Midnight In The Desert — deaths

More Americans than ever are dying due to walking with their eyes glued to their phones

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More Americans than ever are dying due to walking with their eyes glued to their phones

Everybody knows that texting while driving can have deadly results, but texting while walking? That too can have fatal consequences, according to new research, Fox News reports. For a second consecutive year, the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached nearly 6,000, having risen 27 percent between 2007 and 2016, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report released Wednesday. While the reasons for the increase in pedestrian deaths over the last two years aren’t entirely clear, experts suggest that smartphones and marijuana are partially to blame. “It’s downright disturbing; people outside cars are dying at levels we...

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Tens of Thousands of Dead Fish Turn Up in New York Bay, State Environmental Officials Launch Investigation

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Tens of Thousands of Dead Fish Turn Up in New York Bay, State Environmental Officials Launch Investigation

Tens of thousands of dead fish have reportedly turned up in Shinnecock Bay in Hampton Bays, New York, prompting the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to launch an investigation. Predatory fish likely chased the "large, dense school of bunker (Atlantic menhaden) and other bait fish" into the Long Island bay's canal early Monday morning, state officials told ABC News today in a statement. The fish were apparently trapped when the canal gates closed around 3 a.m. A preliminary field analysis suggested that the fish likely died because of "a lack of dissolved oxygen and the high density of fish," the...

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Ecologists Puzzled By Unexplained Mass Animal Deaths

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Ecologists Puzzled By Unexplained Mass Animal Deaths

Sometimes the news is nothing other than depressing. There have been several high-profile and unexplained animal die-offs earlier this year including the fateful mass deaths of the scrotum frogs of Lake Titicaca and the mysterious incident in Boston where dead birds rained down upon city streets. Now, several more mass animal deaths around the world have ecologists and environmentalists scratching their heads in despair and desperation over what could be behind these deadly events. In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, thousands of dead Atlantic saury have been washing ashore on the Brewster Flats, a popular site for beachgoers. Officials have been optimistic...

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Apollo astronauts experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular-related deaths

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Apollo astronauts experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular-related deaths

Members of the successful Apollo space program are experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular problems that are thought to be caused by their exposure to deep space radiation, according to a Florida State University researcher. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, FSU Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Professor Michael Delp explains that the men who traveled into deep space as part of the lunar missions were exposed to levels of galactic cosmic radiation that have not been experienced by any other astronauts or cosmonauts. That exposure is now manifesting itself as cardiovascular problems. "We know very little...

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No Association Between 'Bad Cholesterol' and Senior Deaths

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No Association Between 'Bad Cholesterol' and Senior Deaths

An international team of experts has found that older people with high levels of "bad" cholesterol live as long — or longer — than their peers with low levels. The findings, which came after analyzing more than 68,000 patients over the age of 60, call into question whether seniors with high cholesterol, especially high levels of low-density lipoprotein or LDL (LDL-C), are more at risk of dying from heart attack and stroke and need statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. "We have known for decades that high total cholesterol becomes a much weaker risk for cardiovascular disease with advancing...

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