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Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Health
Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance.But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date. It also found one in 10 over-75s have had multiple sexual partners since turning 65.The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life".'Sex is better when you're 80'The taboo of sex in care homes for older people'You should enjoy life' Dennis Allen, from Somerset, has not let age stand in the way of his and his wife's sex life. The 84-year-old married Pauline, 85, his fourth wife, in 2004. He said the pair were on average sexually active twice a week."If you're up for it, you should enjoy ...
UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds

UV light can kill airborne flu virus, study finds

Science
Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Experiments prove low doses of far ultraviolet C light, or far-UVC light, can wipe out airborne flu virus without harming humans.Researchers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center suggest far-UVC lamps should be installed in hospitals, doctors offices, schools, airports and other public places.Currently, ultraviolet light is used to decontaminate surgical equipment, but the light isn't safe for human exposure."Unfortunately, conventional germicidal UV light... can lead to skin cancer and cataracts, which prevents its use in public spaces," David J. Brenner, a professor of radiation biophysics and director of the Center for Radiological Research at CUIMC, said in a news release.Traditional UV lamps feature a broad spectrum of light wavelengths between 200 to 400 na...
Arctic permafrost home to large mercury reserves, study finds

Arctic permafrost home to large mercury reserves, study finds

Science
Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered large mercury reserves trapped in Arctic permafrost.According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the mercury reserves are the largest in the world."This discovery is a game-changer," lead study author Paul Schuster, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Boulder, Colorado, said in a news release. "We've quantified a pool of mercury that had not been done previously, and the results have profound implications for better understanding the global mercury cycle."The monumental mercury levels were revealed by permafrost cores drilled in northern Alaska. Analysis suggests the Arctic permafrost holds double the amount of Mercury found in all the rest of the planet's ocean, sediment and atmospheric systems combin...
Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Health
The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 to 29, the report also stated that the number of women ages 15 to 44 with private health insurance who filled a prescription for ADHD medicine increased by 344 percent between 2003 and 2015. Women in the 30 to 34 age group had the second-highest percent increase -- 560 percent -- in the number of prescriptions filled for ADHD medicine. The findings, published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R...
Malaysia to pay firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane

Malaysia to pay firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane

Technology
Malaysia's government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $ 70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane's disappearance nearly four years ago. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said there was an 85 percent chance of finding the debris in a new 25,000 square kilometers (9,653 square miles) area — roughly the size of Vermont — identified by experts. The government signed a "no cure, no fee" deal with the Houston, Texas-based company to resume the hunt for the plane, a year after the official search by Malaysia, Australia and China in the southern Indian Ocean was called off. The plane vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people