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1 in 4 hospitalized patients with most severe form of COVID-19 will die, study finds

1 in 4 hospitalized patients with most severe form of COVID-19 will die, study finds

Health
April 2 (UPI) -- About 23% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 experience the most severe form of the disease and roughly one in four of them will die due to its complications, according to a study published Friday by PLOS ONE. An additional 60% suffer from the "normal" symptoms, but still have serious heart and lung complications that carry a 10% risk for death, the data showed. Advertisement Collectively, COVID-19 patients in these two categories are more than seven times as likely to be hospitalized due to the illness and nearly three times as likely to die from it, compared to the 17% percent of patients with mild infections, the researchers said. "Patients do not suffer from COVID-19 in a uniform matter," researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis wro...
Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

Business
Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps at Iwakuni, Japan, announced formation of a new attack squadron on Friday in anticipation of the arrival of F-35B fighter planes. Marine Aircraft Group 12 re-designated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, or VMFA-242. The change is part of the Marine Corps' ongoing transition process from F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes to the more-advanced F-35B Lightning II. Advertisement It will be the second overseas Marine squadron, a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing statement on Friday said. The first squadron, also at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, was established in 2017. VMFA-242 was ceremonially dedicated last week, and included a change of command, as Lt. Col. Andrew Kelemen was succeeded by Lt. Col. Michael Wyrsch...
Watch: Simone Biles shows off Olympic form with rare gymnastic move

Watch: Simone Biles shows off Olympic form with rare gymnastic move

Sports
July 16 (UPI) -- Star gymnast Simone Biles displayed her elite athleticism in a video she posted to social media, which showed the four-time Olympic gold medalist performing a move she hasn't completed in 10 years. Biles posted the video earlier this week on Twitter. She came into the picture doing a cycle of back handsprings before she launched herself through the air for a double layout. She then jumped into a double tuck to end the acrobatic sequence. Advertisement "Haven't done a double tuck since I was probably 13. Here you go," Biles wrote for the caption on the post. Biles, 23, was scheduled to compete in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo before the Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. She has 19 World Championship gold medals and arguably is the greatest g...
France’s Macron loses majority as defectors form new party

France’s Macron loses majority as defectors form new party

World
The party of French President Emmanuel Macron has lost its outright majority in parliament, after a group of MPs broke away to form a new party.Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity will be largely formed of seven MPs from La République en Marche (On the Move) and other ex-supporters of the president.The defecting MPs want to focus on green issues and social inequality.But their decision leaves Mr Macron's party with 288 seats, one short of a majority in the 577-seat lower house.French commentators said La République en Marche (LREM) still had the backing of two other political allies, the centrist MoDem as well as Agir from the centre-right, which together make up another 56 seats in the National Assembly.There is even a chance that th...
Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

World
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges, clearing the way for him and his rival-turned-uneasy ally to join together in a controversial power-sharing deal. The unanimous decision, released just before midnight, ended a 17-month political stalemate and prevented the country from plunging into a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, said they expected their coalition to be sworn into office next week. After battling to three inconclusive elections over the past year, Netanyahu and Gantz, a former military chief, announced their “emergency” government last month, saying they would put aside their rivalry to s...