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71 dead, no survivors in Russian passenger plane crash

MOSCOW: A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, killing everyone on board. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow.  "Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died," Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement. News agencies said…

Head and neck cancer survivors have long-lasting cognitive problems

Patients who survive head and neck cancer may be more likely to experience declines in cognitive function than people who don’t have these tumors, a recent study suggests. The findings are drawn from cognitive assessments for 80 survivors of these tumors and a control group of 40 otherwise similar people who didn’t have these malignancies. Two years after cancer treatment, 38 percent of the survivors had impaired cognitive functioning, but nobody in the control group did. “This suggests that up to at least two years…

Hope fades in search for Mexico quake survivors

MEXICO CITY: Time pressed on Mexico on Thursday as rescuers looking for survivors picked through the rubble of buildings felled by a powerful earthquake two days earlier, with hopes fading as the hours rolled by. Authorities put the death toll from Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude quake at 272 people, but it was expected to rise further with more than 200 still missing in Mexico City. Volunteers fought off growing fatigue to remove tons of rubble at dozens of flattened buildings in the capital and across several central states.…

Childhood cancer survivors have fewer long-term side effects: study

NEW YORK: Better treatment strategies for pediatric cancers are helping survivors live longer, with fewer serious health problems related to their treatment, U.S. researchers said on Friday. The finding, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, is based on analysis of data from 23,600 participants in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Overall, severe health conditions arising within 15 years of childhood cancer diagnosis fell to 8.8 percent…

Survivors, Dutch soldiers reflect on Srebrenica massacre in new exhibition

SREBRENICA, BOSNIA: Former Dutch peacekeepers and bereaved Bosnian Muslims confronted painful memories on Thursday at the opening of a new permanent exhibition in Srebrenica, where Serb forces massacred more than 8,000 people in 1995. The Dutch soldiers were meant to protect the local population, but they were lightly armed and had no orders to confront the Bosnian Serb army commanded by General Ratko Mladic. They stood by as his forces overran the enclave, declared a 'safe zone' by the United Nations. They rounded up…