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103 Migrants die in Mediterranean Shipwreck, Rescue Vessel saves 27 Survivors

A total of 3,654 migrants and asylum-seekers perished in the Mediterranean from January through October - the deadliest year on record

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Rescue workers carry a bag containing the dead body of a migrant that washed ashore in Tripoli's Janzour city, Libya, Nov. 5, 2016. VOA
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Rome, Nov 18, 2016: A total of 103 migrants died when their boat sank in the Mediterranean while their rescue vessel had saved 27 survivors from the shipwreck, medical charity Doctors without Borders reported on Thursday.

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“The 27 men who are now on the #Argos were aboard a boat carrying 130 passengers. They are the only survivors. An unacceptable tragedy!” the charity said in a tweet.

A report issued on Wednesday said a total 3,654 migrants and asylum-seekers perished in the Mediterranean from January through October – the deadliest year on record.

The report was compiled by the United Nations refugee agency and several Italian charities. (IANS)

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Consuming Mediterranean Diet Prevents Risk of Age-related Blindness

The entire pattern of eating a nutrient-rich diet, instead of individual food varieties such as fish, fruits and vegetables, helps significantly curb the risk of late AMD, the researchers noted

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Consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes, olive oil, seeds, fish, low saturated fat, dairy products and red meat can help prevent potential blindness in later stages of life, a study has found.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.

It causes loss of central vision, which is crucial for simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, and write.

In analysing the connection between genes and lifestyle on the development of AMD, researchers from the European Union found that people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet cut their risk of late-stage AMD by 41 per cent.

The findings, published in the journal Ophthalmology, expands on previous studies and suggests that such a diet is beneficial for everyone, whether you already have the disease or are at risk of developing it.

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“I believe this is a public health issue on the same scale as smoking. Chronic diseases such as AMD, dementia, obesity, and diabetes, all have roots in poor dietary habits. It’s time to take quitting a poor diet as seriously as quitting smoking,” said Emily Chew, a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Previous research has linked Mediterranean diet to a longer lifespan and a reduced incidence of heart disease and cognitive decline.

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For the new study, the team analysed food-frequency questionnaires from nearly 5,000 people who participated in two investigations focused separately on disease risks in people aged 55 and older and the links between eye diseases and nutritional factors in people aged 73 and older.

The entire pattern of eating a nutrient-rich diet, instead of individual food varieties such as fish, fruits and vegetables, helps significantly curb the risk of late AMD, the researchers noted. (IANS)

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