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Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Rising temps could cause as many as 2,100 fatal injuries per year

Science
Jan. 13 (UPI) -- If temperatures continue to climb as a result of climate change, hundreds more people in the United States are likely to succumb to fatal injuries. Climate change will increase the prevalence of extreme heat, prolonged droughts and even air pollution, all of which will result in the loss of human life. But new research suggests rising temperatures will increase the number of fatal injuries that occur each year in the United States. Scientists analyzed the number of fatalities that occurred in every county in every state except Hawaii and Alaska between 1980 and 2017, as well as unusual monthly temperature changes over the 38-year period. The fatalities data included both unintentional deaths, transportation accidents, drownings and falls, and intentional deaths, homicide...
Many at risk of flu this Christmas, experts say

Many at risk of flu this Christmas, experts say

Health
Hundreds of thousands of people could have their Christmas ruined by flu, say England's top doctors, who are predicting a rise in cases. They say the flu season has started early this year, with lots of the virus circulating. GP consultations for flu-like illness were up by a quarter to nearly 7,500 visits in the week ending 8 December. Grandparents visiting their grandchildren could be particularly at risk, they say.'Flu nearly killed me last winter'Children are "super-spreaders" of flu and the over-65s are one of the "at-risk" groups that can develop health complications, such as pneumonia, if they catch it. Free NHS flu vaccines are available for people who are: aged 65 or over pregnant living with certain medical conditions in care homes caring f...
Blood inquiry judge: ‘Many left in grinding hardship’

Blood inquiry judge: ‘Many left in grinding hardship’

Health
All those affected by the contaminated blood scandal should receive the same financial support, no matter where they live in the UK, says the judge in charge of the inquiry.Sir Brian Langstaff said there was "no proper justification" for the "grinding hardship of many".Nearly 3,000 people died in the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history.The government told the BBC it was committed to guaranteeing equal support for all those affected across the UK.The judge's comments come on the last day of evidence from infected victims and their families.The long-awaited UK-wide public inquiry, which has heard personal stories from more than 180 people and thousands more in written evidence, will hear from clinicians and experts from February.It was set up to look ...
Simultaneous blackout of online banking with many Indian lenders

Simultaneous blackout of online banking with many Indian lenders

Finance
Even as bank stocks took a knock in Mumbai trading on Tuesday, online banking operations of many domestic lenders came to a standstill. Banks attributed it to technical difficulties, but the simultaneous surfacing of the problem across many banks, including leading names, caused worries among customers. HDFC Bank, whose customers also faced similar difficulties, replied to a Twitter user expressing regret for the inconvenience caused. Similarly, Kotak Mahindra Bank informed one of its customers, facing a similar issue, the glitch was technical in nature and apologised for the trouble. Some users tweeted saying they were facing issues in logging into the net banking apps of lenders such as IDFC First Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and YES Bank. ETMarkets.com had a first-hand experience of this w...
Here’s how many people tapped their retirement plan to buy a house

Here’s how many people tapped their retirement plan to buy a house

Finance
Tony Anderson | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesSome people will do just about anything to buy their first home.Just under 10% of homeowners surveyed by Bankrate.com, a personal finance website, said they took out money from their retirement savings to help cover the down payment and closing costs on their first dwelling.The site polled a total of 2,582 adults from July 31 through Aug. 2.Nearly half saved money specifically toward their home purchase, while another 20% said they received a financial gift from family and friends.The median sales price for a home is $ 320,300, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which can make the recommended down payment of 20% — what you'll need to avoid the additional cost of private mortgage insurance — a heavy lift for new buyers.Millennials