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Rapid heart imaging system may improve care in developing nations

Rapid heart imaging system may improve care in developing nations

Health
Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A rapid imaging system could improve heart healthcare in developing nations because of reduced costs and easier availability, according to a study in Peru. Researchers determined the new system, which uses contrast dye to measure cardiac structure, function and scarring, was effective at a fraction of the costs and time required for the traditional imaging system. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In Peru, 16 percent of the population has cardiovascular disease, researchers say, but screening people there for heart conditions can be difficult. The Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging system, also called cardiac MRIs, are often not available for people in Peru and other developing nations. The method provides detailed inf...
To improve children's diets, conserve forests

To improve children's diets, conserve forests

Science
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- According to new research, children who live closer to forests are more likely to eat healthier, more nutritious foods. The findings are the latest to link forest conservation to human health. Several studies have linked proximity forests, trees and green space with positive human health and behavior outcomes. "The data show that forests aren't just correlated with improvements in people's diets," Ranaivo Rasolofoson, a scientist at the University of Vermont, said in a news release. "We show that forests cause these improvements." In developing countries, some argue trees must make way for farms and gardens to boost nutrition. But the latests findings, published this week in the journal Science Advances, suggest the opposite. Many children in developing countries consume...

4 Ways to Use Automation to Improve Your Finances

Finance
[unable to retrieve full-text content]By John Odell, CFP® Financial planning is a complex topic with numerous moving parts, and many aspects of it are best tackled with a professional by your side. However, there are also many simple but powerful things you can do yourself to improve your financial situation quite dramatically over time. Our Latest Articles in
Chelsea news: Cesar Azpilicueta insists the players are working hard to improve under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea news: Cesar Azpilicueta insists the players are working hard to improve under Maurizio Sarri

Sports
More Practice The Premier League side lost 2-0 to Man City in the Community Shield, but the only way to bounce back is to work even harder in training, says the defender There is a lot of hard work to be done at Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta believes. The players have been trying to get used to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play, but have only had a few weeks to train together, while some World Cup players have been on an extended break. “Well, what I can say is that from the first day we are working hard and we are working as a team,’ Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com. “He knows what he wants and he explains it to us. We have to replicate what he wants and the only way is to keep working in every training session, every game, to tr...
Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Science
July 11 (UPI) -- Horses snort more when they're comfortable and happy. The communication could help caretakers achieve more positive animal welfare outcomes. Proper care for animals involves minimizing stress. But how do caretakers know when animals are happy or bothered? Interpreting the emotions of horses can be especially difficult. Many behavioral signals displayed by horses are ambiguous, and studies of physiological signals have yielded contradictory results. Many horse owners and caretakers have noted an association between snorting and positive environments, but the connection hadn't been scientifically tested until now. Researchers in France monitored snorting frequency among 48 horses. Half were riding horses, kept in confined environs and separated in solitary stalls. The othe...