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China's graphite export control, HPV vaccine gender gap, Burkina Faso's dengue epidemic, and sleep-depression link

Today ChatGPT read 1073 top news stories. After removing previously covered events, there are 5 articles with a significance score over 7.

[7.2] China to require export permits for graphite products, citing national security. — Reuters

China has announced that it will require export permits for certain graphite products in order to protect national security and control supplies of critical minerals. China is the world's top graphite producer and exporter, refining over 90% of the world's graphite used in EV battery anodes. The move comes as foreign governments increase pressure on Chinese companies over their industrial practices, with the EU considering tariffs on Chinese-made EVs and the US widening curbs on Chinese companies' access to semiconductors.

[7.2] HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer, but not offered to boys. — WIRED [$]

The HPV vaccine has been highly effective in preventing cervical cancer, with cases falling by 87% among those who received the vaccine compared to those who didn't in the UK. The vaccine also protects against other types of cancer and genital warts, but boys and men are not offered the vaccine in two-thirds of countries where it is available. However, there is a growing push for gender-neutral HPV vaccine campaigns and supply has started to increase, allowing for wider rollouts.

[7.2] Dengue fever epidemic in Burkina Faso, WHO warns of spread. — Reuters

Burkina Faso has declared a dengue fever epidemic, with over 200 deaths and 50,478 suspected cases reported this year. The majority of cases and deaths have occurred in the urban centers of Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, with a 20% increase in cases and deaths recorded in the past week alone. The World Health Organization has warned that dengue fever will become a major threat in new parts of Africa due to climate change and the spread of mosquitoes carrying the infection.

[7.0] Lack of sleep linked to higher risk of depression symptoms. — The Guardian

Sleeping less than five hours a night may increase the risk of developing symptoms of depression, according to research. The study, which analyzed genetic and health data from over 7,000 people, found that those genetically predisposed to short sleep were more likely to develop depressive symptoms over a period of 4 to 12 years. People sleeping five hours or less were 2.5 times more likely to develop depressive symptoms, while those with depressive symptoms were a third more likely to suffer from short sleep.

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