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German election exit polls in FULL: Latest results as Angela Merkel prepares to retire

GERMANS voted in the 2021 federal election on Sunday, September 26, in a knife-edge election which will see the almost 16-year reign of Angela Merkel end potentially paving the way for her CDU/CSU successor Armin Laschet or liberal competition from Social Democrat candidate Olaf Scholz or Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock, but what did the exit poll reveal?

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Travel: France enforces negative test results for UK arrivals after amber list rule change

Those travelling to France from a number of European countries will now be required to show a recent negative test when entering the. The changes come in the same week the UK Government updated rules for those returning from France.

However, the rule does not apply if coming back from France and even those who have been double-vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days.

The UK is not the only country to introduce new rules for those visiting.

France has said today it will require people arriving from six European countries to have more documents.

People entering the country must have a negative Covid test taken within the previous 24 hours.

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This applies to unvaccinated arrivals from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

It came in a statement from French prime minister Jean Castex.

The new rule is set to be enforced from this weekend and adds another barrier for entry for those who have not been vaccinated.

French politician Clement Beaune posted on Twitter: “Coming/returning from Spain and Portugal, but also from Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom: for unvaccinated, an antigen test or PCR of less than 24 hours is required.”

The changes come into effect just days after the UK announced the different amber list rules for travellers from France.

France has also updated the guidance on wearing face coverings in public.

Earlier this year, it was mandatory to wear a mask even when outdoors.

However, the rules were relaxed outdoors in June at the same time a nightly curfew was lifted.

While many areas are still mask-free, some rules regarding face coverings have been reimposed.

Masks are set to be made mandatory when outside again in Pyrenees-Orientales.

There are many things Britons must take into consideration before travelling abroad.

Of course, they must stay up-to-date with the latest travel restrictions from our Government.

However it is also important to research the rules in the country they are entering.

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A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World

Search Atlas displays three sets of links—or images—from different countries for any search.

Google’s claim to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has earned it an aura of objectivity. Its dominance in search, and the disappearance of most competitors, make its lists of links appear still more canonical. An experimental new interface for Google Search aims to remove that mantle of neutrality.

Search Atlas makes it easy to see how Google offers different responses to the same query on versions of its search engine offered in different parts of the world. The research project reveals how Google’s service can reflect or amplify cultural differences or government preferences—such as whether Beijing’s Tiananmen Square should be seen first as a sunny tourist attraction or the site of a lethal military crackdown on protesters.

Divergent results like that show how the idea of search engines as neutral is a myth, says Rodrigo Ochigame, a PhD student in science, technology, and society at MIT and cocreator of Search Atlas. “Any attempt to quantify relevance necessarily encodes moral and political priorities,” Ochigame says.

Ochigame built Search Atlas with Katherine Ye, a computer science PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University and a research fellow at the nonprofit Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research.

Just like Google’s homepage, the main feature of Search Atlas is a blank box. But instead of returning a single column of results, the site displays three lists of links, from different geographic versions of Google Search selected from the more than 100 the company offers. Search Atlas automatically translates a query to the default languages of each localized edition using Google Translate.

Ochigame and Ye say the design reveals “information borders” created by the way Google’s search technology ranks web pages, presenting different slices of reality to people in different locations or using different languages.

When they used their tool to do an image search on “Tiananmen Square,” the UK and Singaporean versions of Google returned images of tanks and soldiers quashing the 1989 student protests. When the same query was sent to a version of Google tuned for searches from China, which can be accessed by circumventing the country’s Great Firewall, the results showed recent, sunny images of the square, smattered with tourists.

Google’s search engine has been blocked in China since 2010, when the company said it would stop censoring topics the government deemed sensitive, such as the Tiananmen massacre. Search Atlas suggests that the China edition of the company’s search engine can reflect the Chinese government’s preferences all the same. That pattern could result in part from how the corpus of web pages from any language or region would reflect cultural priorities and pressures.

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An experimental interface for Google Search found that it offered very different views of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to searchers from the UK (left), Singapore (center), and China.

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A Google spokesperson said the differences in results were not caused by censorship and that content about the Tiananmen Square massacre is available via Google Search in any language or locale setting. Touristy images win prominence in some cases, the spokesperson said, when the search engine detects an intent to travel, which is more likely for searchers closer to Beijing or typed in Chinese. Searching for Tiananmen Square from Thailand or the US using Google’s Chinese language setting also prompts recent, clean images of the historic site.

“We localize results to your preferred region and language so you can quickly access the most reliable information,” the spokesperson said. Google users can tune their own results by adjusting their location setting and language.

The Search Atlas collaborators also built maps and visualizations showing how search results can differ around the globe. One shows how searching for images of “God” yields bearded Christian imagery in Europe and the Americas, images of Buddha in some Asian countries, and Arabic script for Allah in the Persian Gulf and northeast Africa. The Google spokesperson said the results reflect how its translation service converts the English term “God” into words with more specific meanings for some languages, such as Allah in Arabic.

Other information borders charted by the researchers don’t map straightforwardly onto national or language boundaries. Results for “how to combat climate change” tend to divide island nations and countries on continents. In European countries such as Germany, the most common words in Google’s results related to policy measures such as energy conservation and international accords; for islands such as Mauritius and the Philippines, results were more likely to cite the enormity and immediacy of the threat of a changing climate, or harms such as sea level rise.

Search Atlas was presented last month at the academic conference Designing Interactive Systems; its creators are testing a private beta of the service and considering how to widen access to it.

Search Atlas can’t reveal why different versions of Google portray the world differently. The company’s lucrative ranking systems are closely held, and the company says little about how it tunes results based on geography, language, or a person’s activity.

Whatever the exact reason Google shows—or doesn’t show—particular results, they have a power too easily overlooked, says Search Atlas cocreator Ye. “People ask search engines things they would never ask a person, and the things they happen to see in Google’s results can change their lives,” Ye says. “It could be ‘How do I get an abortion?’ restaurants near you, or how you vote, or get a vaccine.”

WIRED’s own experiments showed how people in neighboring countries could be steered by Google to very different information on a hot topic. When WIRED queried Search Atlas about the ongoing war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Google’s Ethiopia edition pointed to Facebook pages and blogs that criticized Western diplomatic pressure to deescalate the conflict, suggesting that the US and others were trying to weaken Ethiopia. Results for neighboring Kenya, and the US version of Google, more prominently featured explanatory news coverage from sources such as the BBC and The New York Times.

Ochigame and Ye are not the first to point out that search engines aren’t neutral actors. Their project was partly inspired by the work of Safiya Noble, cofounder and codirector of UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. Her 2018 book Algorithms of Oppression explored how Google searches using words such as “Black” or “Hispanic” produced results reflecting and reinforcing societal biases against certain marginalized people.

Noble says the project could provide a way to explain the true nature of search engines to a broader audience. “It’s very difficult to make visible the ways search engines are not democratic,” she says.

Web search can feel like vintage technology, but Noble says spotlighting its intricacies is as important as ever because of Google’s dominance and the way attention to social media’s skews can make search look benign by comparison.

Google is unlikely to lose its grip on the search market any time soon, but Noble sees reasons for optimism. The growing user base of the privacy-centric search company DuckDuckGo suggests that some netizens are open to alternatives. Noble sees growing interest from policymakers and the public in regulating tech platforms more tightly, and in finding ways to support alternatives that better serve the public interest. “We have a community of scholars calling for that, in dialog with foundations and governments,” she says.


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The results Liverpool need for a top four finish after Chelsea beat Leicester City

“ But it would be massive, that’s true, absolutely massive and much better than we would have thought maybe a few weeks ago when it was out of sight for us.

“That we can come that close since then, we won a few games, brought ourselves in the position we are in now, and now we want to use that – that’s clear.”

“If we have on Sunday still a final for us, then we had a positive result at Turf Moor. That’s all what it is and depends on other results.

“If we don’t win on Wednesday then we don’t have a final on Sunday, these kind of things. But we only have to focus on this one game.

“That it means a lot, I really think I don’t have to explain that because you could see that in the celebrations at West Brom.”

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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling 'on the front foot' following local election results

The pound to euro exchange rate has proven to be strong as the results of the local election continue to be shared. An expert commented on the changes expected in the exchange rate this week.
In Scotland, the SNP won 64 seats but were one short of a majority.

Some experts have shared this could have affected the exchange rate today.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to share his analysis.

He said: “Sterling starts the day, and the week, on the front foot against its G10 peers.

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“This is likely as market participants react to the SNP’s failure to win a majority in the Scottish Parliament when results were announced over the weekend.”

He continued to say there are no events likely to drastically impact the sterling at the beginning of this week.

However, it is expected to stay similar to where it is in the coming days, Michael added.

He added: “The day ahead is quiet, though given the momentum-driven nature of today’s markets, we can expect sterling to remain rather well-bid.”

The pound to euro exchange rate can be hugely impacted by events going on in the UK and world.

Last week, the strength of the sterling changed immediately after the elections took place on Thursday May 6.

It was also impacted by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, which took place on the same day.

Michael explained those events caused the sterling to go down.

On Friday, Michael commented: “Sterling lost ground, modestly, against the common currency, despite a bullish set of forecasts from the Bank of England, as a ‘buy the rumour, sell the fact’ trade played out.

“A quiet calendar awaits today, with the monthly US labour market report of interest broadly, but not to the cross.”

Last week, the Government confirmed travel can take place from May 17 meaning Britons could be looking to exchange money soon.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps listed 12 countries those in England can travel to from May 17 and confirmed those we can not travel to.

Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel and Australia were all named as ‘green list’ locations which can be visited from next week without the need to quarantine.

Other countries have either been put on the ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list. 

Those on the ‘amber’ list means Britons who travel back from the will need to quarantine, and people are urged not to travel to ‘red’ list countries.

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders LIVE: Results, updates and round-by-round scorecard

The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will play host to one of the biggest boxing nights of the year so far, as Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders crosses the pond to take on Mexican superstar and pound-for-pound great, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a super-middleweight title unification battle.

  • A huge crowd of around 70,000 fans is expected to pack the stands of the stadium that plays host to NFL’s Dallas Cowboys
  • Canelo (55–1–2, 37 KOs) will put his WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring Magazine titles on the line
  • Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) also puts his WBO title up for grabs

We’ll bring you regular updates through the night, including round-by-round scoring of the main event as Alvarez and Saunders go toe to toe for super-middleweight supremacy in Texas.

Saunders in confident mood ahead of unification clash

Speaking after the weigh-ins, Saunders looked fired up and confident ahead of the biggest bout of his professional career.

Speaking to DAZN, he laid out his mindset ahead of the bout, saying, “I have the spirit, I have the belief, I have the winning mentality.

“I don’t come in to lay down, I come in to win. So I don’t think Alvarez has faced a man with as much heart and determination to win as me.

“It’s going to be a good fight. He’s a great champion. But, to be honest with you, I’ve come here to take all of his titles, and take them by storm.”

When asked how he needs to adapt his game to deal with Canelo, Saunders highlighted his undefeated record and pointed out his mindset ahead of the fight.

“I haven’t lost since 2008, I’m 30-0 and unbeaten,” he said.

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On weight and ready: Billy Joe Saunders (Image: GETTY)

“So therefore he has to do something differently to beat me, not the other way around.

“The key to this sort of fight is obviously everybody’s got to be on their A-game, bring their best to the table and as long as I bring my fighting spirit and my brain, I’ve got it.

And Saunders vowed to earn a few thousand more fans through his performance, even though he’s set to fight in front of a sea of Canelo fans inside AT&T Stadium.

“Mate, these fans will thrive and push me to win,” he declared.

“These fans will not bother me. They’re all for Canelo. They’re cheering for him now, but on the way out they’ll be cheering for me.”

Can Saunders dethrone Canelo? Eddie Hearn says YES

“I think this is actually the best chance that a super-middleweight has got against Canelo Alvarez,” Hearn told DAZN at yesterday’s weigh-ins.

“Billy Joe Saunders is the toughest test for Canelo – the style, the mentality.

“I went into the AT&T Stadium earlier. The atmosphere would break many people. It won’t break Billy Joe.

“But he’s going to have to box at levels he’s never boxed at before. Because he’s never been in kind of the levels and the deep end with fighters like Canelo Alvarez.

“But does Billy Joe have the levels? We believe he does. British boxing believes he does.”

Eddie Hearn is HYPED

Speaking to DAZN after the weigh-ins, promoter Eddie Hearn was bristling with anticipation as he set the scene for the upcoming unification battle.

“The fight’s got bigger and bigger. You’re going to have 70,000 people in there tomorrow night,” he said.

“We’re going to break the record for the biggest indoor attendance in U.S. boxing history. The world returns to normality, and boxing did that. It shows you that when we make great fights this is the greatest sport of all.

“Billy Joe Saunders, 30-0, unbeaten, two-weight world champion. Canelo Alvarez, pound-for-pound number one. I think we’re not going to only see one of the best fights in the last few years tomorrow night, but you’re going to see, I think, the greatest atmosphere we’ve ever seen at a boxing event.

“Billy Joe Saunders has played his part. The Canelo fans are here. It’s going to be everything. I’ve not felt like this for a long time. I’m probably more excited for this fight than I’ve been for any other fight … Both these guys deserve the credit. They’re two champions that are willing to face each other, and it’s beautiful for the sport of boxing.”

Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders

It’s on! Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez takes on Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium in Texas (Image: GETTY)

Could Joshua-Fury finally be confirmed tonight?

That’s the other big question boxing fans and media alike are hoping to get answered tonight, with rumours rife that we could finally get the announcement the boxing world wants to hear.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have already signed a two-fight agreement to face each other in world championship bouts, but so far no official date or location has been confirmed.

But, with Fury in Arlington tonight to support his friend and colleague Saunders in tonight’s main event, hopes are high that an announcement could come during this evening’s proceedings.

It would be the perfect way to cap off a huge night for the sport.

The fight before the fight

It’s a huge bout, with Saunders’ confidence and attitude heading into fight night proving to be a feature of fight week in Texas, as he dealt with negotiating sticking points regarding the nationality of the ringside judges for the bout, as well as the size of the ring itself.

Saunders’ team complained at the lack of a British judge on the three-man panel in Arlington, but with the athletic commission’s lineup already locked in, Saunders was unable to force a change.

However, he did find success in his bid to secure a larger ring for the bout, with both camps eventually agreeing to the matchup taking place in a 22-foot ring.

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Faceoff: Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders go face to face at the weigh-ins (Image: GETTY)

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London mayor election LIVE: Latest results and scoreboard for Sadiq Khan and Shaun Bailey

The London mayoral election appears to be closer than anticipated, as Labour brace for a tight finish. Londoners across the city voted for their favourite candidates on Thursday May 6, with the final result expected this weekend.
Labour’s Sadiq Khan – the former MP for Tooting – has been the mayor of London for the past five years.

He’s bidding for another four years in charge, and is narrowly ahead in the race.

Khan was expected to completely wipe the floor with the other candidates, but the Conservatives’ Shaun Bailey has drawn more votes than anticipated.

Bailey has already won in both Ealing and Hillingdon, and Brent and Harrow – both of which were under Labour control five years ago.

But, we won’t know for sure who’s won the keys to City Hall until at least Saturday night – possibly from 8.30pm.

Vote counting has been taking longer this year to cater for Covid restrictions.

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Mandu Reid (Women’s Equality Party) – 10,523 votes

Piers Corbyn (Let London Live) – 10,285 votes

Vanessa Hudson (Animal Welfare Party) – 8,284 votes

Peter Gammons (UK Independence Party) – 7,333 votes

Farah London (Independent) – 6,168 votes

David Kurten (Heritage Party) – 5,663 votes

Nims Obunge (Independent) – 4,433 votes

Steve Kelleher (Social Democratic Party) – 4,270 votes

Kam Balayev (Renew) – 3,816 votes

Max Fosh (Independent) – 3,157 votes

Valerie Brown (Burning Pink) – 2,695 votes

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JAMA Publishes Trial Results Delayed 5 Years. Here's Why

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A treatment for shortening the painful episodes of sickle cell disease (SCD) is not effective, results published in JAMA indicate. But the effort it took to publish the findings is an important part of the story and reveal problems with data ownership, company motivations, and public resources that go well beyond a single clinical trial or experimental agent.

Topline neutral results for the trial of poloxamer 188 by James F. Casella, MD, in the Department of Pediatric Hematology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues were announced in 2016, but it has taken until this month for them to be published.

This Study Contradicts Previous Findings

JAMA deputy editor Jody Zylke, MD, wrote in an accompanying editor’s note that normally, JAMA would not publish results from a study that ended 5 years ago. Several reasons convinced the editors to do so.

One was that these trial results contradict those from a previous study of poloxamer 188 for reducing vaso-occlusive episodes in patients with SCD. That 2001 study was also published in JAMA.

In the previous study, researchers found a modest, statistically significant reduction in the duration of SCD episodes with poloxamer 188 in comparison with placebo among 255 hospitalized adults and children (141 hours vs 133 hours; difference, 9 hours; P = .04).

But the newly reported trial, which was funded by Mast Therapeutics Inc (previously Adventrx Therapeutics Inc) did not find similar benefit. Casella’s phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of poloxamer 188 was conducted in 66 hospitals in 12 countries. Investigators enrolled 388 children and adults with SCD who had moderate to severe pain requiring hospitalization.

Casella and colleagues found that the average time to last dose of parenteral opioids during vaso-occlusive episodes was 81.8 hours, vs 77.8 hours with placebo, but the difference was not statistically significant.

Zylke said the difference in the results may be partially explained by the researchers’ choice of primary outcome and that Casella’s results were more easily verifiable.

Zylke points out that there is significant unmet need for an agent that can shorten such episodes. The results thus remain clinically relevant. Tests of other drugs to shorten the duration of episodes ― including inhalational nitric oxide, intravenous magnesium, and intravenous sevuparin — have failed.

Article Points to Problems in Research Process

Zylke also emphasizes that the 5-year delay in publishing the results holds clues to barriers to publishing data from many clinical trials, another reason JAMA editors found it important to publish this article.

In the case of Casella’s study, she says, the research hit a roadblock when the company that funded the trial, Mast Therapeutics, was sold to another company, Savara, along with the rights to the trial, immediately after the negative results were announced.

She says the authors report that the new company was not interested in publishing the results and that the data were no longer available to the investigators. After several years, one of the investigators reported that he was able to use his own resources to complete the analysis.

Asked to respond to the company’s interest in poloxamer 188, Savara media representative Anne Erickson told Medscape Medical News, “In October 2017, Savara sold the assets related to the vepoloxamer program that had been acquired from Mast, including any data and study reports, to LifeRaft Biosciences Inc.”

Robert Martin Emanuele, PhD, is LifeRaft’s president and CEO. Efforts to reach Emanuele were not successful.

Zylke did not respond to Medscape Medical News’ requests for comments.

Casella declined to talk with Medscape Medical News for this article and would not confirm which investigator used his own resources.

Unusual Example of a Wider Problem

Andrew Althouse, PhD, assistant professor of medicine with the Center for Research on Healthcare at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, told Medscape Medical News that this is an unusual example of a common problem that occurs when trial results are negative.

Sometimes journals bear some of the blame for not publishing negative results, he said. Sometimes it’s a matter of business.

A company might logically ask, “Why would we keep paying our people to keep working for something we’re not pursuing?” said Althouse, who was not involved in the study or the editorial decision to publish the article.

He draws a distinction between declining to further fund a trial that had negative results for an agent that is of no further benefit to the company and “a more nefarious reason” of trying to hide negative results.

Althouse says that although he understands the business argument for a company not committing more resources or declining to put in the effort to have negative results published, he still believes all trial results should be published, positive or negative.

“If patients agreed to participate in research, in my opinion, the results ought to be shared publicly,” he said. “We owe it to the patients who participated in the research to disseminate the results, and we owe it to the scientific community to publish results.”

With publicly funded trials, Althouse notes, there is also an obligation to taxpayers, although this trial was originally funded by industry.

Zylke also noted that shifts in priorities should not govern disclosure of results.

“[R]esults of clinical trials should not be discarded because of financial interests, disinterest, or shift in priorities on the part of the funders,” she writes. “Not publishing negative results can lead to research duplication, as well as waste of the resources committed to the trial.”

It could also cause harm, Zylke points out, if one trial yields positive results and a later trial shows potential harm but is not published.

Althouse notes that Casella’s trial results have not been published on clinicaltrials.gov.

If investigators run into problems having the data published in a peer-reviewed journal, Althouse said, they should ― at minimum ― publish the results on clinicaltrials.gov.

“At least then you have fulfilled your minimum obligation of disclosure to the scientific community,” he said. “There’s really no excuse for having nothing publicly available.”

The clinical trial was funded by Mast Therapeutics Inc (previously Adventrx Therapeutics Inc). Casella has received grants from Mast Therapeutics Inc (previously Adventrx Pharmaceuticals Inc) and an honorarium, travel expenses, and salary support through Johns Hopkins for providing consultative advice during development of the clinical trial and for serving as the principal investigator for the clinical trial. He is also an inventor and a named party on a patent and licensing agreement to ImmunArray through Johns Hopkins for a panel of brain biomarkers for the detection of brain injury and holds a patent for aptamers as a potential treatment for sickle cell disease. Several coauthors were previously employed by Mast Therapeutics Inc and participated in manuscript preparation after severance from the company. A full list of disclosures is available in the original article. Zylke and Althouse report no relevant financial relationships.

JAMA. Published online April 20, 2021. Abstract

Marcia Frellick is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. She has previously written for the Chicago Tribune and Nurse.com and was an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter at @mfrellick.

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White button mushrooms may slow progression of prostate cancer – research results

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They also found that mice treated with white mushroom extract – for only six days – had a prostate tumour growth that was “significantly suppressed”. In addition, levels of PSA in the blood had also decreased.

Wang commented on the findings: “We found that white button mushrooms contain chemicals that can block the activity of the androgen receptor in mouse models, indicating this fungus can reduce PSA levels.”

He added: “While more research is needed, it’s possible that white button mushrooms could one day contribute to the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.”

The animal model will be more reliable once the research is implemented in human clinical trials.

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