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The Latest: Indonesia quake, tsunami deaths climb to 384

The Latest: Indonesia quake, tsunami deaths climb to 384

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The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Indonesian television and other media, citing disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says the death toll from the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami has jumped to 384. The figure is from the hard-hit city of Palu alone, where hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. The tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake smashed into two cities and several settlements on Sulawesi island at dusk Friday. ——— 1 p.m. Indonesia's disaster agency says the fate of "tens to hundreds" of people involved in a beach festival is unknown after the area was struck by a tsunami. The festival was in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, which was stre...
WHO: Alcohol a factor in one in 20 deaths worldwide

WHO: Alcohol a factor in one in 20 deaths worldwide

Health
Sept. 21 (UPI) -- More than one in 20 deaths worldwide is alcohol-related, a new analysis by the World Health Organization showed. Using 2016 data, the 476-page report, titled, "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018," indicates that more than three-quarters of the 3 million deaths involved men. Of all deaths attributable to alcohol, 28 percent were due to traffic accidents, self-harm, violence and other injuries. Another 21 percent were classified as digestive disorders, with 19 percent due to cardiovascular diseases. The remaining 32 percent were attributed to infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders and other health conditions in which alcohol use was involved. "Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol thro...
Study: Screening relatives of aortic disease patients can cut deaths

Study: Screening relatives of aortic disease patients can cut deaths

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Aug. 2 (UPI) -- If relatives of patients with aortic diseases are genetically tested, it could cut down on the number of deaths from them, according to research analysis. Researchers, who were led by scientists at the University of Leicester in England, found that 30 percent of relatives of patients with thoracic aortic diseases have an underlying genetic predisposition to developing the disease -- 33 percent of first-degree relatives, 24 percent of second-degree ones and 15 percent of third generation. Specific gene mutations were observed in 25 percent of the screened families. The findings were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The research through last December included 53 studies with a total of 2,696 relatives screened, including 49 percent genetic,...
Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Health
A new police investigation is to be held into the deaths of patients who were given painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.An inquiry found in June more than 450 patients died after doctors gave them "dangerous" levels of the drugs.Three previous investigations into 92 of the deaths by Hampshire Constabulary resulted in no charges being brought.The new probe will be led by Assistant Chief Constable Nick Downing, head of serious crime at Kent and Essex Police. The inquiry by the Gosport Independent Panel said the quality of previous police investigations had been "consistently poor".It found whistleblowers and families were ignored as they attempted to raise concern...
Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate.The report found there was a "disregard for human life" of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000.It said Dr Jane Barton oversaw the practice of prescribing on the wards.There was an "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering "dangerous" amounts of a medication not clinically justified at the Hampshire hospital, the report said.Prime Minister Theresa May described events at Gosport as "deeply troubling" and apologised to fami...