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iPhone 12 launch causes NHS Covid-19 app confusion

iPhone 12 launch causes NHS Covid-19 app confusion

Technology
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Hurricane Laura causes flash flooding as it makes landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Laura causes flash flooding as it makes landfall in Louisiana

World
Hurricane Laura has struck the coast of Louisiana, with extreme winds causing flash flooding in the US state, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.The category four hurricane is expected to cause an "unsurvivable" storm surge as it moves inland with wind speeds of up to 150mph (240km/h).If it maintains those speeds it would be one of the strongest storms to ever hit the US Gulf Coast.Half a million residents have been told to leave parts of Texas and Louisiana.Hurricane Laura made landfall shortly after midnight local time (05:00 GMT) near the district of Cameron, in Louisiana.The NHC warned any residents remaining in or near the path of the "catastrophic" storm to "take action now to protect your life... in a reinforced inte...
Study: COVID-19 causes, worsens heart issues in hospitalized patients

Study: COVID-19 causes, worsens heart issues in hospitalized patients

Health
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- COVID-19 causes heart problems that range from irregular heartbeats to angina and worsens pre-existing cardiovascular conditions, according to an analysis published Friday by PLOS ONE. Just over 14% of people hospitalized due to infection with the new coronavirus developed heart complications due to the disease, the researchers said. Advertisement That's in addition to the nearly 13% of all people hospitalized who had pre-existing heart conditions at the time of their admission, they said. Roughly 10% of those with pre-existing heart problems or who developed heart complications after becoming infected died, the data showed. "We found that both pre-existing cardiovascular [disease] ... and the development of cardiovascular complications are associated with fatality rate ...
Study: Post-op delirium in seniors causes longer hospital stays, higher costs

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

Health
July 31 (UPI) -- Older 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 JAMA Network Open 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 researchers. Advertisement As a result, they can incur more than $ 17,000 in additional healthcare costs, the researchers said. "There is increased awareness of these disorders in the medical community and, interestingly, among patients and their families," study co-author Dr. M. Dustin Boone told UPI. "Many factors drive this, [including] older age, lower socioeconomi...
CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year

CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year

Health
July 30 (UPI) -- More than 93,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related causes, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes more than 50,000 people who die from chronic health conditions caused by excessive drinking, including alcoholic liver disease, agency researchers said. Advertisement The remainder died from "acute causes," including alcohol overdoses, drinking-related injuries and drunk-driving accidents, they said. "Little progress has been made in preventing deaths caused by excessive drinking," the authors of the paper, published in the CDC's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, wrote. The data indicate "that an average of 255 Americans die from excessive drinking every day," they said. The findings are bas...