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Genoa Bridge collapse: Father recalls son’s prediction as death toll rises



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THE death toll in Genoa has continued to rise following the tragic bridge collapse on Tuesday, as mourners pay respects at a state funeral today – with one father recalling how his own son predicted the carnage.

The deadly bridge collapse which struck Genoa on Tuesday has devastated Italy, with the country’s leaders set to preside over a state funeral today.

Overnight the death toll rose again, as a family of three was found in a car under rubble, bringing the current number of dead to 41.

Since the tragic collapse, the country has been embroiled in an escalating row over assigning responsibility for the disaster, with leaders threatening to strip government contracts from the motorway operator in charge of the Morandi motorway bridge.

In a shock revelation yesterday, Sefar Sefa, an Itaian father who was evacuated from the area, told journalists that his child had predicted the disaster.

The father of two lived in an apartment located under the bridge, and is one of the 600 Genoa residents who are currently without a home.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Sefa revealed how the shock bridge collapse had been predicted years earlier.

He said: “The first day I went to that house to move in, my son said to me ‘That bridge could come down’.

The haunting prediction comes amid growing anger from the families of the deceased in the city. 

Many residents have declared a boycott of today’s state funeral because of anger at the government. 

The government has set up a commission to examine the causes of the disaster and one member speculated that a broken cable rod was “a serious work hypothesis”.

Following vocal fury from the public, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said that in future the government would compel companies that were granted contracts for Italy’s infrastructure to invest more profits in maintenance and safety.

A fire caused by a spark from metal-cutting equipment delayed rescue operations for some hours on Friday.

Rescuers have said they do not expect to find any more survivors at this point in the operation. 

The Italian fire service tweeted Saturday morning: “With grief in our hearts, our work continues.”




Newly high-tech weapon tested in North Korea




North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has tested new ‘high-tech’ weapon in message to the US despite having an agreement with President Trump to denuclearized in the international summit, in June.

North Korea state media is yet to identify the kind of weapon that was launch.


source report says, the picture the state media released showed Mr Kim surrounded by officials but no weapon was seen present.


United State have reacted to the claim , adding that they are still hopeful with the promises made by president Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled.


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Effects of Hot baths on inflammation, glucose metabolism



According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.

Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing attention from scientists.

Scientists now believe they offer some potential benefits, including improved vascular function and sleep.

Because hot baths are low cost and unlikely to cause significant side effects, understanding any benefits that a hot bath might have could be a quick win for medical science.

Recently, researchers set out to understand whether hot bath immersion could have an impact on metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.

 Almost 20 years ago, a paper concluded that hot water immersion of individuals with type 2 diabetes enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, it is still unclear how this might occur.

In the most recent study, the researchers dug a little deeper into the mechanisms at work. They theorized that the influence of a hot bath over glucose metabolism might revolve around the inflammatory response.


Inflammation and insulin resistance

There is some evidence that chronic, low-level inflammation increases insulin resistance. In other words, inflammation reduces a cell’s ability to respond to insulin, potentially contributing to the development of diabetes.

Conversely, exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity — meaning that the body has better control over glucose levels.

Although doctors often recommend exercise to reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, not everyone can exercise — perhaps due to health conditions or physical capacity. It is, therefore, essential to find alternative ways to improve insulin sensitivity for these people.

Exercise, as with other physical stressors, sparks a brief inflammatory response, followed by a more extended anti-inflammatory response. The researchers wanted to see if a different type of physical stressor — a hot bath — might have a similar effect on the immune system.

For this study, the researchers investigated the impact of a hot bath on overweight, mostly sedentary men. The findings were published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology.


Hot bath intervention

Each participant immersed themselves in a water bath set at 102°F (39°C) for 1 hour. Scientists took blood just before and after the bath, and then 2 hours later.

Also, the researchers charted the participants’ blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.

 Over the following 2 weeks, the participants had a further 10 hot water immersions.

The researchers found that a single hot water immersion caused a spike of interleukin — a marker of inflammation. Similarly, there was an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production.

The spike in NO is important because it causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure. NO also improves glucose intake into tissues, and scientists think it has anti-inflammatory properties.

As expected, the 2-week intervention saw a reduction in fasting blood sugar and inflammation. In the same way that exercise influences inflammation, the researchers saw an initial increase followed by a long-term decrease in inflammation.

The researchers also write that it “might have implications for improving metabolic health in populations unable to meet the current physical activity recommendations.”

It is important to note that the people who took part in the study did report some discomfort. This was either due to the length of time that they were required to stay in the bath or the high temperature. Future research might investigate whether shorter periods or lower temperatures might have similar benefits.

Of course, hot baths alone cannot treat metabolic disorders, but they may be a simple, cost-effective intervention that can run alongside other treatments.


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