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Pay $40k and risk brutal murder: Getting into US illegally

Pay $40k and risk brutal murder: Getting into US illegally

World
By Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent, and Tom Acres, news reporterDespite Donald Trump frequently shining the spotlight on those crossing the southern border, demanding Mexico takes action, moving people into the US remains a profitable business.Thousands of migrants and refugees desperate to leave their homes in search of a better life are choosing to put their lives in the hands of criminal smugglers - and are willing to pay up to $ 40,000.Sky News has been granted exclusive access to one such operation, which sees cartels use their expertise in transporting illegal drugs across the border to achieve the same results with people. Image: Cartels levy their expertise in drug smuggling to transport people Traditionally, those seeking to cross the US-M...
Physical activity lowers death risk from heart disease, study says

Physical activity lowers death risk from heart disease, study says

Health
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Physical activity could lower the high rate of death associated with frailty in older people, according to a study conducted in Spain. The findings, which were published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, confirm advice by geriatrics experts that physical activity helps prevent older people from developing the dangers of becoming frail: poor health, falls, disability and death. "Physical activity might partly compensate for the greater mortality risk associated with frailty in old age," the researchers concluded. Physical activity doesn't need to be strenuous, and can include walking. In previous research, physical activity has been shown to improve strength, balance, agility, walking speed and muscle mass. The researchers analyzed information f...
Global warming increases risk of heat stress for outdoor workers

Global warming increases risk of heat stress for outdoor workers

Science
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Every year, a few hundred people in the United States die as a result of heat exposure, making heat stress the leading cause of weather-related deaths -- deadlier than lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to heat, and their risk of exposure to heat stress conditions is likely to increase as the effects of climate change progress. That's why several advocacy groups, including Public Citizen and the United Farm Workers, have petitioned the federal government to establish stronger -- and specific -- heat stress-related protections for outdoor workers. Heat stress conditions are produced by the combination of high temperatures and high humidity. When it's humid, sweat can't evaporate efficiently, limiting the body's natural abi...
DNA tool can assess disease risk by predicting person's height

DNA tool can assess disease risk by predicting person's height

Health
Oct. 4 (UPI) -- By creating a DNA tool to accurately predict people's height, researchers see hope for assessing risk for serious illnesses. Michigan State University scientists developed an algorithm based on one genome that includes predictors for human traits such as height, bone density and even the level of education. The findings were published this week in the journal Genetics. "While we have validated this tool for these three outcomes, we can now apply this method to predict other complex traits related to health risks such as heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer," lead investigator Dr. Stephen Hsu, vice president for research and graduate studies at MSU, said in a press release. With precision medicine, physicians can more quickly and accurately provide patient care, includ...
Some drugs, supplements taken together can pose health risk

Some drugs, supplements taken together can pose health risk

Health
Sept. 25 (UPI) -- People who use certain over-the-counter herbal medicines and dietary supplements concurrently with prescription drugs could open themselves up to serious health risks, especially among older adults, according to a study. Researchers in Britain found some drugs' effectiveness was reduced and that new medical problems could be caused with some combinations in a study published Monday in the British Journal of General Practice. They report that blood pressure treatments, statins and aspirin are affected, and there is increased blood glucose concentration and risk of bleeding. They also found the body's reduced ability to absorb prescription drugs associated with aging. Researchers found 32.6 percent of the participants were at risk of potential adverse drug interactions. S...