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CDC: Number of women with opioid use disorder quadruples in 15 years

CDC: Number of women with opioid use disorder quadruples in 15 years

Health
Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Pregnant women with opioid overuse have quadrupled over 15 years, according to an analysis of hospital deliveries by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. The findings revealed significant increases in 28 states with available data for pregnant women with a pattern of opioid use, the agency reports. The CDC says opioid overuse during pregnancy has been linked to negative health outcomes for mothers and their babies, including maternal death, preterm birth, stillbirth and neonatal abstinence syndrome. "These findings illustrate the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic on families across the U.S., including on the very youngest," Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the CDC director, said in a press release. "Untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy...
Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

World
Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Mexican federal court has freed former teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo of embezzlement charges that put her in prison for five years without a trial. Gordillo was arrested the day after an anti-union education reform law was signed in 2013, accused of organized crime and embezzling millions in union funds to pay for personal expenses. She denied the charges and said her arrest was politically motivated because of her opposition to the education reform, which she said was designed to disrupt the union's control of hiring and school administration. Gordillo, then the leader of the Mexican National Educational Workers Union, remained in prison for five years awaiting trial -- until the federal court ruled this week there are insufficient grounds to proceed in her...
Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

Technology
The famed jet boat Bluebird returned to the water Saturday for the first time since a 1967 crash that killed pilot Donald Campbell during a world speed-record attempt. Watched by well-wishers including Campbell's daughter Gina Campbell, the sleek blue hydroplane was lowered into Loch Fad on Scotland's Isle of Bute, where it will undergo low-speed tests. Campbell had already set eight land and water speed records when he attempted to break his own 276.3 mph (445 kph) water-speed record on Jan. 4, 1967 on Coniston Water in northwest England's Lake District. The jet-powered Bluebird roared past 300 mph (482 kph) before it vaulted into the air, flipped and crashed into the lake, breaking in two and killing the 45-year-old Campbell. It was 34 years before divers managed to raise the Bluebird'...
Moon may have been habitable 4 billion years ago

Moon may have been habitable 4 billion years ago

Technology
The moon could have supported life billions of years ago, according to new research. A study published in the journal Astrobiology has found that simple lifeforms could have survived on the lunar surface during two periods 3.5 and 4 billion years ago.The study was conducted by two scientists, Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University, and Professor Ian Crawford of Birkbeck, University of London.They believe the moon must have been spewing out so much super-heated volatile gas, including water vapour, during these periods that it could have sustained life."If liquid water and a significant atmosphere were present on the early moon for long periods of time, we think the lunar surface would have been at least transiently habitable," Profes...
Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

Science
The prospect of the Gulf Stream slowing down and even stopping altogether has worried many experts in recent years. Some believed that this would cause a rapid cooling around the world with resulting global chaos.But a new study finds the Gulf Stream go-slow will have a significant impact on planetary temperatures, but not in a chilled out way.The Gulf Stream is an ocean current that keeps the UK warmer than it would be given its latitude alone.Researchers say a slower current will carry less heat down to the deep oceans meaning more will enter the atmosphere.Worries over the fate of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc), of which the Gulf Stream is part, were graphically illustrated in the 2004 film, The Day After Tomorrow. It focused on...