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Degenerative eye conditions linked to Alzheimer's in study

Degenerative eye conditions linked to Alzheimer's in study

Health
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Researchers have found a significant link between three degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer's disease risk, offering a potential way for medical providers to detect the memory loss condition. Age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma were associated with an increased prevalence in cognitive decline that are part of Alzheimer's, researchers report in findings published Wednesday in the journal Alzherimer's & Dementia. Another degenerative eye condition, a cataract, wasn't an Alzheimer's disease risk factor, the researchers found. "What we found was not subtle," Dr. Paul Crane, professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine said in a press release. "This study solidifies that there are mechanistic things we can learn fr...
Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

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April 13 (UPI) -- Brief exposure to minuscule air pollution particles trigger acute lower respiratory infection in young children, according to research.Scientists from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah studied exposure to PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that measure about 3 percent of the diameter of a human hair. Their findings were published Friday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, an American Thoracic Society journal.The study involved 146,397 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in Utah between 1999 and 2016. The researchers said this is the largest study involving air pollution and children."The most important finding of this study is that infectious processes of respiratory disease may...
Conditions of ex-Russian spy, daughter improving after nerve agent poisoning

Conditions of ex-Russian spy, daughter improving after nerve agent poisoning

World
The conditions of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter are improving after the two were poisoned by nerve agent in England last month, according to the hospital treating them. Sergei Skripal, 66, is responding well to treatment, said Salisbury District Hospital Medical Director Dr. Christine Blanshard. His health is "improving rapidly," and he is no longer in critical condition, Blanshard said in a statement. His daughter, Yulia Skripal, is in stable condition. "As Yulia herself says, her strength is growing daily and she can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital," Blanshard said. It is unclear when Yulia Skripal will be able to leave the hospital. Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, about 90 miles southw...
Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country's conditions

Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country's conditions

Health
Hospital records from a soldier who defected from North Korea this month offer telling details about health problems in the closed country. The 24-year-old soldier had parasitic infections and a dangerous hepatitis infection — conditions that speak to poor sanitation and rough conditions in North Korea. Most shocking, perhaps, are reports of large parasitic worms, some measuring 11 inches, recovered from his intestines. "An estimated 5 million people in North Korea have intestinal roundworms. That's 20 percent of the population," said Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor. Doctors found the parasites — likely Ascaris roundworms — while repairing intestinal damage from multiple bullet wounds the soldier sustained during his escape. The eggs of
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions

Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions

Science
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions.According to the classical model, a star is formed when a prestellar core, a roundish accumulation containing 99 percent gas and 1 percent dust, collapses due to overweight, resulting in the formation of a star in the center of the collapse. This is followed by the formation of a disk of gas and dust rotating around said star."This is the star's protoplanetary disk, and planets are thought to be formed in such disks -- planet Earth being no exception," Michael Küffmeier, astrophysicist at the institute, said in a press release.Researchers from the institute carried out computer simulations of the formation of hundreds o