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Boogaloo Bois member accused of firing into Minneapolis police building

Boogaloo Bois member accused of firing into Minneapolis police building

Federal prosecutors have accused a self-described member of the Boogaloo Bois, an anti-government group, of firing bullets into a Minneapolis police building during protests against the police killing of .The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota charged Ivan Harrison Hunter, 26, with one count of rioting. He was arrested Wednesday in San Antonio and made his first appearance before a federal magistrate there.Prosecutors said they reviewed a video of protests on May 28 in Minneapolis showing Hunter firing 13 rounds from an AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle into the Minneapolis Police...

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HIV-positive adults show early signs of aging, even after antiretroviral therapy

HIV-positive adults show early signs of aging, even after antiretroviral therapy

People with HIV still show higher levels of cellular aging than those without the virus, even after two years of antiviral treatment, a new study has found. Photo by analogicus/People with may experience aging-related illnesses, such as heart disease and brain disorders, earlier than those without the virus, even if they have been on antiretroviral therapy, a study published Thursday by the journal found.The analysis, which compared 15 HIV-positive adults on antiretroviral therapy to 15 age-matched people without the virus, found that those being treated with the drugs showed increased...

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Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

A new study suggests less than 4% of the population may have antibodies against COVID-19. CDC/UPI |Fewer than 4% of adults in Wuhan, China, tested positive for antibodies against , putting the possibility of countries developing "herd immunity" against the virus without a vaccine in doubt, according to an analysis published Friday by .The findings also suggest that those who experience mild disease or who have no outward symptoms of the virus may not develop long-lasting immunity to it naturally, the researchers said.The term herd immunity refers to a scenario in which most of a population...

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Study: Opioids increase risk of death in older adults after outpatient surgery

Study: Opioids increase risk of death in older adults after outpatient surgery

Opioid use before outpatient surgery increases risk for death in older adults, a new study has found. Photo by jorono/PixabayOlder adults who used opioid pain medications before minor surgery were up to 68% more likely to die within 90 days of the procedure compared with those who never used the drugs, an analysis published Wednesday by found.Even among people older than 65 who had low levels of opioid use as long as eight months before surgery, about 55 people per 10,000 in the general population died within 90 days of having a procedure, the data showed.Older adults who had not used...

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Blood test may identify pancreatic cancers that will respond to treatment

Blood test may identify pancreatic cancers that will respond to treatment

Researchers think a new blood test can identify treatable pancreatic cancers. Photo by fromResearchers have developed a simple blood test to identify pancreatic cancers that are more likely to respond to treatment than others, according to a paper published Thursday by .The test detects and measures the levels of a sugar called sTRA, which is produced by some types of pancreatic cancer and escapes into the bloodstream. Pancreatic cancers that produce sTRA often do not respond to chemotherapy, the researchers said.Testing prostate cancer patients for sTRA one day could guide treatment...

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Stay-at-home orders reduced COVID-19 cases, deaths, study finds

Stay-at-home orders reduced COVID-19 cases, deaths, study finds

States issuing stay-at-home orders saw decreased COVID-19 case and death totals, a new analysis has found. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI |Areas of that country that instituted stay-at-home orders to limit the spread of reduced case counts by up to 200%, according to a study published Friday by .These measures also likely reduced deaths from the virus by more than 20%, the data showed."In the early days of COVID-19 in U.S., the stay-at-home orders that were put in place by many states likely helped prevent cases, infections and subsequent fatalities," study co-author Bisakha Sen told UPI."Public...

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Alex Azar: 'One or two' COVID-19 vaccines could be available by December

Alex Azar: 'One or two' COVID-19 vaccines could be available by December

HHS secretary Alex Azar said that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the end of the year. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Health and Human Services secretary said Wednesday that he expects "one or two safe and effective" vaccines to be available by the end of the year.At least two of the six vaccine products -- those being evaluated by drug makers Pfizer and Moderna -- under development as part of the Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" have produced promising results in clinical trials so far, he said.Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson producing another of the vaccines...

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Obesity increases risk for COVID-19 among Black people in U.S., study finds

Obesity increases risk for COVID-19 among Black people in U.S., study finds

Black people in the United States who are obese are up to three times more likely than White people to test positive for COVID-19, a new study says. Photo by mojzagrebinfo/PixabayBlack people in the United States who are obese are three times as likely to test positive for as obese White people, according to an analysis published Wednesday by .Black people with cancer have an 82% higher risk for testing positive for the virus, and in general are 72% more likely than White people to be hospitalized after becoming infected, the data showed."The risk of COVID-19 varies across ......

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'Social engagement' bolsters brain in older adults, study finds

'Social engagement' bolsters brain in older adults, study finds

Socially engaged older adults have evidence of improved brain health, a new study has found. Photo by Maria Francisca Mayorga/PixabayOlder adults who are more socially engaged show evidence of healthier gray matter in regions of the brain relevant to dementia, according to a study published Monday by the .Study participants who reported being socially active had increased amounts of gray matter in areas of the brain that govern language, attention, concentration, decision-making and information processing, the data showed.Higher levels of gray matter -- or the cells that make up the brain's...

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Peer-based anti-bullying initiatives may harm victims more, researcher says

Peer-based anti-bullying initiatives may harm victims more, researcher says

An analysis of school anti-bullying programs suggests that many don't work because they disempower bullying victims, making situations worse. Photo by /PixabayEncouraging classmates to defend bullied pupils may do more harm than good, according to a review of existing research published Tuesday by .Unlike programs that include parental training, firm discipline or enhanced playground supervision, interventions that involve working with the peers of bullied students tend to lead to increases in the behavior, the author wrote.So-called "bystander interventions," in which peers are trained to...

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Study: Tocilizumab reduces risk for death in patients with severe COVID-19

Study: Tocilizumab reduces risk for death in patients with severe COVID-19

The rheumatoid arthritis drug tocilizumab may help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a new study has found. Photo by Colin/FlickrTreatment with the rheumatoid arthritis drug tocilizumab, sold as Actemra, reduces the risk for death among hospitalized patients with severe by about 30%, a study published Tuesday by found.Among 433 patients infected with the new coronavirus who received the drug, a monoclonal antibody, while in the intensive care unit, 29% died from the disease, the data showed.And of the approximately 3,500 patients in the study who did not receive tocilizumab, 41% died."We...

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Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

A woman wears a face mask while walking in Beijing, China, amid hazardous levels of air pollution. Wednesday's report said people in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are the most affected by air pollution. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |New research Wednesday says air pollution is the leading cause of death for newborns in their first month of life, and was responsible for killing nearly a half-million babies last year.The "" report was compiled and published by the Health Effect Institute.The study said 476,000 newborn babies died last year due to pollution, most of whom lived in...

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U.S. again tops 60K new COVID-19 cases; surgeon general rejects 'herd immunity'

U.S. again tops 60K new COVID-19 cases; surgeon general rejects 'herd immunity'

Thousands of American flags are planted near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 22 to honor more than 200,000 people who have died of COVID-19 so far this year in the United States. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI |U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joined other top health experts Wednesday in opposing a dangerous "herd immunity" strategy, as the United States again added another 60,000 cases.According to updated data from University, there were 60,300 new cases nationwide on Tuesday -- the third time in the past week that the level has topped...

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Effectiveness, politics impact public's willingness to take COVID-19 vaccine

Effectiveness, politics impact public's willingness to take COVID-19 vaccine

Politics and vaccine effectiveness govern public's willingness to get shot against COVID-19, a survey finds. Photo by RDIF/EPA-EFEJust over half of all people in the United States are "extremely, moderately or slightly likely" to take a vaccine that meets the 's minimum threshold for effectiveness, an analysis published Tuesday by found.The public's willingness to receive an injection intended to prevent infection with the new coronavirus is influenced by the characteristics of the vaccine, as well as the politics surrounding its development, the data showed.The nearly 1,000 adults surveyed...

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Study: Open windows, glass screens can limit COVID-19 spread in classrooms

Study: Open windows, glass screens can limit COVID-19 spread in classrooms

Open windows, glass screens in front of desks and strategic student positioning can limit the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, a new study has found. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Open windows and glass droplet screens placed in front of desks significantly reduce airborne transmission of in school classrooms, an analysis published Tuesday by the journal found.Simply by opening windows, the number of virus particles circulating in the air in classrooms can be reduced by 40%, according to the researchers.In addition, the glass screens decreased the number of microscopic virus particles...

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Trump fundraiser pleads guilty to secretly lobbying for foreign interests

Trump fundraiser pleads guilty to secretly lobbying for foreign interests

Elliott Broidy, a former major fundraiser for President 's 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating lobbying laws by secretly accepting millions of dollars from foreign interests to influence the White House.Broidy, 66, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, agreeing to forfeit the $6.6 million he profited in the scheme as part of his plea deal, the Justice Department said in a release.The venture capitalist from Beverly Hills five years in prison with sentencing scheduled...

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Researchers identify 'gene signatures' in metastatic prostate cancer

Researchers identify 'gene signatures' in metastatic prostate cancer

Researchers may have found a gene "signature" that predicts whether prostate cancer will metastasize. Photo by /PixabayScientists say they now may be able to identify men with prostate cancer at risk for it to spread, according to an article published Monday by the journal .In their analysis of prostate cancer cells from people and mice, researchers from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey found that a "collaboration among 16 genes" leads to metastasis, meaning that the cancer has spread to one or more other parts of the body.The genes, or proteins, they identified can predict if a...

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Brain 'microbleeds' after stroke increase risk for recurrence, study finds

Brain 'microbleeds' after stroke increase risk for recurrence, study finds

Stroke victims who experience microbleeds are at increased risk for another stroke, according to a new study. File Photo by sfam_photo/ShutterstockStroke victims who experience cerebral microbleeds during recovery are 50% more likely to suffer from a second cerebrovascular incident, a study published Monday by found.In addition, patients with microbleeds in the frontal, occipital or parietal lobes of the brain have 2 1/2 times the risk for an ischemic stroke -- one that disrupts the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain -- causing potentially permanent damage, the data showed.Microbleeds...

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Dow Jones falls 410 points as COVID-19 stimulus deadline nears

Dow Jones falls 410 points as COVID-19 stimulus deadline nears

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 410 points on Monday as a deadline on another round of stimulus imposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew nearer without progress toward a deal. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 400 points on Monday as negotiations over another round of stimulus continued to drag on.The blue-chip index dropped 410.89 points, or 1.44%, while the S&P 500 fell 1.63% and the Nasdaq Composite ended the day down 1.65% as a deadline for Congress to pass the new stimulus bill drew nearer without much progress.House Speaker on...

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Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response

Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Friday that he sees similarities between the fight against COVID-19 and HIV. Pool Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI |The epidemic in the 1980s and the ongoing pandemic are very different but the two share "some similarities" related to public health response, Dr. said Friday.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was a researcher at the government agency during the early stages of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and he recalls the "messaging difficulty" he and his colleagues...

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Escaped cow found trapped on neighbor's trampoline

Escaped cow found trapped on neighbor's trampoline

One of about 40 cows that escaped from a farm in Victoria, Australia, was found less than a mile away after wandering onto a resident's trampoline and becoming stuck.Kay Laing South Gippsland said she on the trampoline outside her home Wednesday night and discovered the bovine was unable to stand up on the bouncy surface.Laing said a neighbor used a tractor to carefully lift the animal off the trampoline and contacted the cow's owner."I don't know how long it took to get them off but we were back in bed by 3:30 a.m.," LiangThe animal's owner said about 40 cows had escaped earlier in the...

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Women's marches protest Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Women's marches protest Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Women marched in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of cities across the country Saturday to protest President 's nominee Judge .Women's March leaders said they also hope to Trump out of office, and energize women to get involved in activism and politics."Everything we've been doing has been leading up to this," said Caitlin Breedlove, deputy executive director of organizational advancement for the Women's March. "We're not only in resistance. We're actually fighting for what we need to build."Saturday's tent-pole event in Washington attendees, and organizers said some 380 events were planned...

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Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup linked to ADHD, bipolar, aggressive behavior

Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup linked to ADHD, bipolar, aggressive behavior

A new study links high-fructose diets with ADHD and other mental health disorders. Photo by Jan Mesaros/PixabayDiets high in sugar may increase a person's risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and aggressive behaviors, according to a report published Friday by the journal .Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus suggest that fructose, a component of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, and uric acid, a fructose metabolite, may work to bring about the onset of these disorders in those genetically predisposed to them.By...

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Blood test could help identify best treatment for melanoma

Blood test could help identify best treatment for melanoma

Researchers have identified a potential new treatment target for melanoma by testing for biomarkers in blood samples. File Photo by damiangretka/ShutterstockCancer patients with high levels of cancer cells in their blood may benefit from receiving more aggressive drug treatment for melanoma, a study published Friday by found.The cancer cells, called circulating tumor DNA, could be used as a biomarker -- an indicator of bodily processes -- to help select the most effective treatment for melanoma, the researchers, from Edith Cowan University in Australia, said."Selecting the right course of...

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CBD users tout benefits on social media amid lack of scientific evidence

CBD users tout benefits on social media amid lack of scientific evidence

CBD users tout the drug as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions, despite a lack of scientific evidence, a new study has found. Photo by lovingimages/PixabayUse of cannabidiol, or CBD, has skyrocketed in recent years as it has been promoted for a range of medical conditions from autism to arthritis, and testimonials on social media reflect that the marketing is working.Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that roughly 90% of CBD users in the Reddit community tout the drug as an effective treatment, but they note in an analysis published Thursday by there...

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