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North Dakota among best in the nation for water supply systems, annual report says

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s annual water report gives it a top ranking in the nation, something the state says is nothing new.

The report outlines violations in any of North Dakota’s 315 water systems in 2020.

Drinking Water Program Administrator Greg Wavra said only one major arsenic violation was found for a trailer park in Williams County.

The violation was fixed early this month.

Most violations were for missing a reporting sample.

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Wavra said samples are often provided on a volunteer basis in small towns, and very few miss a month of reporting.

“It’s right on track with what we normally see. I’ve been in the program for 30 years here. We’ve been, you know, year in year out, we’re the highest program in region eight,” Wavra said.

Region eight includes the Dakotas, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Author: Grace O’ Neil
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Star Wars and Flash Gordon among films given stricter ratings due rise in complaints

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has changed the age ratings of several classic movies from PG to 12A. The board says the tighter classifications have been put in place “to ensure policies remain in step with parental expectations and societal standards”.

A PG rating says a film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older, while 12A recommends children under 12 should not watch without being accompanied by an adult.

Of 93 complaints made to BBFC in 2020, 27 were about Flash Gordon’s 40th anniversary re-release.

The re-release was reclassified up to 12A due to the inclusion of “discriminatory stereotypes”.

READ MORE:Harry Redknapp shares real reason for leaving beachfront home

The Elephant Man had its rating tightened due to “moderate threat, upsetting scenes and injury detail” and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was classified from a U to PG for “moderate violence and mild threat”.

BBFC chief executive David Austin said: “We talk to over 10,000 people every four-five years to revise our Classification Guidelines.

“As a result of changing standards in society, it is not infrequent that a distributor will submit something to us that we have classified in the past, but which we need to take a fresh look at under our current guidelines.

“The issue of discrimination is one of the core issues set out in our guidelines, and in 2020, the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests showed how important it is that discrimination be tackled and flagged up wherever it occurs.”

Author: Leah Stanfield
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Statins reduce cancer risk by up to 40 percent among heart failure patients, says study

Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. LDL cholesterol is often called the “bad” cholesterol because it collects in the walls of your blood vessels, hiking your risk of having a heart attack. Fortunately, statins intercept this process by reducing the production of LDL cholesterol inside the liver. Another major benefit of taking the drug is its ability to reduce cancer risk, says a new study.

Lead researcher Dr Kai-Hang Yiu said: “Our findings should raise doctors’ awareness of the increasing cancer incidence among heart failure patients and encourage them to pay extra attention to non-cardiovascular-related outcomes.

“Moreover, our study highlights the relationship between heart failure and cancer development and provides important information regarding the possibility of reducing cancer incidence and related deaths by using statins in these patients.

“Randomised trials should be carried out to investigate this further.

“In addition, the findings, combined with previous research showing the strong association between heart failure and cancer, call for potential strategies to reduce the risk of cancer, such as screening for cancer in heart failure patients.”

Previous laboratory studies have suggested that lipids including cholesterol play a role in the development of cancer, and that statins inhibit cancer development, said lead author Paul Carter, Cardiology Academic Clinical Fellow at the Department of Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, UK.

He added: “However, no trials have been designed to assess the role of statins for cancer prevention in clinical practice.

“We decided to assess the potential effect of statin therapy on cancer risk using evidence from human genetics.”

In a previous study, genetic variants which mimic the effect of statins through a technique known as Mendelian randomisation in UK Biobank was further analysed.

UK Biobank is a large study of UK residents which tracks the diagnosis and treatment of many serious illnesses.

Researchers were able to compare the risk of cancer in patients who inherit a genetic predisposition to high or low levels of cholesterol and were able to predict whether by lowering one’s cholesterol levels could their cancer risk be reduced too.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Among Us update time news, 15 Player Lobbies patch notes, Xbox release date latest

The Among Us update time has not been announced yet, with gamers eagerly awaiting the next big expansion.

From what has been shared so far by developers InnerSloth, the new Among Us patch will be arriving later today, June 15.

The last big game update was released at 7pm BST for the Airship map, which provides a rough guide for today.

But until the dev team reveals more, we won’t know exactly when the new Among Us update is rolling out.

Among Us has proven widely popular with gamers over the last 12 months and it seems likely that we will get an update from the team over the coming hours.

A message from InnerSloth explains: “The next big update will be 15 player support with new colors (including Rose, Gray, Tan, and more), a slight graphics update, mobile controller support, and more. Details on this coming to you sooner than you think.”

InnerSloth are expected to release some kind of patch notes list after the new update has gone live, although it’s unclear how detailed they will be.

Among Us is also coming to Xbox consoles this year, with InnerSloth revealing earlier in 2021:

“Considering how our game started as nothing more than a small, local, mobile only experience, it is so cool to us that it’ll be coming to Xbox consoles and Xbox Game Pass with online and local multiplayer.

“And the best part is being able to play with your friends no matter what platform they’re on – hooray for cross-platform play! The Xbox version of Among Us will also include our newest and biggest map, The Airship.”

The only downside is that we don’t know exactly when Among Us will be available to play on Xbox consoles.

All we know for sure is that this will be happening sometime during 2021, and that it is very unlikely to be announced today as part of this week’s Among Us update.

Here are the current projects being planned for Among Us this year, although InnerSloth has not revealed in what order they will be coming to the game:

  • A new map – Map 5! Very secret. What’s it gonna be on? Don’t ask me! I’m sworn to secrecy, I’m bad at secrets, and I would like to keep my job.
  • Achievements. For anyone who wants to prove they are pros at the game. AKA not me, I’m a very anxious Impostor.
  • Account linking between platforms. All your save data and cosmetics, available on your platform of choice.
  • New roles and ways to play. VERY SECRET. OR MAYBE I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT’S UP.
  • Hide n’ Seek mode. Come out come out wherever you areee.
  • Visor cosmetics. Even more ways to fix a ship in style! Yes it may block your vision but at least you’ll be fashionable.
  • Consoles (Xbox and PlayStation). I get it, you want to know when. I can’t tell you. I’M SORRY. When I can I will!!
  • Take a nap at some point, idk, the churn of capitalism is rough.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Among Us Online update patch notes, release time: 15-player lobbies, new colours and MORE

Among Us has made a couple of high-profile appearances at this year’s E3 event.

The game was among the titles spotlighted during the Summer Game Fest opening ceremony, where it was revealed that a new game mode would be launching soon.

That’s on top of new character roles, including a Sheriff character, as well as a Scientist character.

Among Us made another appearance just a few days later, joining the countless games previewed during the Microsoft and Bethesda E3 event.

It was during the Microsoft event when Among Us developer InnerSloth announced plans to add 15-person lobbies to the game.

Not only that, but the 15-person lobbies update was given a June 15 release date. InnerSloth revealed additional patch notes during a subsequent tweet.

According to the tweet, fans will be able to select from new colours, while mobile controller support will also be added.

That’s on top of a new kill screen menu, which is launching as part of the June 15 update.

“SURPRISE! One of our updates is coming SUPER soon, featuring: 15 players, the new colours & kill screen menu, mobile controller support, horn honking on the Airship,” reads an InnerSloth tweet.

New character colours include grey, tan, coral, maroon and banana. Fans can also expect a slight graphical update.

Furthermore, it was revealed that Among Us would be released on Xbox and PlayStation consoles later this year.

Likewise, InnerSloth hasn’t announced a release time for the update, although previous downloads have launched in the afternoon. Express Online will update this article when new details are revealed.

Following the June 15 update, InnerSloth will continue working on a new map, which is currently being kept a secret.

Achievements will also be added to the Xbox version, while account linking will allow users to access all of their content across devices.

You can see the Among Us Roadmap features below…

New features:

• A new map – Map 5! Very secret. What’s it gonna be on? Don’t ask me! I’m sworn to secrecy, I’m bad at secrets, and I would like to keep my job.

• Achievements. For anyone who wants to prove they are pros at the game. AKA not me, I’m a very anxious Impostor.

• Account linking between platforms. All your save data and cosmetics, available on your platform of choice.

• New roles and ways to play. VERY SECRET. OR MAYBE I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT’S UP.

• Hide n’ Seek mode. Come out come out wherever you areee.

• Visor cosmetics. Even more ways to fix a ship in style! Yes it may block your vision but at least you’ll be fashionable.

• Consoles (Xbox and PlayStation). I get it, you want to know when. I can’t tell you. I’M SORRY. When I can I will!!

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Delta variant: Sore throat among the top three symptoms says researcher

Professor Spector advised people who were feeling unwell to stay at home for a few days, use lateral flow tests with a confirmation PCR test if they get a positive result.

Everyone in England, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, can now access rapid testing twice a week for free.

Early research shows that vaccines provide strong protection against the new variants.

GOV.UK states: “Effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant is similar after two doses compared with the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), and even higher levels of effectiveness are expected against hospitalisations and death.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Summer Game Fest UK time, date and live stream: Elden Ring, COD Season 4, Among Us, MORE

UPDATE: The Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live conference is streaming live on YouTube.

The event started with a look at 2K and Gearbox Software’s Borderlands spinoff Tiny Tina’s Wonderland. The game has an early 2022 release date on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

You can watch the action unfold by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.

ORIGINAL: The 2021 Summer Game Fest event is about to begin, just days ahead of this year’s E3 Gaming Expo.

Organised by journalist Geoff Keighley, the Summer Game Fest is an ongoing selection of events dedicated to new and upcoming video game releases.

It all begins with the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live stream, which takes place at 7pm BST on June 10.

“This June, the video game industry unites to preview what’s next, starting with a spectacular Kickoff Live! show hosted by Geoff Keighley on Thursday, June 10,” reads the official announcement.

“Keep checking back as events are added to the calendar. Everything can be streamed for free, no badges needed.”

The Kickoff Live event will reportedly feature over 30 games, not to mention live musical performances and developer commentary.

Among Us will make an appearance during the event, as the developer provides an update on what’s next for the social deduction game.

It will be an exciting night for horror fans, as The Evil Dead Video Game showcases gameplay during the stream.

The studio behind the game confirmed the news, tweeting: “Tomorrow. Full Gameplay Reveal. Evil Dead The Game. SummerGameFest Kickoff Live at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 6 pm GMT.”

Elsewhere, Escape from Tarkov developer BattleState Games has promised to show something new during the event.

“Get ready to see something new at Summer Game Fest from @bstategames during Kickoff Live on June 10.”

Fans of Call of Duty Warzone and Black Ops Cold War should also tune in, as Season 4 is revealed during Kickoff Live.

With the new Call of Duty season expected to launch within the next few weeks, Activision is expected to unveil the release date and the theme of the season with a special trailer.

You can watch the events unfold live by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.

Finally, organiser and host Geoff Keighley recently dropped a hint that Elden Ring would make an appearance during the Summer Game Fest.

While this hasn’t been confirmed, Keighley has made multiple subtle references to the game on social media.

Needless to say, fans will be most disappointed if the new From Software game fails to make an appearance.

Elden Ring is a fantasy adventure collaboration between From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

“Unparalleled adventure awaits in Elden Ring, the next epic fantasy title created by From Software, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc,” reads the official description.

“Elden Ring is From Software’s largest game to-date and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.”

Judging by leaks, it will feature horseback combat, giant bosses and the same brutal Dark Souls-inspired action.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Vaping and Pregnancy: Inhaled Toxins Among Reasons for Pause

Researchers are trying to understand how e-cigarette use affects pregnancy and birth outcomes. This question may become more relevant as younger vapers, among whom the devices gained considerable popularity, start having children.

Limited emerging data from animal experiments and human epidemiologic studies suggest that vaping may have negative effects on fertility and pregnancy. “Even if these impacts are less severe than conventional smoking, we really should be thinking about alternate options that may be safer for our patients than inhalation of this aerosol,” said Blair J. Wylie, MD, MPH, a maternal-fetal medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Wylie reviewed what is known about vaping, including chemicals other than nicotine that have been detected in vape aerosols, and pregnancy at the 2021 virtual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“There’s a lot we don’t know,” she said. “These products were only introduced recently, in 2003. They are marketed aggressively to our youth and have gained tremendous popularity among that population. And it’s only a matter of time, I think, before we see a lot of use in our own patient population.”

In a separate study presented at the ACOG meeting, Nicole Izhakoff, a researcher at Florida International University, Miami, and colleagues evaluated the association between e-cigarette use during pregnancy and unfavorable birth outcomes, such as preterm birth, low birth weight, or extended hospital stay for the newborn.

The investigators used 2016-2017 survey data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. In all, 71,940 women completed the survey, including 859 who reported e-cigarette use during pregnancy.

After adjusting for age, race, ethnicity, insurance, maternal education, prenatal care, abuse during pregnancy, and complications during pregnancy, the researchers estimated that the odds of an unfavorable birth outcome were 62% greater among women who used e-cigarettes during pregnancy, compared with those who did not.

The researchers lacked information about simultaneous use of alcohol, traditional tobacco, or other drugs, however.

“Physicians of all subspecialties, especially those of obstetrics-gynecology and pediatrics, need to increase the implementation of screening for past or current e-cigarette use in at-risk patients,” Ms. Izhakoff and coauthors concluded. “Further research regarding the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes is warranted.”

Wylie coauthored another study related to this topic that was published online May 24, 2021, in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine.

The researchers examined birth weights of children whose mothers use e-cigarettes alone, those whose mothers used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes, and those whose mothers smoked conventional cigarettes only. Their estimates were imprecise, but signaled that e-cigarette use may reduce birth weight. The use of e-cigarettes alone appeared to have less of an impact on birth weight than the dual use of conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes did.

Wylie cautioned that outcomes like birth weight are “pretty crude measures of whether an exposure is okay or not in pregnancy. Many of these toxins that we know that are in the aerosols can cause harm, but they may not be reflected in the absolute value of the birth weight.”

In addition, clinicians should avoid focusing on the wrong question when caring for patients.

“I think the wrong question is: Is vaping safer than smoking?” Wylie said in an interview. “Metals are going into your lungs. Plastics are going into your lungs. It is hard for me to think that we are going to identify that as our champion smoking cessation strategy in pregnancy.”

Rapidly Changing Landscape

Answering the question of which is safer is a challenge anyway because researchers likely have incomplete information about who vapes, who smokes, and who does both.

Still, the new research illustrates that “people are starting to think about this and beginning to do some analysis that is really hypothesis generating at this point,” Wylie said. Such studies may prompt clinicians to ask their patients about e-cigarette use. “Marijuana is sort of a similar thing where patients’ perception of safety, because things are legal, can lead to use during pregnancy without … letting their care teams know,” she said. “Things are changing so rapidly in terms of what’s available to people to use that we need to stay on top of that as obstetricians and ask the right questions and try to understand what the risks are and potential benefits.”

Wylie is an obstetric consultant to the New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, which is where she heard pediatricians discussing widespread e-cigarette use among youth. It occurred to her that some of these teens eventually would be seeing obstetricians. She also saw parallels to prior research she conducted that focused on household air pollution or cooking from wood-burning fires in Africa.

“What is frightening, I think, about these electronic cigarettes is that you’re heating this liquid to extraordinarily high temperatures to create the vapor,” and the extreme heat vaporizes plastics and metals as well as nicotine, Wylie said.

An ACOG committee opinion discusses approaches to smoking and vaping cessation such as counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication.

The publication also lists a host of elements have been isolated from vape aerosol, including “carbonyl compounds (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, and acrolein); volatile organic compounds (benzene and toluene); nitrosamines; particulate matter; and heavy metals such as copper, lead, zinc, and tin.”

In addition to the nicotine in e-cigarette liquids, which is harmful in itself, there is “all of this other company that it keeps,” including solvent byproducts, known carcinogens, and lung irritants, Wylie said. Fine particulate matter “can land in the small airways and cause inflammation, even translocate into the systemic circulation and cause systemic inflammation.”

The use of flavoring “likely alters perceptions of harm” and contributes to the popularity of vaping, Wylie noted. At the same time, the use of flavoring also has little regulatory oversight. Flavors usually are approved for marketing based on safety for ingestion, but that may not translate into safety for inhalation.

Parsing the Health Effects

People who vape have increased cough, wheezing, and phlegm production, compared with people who do not vape. Vaping also may worsen underlying lung disease like asthma. Lung function on spirometry decreases after e-cigarette use, studies have shown.

In 2019, researchers described e-cigarette or vaping product use–related acute lung injury (EVALI), which has caused more than 60 deaths in the United States. The condition may be related to vitamin E acetate, a component that had been used in some liquids used by patients with EVALI.

And the nicotine in e-cigarettes can accelerate atherogenesis and affect blood pressure, heart rate, and arterial stiffness.

Initially introduced as a smoking cessation tool, e-cigarettes now often are used on their own or in addition to cigarettes, rather than strictly for smoking cessation.

A Cochrane review suggests that e-cigarettes may be more effective than other approaches to smoking cessation. But “the effect is modest at best,” Wylie said. Among 100 people attempting to quit cigarette smoking, there might four to six more quitters with the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation intervention, compared with other approaches.

Animal models provide other reasons for caution. One experiment in mice showed that exposure to e-cigarette aerosol impaired implantation and fetal health. The results suggest “that there might be some negative impacts across generations,” Wylie said.

Another study has suggested the possibility that women who currently use e-cigarettes may have slightly diminished fecundability. The results were not statistically significant, but the study “gives us pause about whether there could be some impact on early pregnancy and fertility,” Wylie said.

In mouse models, prenatal exposure to e-cigarette aerosol has decreased fetal weight and length, altered neurodevelopment and neuroregulatory gene expression, and increased proinflammatory cytokines. E-cigarette aerosol also has caused birth defects in zebrafish and facial clefting in frogs. Whether and how these data relate to human pregnancy is unclear.

While e-cigarette ads may convey a sense of style and harmlessness, clinicians have reasons to worry about the effects. “We have to be a little bit more cautious when we are talking about this with our patients,” Wylie said.

Wylie had no relevant financial disclosures. She is a Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine board member and receives grant support related to research of household air pollution and pregnancy, prenatal pesticide exposure, preeclampsia in low income settings, and malaria during pregnancy. Ms. Izhakoff and coauthors had no disclosures.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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Harry Redknapp, 74, among stars forced to isolate after Covid outbreak on BBC's The Wheel

Harry Redknapp, 74, is reportedly among stars having to isolate after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus on the set of Michael McIntyre’s show The Wheel over the weekend. The celebrities and fellow crew will have to remain at home for 10 days to take precautions not to spread the virus further.

The Mirror reported that some of the stars featuring on the BBC quiz show came into contact with the infected person during filming last Friday [28 May] evening.

An insider revealed that only a “small” number of people mixed with the individual, who was said to be working backstage and away from the rest of the production team at the time.

The publication also reported that Harry has “cancelled all his planned engagements” this week including a lunch where he was said to be giving a talk.

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Carol has not stated whether she too has had to isolate or escaped having to quaratine, with the former Countdown star having shared a photo from the set on 29 May.

She posted a selfie of herself, penning: “Had a top time filming The Wheel with @McInTweet tonight……top gang too.”

The 60-year-old followed it up with another tweet, teasing who is joining her on the show: “So the crew tonight… The joy who is Harry Redknapp… Andi Oliver @andisn Nick Grimshaw, @angelascanlon.”

A BBC spokesman for The Wheel said: “We can confirm an individual has tested positive for Covid.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Austin ranks among US cities where housing affordability is falling fastest

Austin Neighborhood, homes_128872
A home in east Austin (KXAN)
AUSTIN (ABJ/KXAN) — When it comes to housing, there are plenty of cities more expensive than Austin — but there are few that have seen affordability decline as rapidly recently.

Losing bang for the buck is now the American norm. After two years of steady affordability growth in the U.S. housing market, March brought a nationwide decline in affordability, according to a report by First American Financial Corp. (NYSE: FAF). The Austin metro area showed the fifth-biggest drop in housing affordability among 50 major markets.

The study used the real house price index, or RHPI, which measures changes in housing price, income levels and interest rates to determine actual homebuying power. The higher the RHPI, the less affordable the market.

Kansas City, Missouri, topped the list with a 16.2% year-over-year increase in RHPI, followed by Phoenix; Tampa, Florida; Seattle; and Austin, which had a 12.1% increase. 

Recently, Austin City Council voted to increase the fees commercial developers will have to pay to build high-priced condos in high rises that exceed height/density limits — and those dollars will go into the City of Austin’s Affordable Housing Fund. Alternatively, developers can elect to provide affordable housing on their property instead of paying the fees.

The City of Austin says it’s received about $ 1 million in fees for affordable housing since the program’s start in 2014.

The City of Austin is currently working on several projects to achieve its goal of housing 3,000 people in the next three years. This would entail creating over 750 new permanent housing units.

This graphic from housing advocacy group HousingWorks Austin illustrates what types of neighbors fall into different income levels in the city of Austin. (Source: HousingWorks Austin)
Advocacy group HousingWorks Austin shows what types of neighbors fall into different income levels (Source: HousingWorks Austin)

Current numbers show the City is well behind on its goal, however. According to its latest estimates, the City of Austin would need to develop over 13,000 affordable housing units per year to get back on schedule.

Housing affordability in Texas’ Capitol city has become even more of a focal point, as concerns over those without homes has grown into a contentious local issue. In order to house the city’s homeless, hundreds of units are being planned for construction.

To read more, visit Austin Business Journal.

Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin