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Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Health
Flu is a killer every year, and with this season's high toll of deaths and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly advised everyone older than six months to get the flu vaccine. Even healthy people are at risk, but those with heart failure should take particular note of today's news. "It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients," said Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, the lead author of the new study, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. Fukuta lead a study that looked at people with heart failure who had received the flu vaccine. In the study, set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, the heart failure patients who...
Eating Yogurt Could Lower Your Risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke

Eating Yogurt Could Lower Your Risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke

Health
Turns out the probiotic dairy does much more than just help your gut. In addition to a laundry list of benefits for a healthy gut, yogurt may drastically reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A recent study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that men who eat at least two servings of yogurt per week had a 21 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and risk among women dropped by 17%.A team of scientists at Boston University's School of Medicine studied more than 740,000 individuals who had previously been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Using health questionnaires administered over the last 30 years, the scientists measured yogurt intake and weighed it against heart-related health issues such as heart attack or stroke.In a p...
Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

World
Following weeks of heavy rain in Paris, the River Seine continues to rise -- now putting its famous Louvre Museum in danger. The water level is expected to reach 20 feet by Saturday, which is 13 feet higher than its normal height, according to the latest official weather bulletin. The rise of the water level is causing disruption to the city’s transportation system. Seven metro stations alongside the river in Paris have been shut down and will remain closed until Jan. 31, transport authorities said. The flood is also starting to affect the Louvre Museum, located next to the Seine. In a statement, France's most visited museum -- home of the Mona Lisa -- said it will close the lower level of the Department of Islamic Arts until Jan. 28. Roads and walking paths along the river have been
EPFO may lower interest rate for 2017-18

EPFO may lower interest rate for 2017-18

Finance
NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO may lower interest rate on provident fund deposits this fiscal compared to 8.65 per cent provided to its 4.5 crore members for 2016-17, a labour ministry official said. The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is likely to cut interest rate on the grounds that it is directly crediting exchange trade funds (ETF) units into provident fund accounts and lower yields on other investments, particularly bonds. "Employees Provident Fund Organisation may cut rate of return on provident fund deposits for 2017-18 due to lower income on bonds and its plan to credit ETF investments directly into the account of subscribers," the senior official said. However, the official said the EPFO is still to work out the income projection for the current fiscal, w...