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Study: Genetic indicators help determine COPD risk

Study: Genetic indicators help determine COPD risk

Health
Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers found in study published Tuesday that genetic variations in lungs can help identify people at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which is often caused by cigarette smoke and pollution.The study -- funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health -- identified people with low, but stable, lung function early in life who developed COPD.For the study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists were attempting to learn why not all smokers develop COPD, but many non-smokers do."This work raises many interesting questions for researchers. Understanding precisely why these genes influence the development of COPD may lead to entirely new and more ...
Oil retreats from $70 ceiling on fading geopolitical risk premium

Oil retreats from $70 ceiling on fading geopolitical risk premium

Business
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices dipped into negative territory on Friday on signs Washington would indeed extend waivers that let Iranian oil flow on the global market.The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, hit $ 70 per barrel for the first time since December 2014 partway through the trading day Thursday, but gave up nearly all of the gains by the close. The bounce-back from the flirtation with the psychological ceiling at one point in overnight trading left the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, down more than 1 percent.Traders and market watchers for much of the week said they expected U.S. President Donald Trump to go against the principles of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not extend waivers to Iran. The president must regularly weigh sanctions and no...
Oil tanker burning off China's coast at risk of exploding

Oil tanker burning off China's coast at risk of exploding

World
An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China's east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck. State broadcaster China Central Television, citing Chinese officials, said none of the 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who have been missing since the collision late Saturday had been found as of 8 a.m. Monday. Search and cleanup efforts have been hampered by fierce fires and poisonous gases that have engulfed the tanker and surrounding waters, CCTV reported. The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal in t...
Chocolate poisoning risk to dogs at Christmas

Chocolate poisoning risk to dogs at Christmas

Science
Chocolate poisoning is a risk to the family dog at Christmas, say vets. They warn that dogs are four times more likely to fall ill from eating it at this time of year. A study found hundreds of cases of dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealing chocolate Santas, selection boxes, chocolate oranges and even a mug of hot chocolate.Vets are trying to get the message across that it should be kept out of reach from the family pet.While dogs like the taste of chocolate, it can make them ill, even in small quantities.''The take home message is firstly to make sure that people recognise that chocolate is a potential problem and to be vigilant with their chocolate gifts over the holiday period,'' said Dr Philip Jones, lecturer in veterinary epidemiology and public health at the University of ...
The biggest risk you face when choosing between a human and a robo-advisor

The biggest risk you face when choosing between a human and a robo-advisor

Finance
The choice you make for how you want to receive professional financial advice can make or break your portfolio.Investors today have four main choices for how they want to receive financial advice, Ron Carson, founder and CEO of the Carson Group, said in an interview with CNBC.com.You can either go the traditional route and work with a human financial advisor or opt to work exclusively with a robo-advisor. Or you can select a bionic offering, which is a combination of both, or choose to work with a financial advisor on a retainer-fee basis.More from Investor Toolkit:Advisors turn to life coaches and counselorsRetirees leave $ 100B in Social Security benefits on tableHow much those advisor fees are costing youThe decision you make should be based on your personal goals, needs and objectives,...