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NATO leaders affirmed that Ukraine’s future lies in NATO and pledged long-term support, though no specific timeline for membership was given. They stated an invitation would be extended when conditions are met. The Washington Summit Declaration praised Ukraine’s progress on reforms and outlined ongoing support, including new air defense systems and the NATO Security Assistance and Training for Ukraine (NSATU). The declaration followed months of negotiations and aimed to ensure continued support, especially amid concerns about potential changes in U.S. leadership.

Read more at: https://edition.cnn.com/2024/07/10/politics/nato-leaders-affirm-ukraine-future-nato/index.html

Researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Davis discovered a hormone, Maternal Brain Hormone (CCN3), that increases bone density and strength in breastfeeding women, potentially aiding in bone fracture healing and osteoporosis treatment. Published in Nature, the study explains how women’s bones remain robust during breastfeeding despite calcium loss. Senior author Holly Ingraham emphasized the importance of studying both male and female animals. Over 200 million people suffer from osteoporosis, particularly postmenopausal women due to low estrogen. CCN3, produced during lactation, appears in female brain neurons, promoting bone growth.

Read more at: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2024/07/428011/scientists-discover-new-hormone-can-build-strong-bones

Fond du Lac County, Wis. reports 15 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The county health department is ensuring affected individuals receive appropriate antibiotics to minimize community exposure. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease spread through close contact. Early symptoms resemble a cold, but later symptoms include severe coughing fits and a “whooping” sound. Infected individuals can spread the disease for up to three weeks without treatment. Early antibiotic treatment can lessen symptom severity.

Read more at: https://www.wbay.com/2024/07/10/fond-du-lac-county-health-department-reports-15-cases-pertussis/

Longer summer days prompt increased sunscreen use, but many are unsure of proper application. A 2022 La Roche-Posay study found only 15% of women over 18 apply daily facial sunscreen, and just 48% of UK residents use it in appropriate weather. Dr. Hiva Fassihi, a dermatologist, emphasizes daily sunscreen use, even indoors, due to constant UVA rays that cause skin damage and aging. Apply sunscreen after moisturizer and before makeup to ensure protection year-round.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/dermatologist-guide-to-suncare/article/2024/jul/09/slather-it-on-seven-things-dermatologists-want-you-to-know-about-sunscreen

The James Webb Space Telescope has detected potential signs of life on exoplanet LHS 1140 b, nearly 50 million lightyears away. Researchers from the Universities of Michigan and Montreal analyzed 2023 data, identifying possible oceans and air sources. Lead author Charles Cadieux highlighted LHS 1140 b as a prime candidate for confirming liquid water on an alien world. NASA describes the rocky planet as 1.73 times the radius of Earth. This discovery marks a significant milestone in the search for habitable exoplanets.

Read more at: https://nypost.com/2024/07/10/tech/exoplanet-is-first-detected-with-potentially-life-supporting-atmosphere-nasa/

The inaugural launch of Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket, delayed nearly four years, initially went smoothly with a successful stage separation and ignition of the Vinci upper stage engine. However, an anomaly with the Auxiliary Propulsion Unit (APU) prevented the upper stage from raising its altitude and performing a deorbit burn. This failure marred the mission, as the rocket was supposed to fall back to Earth and land in the Pacific Ocean to avoid cluttering Earth’s orbit.

Read more at: https://gizmodo.com/ariane-6-first-launch-anomaly-2000457850

Labor federation head Arnon Bar-David supported a march by hostage families, urging the Israeli public to join. He pledged resources and appointed a senior team to assist. The march, aimed at pressuring Israel’s leadership for a hostage deal, began at Tel Aviv’s Kirya military headquarters and will reach Jerusalem in four days. Protests have intensified following reports of a Hamas counter-offer. Bar-David emphasized the importance of securing a deal to bring hostages home, criticizing the government’s failure to protect its citizens. Family members of hostages lead the march, urging public support.

Read more at: https://www.jpost.com/israel-hamas-war/article-809732

British police found Kyle Clifford, 26, wanted for a suspected crossbow attack that killed three women in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Clifford was located in Enfield, north London, and was receiving medical treatment for injuries. The victims, Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were found dead at the scene. They were the family of John Hunt, a BBC 5 Live horse racing commentator.

Read more at: https://news.google.com/rss/articles/CBMiTmh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lndhc2hpbmd0b25wb3N0LmNvbS93b3JsZC8yMDI0LzA3LzEwL2Nyb3NzYm93LW11cmRlci1odW50LWNsaWZmb3JkL9IBAA?oc=5&hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en

Microsoft is making changes to Xbox Game Pass, including price hikes and tier adjustments. Starting July 10, Xbox Game Pass for Console will be closed to new members but existing subscribers will keep their benefits. New members can join Xbox Game Pass Standard for $15/month, lacking perks like Day One releases and EA Play. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will rise from $17 to $20/month, and Xbox Game Pass Core’s annual fee will increase from $60 to $75, though the monthly fee stays at $10. PC Game Pass will go from $10 to $12/month. These changes take effect on September 12. Xbox Game Pass for Console codes remain redeemable.

Read more at: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-game-pass-is-getting-a-price-increase-and-introducing-a-new-tier/1100-6524819/