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Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Science
May 10 (UPI) -- Earth's warming climate is encouraging the spread of a virus causing a deadly epidemic among common frogs, Rana temporaria. When a team of researchers in England compared the records of mass-mortality events linked to Ranavirus with climate patterns, they found rising temperatures were associated with an increased risk of a viral outbreak. If temperatures continue to rise, scientists expect Ranavirus outbreaks to become more severe and occur more frequently. In addition to analyzing weather and frog mortality data compiled by the Met Office and Froglife's Frog Mortality Project, scientists also studied cell cultures and live models in the lab. Their tests confirmed warmer temperatures increased the likelihood of Ranavirus triggering an outbreak of the fatal disease. The l...
Footage of deadly police chase shows officers fire 70 shots at suspect

Footage of deadly police chase shows officers fire 70 shots at suspect

World
By Greg Milam, US correspondent Police have released dramatic body camera footage of officers firing more than 70 shots at a suspect as they chased him in their vehicle through a busy residential area.One of the officers is seen firing multiple shots through his own windscreen during the chase in Anaheim in California last July. That officer, who was driving the patrol car at the time, has now been sacked. His partner has been placed on leave. The suspect they were pursuing died from the injuries he received. Image: More than 70 shots were fired in the space of two-and-a-half minutes But although prosecutors described the officers' actions as "alarming" and "irresponsible", they said they had "reasonably ...
Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

Health
March 15 (UPI) -- Fewer Americans are having heart attacks these days, and those that do are dying less often, thanks to heart attack prevention techniques, a new study says. Since the mid-90s, hospitalizations for heart attack have fallen by 38 percent, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open. The 30-day mortality rate for heart attacks has also decreased to an all-time low of 12 percent. "We are now at historic lows in the rates of heart attacks and deaths associated with heart attacks," said Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale University and study lead author, in a news release. The study tracked more than four million Medicare patients between 1995 and 2014, which the researchers call the largest heart attack study in the United States ever. The researchers attribute...
Venezuela crisis: Deadly border clashes as Maduro blocks aid

Venezuela crisis: Deadly border clashes as Maduro blocks aid

World
Deadly clashes broke out in Venezuelan border towns on Saturday, as President Nicolás Maduro blocked humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia and Brazil.Troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who attempted to collect and transport the supplies.A number of people were shot with live ammunition, human rights groups say. At least two people were killed.The opposition wants the aid to go to people hit by the economic crisis, but Mr Maduro sees it as a security threat.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the attacks on civilians, which he blamed on "Maduro's thugs". "Our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have died due to these criminal acts. We join their demand for justice," he said in ...
Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea

Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 11 people have died in a fire involving two Tanzanian-flagged cargo vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, authorities say.Russian rescuers are trying to reach sailors who jumped overboard. Fourteen people have so far been rescued.One ship is a gas tanker, and the fire reportedly followed an explosion, which set the other vessel on fire.They were named as the Kandy, with a crew of 17 from Turkey and India, and Maestro, with 14 sailors.The fire broke out when one vessel was transferring fuel to another, Russian maritime agency spokesman Alexei Kravchenko said, adding that this had then forced several crew members to jump overboard. Rescue workers reportedly witnessed a further three...