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Man charged over escape room fire deaths

Man charged over escape room fire deaths

World
A man has been charged over a fire at an escape room in Poland in which five teenage girls died. The 28-year-old suspect was charged with "deliberately creating the danger of a fire in the escape room and with unintentionally causing the death of people in a fire" a spokesman for the district prosecutor said.Ryszard Gasiorowski said the suspect, identified only as Milosz S., had neglected to ensure escape routes that could have allowed the girls to flee during the blaze.Five girls aged around 15 were killed in the fire in the city of Koszalin on Friday night, while they celebrated a birthday.Escape rooms, a party attraction in which users are locked in a room and must answer puzzles and complete tasks to get out, are extremely popular among young people in Poland. Mo...
Hospital readmission reduction program linked to heart failure, pneumonia deaths

Hospital readmission reduction program linked to heart failure, pneumonia deaths

Health
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests that low hospital readmission rates could lead to higher death rates for people with heart failure and pneumonia. The study, published Friday in JAMA, looked at 8 million Medicare hospitalizations for heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia before and after the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, or HRRP, launched. In 2012, the HRRP was spun off from the Affordable Care Act as a way to keep healthcare costs low. The program reduces Medicare payments to hospitals with "higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia." "Readmissions shortly after discharge are very common and potentially preventable. No one wants to be in the hospital if they can avoid it. In addition, these readmissions w...
Study: Gun deaths second biggest killer of U.S. children, after car crashes

Study: Gun deaths second biggest killer of U.S. children, after car crashes

Health
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Nearly twice as many children in the U.S. died of gun death than cancer in 2016, a recent study says. Researchers from the University of Michigan conducted a study, published Thursday in New England Journal of Medicine, that found a 28 percent spike in firearm death rates, while homicides from guns increased by 32 percent between 2013 and 2016. "In recent decades, there has been progress, but the United States is clearly not effectively protecting its children," Dr. Edward Campion wrote in an editorial published with the new study. "Firearm injury, the second leading cause of death, is only a minor contributor to childhood mortality in other developed countries." Overall, 20,360 children died in 2016, the researchers report. At 4,074, car crashes caused more deaths than a...
In photos: Notable deaths of 2018

In photos: Notable deaths of 2018

Entertainment
National Baseball Hall of Fame member Willie McCovey smiles during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 27, 2008. McCovey died at the age of 80, on October 31. The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the hitter passed "peacefully" in the afternoon "after losing his battle with ongoing health issues." A former first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a career .270 hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Health
There were around 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017-18 - the highest since the winter of 1975-76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.The increase is thought to be down to the flu, the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine in older people and spells of very cold weather last winter.Most excess deaths occurred in women and the over-85s.Similar peaks in excess deaths have been seen in previous years.Before the 2017-18 peak in excess winter deaths, there were peaks in 2014-15 and 1999-2000.An extra 6,000 deaths are estimated to have occurred during last winter compared with three years ago.The figures for last winter, counted as December to March, are still provisional while figures for all other previous winters have bee...