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There were no injuries or evacuations reported in the derailment, which happened near Highway 70 on the Feather River Scenic Byway and Camp Layman Road, wrote Meg Ronspies, a Union Pacific spokeswoman. The train was headed to Portola.

—The Sacramento Bee

17% of US adults have noise-induced hearing loss. A new study uncovers a biologic reason

PITTSBURGH — It could be a band at a wedding, an explosion on a battlefield or the constant drone of machinery: In the United States, about 17% of adults have hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises.

Previously, little was known about the exact mechanism by which trauma from those noises led to hearing loss. In a scientific paper published Monday, a Pitt research team has solved part of that puzzle, tying that hearing loss to an excess of a form of zinc in the inner ear. By capturing some of that excess zinc in mice, the researchers were able to prevent hearing loss and even restore lost hearing.

"Hearing loss is a huge problem," said Thanos Tzounopoulos, professor and vice chair of research in the department of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. "This can hopefully provide some sort of preventative treatment."

The end goal, he said, would be a pill that could be taken preventively or soon after exposure to mitigate the damage.

—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Milei praises Pope in reversal after Vatican meeting

For Javier Milei, Pope Francis used to be “the devil’s man on Earth.” But now, after an encounter at the Vatican, the president praises the pontiff as “the most important” Argentine.

Milei’s U-turn, in a television interview to be broadcast Monday evening, sees him admitting that he’s been forced to change his tune.

“One of the things I have realized recently is that the Pope is the most important Argentine person in the whole of Argentina, he’s the leader of Catholics in the world,” Milei told Italian TV channel Retequattro in remarks released before the program.

“As a result, I had to reconsider some positions and, from that moment, we began to build a positive bond,” Milei said. The world’s two most powerful Argentines had traded barbs throughout the election that Milei won in a landslide in November. Milei called the pope a “filthy leftist” and accused him of interfering in the politics of his deeply-Catholic home nation.

—Bloomberg News


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