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Human-altered environments benefit the same cosmopolitan species all over the world

Human-altered environments benefit the same cosmopolitan species all over the world

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- As humans continue to alter the landscape and transform environments, ecosystems across the globe are becoming increasingly homogenous. New research suggests the same cosmopolitan species are taking advantage of humankind's environmental disruption. And as the same cosmopolitan species thrive across planet Earth, more unique species are disappearing. To quantify the phenomenon, a team of researchers surveyed dozens of studies focused on population dynamics in human-influenced habitat -- urban, suburban and agricultural environs. "We sourced data from other published papers that measured populations in different types of habitat -- natural habitats and areas used by humans," Tim Newbold, a researcher at the University College London, told UPI in an email. Newbold and his r...
Most tonsillectomies performed on children no benefit to health

Most tonsillectomies performed on children no benefit to health

Health
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- New research suggests that most tonsillectomies performed on children provide no benefit to their health. Researchers at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research report in a new analysis of medical records that, among children who had their tonsils removed in Britain between 2005 and 2016, just 11.7 percent of the procedures were necessary. For the new study, published Tuesday in the British Journal of General Practice, researchers analyzed medical records for 1.6 million children under age 15 who had the procedure at one of 700 U.K. general practices. Of the 18,271 children who had their tonsils removed, only 2,144 -- seven in eight -- had enough sore throats to justify surgery, according to findings In addition, many children who might benefit...
No benefit to treatment for low-risk mild hypertension, analysis suggests

No benefit to treatment for low-risk mild hypertension, analysis suggests

Health
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A study in Britain found no benefits to prescribing drugs for patients with low-risk mild hypertension, contrary to U.S. medical groups' new guidelines. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and the University of Birmingham came to that conclusion after studying the records of 38,286 patients collected over 15 years. The findings were published Monday in Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. It is measured in millimeters of mercury, based on the systolic pressure, or the pressure when ventricular contraction occurs ...
Think twice before choosing any employee benefit plans and perks

Think twice before choosing any employee benefit plans and perks

Finance
Just because your company offers you a brand-new employee benefit, doesn't mean that you have to take it. October kicks off the beginning of benefits enrollment season for many employees, as they sign up for next year's health care plan and life insurance coverage. But the list of potential perks — known as voluntary and fringe benefits — goes beyond the core suite of life and health insurance coverage and 401(k) plans. A June survey by the National Business Group on Health found that about 9 out of 10 large employers offered accidental de...
Mandatory third party insurance for vehicles to benefit consumers, insurers: Experts

Mandatory third party insurance for vehicles to benefit consumers, insurers: Experts

Finance
NEW DELHI: Even as customers buying cars and two-wheelers post September 1 need to shell out more as premium with Irdai making long-term third party insurance mandatory, industry and experts feel it will ultimately benefit consumers besides the insurers. It addresses the issue of under-insurance and inculcate a sense of compliance among those who otherwise evade the law by not buying the third party motor insurance after the initial year of vehicle purchase, said an analyst. Following an order from the Supreme Court, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has directed the insurance companies to offer three-year third party insurance cover for new cars and five-year such policy for new two-wheelers from September 1, 2018. The new guideline will contribute to hig...