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Study finds fewer butterflies in landscapes of the American West

Study finds fewer butterflies in landscapes of the American West

Science
March 4 (UPI) -- Butterfly numbers are down across the American West, even in places relatively undisturbed by human activity. In a new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers compiled butterfly numbers for a variety landscapes across the West. According to the data, butterflies have experienced an annual decline of 1.6 percent over the last several decades. Advertisement Though researchers combined a variety of datasets, most of the info was sourced from the North American Butterfly Association's summertime butterfly counts. "This is the summer equivalent of the Christmas bird count," lead study author Matt Forister told UPI in an email. "Butterfly enthusiasts go out for a day in mid summer and count all of the butterflies in a certain area that they search every y...
UK has 819,000 fewer paid employees since coronavirus crisis began

UK has 819,000 fewer paid employees since coronavirus crisis began

Business
The latest job statistics show 819,000 fewer people in payrolled employment since the start of the coronavirus crisis in the UK - with the hospitality sector accounting for a third of the figure.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the estimated total, using PAYE (pay as you earn) data from HM Revenue and Customs, covered November as England entered its second national lockdown amid tougher COVID-19 restrictions UK-wide. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world Its wider figures also showed a rise in the jobless rate to 4.9% in October from 4.8% the previous month - less than the 5.1% economists had expected - as the clock ticked down to the original conclusion of the government's furlough scheme.The Job Retention Scheme was extended at the en...
Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

Health
Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Fewer than 4% of adults in Wuhan, China, tested positive for antibodies against COVID-19, putting the possibility of countries developing "herd immunity" against the virus without a vaccine in doubt, according to an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open. The findings also suggest that those who experience mild disease or who have no outward symptoms of the virus may not develop long-lasting immunity to it naturally, the researchers said. Advertisement The term herd immunity refers to a scenario in which most of a population has become immune to a virus and these people effectively provide indirect protection to those who are not, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. One member of President Donald Trump's White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Sc...
Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective, study finds

Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective, study finds

Health
Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Less than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe and effective, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Lancet. Although that figure is on par with much of Western Europe -- and is far higher than those in many eastern European and Asian nations -- it may be "masking pockets of dissent," study co-author Heidi Larson told UPI. Advertisement The findings are significant, given the global quest for a vaccine against COVID-19, which as of Thursday afternoon has infected nearly 28 million people globally, including 6.4 million in the United States, based on figures from Johns Hopkins University. The pandemic won't end until there is a viable vaccine and large numbers of people take it, experts have said. "Our U.S. data is from a nationally representative sampl...
Women receive fewer medications than men after heart attack

Women receive fewer medications than men after heart attack

Health
April 17 (UPI) -- Women receive fewer medications after a heart attack and are more likely to die than men, according to a study presented Friday on a European Society of Cardiology platform. The study, by the Cardiology Department of the University of Pavlia, Italy, involved follow-up surveys of 1,524 patients diagnosed with a myocardial infarction between 2015 and 2017, and who were prescribed post-heart attack medications. The researchers found that while in-hospital rates of death were similar between men and women, after a 264-day follow-up, a greater percentage of women than than men had died. The study noted that proper prescription management after discharge has a significant effect on death rates after heart surgery, the disparity in treatment was clear, researchers say. The re...