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Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Minimal air pollution can trigger lung conditions in kids

Health
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
Lidia brings tropical storm conditions to Baja California Peninsula

Lidia brings tropical storm conditions to Baja California Peninsula

World
Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Lidia is nearing landfall and already causing tropical storm conditions on the Baja California Peninsula Thursday evening.In its 3 p.m. MDT advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located in the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, MexicoThe storm was traveling north-northwest at 8 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.The government of Mexico issued a hurricane watch for Baja California Sur from Puerto Cortes to east of La Paz.There also was a tropical storm warning for Baja California Peninsula from Punta Eugenia to Bahia San Juan Bautista and on mainland Mexico from Bahia Tempehuaya to Bahia Kino. There was a tropical storm watch for the peninsula north of Punta Eugenia to San Juan De...