‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… fireplace lit, or at the so-called “kitchen table,” ready for a chat and face-to-face interaction. “Look up,” she advises students and faculty and staff often walking with their heads down in their phones. “Experience the world around you.” It’s no wonder she’s known as the “digital wellness lady.” SEE ALSO: Apparently the average person takes 25,000 selfies in a lifetime. Seems about right. Most recently, Frejd challenged students to …

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Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals – BBC News

April 21, 2017

All retailers in hospitals in England are being urged to make the changes to their stock. The plans are part of a health drive to cut obesity and tooth decay across the country. How much sugar is hiding in your food? Analysis: Can we trust the sugar industry? NHS England said progress had already been made this year to remove all price promotions on sugary drinks and junk food sold in hospitals and to make sure healthy food options were available at all times for patients and staff. Over the …

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HMP Garth: Increase in violence at ‘unsafe’ jail, report says – BBC News

April 19, 2017

However, inspectors raised the following concerns: Levels of violence had increased “substantially”, with many incidents linked to drugs, gangs and debt Assaults on staff had increased and much of the violence was “serious” Living conditions were “very poor” in the segregation unit and staff were “overwhelmed” 85 prisoners (in addition to sex offenders) were held separately because of fears for their safety The prison had a drug problem, even …

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When this man tried to fly with his mobility device, United made him cry

April 15, 2017

… difficult. Based on Harris’ account he had done his research and homework to make sure the TSA and United would let him travel with the device. It seemed like everything was set for him and his new husband to saunter onto the plane where they’d splurged on first-class seats since it was their honeymoon. After making it through security without a hitch, it appears a typo and unreasonable staff threw a wrench in his travel plans. A note about his call into the airline about the …

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

April 15, 2017

… all children get the help and support they need. “We are strengthening the links between schools and NHS mental health staff and later this year will publish proposals for further improving services and preventative work. “Schools can teach about mental health in a number of ways and we have funded the PSHE Association to provide guidance for teachers on how to do this. “We have already announced plans for every secondary school in the country to be offered mental health …

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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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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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Parrot gets DIY replacement wings made with superglue and matches

April 9, 2017

Who knew a crafter-noon could do this? After an endangered Carnabys cockatoo was seriously burnt after a powerline explosion, the little feathered dude was taken to Australia’s Perth Zoo, where vet staff decided they’d need to get crafty. The cockatoo had lost his wing feathers in the accident, so medical staff proceeded with “imping” collecting the feathers of a deceased donor bird and sticking them on the cockatoo with super glue and matchsticks. “It’s …

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

April 8, 2017

… learning disabilities might have more difficulty accessing healthcare than the general population because of a lack of accessible transport, anxiety, low confidence or lack of understanding from staff. Commenting on the low take-up of annual health checks, Mencap’s strategic development manager for health Rachel Ashcroft, said: “Visiting the GP can be incredibly difficult if you have a learning disability. “Being on the GP’s learning disability register can ensure …

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Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances – BBC News

April 8, 2017

… to meet its response time targets,” he said. He also said his research showed there was low morale among ambulance staff, which he said was worrying. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThis animation explains how the NHS system works, and what causes hospital blockages The diverts normally last only a couple of hours and are put in place to allow A&E staff to reduce the queues of patients waiting for treatment. When a divert is put in place, ambulances are …

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Should exercise be compulsory at work? – BBC News

April 5, 2017

Tech giant Google led the way in office gyms but Homes doesn’t believe a company has to have a gym on site, and says he encouraged staff to exercise even when they were a small start-up. “We made it clear that anyone could block off an hour for exercise during the day, provided it didn’t conflict with meetings and they made up the time (by having lunch at their desks, for instance).” And he believes it’s more than worth it. “I see employees return from …

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