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New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The pictures are striking: dozens of whales lie stranded on an idyllic beach in a remote part of New Zealand.The group were found by a walker on Stewart Island earlier this week. And just a few days later, a further 51 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands.While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent flurry of mass strandings has brought a renewed focus on the mysterious, and rare, phenomenon.So why does it happen? While the exact reasons remain unclear, experts say many different factors could play a part.Sickness and injury"Quite often animals that turn up on a beach are getting exhaus...
Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Finance
China's massive consumer base is feeling a chill that could have ripple effects throughout an economy that's already under pressure. While analysts say individuals are generally financially healthy, many are holding off on spending due to uncertainty about the future. "A decline in consumption is the biggest risk, because everyone already knows about the decline in investment, everyone also knows about the trade tensions," said Jian Guang Shen, chief economist at JD Digits, which was spun off from Chinese e-commerce company JD.com. He used to be the chief economist at Mizuho Securities Asia. ...
California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

World
Over the last few days the number of people unaccounted for in the deadly Camp Fire in northern California has skyrocketed to more than 1,200. The sudden jump has led to some confusion among locals and officials alike.The confirmed death toll of 76 is already a state record, so could this huge number of missing people really still be added to that?The answer is not so simple, as authorities in the worst-hit area, Butte County, have openly admitted.On Friday, when the list first soared to over 1,000, Sheriff Kory Honea described the database as "dynamic"."The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names," the sheriff said on Friday.Officials say the l...
Many U.S. pharmacies don't offer opioid overdose antidote

Many U.S. pharmacies don't offer opioid overdose antidote

Health
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Many pharmacies don't offer the drug that can save the lives of people suffering from opioid overdoses, according to three new studies. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday reported 25 percent of pharmacies it surveyed in Texas didn't have naloxone in stock, even as the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 115 people die each day from opioid overdoses. The drug reverses the effects of opioid overdose, but 84 percent of Texas pharmacies would give out the drug to customers without a prescription. "More naloxone in the hands of friends and family can save lives," researchers wrote in a new survey of Texas pharmacies. One reason for reluctance on behalf of some pharmacies to give out naloxone could stem fr...
The doctor is out: Many millennials choose convenient clinics over doctor's offices

The doctor is out: Many millennials choose convenient clinics over doctor's offices

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News. Calvin Brown doesn’t have a primary care doctor — and the peripatetic 23-year-old doesn’t want one. Since his graduation last year from the University of San Diego, Brown has held a series of jobs that have taken him to several California cities. “As a young person in a nomadic state,” Brown said, he prefers finding a walk-in clinic on the rare occasions when he’s sick. “The whole ‘going to the doctor’ phenomenon is something that’s fading away from our generation,” said Brown, who now lives in Daly City outside San Francisco. “It means getting in a car [and] going to a waiting room.” In his view, urgent care, which costs him about $ 40 per visit, is more convenient &...