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Poor sleep may increase risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, study finds

Poor sleep may increase risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, study finds

Health
June 4 (UPI) -- Sleeping poorly on a regular basis may increase a person's risk for heart disease, a study published Thursday by the journal PLOS Biology has found. The connection may be that fragmented sleep increases inflammation in the body, which in turn raises a person's risk for atherosclerosis and stroke, according to researchers from the University of California at Berkeley. Advertisement "Improving sleep may offer a novel way to reduce inflammation and thus reduce the risk of atherosclerosis," study co-author Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the school, said in a press release. In all, 35 percent of Americans report "poor" or "fair" sleep quality, and one in five say they don't wake up feeling refreshed, according to the Sleep Foundation. Atheroscler...
New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

World
The new coronavirus is continuing its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Middle East and as the International Monetary Fund warns that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in pricesBy JON GAMBRELL Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 10:04 AM4 min readDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The new coronavirus continued its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Mideast on Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund warned that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in prices. There are over 31,000 confirmed cases of the virus across the Mideast, the vast majority in the hard-hit nation of Iran. While most recover from the virus and the COVID-19 illness that it causes, bottoming crude oil pri...
Superdry warns profits could be wiped out after poor Christmas

Superdry warns profits could be wiped out after poor Christmas

Business
Superdry has warned its profits could be wiped out after weaker than expected sales during the peak Christmas period.The struggling fashion retailer saw its revenue fall sharply by 16% in the 10 weeks to 4 January, blaming poor trading on old stock left over by the former management team. It also experienced shortages of some of the better-selling ranges.As a result, the firm has downgraded its pre-tax profit from £20m to between zero and £10m for the full financial year, ending in April.In a trading update the firm said: "Despite a strong Black Friday event, peak trading performance has been lower than expected as we continue our strategic transition to a full price stance. Advertisement "Over this period
Poor clothing sales see M&S’s profits slide

Poor clothing sales see M&S’s profits slide

Business
Marks and Spencer profits dropped in the first half of its financial year following a sharp fall in demand for its clothes and home goods.The High Street retailer said that while its food business was "outperforming the market", there had been issues in clothing and home.Marks and Spencer is undergoing a transformation plan led by chief executive Steve Rowe.He said after a "challenging" first half, it is now seeing improvements.Overall, pre-tax profits tumbled by 17% to £176.5m on total sales down 2.1% to £4.86bn.Like-for-like sales in clothing and home fell by 5.5% during the six months to 30 September, worse than an expected 4.3% drop.Despite that, in early morning FTSE 250 trading the company's shares were up 6.3% at 193.94 pence. M&S said there ha