly beneficial when behavioral interventions alone do not suffice, helping adolescents gain the momentum needed to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles,” Osborn said.

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“Just as we once revolutionized public health by combating infections, we must now focus on preventing and managing obesity to stave off a cascade of future diseases.”

Frontier fallout as 750K customers’ data exposed in RansomHub cyberattack

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U.S. telecommunications company Frontier has experienced a serious data security breach that compromised the personal information of a significant number of its customers. The company confirmed that a security incident resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of full names and Social Security numbers belonging to more than 750,000 individuals. Frontier is currently notifying affected customers and has reported the incident to the appropriate regulatory authorities.

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Frontier fallout as 750K customers' data exposed in RansomHub cyberattack

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What happened in the Frontier data breach?

Frontier Communications is warning 750,000 customers that their information was exposed in a data breach. “On April 14, 2024, we detected unauthorized access to some of our internal IT systems. Our investigation identified your personal information among the data affected by this incident,” the telco wrote in a notification sent to affected customers.

The sample of the notice submitted to the Office of the Maine Attorney General has censored the types of data exposed in this incident. However, full names and Social Security numbers were confirmed as breached for 751,895 customers, according to a Bleeping Computer report. Frontier assures that no customer financial information was exposed due to this breach.

Frontier believes it contained the data breach shortly after the attack and restored normal business operations. However, the security incident forced the company to partially shut down some systems to prevent the threat actors from laterally moving through the network, which also led to some operational disruptions.

Frontier fallout as 750K customers' data exposed in RansomHub cyberattack

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Who’s behind the Frontier data breach?

Frontier hasn’t disclosed the exact cause of the data breach, but it confirmed a cybercrime group was behind it. “Based on the Company’s investigation, it has determined that the third party was likely a cybercrime group, which gained access to, among other information, personally identifiable information,” the telco wrote in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Frontier hasn’t officially named the cybercrime group responsible for the attack. However, it’s worth noting that the RansomHub extortion group claimed responsibility for the attack this month, June 4, raising suspicion about the timing of Frontier’s data breach notification.

RansomHub says they hacked Frontier and stole data on 2 million customers. This data reportedly includes personal info like names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers, email addresses and even details about your Frontier service. RansomHub put Frontier’s name on their dark web extortion site and gave the company a deadline to meet their ransom demands. If Frontier doesn’t respond to their demands, RansomHub says they’ll sell the stolen data to the highest bidder.

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What is Frontier doing about the data breach?

Frontier says it responded swiftly to the cyberattack. It brought in leading cybersecurity experts to investigate and contain the breach while also fortifying its network defenses to prevent future intrusions. Law enforcement and regulators were notified.

The telecom giant is providing affected customers with free credit monitoring and identity theft resolution for one year. While Frontier mentions a deadline to enroll, it hasn’t specified the date. Act promptly to ensure you’re covered.

We reached out to Frontier for a comment but had not heard back by our deadline.

Frontier fallout as 750K customers' data exposed in RansomHub cyberattack

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6 measures to take to protect yourself from a data breach

If you suspect you’ve been affected by this data breach, follow these steps to protect your personal data and privacy.

1) Invest in identity theft protection: If you think your personal data has been leaked, scammers may try to impersonate you to gain access to your private information. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from this type of fraud is to subscribe to an identity theft service. If you’re eligible, take the free Kroll subscription Frontier is offering.

Identity theft companies can monitor personal information like your Social Security number, phone number and email address and alert you if it is being sold on the dark web or being used to open an account. They can also assist you in freezing your bank and credit card accounts to prevent further unauthorized use by criminals. See my tips and best picks on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

2) Place a fraud alert: Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion) and request a fraud alert to be placed on your credit file. This will make it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name without verification.

3) Be cautious of phishing attempts: Be vigilant about emails, phone calls or messages from unknown sources asking for personal information. Avoid clicking on suspicious links or providing sensitive details unless you can verify the legitimacy of the request.

The best way to protect yourself from clicking malicious links that install malware that may get access to your private information is to have antivirus protection installed on all your devices. This can also alert you of any phishing emails or ransomware scams. Get my picks for the best 2024 antivirus protection winners for your Windows, Mac, Android & iOS devices.

4) Check Social Security benefits: It is crucial to periodically check your Social Security benefits to ensure they have not been tampered with or altered in any way, safeguarding your financial security and preventing potential fraud.

5) Invest in personal data removal services: While no service promises to remove all your data from the internet, having a removal service is great if you want to constantly monitor and automate the process of removing your information from hundreds of sites continuously over a longer period of time. Remove your personal data from the internet with my top picks here.

6) Change your password: You can render a stolen password useless to thieves simply by changing it. Opt for a strong password, one that you don’t use elsewhere. Even better, consider letting a password manager generate one for you.

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Kurt’s key takeaway

Frontier says it is fortifying its systems to prevent the incident from happening again. While I appreciate the company’s steps to make things right, this incident shouldn’t have occurred in the first place, especially if customers are entrusting it with sensitive information. Frequent data breaches suggest a worrying gap in cybersecurity preparedness among large tech companies. You, as customers, must stay aware when sharing sensitive information and avoid any phishing attempts from scammers.

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Haiti Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary of First Patient Flight

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Remains Committed to Expanding the Healthcare Landscape in Haiti

Haiti, June 20, 2024Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA) is proud to announce the 10th anniversary of its first patient flight, marking a decade of impact in Haiti. Since its inception on June 20, 2014, HAA has been a vital lifeline, providing emergency medical transportation and critical care to thousands of Haitians in need, regardless of the ability to pay.

Over the past decade, Haiti Air Ambulance has flown over 2,000 missions, transporting patients from remote and underserved areas to hospitals equipped to provide the specialized care they require. HAA’s commitment to saving lives and improving healthcare access in Haiti has made a profound impact on the country’s medical landscape.

“As we celebrate this significant milestone, we reflect on the lives we’ve touched and the communities we’ve served,” said David Ellis, Executive Director of Haiti Air Ambulance. “Our mission has always been to expand access to emergency medical care and foster a sustainable system and path to self-sufficiency in Haiti through community health education. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past ten years.”

Haiti Air Ambulance’s efforts go beyond emergency transportation. The organization has been instrumental in delivering medical supplies, supporting disaster relief efforts, and providing training to local healthcare professionals. HAA’s Basic Life Support (BLS) training programs have empowered Haitians with lifesaving skills, turning everyday individuals into first responders in critical situations.

This anniversary is a time to celebrate past achievements and a chance to look forward. The need for reliable emergency medical services in Haiti remains urgent, especially in the wake of the nation’s ongoing humanitarian crisis.

“Looking ahead, we are dedicated to expanding our reach and enhancing our services,” Ellis added. “We invite our supporters to join us in this journey. Your donations make it possible for us to continue providing critical medical care and hope to the people of Haiti.”

Haiti Air Ambulance operates as a non-profit organization, relying on donations to fund its lifesaving missions. To celebrate this milestone and support HAA’s ongoing efforts, please consider making a donation. Your contribution ensures that HAA can continue to provide emergency medical transport, deliver essential medical supplies, and offer training programs that save lives.

About Haiti Air Ambulance: Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA) is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been in operation in Haiti since 2014. HAA operates the only medically equipped helicopter based in Haiti and is dedicated to making health care accessible to all of Haiti’s 11.5 million inhabitants.

For more information about Haiti Air Ambulance and to make a donation, visit https://www.haitiairambulance.org/donate/

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