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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new study has found that removing your kid’s tonsils can boost their risk of allergic reactions, infectious disease, and long-term respiratory disease, like asthma.

Scientists have focused on the long-term effects of the removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) and adenoid glands (adenoidectomy).

Study authors do not recommend the two pediatric surgeries as there can be healthier alternatives.

Tonsillectomy is performed to cure tonsillitis while adenoidectomy is performed to cure chronic middle ear infections. Researchers explained that people’s tonsils and adenoids are the first line of defense against infections.

The lymph nodes and glands can detect airborne viruses and bacteria and prompt an immune reaction to them.

A research group at the Copenhagen Evolutionary Medicine was able to track four groups of children for several years. One group had their adenoids removed, the second groups had tonsils removed, the other third group had undergone both medical procedures, while the control group had not had any of the procedures.

Removing Your Kid’s Tonsils Can Negatively Impact Their Immune System

Dr. Sean Byars of the University of Melbourne, who was involved in the study, explained that removing tonsils and adenoids in the first 9 years of the child’s life is very detrimental to their health. In the first nine years, the immune system is undergoing a phase of maximum development, according to researchers.

The study appeared recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The study involved 1,189,061 Danish children who were tracked for at least the first decade of their life. More than 17,000 of the children had their adenoids removed and nearly 12,000 had their tonsils removed. Over 31,000 children underwent both surgeries.

The study revealed that the removal of tonsils boosted the risk of upper respiratory tract diseases by three times. These conditions include pneumonia, the flu, bronchitis, and asthma.

The absolute risk for these conditions was 18.61% higher in kids who underwent the surgeries. The removal of adenoids doubled the risk of conjunctivitis, COPD, and upper respiratory tract disease.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new government report shows that the suicide rates nationwide have increased by more than 25% between 1999 and 2016.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, in 25 U.S. states, suicide rates jumped by more than 30%.

The report also shows that over 50% of the victims had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition before their death.

These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now,[…],

said CDC’s principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, MD.

Dr. Schuchat believes that suicide should be considered a public health issue. Suicide has become as bad as drug overdoses and Alzheimer’s disease when it comes to early mortality.

In 2016, 45,000 Americans died by suicide, and the numbers could go further up.

America Has Seen 25% Jump in Suicides in Less than 2 Decades

CDC researchers combed the data offered by the National Vital Statistics System. The data included Americans aged 10 or older who committed suicide from 1999 to 2016.

On average, the United States saw a 25% jump in suicide rates over that period. Delaware experienced a 6% rise, while states like North Dakota saw a 58% increase in suicide rates.

The only state that hasn’t seen an increase was Nevada. In fact, suicide rates slipped 1% in the Silver State. Nevertheless, with around 21 suicides for every 100,000 residents, Nevada still has a fairly high suicide rate.

The state with the highest suicide rate is Montana, with 29 people lost to suicide for every 100,000 residents. The District of Columbia has the lowest suicide rate, with seven people dead by suicide for every 100,000 residents.

In 31% of cases in which the individual died by poisoning, doctors found opioids in the bloodstream. So, it is very hard if the person killed themselves or simply died by overdose.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A pizza delivery man in New York City was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers while he was making a delivery to a nearby military base.

Pablo Villavicencio, who was taken into custody Friday, is from Ecuador and has been residing in the United States illegally. The man was arrested at the gates of the Brooklyn-based Fort Hamilton after the guard asked for a valid ID.

Since he didn’t have one, the soldier called immigration to arrest him,

the man’s wife, Sandra Chica, told reporters.

The woman is from Colombia and has U.S. citizenship. The pair met five years ago, got married, and have two children. Villavicencio reportedly applied for residency status in February.

Chica complained that she and her daughters are living a “drama” as their life changed “from one moment to the next.” She urged authorities not to deport her husband.

A ‘Troubling’ Incident

Fort Hamilton confirmed that the delivery man arrived at the base around noon last Friday and lacked a “valid Department of Defense identification.” He was asked to take a daily pass from an office. The base’s personnel discovered that there was an active ICE warrant for the man and called authorities.

The New York City Council revealed that Villavicencio had made similar deliveries to the base, but a municipal ID was all that he was asked for. The Council described the incident as “troubling” and asked for more info from the base and the ICE.

A city official wondered whether the Army now wants proof of citizenship from all civilians that want to enter a military base. Is this a new deportation strategy? Local authorities believe that the Ecuadorian man was “singled out” and that NYC is not safer because one deliveryman was taken off the streets.

On Wednesday, ICE unveiled that an immigration court gave the man voluntary departure status in 2010, but he failed to depart as required.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A 53-year-old man from South Carolina pleaded guilty to allegations that he had beaten and forced a black cook with a mental retard to work for free at his buffet restaurant for five years.

The disabled cook sometimes worked 100 hours per week without being paid.

This week, Bobby Paul Edwards admitted in federal court that he isolated, intimidated, and been verbally and physically abusive towards John Christopher Smith. The defendant faces 20 years in jail and a hefty fine.

According to court documents, the restaurant manager beat the cook with a belt and pans and pots. He also burned the 40-year-old man’s back with hot tongs while using racial expletives and abusive language.

Smith, 40, had held a job at the buffet restaurant in Conway, South Carolina, since he was 12. He kept quiet about the abuse because he feared he might be fired. It is not the first time, authorities are notified about the abuse.

Authorities Had Known About the Abuse Since 2014

In October 2014, the local police received complaints about the situation at the J&J Cafeteria. A year later, Smith told a local TV station that his employer was coercing him physically with his belt “and all that.”

I want him to go to prison and I want to be there when he go,

the black cook said at the time.

Edwards was first indicted in the fall of 2016 but pleaded not guilty. His lawyer couldn’t be contacted this week.

The Justice Department noted in a statement that forced labor can now occur in homes, farms, and even restaurants. Edwards forced Smith, which is affected by “intellectual disabilities,” to work for free at J&J Cafeteria right under people’s nose.

Edwards will have to shell out $250,000 in fines and give Smith an entire restitution. The amount of restitution has not been established.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that the United States’ soybean sales to China have slipped this year.

AFBA economist Veronica Nigh doesn’t believe China is interested in a large volume of soybean imports this year.

“Soybean exports to China are down significantly from last year and the volume of outstanding sales is relatively low[..],”

Nigh told CNBC.

The lost sales were mainly due to cancellations, changing in destinations, and purchases from third-parties. The lost sales have grown very quickly since the start of the year. By mid-May, the accumulated lost sales surpassed the losses in the previous marketing year.

Over the weekend, the U.S. Commerce Secretary negotiated with Beijing but reached no specific deal. The negotiations focused on energy products and agriculture exports to China.

Beijing Willing to Normalize Trade

Beijing has told Washington that the latest tariffs on its exports will bear consequences. China is the second largest trade partner of the United States when it comes to agricultural products. Around one-third of U.S. soybean exports reach the Chinese market.

Analysts believe that the uncertainty affecting the market environment is impacting exports. The U.S. may lose one of its most important customers if it continues to blast China with high tariffs.

Beijing said last week that the volume of U.S. imports would go back to normal if the Trump administration renounced the new tariffs. China also wants to buy around $70 billion in energy products and agricultural products, on those conditions.

The United States’ trade deficit has ballooned to $375.2 billion. The Trump administration is desperately trying to reduce the gap. But the trade dispute is not only about reducing the trade deficit. Washington wants to protect the nation’s intellectual property as well.

Soybean exports slumped this year for another reason. The protein content of the U.S. products has hit a historical low.

(Mirror Daily, United States) – A research team at the Edinburgh University has found that aspiring can stifle tumor growth in bowel cancer patients.

The findings are in line with past studies that found that the over-the-counter drug can lower the risk of colon cancer.

It is the first time a study offers evidence that aspirin has tumor-fighting properties as well. Scientists found that the medication can block a mechanism that promotes tumor growth.

The research team focused on the tumor cells’ nucleolus. The nucleolus has been associated with a higher risk of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer growth when activated.

Researchers tested aspirin effectiveness on tumor samples from bowel cancer patients and cancerous cells grown in a laboratory. The research revealed that the drug can block the TIF-IA molecule. Without the molecule, the nucleolus cannot be activated.

Even though not all colon cancer patients benefited from aspirin, researchers believe that their findings can help those patients that can benefit from it. The study could help researchers develop therapies that simulate aspirin’s properties.

Aspirin Has Many Health Benefits

Aspirin, though, should not be taken long-term as it can have some side-effects. Lead author Dr. Lesley Stark noted that the drug could prevent multiple conditions through a mechanism that the latest study is trying to better understand.

Dr. Stark hopes that a better understanding of the impact of aspirin on TIF-IA could enable scientists to develop new treatments for certain conditions and tailor current therapies to each patient’s needs.

The study appeared this week in the Nucleic Acids Research.

In the U.S., one in five women over the age 55 is taking aspirin every day to keep heart disease at bay. Past studies have shown that the OTC painkiller could prevent cancer and boost brain activity in younger women. A 2013 study revealed that the drug slowed down tumor growth in mice diagnosed with breast cancer.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – New research suggests that having strong social support later in life can undo the negative health effects of childhood abuse in adult survivors.

Researchers found that people who were severely abused physically when they were children had a 19% lower risk of dying prematurely if they had strong peer support in mid-life than their counterparts with no support.

Also, survivors of moderate physical abuse and those of emotional abuse were 12% and 11% less likely to die early if they had understanding and supportive persons around them.

Jessica Chiang noted that supportive relationships later in life can undo or combat the negative health outcomes of abuse or neglect during childhood. Chiang is a fellow researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The good news is that not all childhood abuse survivors will necessarily face poor health in adulthood. If they have strong peer support even decades following the abuse they can recover and have a good health.

Supportive Relationships Can Help Heal People’s Traumas

The study clearly shows that supportive friendships, family ties, or romantic relations could improve the health or keep disease at bay in people who were abused as children.

Study authors didn’t rule out other factors that may have influenced the outcomes, like some people’s innate ability to become more resilient than others, which helps them better cope with childhood trauma and abuse later on.

Past studies have revealed a link between ‘toxic stress’ in an adult’s early years and a higher risk of early mortality in adulthood. Toxic stress includes childhood trauma, abuse, divorce, severe illness, or the death of one parent. These issues can hamper brain development and metabolism.

Toxic stress is also behind early aging, persistent inflammation, heart disease, obesity, and depression. In addition, childhood abuse boosts the risk of engaging in risky behaviors like addictions which can put survivors at risk of early death.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A researcher claims that NASA has been covering up evidence on alien fossils for years. Dr Barry DiGregorio suggests that the footage from NASA’s robotic explorer sent to Mars proves his theory.

DiGregorio accuses the U.S. space agency of hiding the remains of what may seem “soft bodied creatures” in plain sight as Curiosity rover’s pictures show. Curiosity is currently on the Martian surface, constantly beaming back imagery to Earth.

NASA replied to the researcher’s assumption that the shapes he believes are alien fossils are just rock crystals, which Curiosity is analyzing. DiGregorio, on the other hand, insists that such “rock crystals” have not been spotted on Mars to date.

He thinks that what NASA calls rocks are trace fossils of alien creatures. The former University of Buckingham researcher explained that crystals don’t branch or twist, but fossils do.

DiGregorio said he plans to find other scientists that share his views to further study the ‘evidence’. When the study is completed, a full report will be published din a peer-reviewed journal.

NASA Covering Up Martian Alien Life

The study plans to prove that NASA is covering up the existence of an ancient alien race which lived on Mars. The scientist believes that an ancient lake on the Red Planet once hosted alien life. DiGregorio has even accused NASA of “avoiding looking for life.”

The agency is now getting ready for a manned mission to Mars which is scheduled for the 2030s. NASA JPL Curiosity team did not rule out the presence of alien fossils, but added that it is safe not to jump to conclusions after a first impression.

Meanwhile, a British author claims that UFO sightings are in fact U.S. military aircraft. Mark Pilkington, who has been researching UFOs and other unexplained phenomena for decades, accused the CIA and U.S. government of tricking the world into believing that UFOs exist by employing secret technology to make the aircraft look like alien space crafts.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – Taking Omega-3 supplements or eating plenty of fish can dramatically reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, new study suggests.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the brain cells.

MS’s most common symptoms include issues with balance, fatigue, eyesight problems, and weakened muscles. It is unclear what triggers the condition, which lacks a cure right now. Therapies can only target the symptoms, not the cause.

This is why many studies focused on factors that can prevent the onset of the disease. A research team at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena tested several foods and dietary supplements to see if they have any influence on MS.

Lead author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould and her team wanted to confirm a link between fish-rich diets and a lower risk of MS. The team underlined that MS is not only an inflammatory condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS). It also damages nerve cells in various regions of the CNS.

Omega-3 Can Protect the Brain

Researchers found that Omega-3 in fish and dietary supplements have neuroprotective capabilities. The fatty acid had been associated with many health benefits. It also seems to prevent brain damage and the onset of neurological conditions.

Some species of fish and seafood are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which play neuroprotective roles.

The study involved 1,153 participants with the average age of 36. Half of the volunteers had been diagnosed with MS. The research team focused on the participants’ dietary choice, fish intake, and omega-3 supplementation (if any).

Some participants ate fish at least once a week and took omega-3 supplements. Other participants stayed away from fish and the supplements. Subjects’ favorite fish were tuna, shrimp, and salmon.

Researchers found that the group that ate fish had a 45% lower risk of developing MS when compared to non-eaters.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – India’s beloved actress Sridevi Kapoor, 54, was found dead in a hotel bathtub on February 24. Medics ruled that Sridevi, who was also known as Bollywood’s first female superstar, accidentally drowned after having a heart attack.

The film icon was escorted to her final resting place in Mumbai by family and tens of thousands of grieving fans earlier this week.

Her husband told the media that the couple was in a luxury hotel suite in Dubai when the accident happened. They were attending the wedding ceremony of a nephew. The man said he had to knock the door of the bathroom down only to see his wife ‘lying motionless in a bathtub full of water.’

Sridevi’s spouse reportedly tried to revive her along with one of his friends. The police were called at the scene at 9 pm local time. The star’s brother-in-law confirmed the death. She was 54 when she died.

An Entire Country is Mouring Sridevi

Sridevi’s real name is Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. She started acting when she was just 4-years-old. At the age of 16, she made a debut with the movie called ‘Solva Sawan.’ At 20, she became famous with her role in ‘Sadma’ (Shock). Most of her characters were outspoken and funny, which contrasted the typical attitude of the Bollywood female character at the time.

In 1996, she wedded Boney Kapoor, a movie producer with whom she has two daughters. After a lengthy pause, she returned to the movie set with ‘English Vinglish’ (2012) followed by her most recent film, ‘Mom’ (2017).

In 2013, the Indian government awarded her one of the highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri, for her contribution to the country’s movie industry. The country’s Prime Minister released an official statement in the wake of her death.
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