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Climate change link to puffin deaths

Climate change link to puffin deaths

Science
Climate change played a role in the deaths of thousands of puffins in Alaska, according to a study.Scientists believe the birds starved to death when the fish they eat migrated north with rising sea temperatures. The bodies of dead, emaciated puffins began washing up on beaches on Saint Paul Island in autumn 2016.Up to 9,000 puffins and other seabirds died over the course of a few months, US scientists say.And climate-driven shifts in fish populations, combined with the onset of moulting, may have caused this mass die-off."Mass mortality events are increasing in frequency and magnitude, potentially linked with ongoing climate change," researchers led by Timothy Jones of the University of Washington, Seattle, wrote in the journal ...
FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

FDA disagrees, calls meeting on study showing breast implant link to rare conditions

Health
The Food and Drug Administration has refuted a link between silicone breast implants and higher rates of rare health conditions, found in a recent study. The agency has called a meeting next year to review all available data, including this study. The study has sparked controversy within the medical community, especially since silicone breast implants have been taken off the market in the past. What to know about silicone breast implants The current generation of silicone-filled implants was approved in 2006, after the FDA lifted a previous 1992 ban that had been in place because of safety concerns. The approval came after the Institute of Medicine second review of the evidence that led to the 1992 ban, which concluded there was no association between breast implants and autoimmune ...
Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children

Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children

Health
According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on "screens" (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor cardiovascular health and obesity. "The nature of screen time has dramatically changed – while watching television has gone down, overall screen time has gone up. We wanted to see how that would influence patterns of sedentary behavior. Even though we have new screen-based recreational devices now, we are just as sedentary," Tracie Barnett, PhD, an epidemiologist specializing in pediatric obesity and a lead author of the advisory, told ABC News. What age spends the most time on screens...
Perform and get paid: Public sector banks plan to link pay with performance

Perform and get paid: Public sector banks plan to link pay with performance

Finance
Senior management of public-sector banks (PSBs) may now have to perform to earn more. In a first-of-its-kind move for PSBs, State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of Baroda (BoB) are planning to introduce performance-linked salary structure for the senior management, according to a Business Standard report. "The bank is seriously thinking of introducing a system of performance-based incentives for officers above the general manager grade. There will be a component of fixed and variable pay. But it will evolve slowly,” PNB Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Mehta told the paper. SBI and BoB may also follow a similar model and are working on a compensation framework, says the report. Performance-linked pay is widely used in the private sector t...
Study confirms link between gamma rays, lightning strikes

Study confirms link between gamma rays, lightning strikes

Science
May 17 (UPI) -- A new survey of downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes suggests the rare electromagnetic phenomena is linked with cloud-to-ground lightning. The Telescope Array is an observatory consisting of 507 scintillation surface detectors spread out across a massive expanse of the Utah desert. Between 2014 and 2016, the array detected 10 downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs. The array's observations -- published this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research -- are the first to link TGFs with the beginning of lightning strikes and the first to locate the origin of a TGF inside a thundercloud. TGFs are the highest-energy light waves on the electromagnetic spectrum, and thanks to the Telescope Array, scientists are closer to understanding them. "What's really cool is tha...