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Kim Jong Un takes luxury vehicle to flash-flood zone

Kim Jong Un takes luxury vehicle to flash-flood zone

North Korea's Korea Central Television aired on Friday images of Kim Jong Un in a Lexus LX 570. Photo by KCTVappeared in a luxury crossover SUV in images aired Friday, when state media reported the North Korean leader visited a village damaged by widespread flooding.Kim, who has mostly stayed out of the public eye since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, was seen in state-sanctioned photographs in the driver's seat of the vehicle believed to be a Lexus LX 570, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.The export of luxury items to North Korea is banned under United Nations...

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CDC: 20% of U.S. women drink early in pregnancy

CDC: 20% of U.S. women drink early in pregnancy

Up to 20% of expecting mothers report drinking early in their pregnancy, according to new figures from the CDC. Photo by Max Pixel/PixabayUp to 20% of pregnant women in the United States drink during their first trimester and more than 10% admit to binge drinking during that time, according to data released Thursday by the .In addition, nearly 5% reported consuming alcohol at least once during the second and third trimesters, the CDC said.Nearly 40% indicated that they also used at least one other substance -- most commonly tobacco and marijuana -- while pregnant, the agency said."Drinking...

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Study: U.S. healthcare costs nearly double of other wealthy countries

Study: U.S. healthcare costs nearly double of other wealthy countries

Americans spend roughly twice as much annually on healthcare as those living in seven other high-income countries, according to an analysis published Thursday.Researchers, writing in , analyzed U.S. health expenditures in 2015 -- the year after the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented -- and pegged spending at $9,524 per person.Switzerland was next in per capita health spending at $6,730 annually, with Germany -- at $5,277 -- the only other country above $5,000 per person, the researchers said.The biggest differences were seen in adults age 20 to 64, who spent an average of $8,161 for...

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Beirut protesters clash with police; death toll climbs to 157

Beirut protesters clash with police; death toll climbs to 157

Residents inspect the damage of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photo by Ahmad Terro/UPI |Residents inspect the damage in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, a day after two enormous explosions ripped through Beirut's port and killed more than 150 people and injured thousands. Photo by Ahmad Terro/UPI |Residents inspect the damage in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, a day after two enormous explosions ripped through Beirut's port and killed more than 150 people and injured thousands. Photo by Ahmad Terro/UPI |Palestinian children light candles and carry Lebanese flags to show...

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Depression, violence risk higher in men with 'harmful masculinities'

Depression, violence risk higher in men with 'harmful masculinities'

"Harmful masculinities" can lead to more violence and depressive thoughts in men, a new study has found. Photo by Jesús Rodríguez/UnsplashMen who have more "harmful" attitudes about masculinity -- including views on violence and homophobia -- are more likely to engage in bullying and sexual harassment, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal .These men are also more likely to have depression or suicidal thoughts, researchers said.The findings are based on the "Man Box" scale, which was developed by Promundo-US, a non-profit that promotes gender justice and preventing...

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Drug reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

Drug reverses hair loss caused by radiation for brain, head, neck cancers

High-dose radiation applied to the scalp in cancer treatment is associated with increased hair loss, a new study has found. Photo by kalhh/PixabayTreatment with topical minoxidil helps restore hair loss caused by radiation treatment for brain tumors and other head and neck cancers, a study published Wednesday by found.Twenty-eight of 34 patients treated with the drug after radiation therapy experienced hair regrowth in as little as three weeks, researchers said.Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication approved by the U.S. for hair regrowth in men and women.The patients suffered from...

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Obesity puts older African-Americans at higher risk for severe COVID-19

Obesity puts older African-Americans at higher risk for severe COVID-19

African Americans with obesity may be at increased risk for severe COVID-19, study finds. Photo by pxhereElevated body mass index, a measure that identifies people who are overweight or obese, raises the risk for severe and admission to intensive care units among African Americans, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal .The analysis, conducted at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, showed that patients who had a higher average body mass index than those who weren't admitted to the intensive care unit -- 36.5 versus 31.9, both considered obese -- the researchers said.In...

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Cheap, fast breast cancer test 100% accurate, study finds

Cheap, fast breast cancer test 100% accurate, study finds

A new diagnostic test for breast cancer is accurate, fast and inexpensive, researchers say. File Photo by CristinaMuraca/ShutterstockResearchers have developed a rapid, affordable, accurate test for breast cancer, according to a paper published Wednesday by the journal .A small study assessing the test's accuracy found that it provided the correct result 100% of the time, and often in less than an hour, the researchers said.The test, called CytoPAN, was designed for use in developing regions, where patients often face long wait times for a diagnosis, negatively impacting their prognosis,...

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Rare nervous system condition outbreak expected in 2020, CDC warns

Rare nervous system condition outbreak expected in 2020, CDC warns

The CDC is warning of a potential outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, which shares some symptoms with COVID-19. Photo by falco/PixabayThis is expected to be another "outbreak year" for a rare but serious neurologic condition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday.The condition, acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter. It causes muscles and reflexes to become weak with symptoms that include sudden arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes, CDC said.An outbreak is...

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Google promotes wearing a mask in new Doodle

Google promotes wearing a mask in new Doodle

Google has released a new Doodle that encourages wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image courtesy of Googleis urging users to wear a mask during the pandemic in a new Doodle.Google's homepage features each letter in the company's logo wearing a different mask. The letters then separate from each other in order to promote safe social distancing."Wear a mask. Save lives," alongside a link listing the best ways to avoid exposure to the virus from the CDC.The list mentions how hands should be cleaned often with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay at least six feet from others, clean...

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Breastfeeding benefits outweigh any COVID-19 risk, WHO says

Breastfeeding benefits outweigh any COVID-19 risk, WHO says

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that risk of infection from breastfeeding is negligible. Photo courtesy of UNICEFThe benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh risk of infection from it, which is negligible and has never been documented, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.The advantages of mother's milk include lifesaving antibodies against many childhood illnesses, WHO Tuesday.New mothers should initiate "skin-to-skin contact" with their babies quickly as "the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus from a COVID-19 positive mother to her baby seem extremely low," Dr....

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Testing, tracing needed to prevent COVID-19 spread at schools, study finds

Testing, tracing needed to prevent COVID-19 spread at schools, study finds

Effective testing and contact tracing is the only way to open schools and limit spread of COVID-19, researchers say. Pictured, students in Israel wear protective masks as they return to the Yankus Korchak Elementary School in Jerusalem in May. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI |Effective testing and contact tracing is essential for schools and day-care centers to safely reopen during COVID-19 pandemic, a study published Monday by Health found.Using workplace, community, demographic and epidemiological data, researchers in Britain modeled six scenarios for school reopening.These included a full-time...

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Abused, neglected kids show increased signs of biological aging

Abused, neglected kids show increased signs of biological aging

Victims of child abuse or other forms of violence show increased signs of biological aging, a new study has found. Photo by /PixabayChildren who have been abused or exposed to violence while young age faster than those who haven't experienced these traumas, according to a study published Monday by the journal .Youngsters who experience these adversities are more likely to have signs of biological aging that include early onset puberty, cellular aging and changes in brain structure, the researchers found."Exposure to adversity in childhood is a powerful predictor of health outcomes later in...

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Google promotes wearing a mask in new Doodle

Google promotes wearing a mask in new Doodle

Google has released a new Doodle that encourages wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image courtesy of Googleis urging users to wear a mask during the pandemic in a new Doodle.Google's homepage features each letter in the company's logo wearing a different mask. The letters then separate from each other in order to promote safe social distancing."Wear a mask. Save lives," alongside a link listing the best ways to avoid exposure to the virus from the CDC.The list mentions how hands should be cleaned often with soap and water for 20 seconds, stay at least six feet from others, clean...

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PPE shortages, little guidance plague home health workers during pandemic

PPE shortages, little guidance plague home health workers during pandemic

Home health workers in New York City were considered essential workers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many say they received little guidance and had difficulty getting personal protective equipment needed to mitigate risk of spreading the coronavirus. Photo by rawpixel/PixabayNew York City home healthcare workers interviewed during the height of the outbreak in March and April said they "felt invisible" and "were forced to make difficult trade-offs in their work and personal lives," according to a report published Tuesday by .The workers, who typically assist older adults and...

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Common cold could boost COVID-19 immunity, study finds

Common cold could boost COVID-19 immunity, study finds

Researchers found that some forms of the common cold may teach immune cells called T cells how to interfere with the spike protein used by the new coronavirus to gain entry into patients' cells. Pool Photo by Saul Loeb/UPI |The common cold might help produce immunity against , even in people who have not been infected with the new coronavirus, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal .This immune response is likely a function of a phenomenon called "T cell memory," the researchers said.T cell memory could help explain why some people -- those with T cells created to fight the...

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Amnesty Int'l: Police violated protesters' rights at U.S. rallies

Amnesty Int'l: Police violated protesters' rights at U.S. rallies

Uniformed police in riot gear stand guard near protesters outside the White House during a demonstration on June 1 in Washington, D.C. The protesters were demanding justice in the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. File Photo by Tasos Katopodis/UPI |said in a new report Tuesday that U.S. law enforcement committed dozens of human rights violations in their handling this summer of demonstrations after the death of .The human rights watchdog group accused police of violating the rights of protesters who were peacefully demonstrating at least 125 times in late May and early June,...

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Australian study suggests children less likely to spread COVID-19 than adults

Australian study suggests children less likely to spread COVID-19 than adults

Schools and day-care centers may have lower levels of COVID-19 transmission, Australian researchers said. Photo by Aline Ponce/PixabayChildren at schools and day-care centers with strong infection prevention controls in place have low levels of virus transmission, according to a study published Monday by .In seven schools and daycare centers that underwent antibody screening, symptom surveys and testing, the child-to-child transmission rate was found to be 0.3%, while the child-to-staff transmission rate was 1%, the researchers said.The rate of staff-to-child transmission was 1.5% and...

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Racial disparities in death rates widen in U.S. rural areas, study says

Racial disparities in death rates widen in U.S. rural areas, study says

Death rates have declined less for Black men in rural areas of the United States than for White adults, a new study says. Photo by Free-Photos/PixabayRacial disparities in death rates are "widening" in rural areas of the United States -- an indication of the growing burden of chronic disease among racial and ethnic minorities in these areas, according to authors of an analysis published Monday by .While mortality rates declined by about 40% among older White and Black adults living in urban and "adjacent rural areas" -- the suburbs -- between 1968 and 2016, they dropped by less than 30% for...

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Lucky 'sign' leads man to $630,000 lottery jackpot

Lucky 'sign' leads man to $630,000 lottery jackpot

An Australian man who won a lottery jackpot of more than $630,000 said his ticket purchase was inspired by "a sign that someone was looking out for me." File photo by jcjgphotography/ShutterstockAn Australian man said "a sign that someone was looking out" turned around his bad luck and led to his winning a lottery jackpot of more than $630,000.The Lower Plenty, Victoria, man he had been experiencing a string of bad luck in life until a recent incident indicated to him that things were about to turn around."I've been having a bit of a tough year, and I've had a string of bad luck," the man...

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86 dead in India after drinking tainted alcohol

86 dead in India after drinking tainted alcohol

Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 86 people due to tainted alcohol in the region. Photo via CMO Punjab/Officials say at least 86 people have died this week after drinking illegally-made alcohol in the northern Indian state of Punjab.Police more than 100 raids Saturday to confiscate supplies of the suspected tainted liquor. They made 25 arrests.Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths Friday. He also announced families of the deceased would receive compensation equivalent to $2,669 U.S. dollars.. Singh started...

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44% of attendees at Georgia overnight camp test positive for COVID-19

44% of attendees at Georgia overnight camp test positive for COVID-19

Forty-four percent of attendees at an overnight camp in Georgia in June tested positive for COVID-19, CDC said. Photo by David Nisley/PixabayNearly half of the children and staff at an overnight camp held in Georgia in June tested positive for , according to by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Of 344 campers and staff members for whom test results were available, 260 -- or 44% -- tested positive for the virus, according to the CDC.Sixty-nine percent of the positive tests involved children aged 11 to 17, and 20% were reported in children aged 6 to 10, the agency...

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Testing every two days, masks, distancing may limit COVID-19 spread at colleges

Testing every two days, masks, distancing may limit COVID-19 spread at colleges

Graduates celebrate on the steps to the Library known as "Low Beach" after Columbia University held its commencement ceremony for its 266th academic year in New York City in May. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Colleges across the United States can safely reopen in the fall, even in the midst of the pandemic if they test students every two days using a rapid, inexpensive kit that is at least 70% accurate, an analysis published Friday by found.Coupled with strict prevention measures that include mask-wearing, social distancing and isolation of confirmed cases, vigilant testing would allow the...

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Post-op delirium in seniors causes longer hospital stays, higher costs

Post-op delirium in seniors causes longer hospital stays, higher costs

Up to 78% of seniors who experience a brain disorder after surgery are sent to a rehabilitation or long-term care facility, compared to 60% without a disorder, researchers say. Photo by Sasint/PixabayOlder adults who develop brain dysfunction after surgery spend more time in the hospital and are less likely to be discharged home, a study published Friday by found.Seniors who experience delirium during recovery from an operation are hospitalized for up to two days longer and, when they are discharged, up to 78% are sent to a rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility, according to the...

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Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

Use of prescription opioids following knee and hip replacement has increased, a new study has found. Photo by Andersonvr/PixabayNinety percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for opioid pain relievers within 60 days of surgery -- up from 82% three years earlier -- a study published Thursday by found.This increase occurred despite efforts by and others to discourage opioid use because of the risk for addiction and other side effects, according to the researchers."The dramatic increase in prescription opioids after joint replacement...

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