NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… from imported blood products. Speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP said victims were “guinea pigs”. Health minister Nicola Blackwood resisted calls for a fresh inquiry. She said thousands of documents had been released by the Department of Health in relation to the scandal, while two reviews had already been carried out. Image copyright SPL Last year, the UK government launched a consultation on the money available to to those affected by the scandal. As a result, the …

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India facing another summer of deadly heat

April 25, 2017

… responsibility for the issue. Moves taken since 2015 have paid off, said K. J. Ramesh, director general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), pointing to a sharp drop in heat deaths in 2016, compared with the year before. “In 2015, the mortality was very high. But with just a little response from the states in 2016, the mortality was reduced by half,” said Ramesh. “This year we want to see that all states are working with us.” Various states and municipalities …

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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Not Everyone Is High On This Police Department’s 4/20 Tweet

April 21, 2017

The weed is illegal in Minnesota, which is why some people arent high on this 4/20 tweet from the police Department in the town of Wyoming. Yes, the tweet was meant to be funny, and many people took it that way. It has been retweeted more than 126,000 times, and liked more than 228,000 times. Others mocked the cops for engaging in stoner stereotypes. Police spokesman Paul Hoppe told HuffPost the tweet wasnt meant to entrap people, but A few hours after the first tweet, the police …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… swelling of lower limbs This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said. International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”. “These diseases belong to the last century. They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of …

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Workload ‘pushing young teachers to the brink’ – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… He said teaching had always been a profession in which extra hours are worked, but it was frustrating when much of these were to do with bureaucracy rather than the pupils. “At various points I’ve said to myself, ‘can I keep this up?’ “What keeps me there is the kids.” A Department for Education spokesperson said teaching remained an attractive profession with more people joining than leaving or retiring. “We continue to work with teachers, unions and …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. “Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs.” A Department for Education spokesperson said no child should suffer from mental health issues and that it was investing a record 1.4bn to ensure …

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That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman

April 14, 2017

… essentially a page-long humblebrag about how he bagged a babe tells readers only that she once appeared in a full-page New York Times advertisement for the Bloomingdales hosiery Department. Since theres no photograph in the New Republic, Lewis helpfully offers a soft-core description of the ad: It depicts a young woman, to me terrifyingly beautiful, reclining in midair, clad in a black slip and spiked heels. Her head tilts back, exposing the delicate line of her neck and making a niagara of …

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Scott Pruitt Heads To Coal Mine To Pitch New EPA Agenda

April 14, 2017

… that back-to-basics means back to promoting polluters over public health. Clean Power Plan, a policy limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The order also took measures to further protect the coal industry, namely by instructing the Department of the Interior to lift a temporary ban on coal leasing on federal lands that the Obama administration …

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Nurses consider whether to strike over low pay – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… indefinitely.” She says pay is one reason there are tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts, which risks harming patient care. Nurse shortage ‘could last for years’ Nurses will also be asked if they are interested in other forms of industrial action, such as working only their contracted hours or refusing to do work expected of more senior staff. A Department of Health spokesperson said: “The dedication and sheer hard work of our nurses is crucial to delivering …

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Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health. …

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Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day – BBC News

April 11, 2017

Those who provide care to people directly in their own homes, or in nursing homes, say a growing shortage of staff means people face receiving deteriorating levels of care. Image copyright BBC News Image caption According to the latest figures there are around 84,000 vacant adult social care jobs in England The government has recently committed to spending an extra 2bn on the social care system, and allowed local authorities to raise council tax bills in order to fund social care …

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Hate crimes focal point of new DOJ task force

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention. In a letter to US Attorney’s offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee “will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.” “We must also protect the …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… with’ Russia Speaking Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kushner was working jointly with the State Department to manage the administration’s foreign affairs. “There’s a lot of relationships that Jared’s made over time — Mexico being one of them — that are going to continue having conversations with him,” Spicer said. “That doesn’t mean by any means it’s being done without the coordination with the …

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Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s – BBC News

March 28, 2017

The NHS provides testing for people between 60 and 74 every two years. But experts say when it comes to those under 50, people do not act on their symptoms quickly enough. Urgent colonoscopy The new risk assessment tool – which is based on research by University of Exeter and was funded by the Department of Health – calculates the risk of a serious disease as a percentage. Those found to be at 3% risk or more of bowel cancer should be referred for an urgent colonoscopy, while …

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NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… sharply rising drug and staff costs with little additional funding. “The result was big deficits that had to be covered by raids on investment budgets.” She said the NHS had to “urgently” consider how to ensure additional funds reach NHS providers. “The health service needs to plan better for emergency demand, fund emergency care fairly and make sure it gets the best possible price for care provided outside the NHS,” she said. The Department of Health said it …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

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Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’ – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… as your baby gets their first tooth Do it twice a day – morning and night – for about two minutes Use only a smear of toothpaste if your child is younger than three. Use a pea-sized blob thereafter Make sure the toothpaste is lower-strength, containing 1,000ppm fluoride Public Health England is working with the food and drink industry to cut the amount of sugar children consume from common foods such as breakfast cereals, yoghurts, biscuits and cakes. A spokesman from the Department …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… unsubstantiated report that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters — the British equivalent of the CIA — had been used by Obama in the operation. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose phone was once tapped by US intelligence, did not take kindly to Trump’s quip that they had something in common Friday. Also Friday, Trump’s Justice Department sent classified information to Capitol Hill about the claims, but sources said it did not substantiate …

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Police: Hunt continues for armed teacher who kidnapped student

March 20, 2017

… brown eyes and a gray goatee. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He is believed to be armed. Vehicle: Silver Nissan Rogue, Tennessee tag 976-ZPT Reward: $1,000 Who to call: 1-800-TBI-FIND Source: TBI It was another week, Whatley said, before a detective with the Maury County Sheriff’s Department notified Anthony Thomas of the allegations. According to a letter Whatley sent to Superintendent Chris Marczak on February 6, Anthony Thomas called the school the next day, Feburary …

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