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9/11 survivors at risk of heart attack, lung disease: Study



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New York, July 17: People who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, may be at an increased long-term risk of developing asthma and heart attack, researchers have found.

“Our findings indicate that intense exposure on a single day — the first day of the disaster — contributes substantially to the risk of developing chronic conditions,” said Robert Brackbill from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. wtcThe findings showed that individuals exposed to dust had a higher risk of non-neoplastic lung disease (lung conditions not involving tumours) other than asthma, while dust exposure on its own was associated with an increased risk of asthma.

The number of types of injuries, such as fractures, head injuries, or sprains, a person sustained on 9/11 was associated with an increased risk of angina or heart attack in a dose-dependent manner, which means that the risk of having angina or a heart attack increased with every additional injury type, the researchers said.

For the study, published in the journal Injury Epidemiology, the team enrolled 8,701 people to examine the association between physical injury or acute exposure to the dust cloud on the morning of September 11, 2001, and chronic disease up to 10 to 11 years later.

The researchers found that there were 92 incident cases of heart disease, 308 cases of asthma, and 297 cases of non-neoplastic lung disease among 7,503 area workers, 249 rescue workers, 131 residents and 818 passersby.


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First non-stop flight between Australia, UK makes history



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Qantas Flight QF9 should complete its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey in just over 17 hours, reports the BBC. Image source: Reuters

Perth, March 25: The first non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has left Perth and is due to land in London on Sunday.

Qantas Flight QF9 should complete its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey in just over 17 hours, reports the BBC.

The historic flight, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, departed from Perth at 6.49 p.m., on Saturday and is due at London Heathrow at 5.10 a.m., on Sunday.

The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce has called the new Perth-London service a “game-changing route”.

Speaking at an event ahead of the inaugural flight, he said the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK – known as the “kangaroo route” – had taken four days and involved seven stops.

Western Australia’s state government is also hoping to see an increase in tourist numbers as a result of the new direct route.

The flight will be the world’s second-longest after Qatar Airways’ route from Doha to Auckland, which spans 14,529km, according to the International Air Transport Association.

To minimise the discomfort of such a long flight, the plane has been equipped with improved air quality and lower cabin noise, the BBC reported.

Some of the passengers have agreed to share data on their sleeping and activity patterns with researchers from the University of Sydney.

They are wearing special monitors and devices that also record mental state, eating patterns and hydration.


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Car bomb kills 2 in Egypt’s Alexandria




Cairo, March 24: A car bomb killed two people and injured several others in the centre of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Saturday, officials said.

The attack unsuccessfully targeted the city’s security chief while he was travelling in a convoy, the Interior Ministry was cited as saying by Efe news.

Egypt is just two days away from its presidential election, that will be held from Monday to Wednesday, in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is competing for a second mandate.

An Interior Ministry statement only confirmed the death of one policeman, adding that three others were injured by an explosive device placed under a vehicle parked near the Alexandria Security Directorate headquarters.

On April 9, 2017 two separate bomb attacks targeted Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta, killing 44 people and wounding 100 others.

The Islamic State terror organization claimed responsibility for both attacks.


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Australia volunteers rescue 5 after mass-stranding of 150 whales



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Canberra, March 24: Volunteers have helped rescue five of the 150 short-finned pilot whales that were stranded on a beach in Western Australia, authorities said on Saturday.

The whales were freed by authorities at Hamelin Bay, south of Perth, with the help of vets and more than 100 volunteers, reports the Guardian.

The surviving five whales have been moved to deeper waters, but there was still a risk they could return to dry land.

The Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Jeremy Chick said whales often came back on to the shore after mass-stranding events.

“We ask the public to keep a lookout and if anyone sees a stranded whale to please report it,” he said.

A sixth whale was freed into shallow waters overnight but it beached again and had to be euthanised.

The authorities continued to sweep the surrounding beaches by air and sea on Saturday, the Guardian reported.

The 145 carcasses were being removed and authorities were taking DNA samples to understand why the whales beached.

A fisherman spotted the large number of whales on Friday morning.


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