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High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

Health
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy show signs of significant changes in the structure and function of their hearts 10 years after childbirth, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Among those who experienced preeclampsia or gestational hypertension and still had high blood pressure 8 to 10 years after giving birth, nearly four of five women had left ventricular remodeling, or relative thickening of the walls of their left ventricles, the data showed. Advertisement Just over one-third of women who had neither had evidence of these structural heart changes up to 10 years after childbirth. Left ventricular remodeling is a process by which the heart changes in size, shape and function. It is co...
Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

World
Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an ambush, the United Nations has said. Luca Attanasio, 43, who was married with three young daughters, was in a convoy on his way from the eastern regional capital Goma to see a feeding programme in Rutshuru, close to the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. An Italian military policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, and an unnamed Congolese driver who was working for the UN's World Food Programme also died, the government in Rome said. Image: The vehicle in which the Italian ambassador was travelling. Pic: AP Italy's foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, said the circumstances of the "brutal attack" were still unclear and "no effort will be spared to shed light on what happe...

During Covid, some working mothers find a silver lining: more time with their children

Finance
By almost every measure, the coronavirus crisis has been devastating for working women.More women work on the front lines and are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19, putting themselves and their families in jeopardy.They have reported increased anxiety and stress as a direct result of new work routines and concerns about job security. At the same time, they have borne the brunt of job losses or had to reduce their hours or take a leave from work in order to take on additional duties at home.  More from Personal Finance:School holidays are particularly challenging for working parentsA return to the office may be coming as vaccinations increasePandemic pushes millions from the labor forceAs women, particularly mothers, exit the workforce, they are also leaving...
CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

Health
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year during the first half of 2020, due in large part to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From January through June of last year, life expectancy at birth for the total population of the United States was 77.8 years, down from 78.8 years in 2019. Advertisement For Black Americans, life expectancy fell by nearly three years over the same period, to 72 years from 74.7 years. Among Hispanic Americans, it dropped by roughly two years to 79.9 years from 81.8 years from 2019 through June 2020. In men, life expectancy declined to 75.1 years from 76.3 years over the same period, while it fell to 80.5 years from 81.4 years for women, th...

China plans to hand out $1.5 million in a digital currency test during the Lunar New Year

Finance
Men wearing face masks walk past a Gap store at a shopping area, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 7, 2020.Jason Lee | ReutersBEIJING — China's capital city will hand out about $ 1.5 million in a limited trial of the central bank's digital currency, the municipal government announced over the weekend.That marks the third major test of the digital currency under development by the People's Bank of China. The cities of Shenzhen and Suzhou held similar experiments in the last few months.In this trial, Beijing said it will select 50,000 from a pool of applicants to receive 200 yuan, or about $ 30 each, in the digital currency. Recipients can spend the money at designated offline locations or on parts of e-commerce site JD.com during the u