Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News

April 30, 2017

… “on top of increased spending on health and social care associated with an ageing population”. But Tom McPhail, pensions expert at stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown, said the plan added a layer of complexity to pension policy. “It would be better to review the triple-lock; the level of the state pension, which was set too low; and state pension ages as a complete package,” he said. He added: “The challenge has always been how and when to move away from the …

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Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit on some of the biggest issues he has tried to tackle during his first 100 days in office at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania, where he struck a consistently divisive and determined tone. The threat from North Korea, getting a health care bill passed and possibly renegotiating the Paris climate accord were among the big talking points of Trump’s nearly one-hour speech on his 100th day as President, which he delivered to a crowd in Harrisburg. …

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Trump’s big EPA website change should worry you

April 30, 2017

… existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and, how it affects your health, among other things. In opposition to what Trump has said in the past about climate change (he doesn’t believe it is man-made), the webpage notes many times how humans have contributed to climate change. “Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… Americans, including how numerous they are. There’s no official national count of gay, bisexual or transgender Americans. Therefore, advocates welcomed the inclusion of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the Census Bureau’s road map for 2020 data collection. But celebrations were premature. The agency later said it found “no need” to collect the data. The reversal came days after Secretary Tom Price’s Department of health and …

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Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 29, 2017

… January amid a slew of executive orders from the newly inaugurated President. Mudua currently receives her contraception from Marie Stopes Uganda, a non-profit that provides family planning advice and sexual health services across the country. …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 29, 2017

… New technologies like VR can have real impacts on things like education, health, understanding where other people are coming from, empathy, experiencing other people’s worldviews, and storytelling, Martin said. “So we wanted to lean in to that and make sure we were doing a little bit of proactive engagement with the VR community to encourage that part of the market,” he said. “We have the opportunity with the summit to highlight the way that this technology can be useful …

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House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown while they worked on a broader deal to …

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GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

April 28, 2017

… Democratic victory over conservatives in setting the nation’s health care policy. As President Donald Trump makes another push to repeal Obamacare around the 100-day mark of his tenure in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans appear to have solved their problems with hardline conservatives but haven’t yet rounded up enough support from moderates to give Trump the 216 votes he needs. …

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Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity” on …

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

April 28, 2017

… cravings for tobacco. The health warnings, which have to cover 65% of the front and back of packs, were prominently in people’s eye lines, she said. But there was room for further changes to cigarette packs. “It would appear that the impact of standardised packaging may be affected by the detail of the regulations such as whether they ban descriptors, such as ‘smooth’ or ‘gold’ and control the shape of the tobacco pack,” she said. ‘Change …

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‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… make me feel a burden.” Image copyright MOlly Watt “It’s been a rocky road of denial as it is hard to come to terms with an ever-changing progressive condition. Battling with depression and anxiety was a constant struggle as I never wanted to leave the house.” Boswell says the impact upon mental health can depend on the support offered and how open people are about the challenges they face. Those who keep quiet are more likely to become “isolated and …

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

April 27, 2017

… than 21 months ago, the FDA detained 1,000 vials of the drug Texas authorities had purchased. The drugs sat in storage and the agency didn’t issue a ruling on accessibility. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN health on Facebook and Twitter. In 2010, European drug manufacturers began to ban exports of the cocktail ingredients to the United States. The following year, concerned about the use of sodium thiopental in executions, Illinois-based Hospira stopped making …

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School tells this 6th-grader to fix his haircut or face suspension

April 27, 2017

(CNN)Xavier Davis has a pretty simple haircut: two shaved lines on the side. So imagine the family’s surprise when the sixth-grader was told by his teacher his haircut was a problem. “I was walking into class, and she saw my hair and said, ‘You can’t have two lines in your hair. Go to the office,” Xavier told CNN affiliate KPRC. …

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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

April 27, 2017

… inauguration. That 44% marker puts Trump last among approval ratings for newly-elected presidents at the 100-day point since modern polling began, a trendline that runs back to Dwight Eisenhower. Trump is last by a significant margin, trailing Bill Clinton’s previous low by 11 points. The poll finds declining ratings for Trump’s handling of two issues that have been top priorities since he took office — health care and immigration. About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

… 44, and Attar, 53, also face one count of conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity — a charge that carries a potential sentence of up to life in prison. “Female Genital Mutilation has serious implications for the health and well-being of girls and women,” said Daniel Lemisch, acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. “This brutal practice is conducted on girls for one reason, to control them as …

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Violence injury treatment ‘falls’ in England and Wales – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… 18 to 30 continued to be at most risk from violence. Violence-related injuries sustained by children aged up to 10 showed a year-on-year rise of 10% in 2016. Cost to health service The research does not examine the reasons for the decline in violence but better detection and reporting of serious violence by emergency departments and more targeted policing were also cited in the report as possible factors. Prof Shepherd told the BBC that increased CCTV which allowed police to target incidents …

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

April 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBurnham: ‘I want to refocus everybody on giving victims what they’ve never had – the truth’ A “criminal cover-up on an industrial scale” took place over the use of NHS contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, former health Secretary Andy Burnham has claimed. More than 2,000 deaths have been linked to the scandal in which haemophiliacs and others were infected with hepatitis C and HIV …

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

April 26, 2017

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by Politico, gives renewed insight into where the GOP may be moving …

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

April 26, 2017

… operations officer in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, told CNN. “The FDA’s role is to review and evaluate products for safety and effectiveness, particularly products that are intended for the treatment of a disease like cancer. Cancer requires the supervision of a licensed health care provider.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN health on Facebook and Twitter. Nicole Kornspan, a consumer safety officer at the FDA, said in a written …

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India facing another summer of deadly heat

April 25, 2017

… have introduced early warning systems, public awareness campaigns and increased training for medical professionals, according to Dileep Mavalankar, an expert at the India Institute of Public health (IIPH). But he warned that the apparently lower figures for heat deaths in 2016 were likely a result of “gross under-reporting.” “There’s no systematic way of reporting a heatstroke death,” Mavalankar said. Anup Srivastava, a consultant with the Indian National …

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WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

(CNN)It’s been a busy weekend inside the West Wing of the White House, with all hands on deck planning for five highly consequential days of President Donald Trump’s administration this week. Conversations with senior administration officials and Republicans close to the White House offer CNN this lay of the land and a reality check: No House vote on health care is expected this week. Despite a flurry of activity last week, there is no expectation of a vote actually happening …

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Homeless girls bond in Girl Scout Troop 6000

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 are just like any other girls. They go on trips, draw, sing and dance and sell those famous cookies. But their connection goes beyond Tagalongs and Thin Mints. Troop 6000 is the first in New York City made up solely of homeless girls. All the members live at the Sleep Inn in Queens, where the city has transformed the 10-floor building into a homeless shelter that serves 100 homeless families. The troop was created in February by Giselle Burgess, a …

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Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

April 24, 2017

… this month when the school installed the machine at a campus recreation center that’s open most of the day. That comes in handy when the student health center closes after business hours. Singh told the television station KCRA that he started pursuing the idea after a friend couldn’t get emergency contraception when she needed it. For $30, students can now buy it in the vending machine. He thinks that easy access will help students who might feel nervous about getting emergency …

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

April 23, 2017

… “look up” and staged a dining hall flash mob. The “Look Up” flash mob encourages students to unplug. Image: courtesy of sylvia frejd She has students referred to her who are on academic probation because of a social media or video game addiction. She said many can’t turn off streaming videos. She talks them through their addictions which she says usually stem from anxiety. Research shows one of the biggest mental health issues at college campuses is anxiety, …

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GOP Rep Tells Mom Her Son On Medicaid Should Just Get A Better Job If He Wants Health Care

April 23, 2017

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Acts Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed. The woman, a constituent of Davidsons in former House Speaker John Boehners old district, explained to Davidson at a town hall in Enon, Ohio on Tuesday night first covered by ShareBlue that her grown son lacked health insurance for four years, because his job in …

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