Millions of wild animals imported to UK from hot spots of emerging disease, risking new pandemics, study warns

A tokay gecko, one of many reptile species popular as pets in the UK (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A tokay gecko, one of many reptile species popular as pets in the UK (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Millions of live wild animals are being legally imported into the UK from hot spots of emerging diseases, risking the spread of lethal viruses, researchers have discovered.

Creatures from bats and parrots to snakes, lizards and rats are brought into the country mostly to be sold as exotic pets, but with some sent to zoos, a study found.

Between 2014 and 2018, more than 3 million wild animals were flown or shipped in from 90 countries, many in regions considered “hot spots” for new

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Does Aromatherapy Really Work? Medical Experts Weigh In

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One scroll through your social media feed and you’re sure to see at least a handful of folks swearing by aromatherapy. While we think it’s safe to say that everyone can indulge in a good scent, it’s less clear if people can actually physically benefit from such. And, with the market of aromatherapy projected to be a $13 billion industry by 2024, we can’t help but wonder: Is there actually a science to it, or is this just another multi-level marketing scheme flooding our social feeds?

To find out, we chatted with a few doctors, as well as

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Most Cases Since May 12 Reported Saturday

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Sunday announced 1,402 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. On Saturday, the state added 2,529 new cases — the most since May 12 — and the statewide totals now stand at 274,258 confirmed infections and 8,450 known deaths. Another 2,198 probable cases and 236 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Douglas County: 1 female 70s

  • Greene County: 1

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How humane is the UK’s plan to introduce robot companions in care homes?

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Some UK care homes are to deploy robots in an attempt to allay loneliness and boost mental health. The wheeled machines will “initiate rudimentary conversations, play residents’ favorite music, teach them languages, and offer practical help, including medicine reminders.” They are being introduced after an international trial found they reduced anxiety and loneliness.

These robots can hold basic conversations and be programmed to people’s interests. This is positive, but they are not a viable alternative to

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‘Watchmen’, ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ pajamas and alpaca take stage for Emmys

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television shows “Succession,” “Watchmen” and “Schitt’s Creek” look set for multiple wins at Sunday’s Emmy awards, but the biggest buzz may be around the virtual ceremony and its potential for pajamas, alpacas, and designer Hazmat suits.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts television’s highest honors in a live awards show that promises to be full of surprises around the challenges of linking up in real time with nominees in 125 places around the world – in their homes, backyards, bedrooms or anywhere else.

“This year people will be watching for different reasons. Are they (the celebrities)

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