Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

April 28, 2017

The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence – 0.55% – following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012. Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers. ‘Trying to give up’ The review looked at new evidence from 51 studies, involving 800,000 people, on the impact of standardised packaging on smokers’ attitudes and behaviour. It is also the first review to include …

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Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

April 22, 2017

… believed that they could just hold on to a bicycle. Mashable could not reach Ofo for this story. But the company has encouraged Singaporean users to report issues through a email and form link, which it posted on Facebook: It also posted an image of a report made to the police about a viral video, which showed a man throwing an ofo bike on the ground: Bike providers have introduced demerit systems. Earlier this month, oBike also introduced a demerit system, similar to that of its competitor, …

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Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity – BBC News

April 19, 2017

Her daughter, Helen, and granddaughter, Lily Mae, were living with her so she feared her whole family might become homeless. “You blame yourself and you feel a sense of total helplessness. “I remember not wanting to go on and wondering if I should end it.” ‘Breaking point’ The polling company ComRes carried out online interviews for the report in February this year with a representative sample of 3,509 adults from across England. Of these, about 30% or 1,050 …

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Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

April 13, 2017

The report found in the two years leading up to her death, bruising and injuries sustained by the child were explained away by her aunt as accidental or the result of self-harm. Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Shanay’s mother Leanne Walker suffered post-natal depression after another pregnancy Chris Cook, chair of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Whilst professionals undoubtedly had Shanay’s well-being at heart, with the benefit of …

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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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Patients with learning disabilities missing out on health checks – BBC News

April 8, 2017

This meant they were not accessing support including checks for epilepsy and chronic conditions such as asthma. The NHS recommends that people with learning disabilities and other complex health needs receive a general physical examination and review of any medicines they have been prescribed every year. The NHS Digital report looked at patients with and without learning disabilities from more than half of GP practices in England. This covered about 60% of all patients registered with a …

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Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… “expected to carry pocketfuls of change in order to park legally”. Mr Williams said: “Things should be made as stress-free as possible and that includes taking the pain out of paying to park.” Commenting on the report, Dr Mike Smith, of the Patients Association, said the report showed the ongoing issues of using outdated payment machines and forcing customers to overpay for parking had yet to be sufficiently addressed. He added: “Our helpline has received calls …

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More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’ – BBC News

April 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHarriet Mulvaney says she thought she was active before her heart attack but she was really “just busy” More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around 1.2bn each year. Harriet Mulvaney experienced a heart attack at 44 and decided to make changes to her …

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Officer: Black man’s fatal shooting had nothing to do with race

April 3, 2017

… he’s on PCP.” She described Crutcher’s behavior as “zombie-like.” An autopsy found Phencyclidine, or PCP, in Crutcher’s system at the time of his fatal shooting, according to the toxicology report released with his autopsy by the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. The report did not indicate when the drug entered his system. Shelby said she continued driving and encountered an abandoned SUV in the middle of the road. She said she didn’t …

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US-led coalition: 229 civilian deaths in strikes since 2014

April 2, 2017

(CNN)At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago. The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents. An senior Iraqi health official told CNN …

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You’ll wait longer for ops, says NHS boss – BBC News

March 31, 2017

… year. This is the largest area of spending after staffing so NHS England’s report sets out ways this rising cost can be curbed. Firstly, a cap has been set on the bill for new drugs. The roll-out of any new treatments that are going to cost the NHS more than 20m a year will now be delayed to give health bosses time to open talks with the industry to drive down the price. Secondly, NHS England has announced it will review “low value” medicines. These include things such as …

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

March 28, 2017

‘Diverted’ patients The Health Foundation report also found that 1 in every 8 of local commissioner’s budgets in England is spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “Rising demand for emergency care meant that NHS providers haven’t had the capacity to deliver planned care and patients had to be diverted outside the NHS. “NHS hospitals were left squeezed by …

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

March 27, 2017

But health organisations and campaigners were almost universally of the view that there should have been wider action. In the latest Health Select Committee report, MPs made further calls for curbs on big discounts and price promotions on unhealthy food, citing evidence from the food industry that responsible retailers were being disadvantaged by those who continued to offer discounts on food high in sugar and fat. ‘Price war on vegetables’ The report states the committee is …

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State pension age could be raised to 70, says report – BBC News

March 23, 2017

But at least six million people face the prospect of having to work longer. “This report is going to be particularly unwelcome for anyone in their early 40s, as they’re now likely to see their state pension age pushed back another year,” said Tom McPhail, head of retirement at Hargreaves Lansdown. “For those in their 30s and younger, it reinforces the expectation of a state pension from age 70, which means an extra two years of work.” The changes are due to …

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Brexit vote: Single market benefit ‘largely imaginary’ – BBC News

March 23, 2017

Economies that trade with the 11 founding members of the single market, using World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, have increased their exports to the EU five times faster than the UK has, over the past 20 years, the study says. Michael Burrage, the report’s author, said that before joining the single market in 1993, the UK’s exports to the EU grew at a faster rate than major economies such as the US, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa and Brazil. But since …

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Two new prisons planned in south Wales and Yorkshire – BBC News

March 22, 2017

… a number of disturbances at jails in recent months and last year, thousands of staff walked out in protest over health and safety concerns. What is going wrong with our prisons? See our special report on prisons under pressure Justice Secretary Liz Truss has vowed to overhaul the system, improve the estate and recruit more officers. She said: “Outdated prisons, with dark corridors and cramped conditions, will not help offenders turn their back on crime – nor do they provide our …

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Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… out about the world.” However, they need to cope with online pornography, internet grooming, sexting and body image issues, he said, as well as building resilience to the addictive properties of internet games which are “designed and developed to keep users online, missing out on sleep as they stay in their bedrooms glued to the screen”. Children also need to be aware of the dangers of fake news and covert advertising online, he added. The report argues that “digital …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Whistleblowers ‘to be protected’ if they apply for NHS job – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… feel they are protected with the law on their side”. ‘Deeper cultural problem’ There has been a growing focus on patient safety since Sir Robert’s inquiry in 2013. One of the main findings of that report was that people within the NHS had known about the poor levels of care at the hospital, but did not raise the alarm. Since then, a number of initiatives have been launched to improve safety. In 2015, the government introduced plans to appoint guardians to support staff …

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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

… 30 investigative report, also provided by Whatley, includes statements from Elizabeth and Cummins, both of whom denied they’d kissed. Cummins called Elizabeth “a really good friend” and said she came to see him when she needed someone to calm her down. “He loves his wife and has never cheated on his wife and would never do anything to jeopardize his marriage,” the report said of Cummins, who had taught at Culleoka since 2011. Elizabeth said, like many students, …

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Facebook is bullying the hell out of Snapchatand it’s working

March 19, 2017

… several billion dollars. Great! The rub for Facebook, here, is that Snapchat’s all about intimate moments (and body parts) shared between friends (and lovers). You can take a snap of whatever, send it to whomever, and you don’t have to worry about your aunt or kid seeing itas you do on Facebook. It’s a popular idea, and at the time of the Bloomberg report, Snapchat was enjoying explosive growth in its user base: This lovely graph shows Snapchat’s robust growth over a …

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U.N. Expert: Biodiversity Is Essential To Human Rights

March 18, 2017

… report, the Secretariat of theConvention on Biological Diversity found in 2010 that nations have failedmiserably in meeting adopted targets to reduce biodiversity loss. Im not saying Im the great expert on what needs to happen on biodiversity, he said. Im saying that the people who are the experts have spoken and states have agreed with them on what needs to happen on biodiversity, and [theyre]not living up to that commitment. Knox calls on nations to minimize damage to ecosystems and …

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Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?

March 16, 2017

… (Alabama) 7. Leonard Lance (New Jersey) — “I do not want to vote on a bill that has no chance of passing over in the Senate.” 8. Claudia Tenney (New York) — “Just looking at what the CBO report came out with, and some of the issues in New York, I’m leaning toward voting no.” Update: The graphic has been updated to more accurately represent the number of lawmakers leaning against the bill. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWordWrap …

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