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Climate change: Failure to tackle warming 'suicidal'

Climate change: Failure to tackle warming 'suicidal'

Science
The UN secretary-general has warned negotiators at a major meeting that failing to increase efforts on climate change would be "not only immoral but suicidal" for the planet. Antonio Guterres has flown back to Poland to try and push COP24 to a successful conclusion. At the UN talks, a group of countries have said they will enhance their climate plans before 2020.The EU and others say they are responding to the urgency of science.Some observers believe that the return of Mr Guterres to these talks is a sign that significant progress is not being made. In his remarks to the conference, he underlined that fact, imploring the delegates to speed up the pace of negotiations and to be open to compromise.He said that key political issues...
Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Science
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Russia approved two new space launches for 2018 after it scrapped the launch of Soyuz-FG that forced a U.S. astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject from their spacecraft. The Soyuz rocket will send up a robot-controlled cargo ship to the International Space Station, or ISS, on Nov. 16 for a resupply mission. Pending the outcome of that mission, a Dec. 3 launch, manned by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques will go to the ISS to relieve its current crew. according to space.com. The Oct. 11 launch failure occurred after a booster malfunctioned on the Soyuz-FG two minutes after liftoff, forcing NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to safely discharge from the spacecraft 200 mil...
Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

World
Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station, according to reports. A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz rocket having suffered significant engine failures.It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and the AFP news agency claims a criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction. Image: Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin following emergency landing Image: NASA astronaut Nick Hague following emergency landing Despite the issue af...
Study backs age-based biomarkers to treat acute heart failure in ERs

Study backs age-based biomarkers to treat acute heart failure in ERs

Health
March 23 (UPI) -- Age-adjusted biomarker thresholds accurately diagnose or rule out acute heart failure in patients seen for shortness of breath at hospital emergency departments, according to a multi-institutional study.Researchers studied the protein NT-proBNP as a method of validating diagnosis of heart failure in a wide range of patients, publishing their findings on Tuesday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology."Since we did the first U.S.-based studies of NT-proBNP for the identification or exclusion of heart failure, as well as for establishing the risk of bad outcomes, its use has been incorporated into diagnostic guidelines internationally," Dr. James Januzzi Jr., a researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Cardiology in Boston, said in a press re...
Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Health
Flu is a killer every year, and with this season's high toll of deaths and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly advised everyone older than six months to get the flu vaccine. Even healthy people are at risk, but those with heart failure should take particular note of today's news. "It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients," said Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, the lead author of the new study, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. Fukuta lead a study that looked at people with heart failure who had received the flu vaccine. In the study, set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, the heart failure patients who...