UK: Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause damage to brain structure and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.
Scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Boston University School of Medicine in the US studied more than 900 participants of the Framingham Heart Study.
They found that long-term exposure to air pollution could lead to smaller brain structure and covert brain infarcts, a type of “silent” ischemic stroke resulting from a blockage in the blood vessels supplying the brain.
Australia: Australia has prevented 18 boats carrying asylum-seekers from arriving in the country since the conservative government came to power in September 2013, an official said Monday.
Under Australia’s immigration policy asylum-seekers arriving on boats are sent to Pacific camps and vessels are turned back when it is safe to do so, or taken back to their country of origin. In January the government said “15 returns of various forms” had taken place, including boats turned back to Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
The commander of Australia’s anti-people smuggling Operation Sovereign Borders,...