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Study calls for measures against pig-to-person flu spread

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers in the United States suggest that protective measures make good sense for both the animals and humans as the spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings. In a study that appeared in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the US Centers for Disease Control and …

Melbourne is world’s most livable city for 7th straight year

SYDNEY — Melbourne in Australia was rated the world’s most livable city on Wednesday, for the seventh consecutive year. The Economist Intelligence Unit in Britain measures the livability standards of 140 countries around the world each year, by comparing stability, culture and environmental conditions. According to the report, the main reason Melbourne ranks so high is due …

Binge-watching leads to poor sleep quality: study

CHICAGO — Research conducted by the University of Michigan (UM) and the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research in Belgium found that higher binge-viewing frequency leads to poorer sleep quality, more fatigue and increased insomnia. Regular TV viewing does not have this problem, the research concluded. Researchers surveyed 423 adults between the ages of 18 and …

Sulfur use linked to breathing problems in kids living near farms

SAN FRANCISCO — A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide. Published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the study establishes associations between elemental sulfur use and reduced …

Sleep tied to type 2 diabetes risk in children: study

WASHINGTON — Children who get more sleep are at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in a US journal Tuesday. For adults, getting too much or not enough sleep both have been linked with adiposity and type 2 diabetes. In children, more sleep has been tied to lower levels …

Zika causes up to USD18-B losses in LatAm: UNDP

BRASILIA — The economic impact on Latin America of the Zika virus has been estimated to reach USD18 billion from 2015 to 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said here Tuesday. “Zika is responsible for tangible losses to gross domestic product, estimated to range from USD7 billion to USD18 billion over 2015-2017 alone,” according to …

Mattis warns of escalation into war if N. Korea attacks US

WASHINGTON— US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Monday that if the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fires at the United States, the situation could quickly escalate into war. “If they (DPRK) fire at the United States, it could escalate into a war very quickly,” Mattis told reporters. “If they shoot at the …

Study: Deep sleep reinforces learning of motor skills

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 — Neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco, have discovered that the animal brain reinforces motor skills during deep sleep. In the study published in Nature Neuroscience, the researchers found that during non-rapid eye movement, or non-REM, sleep, slow brain waves bolster neural touchpoints that are directly related to a …

Poor children at greater risk for heart disease later in life

SYDNEY, Aug. 11— Australian researchers released a study on Friday showing that children who grow up in lower socioeconomic backgrounds have a higher propensity to be afflicted with heart disease later in life. The study conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute assessed nearly 1,500 Australian families and found that the family situation, and neighborhood, …

Contaminated eggs scandal need EU food safety, taste coordination

BRUSSELS, Aug. 11— Several European countries are affected by fipronil-contaminated eggs, causing millions of eggs to be removed from shelves in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. So far, contaminated eggs from the Netherlands have been found in Belgium, Germany, France and Britain. France’s agriculture ministry confirmed that 13 batches of Dutch eggs contaminated with the …