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Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

Health
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found.While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment -- if it exists at all -- may be at insufficient levels, the research team added."Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, ...
US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

Science
A report compiled by a US government agency has confirmed that 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third year in a row of record global warmth.The heat was the result of long-term global warming and a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, the report said.Global surface and sea temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases levels were all at record highs, it added.The report comes after President Donald Trump announced plans for the US to quit the 2015 Paris climate accord.Animation: Climate change explained in six graphicsWhat is climate change?Mr Trump has previously dismissed climate change as "a hoax".The international report, State of the Climate in 2016, was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based on contributions from nearly 500 scient
Americans paid $15 billion in overdraft fees last year, CFPB says

Americans paid $15 billion in overdraft fees last year, CFPB says

Finance
What is the CFPB?Americans have racked up billions -- yes, billions -- of dollars worth of overdraft charges. In 2016, U.S. consumers paid a total of $ 15 billion in fees for bouncing checks or overdrafting--which is when a customer tries to make a purchase without enough money in their account to cover the transaction-- according to new data released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All banks with assets over $ 1 billion must report how much money it brought in via bounced check and overdraft fees, according to CFPB. And this year the industry rang up at $ 11.41 billion. That's up 2.2% from 2015, which was the first year banks began reporting total overdraft and bounced check fees to the CFPB. Adding in it's best guess for what smaller banks and credit unions charged, and CF...
Which celebrities earned the most over the past year?

Which celebrities earned the most over the past year?

Entertainment
It's that time of year again - Forbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers and Sean "Diddy" Combs is top of the tree.His earnings of $ 130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year's 22nd spot.His success is down to his recent US tour, a marketing deal with a vodka company and selling one third of his Sean John clothing line.Beyonce and JK Rowling took second and third spot, but women comprise just 16% of the world's top-earning celebrities.Newcomers include Kylie Jenner, at number 59, who is the youngest list member at the age of 19. Her earnings come from her family's reality TV show - Keeping Up with the Kardashians - her namesake cosmetics company and clothing line, plus various endorsements. Half of the top 10 are made up of musicians, while two athletes - Real M