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A chemical that has been banned from use in children’s toys but is still used in medical devices, such as plastic IV tubes and catheters, has been linked to the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in critically ill children.
The devices contain a high level of plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates which circulate in the blood and can seep into the bloodstream, according to EU funded researchers.
A British banker has been linked to North Korea’s efforts to create nuclear weapons, the Panama Leaks have revealed, suggesting the financier set up an offshore company used by Pyongyang to fund nuclear research.
An investigation by the Guardian alleges that Nigel Cowie, who was head of North Korea’s first foreign bank, registered a company in the British Virgin Islands.
The revelations come amid a week of embarrassment for the world’s rich and powerful. The Panama Leaks, which have forced the resignation of Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, have also cast light on David Cameron’s family wealth.
It turns out you really can die of a broken heart, according to recent research published by Danish scientists. The death of a life partner, especially unexpected, may cause a potentially fatal irregular heartbeat.
One million Danes took part in the study between 1995 and 2014, with those who suffered bereavements demonstrating a greater danger of developing a heart flutter.
The most elevated risk was seen among those aged under 60.
The risk was the highest “eight-14 days after the loss, after which it gradually declined,” stated the study, which was published in the online Open Heart journal. A year later, the risk was almost equal to“the non-bereaved population.”
US Army researchers are creating detailed 3D avatar models of soldiers using body surface scanning technology for the possible development of new military gear and protective equipment as well as providing research models for medical purposes.
A group at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) has been working on the computer program since 2010 and is using it to map human internal anatomy into the soldier scans for added realism.