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Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

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Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A new analysis has linked environmental exposure to a certain type of insecticides with increased risk for death from heart disease. In findings published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers report that higher levels of 3-phenoxybenzoic acid in those exposed to pyrethroid-based sprays and other products likely contributes to a roughly 50 percent increase in their risk for death from cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. Pyrethroids -- which are found in many residential pest control sprays and household and garden insecticides and pet sprays, as well as specialty shampoos, lice treatments and mosquito repellents -- have been used in the United States for more than 40 years. "Pesticide exposure at varying levels is ubiquitous to the general populatio...
Exercise may reduce risk for cancer by as much as 25 percent

Exercise may reduce risk for cancer by as much as 25 percent

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Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Resolving to exercise in the new year -- and sticking to it -- may help reduce a person's risk for cancer, a new study suggests. In findings published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers at the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health report that people who engaged in physical activity as recommended by the National Institutes of Health were able to reduce their risk for seven different types of cancer by as much as 25 percent. This included common -- and deadly -- forms of the disease like colon and breast cancers, as well as endometrial cancer, kidney cancer, myeloma, liver cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "Physical activity guidelines have largely been based on their impact on chro...
WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

WHO, CDC data shows measles cases up 30 percent globally

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Dec. 5 (UPI) -- When it comes to measles outbreaks, the United States is catching up with the rest of the world. Although 2018 was a relatively quiet year for the disease in the U.S. -- with just 372 confirmed cases -- nearly 9.8 million people were diagnosed with measles globally, and more than 140,000 died from it, despite availability of a vaccine. And this year, the disease has been far more prevalent in the U.S., with more than 1,200 cases to date -- the highest total in more than 25 years. Both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted the importance of vaccination Thursday as they released their final measles surveillance figures for 2018. "That anyone should die from measles -- against which a safe, effective and affordable...
Canada declines to raise defense spending above 2 percent NATO benchmark

Canada declines to raise defense spending above 2 percent NATO benchmark

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Dec. 2 (UPI) -- As leaders of NATO countries prepare to convene in London, Canada remains below the benchmark of two percent of GDP, NATO data indicate. Each NATO member nation agreed in 2014 to spend two percent of its gross domestic product on defense, but statistics released Friday indicate that Canada will spend 1.31 percent of its GDP on defense in 2019, a figure similar to that of 2018. The data places Canada 20th on the list. Nine countries -- the United States, Bulgaria, Greece, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland -- currently meet or exceed the two percent level, the U.S. carrying the highest percentage of all 29 NATO members and Luxembourg with the lowest. U.S. President Donald Trump has been a frequent critic of allies underspending on defense, a...
Birth rate down 2 percent in 2018, continuing two-decade trend

Birth rate down 2 percent in 2018, continuing two-decade trend

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Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Birth rates in the United States continued to decline in 2018, particularly for younger mothers, an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed. In its latest National Vital Statistics Report, released Wednesday, the agency reported that fewer than 4 million births were registered across the country in 2018, a 2 percent decline over the prior year. Overall, according to CDC figures, the American birth rate has been in decline since the early 2000s. Among women between 15 and 44 years of age, the general fertility rate also declined by 2 percent from 2017 to 2018, from 60.3 to 59.1 births per 1,000 population. Notably, the birth rate among women between 15 and 19 years of age declined by 7 percent from year to year, while dropping by 4 percent ...