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California Wildfire Almost Completely Controlled: Authorities

Rain that fell Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon helped the firefighters but complicated the search for human remains.

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A woman comforts Colleen Love, right, who lost her home in the Camp Fire, at a "Thanksgiving Together" dinner put on by World Central Kitchen at Chico State University in Chico, California. VOA

Authorities in Northern California say the “Camp Fire,” which has killed 84 people since it began two weeks ago, is almost completely contained.

Another three people died in a second major blaze that struck Malibu in southern California.

The number of people listed as unaccounted for in the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history stands at more than 563.

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A controlled burn ignites pine trees on the “Rough Fire” — which closed camps east of Fresno at Hume Lake as it crossed Highway 180 — in the Sequoia National Forest in California, Aug. 21, 2015. VOA

Authorities have refrained from publicly estimating how many of the missing might have perished, but some who lived through the blaze have said the number will keep rising.

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Rain that fell Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon helped the firefighters but complicated the search for human remains in the debris of about 13,000 homes left by the fire.

In the north, the Camp Fire has scorched nearly 62,000 hectares of land and destroyed more than 13,600 homes since it broke out on Nov. 8. (VOA)

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Here’s Why Living in Greener Areas is Important!

The longitudinal study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, used data from over 6,000 adults, aged between 45-69 from the UK

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Long-term exposure to Greener Areas could play an important role in preventing metabolic syndrome as a whole, as well as individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats or hypertension. Pixabay

Middle-aged and older adults that live in Greener Areas were at a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green spaces, a new study said.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together and include obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar levels and abnormal fat levels.

“The study found more health benefits in those areas with higher tree coverage, which provides a basis for investigating the types of vegetation that impact positively on our health,” said study author Payam Dadvand from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

In this study, the researchers examined the link with metabolic syndrome as a whole, providing an indicator of overall cardiometabolic health, and in the long-term.

The longitudinal study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, used data from over 6,000 adults, aged between 45-69 from the UK.

Participants underwent four examinations over 14 years (1997-2013), with a series of tests including blood analysis, blood pressure and waist circumference measurements.

Residential greenness was determined by satellite images.

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Middle-aged and older adults that live in Greener Areas were at a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green spaces, a new study said. Wikimedia Commons

These findings suggest that long-term exposure to Greener Areas could play an important role in preventing metabolic syndrome as a whole, as well as individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats or hypertension.

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The association observed was higher for women than for men.

The study showed that people living in greener areas have slower cognitive decline. Less stress, greater longevity, or a better overall and mental health are other benefits proved by scientific studies. (IANS)