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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...
Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

Climate change intensifies deadly bird rivalry

Science
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pied flycatchers are turning up dead in the nests of great tits, and new research suggests global warming is to blame for the interspecies violence. Pied flycatchers and great tits are natural rivals. The two bird species compete for similar nesting sites, and both rely on caterpillars, an abundant but short-lived food source, to feed their young. Having spent years studying the two species, researcher Jelmer Samplonius began to notice some years hosted dozens of flycatcher deaths, while other years were nearly free of fatalities. In an attempt to better understand the fluctuating violence, researchers surveyed the number of pied flycatcher fatalities observed in great tit nest boxes in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2016. The data showed that during the deadliest years...
Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...