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Signs of Type 2 diabetes might begin to appear in childhood, study finds

Signs of Type 2 diabetes might begin to appear in childhood, study finds

Health
June 19 (UPI) -- People at risk for Type 2 diabetes as adults might start to show signs of the disease as early as 8 years old, a study published Friday by the journal Diabetes Care found. At that age, common signs of Type 2 diabetes, such as reduced HDL cholesterol levels and elevated LDL cholesterol levels, begin to appear, the researchers said. Advertisement By age 16, other warning signs such as increased inflammation and levels of amino acids in the blood are also apparent, they said. "Diabetes is most common in older age, but we see signs of disease susceptibility very early on -- about 50 years before it's usually diagnosed," study co-author Joshua Bell said in a statement. "Knowing what these early signs look like widens our window of opportunity to intervene much earlier and sto...
Italy to begin easing coronavirus lockdown on May 4

Italy to begin easing coronavirus lockdown on May 4

World
April 21 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Tuesday that his nation will move to gradually lift its lockdown starting early next month. Conte explained that he will unveil details of the plan by the end of the week, with "a reasonable prediction" that it will begin May 4. "Let's stop being strict with our country," he wrote in a Facebook post. "The whole world is struggling. We can be proud of how we are facing this very hard test." The nation's 60 million citizens were placed under lockdown on March 9 when it had fewer than 10,000 confirmed cases, but the most in Europe. Restrictions were tightened two weeks later, banning movement within Italy and closing all non-essential businesses. Conte acknowledged the economic strain the lockdown has had on both business an...
Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Health
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the companyBy GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 9:49 PM4 min read State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file a claim against the company. That includes governments, entities such as hospitals and, for the first time, individuals who have personal injury claims. It's not clear how much money might be at stake. Purdue reached an agreement with some states and local ...
Elon Musk ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial to begin

Elon Musk ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial to begin

Technology
Tesla boss Elon Musk is due to take the stand in a Los Angeles court and face the British diving specialist he accused of being a paedophile.Vern Unsworth was among the team credited with co-ordinating the July 2018 rescue of 12 boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Mr Musk, in a now-deleted tweet, described Mr Unsworth as a “pedo guy”. The entrepreneur gave no evidence to support the comment. He is being sued for defamation. Lawyers representing Mr Unsworth have described Mr Musk’s tweets as “vile and false”. The British diver is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.Email to reporterThe outburst last year appeared to be in response to comments made by Mr Unsworth in an interview on CNN, in which he criticised Mr Musk’
Commuters face misery as 27 days of strikes begin

Commuters face misery as 27 days of strikes begin

Business
Strike action due to hit thousands of passengers starts today after South Western Railway (SWR) and the RMT union failed to reach a deal.Hundreds of thousands of commuters on trains into and out of London's Waterloo station face disruption in a long-running dispute over guards on trains - affecting connections to towns and cities such as Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union who work on the SWR are walking out for 27 days between 2 December and New Year's Day.It is the longest stretch of action against a major rail operator in living memory.SWR says only about half of services will run, including those to and from Waterloo, the country's busiest railway station. Advertisement ...