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Five dead, 21 injured in West Texas as active gunman ‘hijacks truck’

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HOUSTON:  Five people were killed and at least 21 others were injured in a brazen daylight drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday, as a gunman drove on the highways and streets opening fire on residents, motorists and shoppers, the authorities said.

The attack at the start of Labor Day weekend terrified sister cities 20 miles apart with a combined population of 263,000, less than a month after gunmen killed 31 people in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, in back-to-back massacres that stunned the nation and revived the debate in Washington over gun control.

The chief of the Odessa Police Department, Michael Gerke, said at a news conference on Saturday that the attack had begun after a traffic stop. The gunman fled the police and hijacked a postal truck, firing at civilians as he made his way into Odessa.

Three law enforcement officers and a toddler were among those wounded, before the police shot and killed the gunman, a man in his mid-30s, near a movie theater on the outskirts of Odessa. The police said the gunman’s motive was not immediately clear

Odessa police officials said the incident began late Saturday afternoon at 3:25 p.m., when a state trooper on Interstate 20 between Midland and Odessa tried to pull the suspect over. The driver opened fire on the state trooper and fled westbound on the highway, shooting at a person at I-20 and east Loop 338. From there, the suspect “proceeded on a shooting spree in the City of Odessa” and stole a postal truck, the Odessa police said in a statement.

The suspect then drove to the Cinergy movie theater on Highway 191, shooting an Odessa officer and a Midland officer. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect, the authorities s

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Do not take diabetes lightly, eyesight can go on forever

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Diabetes can cause diabetic macular edema (DME), a rapidly spreading disease of the retina, which can also cause blindness in a person. People with diabetes have a 25 percent higher risk of blindness than others.

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day (14 November), Dr. Shashank Rai Gupta, an onthalmologist and eye surgeon at Delhi Eye Care, said, “75 percent of diabetic patients coming to my clinic for eye check-up have had a condition of diabetic retinopathy.

Considering the increasing cases of diabetes and diabetic macular edema (DME), we need a strong approach to identify early stage patients. ”

He said, “Diabetics should be alert to their eyes and have eye examinations done at regular intervals so that eye disease can be detected, especially retinal diseases.”

He said, “Diabetic patients should be very vigilant about their eye health. Those of the retina, in particular, should have their vision checked frequently.

The burden of diabetic macular edema (DME) is increasing and we need to adopt a robust approach to identify patients at an early stage. ”

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