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Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...
Four boys out of cave – nine face agonising wait

Four boys out of cave – nine face agonising wait

World
Four young footballers have been successfully rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand - more than two weeks after their ordeal began. Although the risky operation has gone "better than expected" so far, their football coach and eight other boys will have to wait up to 20 hours before the rescue effort resumes.Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said: "We can only carry on the operation once we are ready and this will be done soon, because the air tank and other systems have to be reinstalled."The conditions must be stable like today before we can continue the operation.":: LIVE - Race to save boys trapped in Thai cave ...

The Earnings Beat: Four Stocks To Watch For the Coming Week (HD, CSCO, WMT, DE)

Finance
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Thanks to a resurgence in oil prices, which closed above $ 70 per barrel, equities booked another solid week of solid gains. But can it continue, particularly with the oil prices now at four-year highs ? Led by energy stocks, the Dow Jones industrial average added 91 points on Friday to extend a seven-day winning Latest Articles in
British Gas bills hike to hit four million customers

British Gas bills hike to hit four million customers

Business
The bills of millions of British Gas customers are to be hiked by an average of £60 a year.The biggest household gas and electricity supplier said it was "reluctantly" announcing the price increase of an average 5.5% for a typical dual fuel customer.British Gas owner Centrica blamed the price hike - which comes into force on 29 May - on rising wholesale and Government policy costs and said it would impact 4.1 million customers.It highlighted the smart meter roll-out, as well as schemes to reduce carbon emissions, and suggested "all Government policy costs should be paid for in a fairer way such as through general taxation".Image:A British Gas smart meter known as 'the Pebble'But Energy Minister Claire Perry said she was "disappointed" by the hike which she said was "unjustified... when cus
Prostate cancer: Four in 10 cases diagnosed late, charity says

Prostate cancer: Four in 10 cases diagnosed late, charity says

Health
Four in 10 prostate cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed late, a study suggests.The report by charity Orchid found a "worrying trend" of late diagnosis with 37% of prostate cancer cases diagnosed at stages three and four.The report found one in four cases of prostate cancer was diagnosed in A&E. In February figures showed the number of men dying from prostate cancer had overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK.With an aging population, the charity has called for urgent action to prevent a "ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision". Orchid chief executive Rebecca Porta said: "With prostate cancer due to be the most prevalent cancer in the UK within the next 12 years, we are facing a potential crisis in terms of diagnostics, treatment and pat...