Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 23, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or negative ratings and the popularity of celebrity culture, complete with …


Don’t lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Last week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This can happen repeatedly during the night, causing blood-oxygen levels to dip and putting a strain on the heart. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on …


Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… his broken English. Hed tell me, I didnt mind that, because I knew that someday in the future, you were going to have a better life, she recalled. His sacrifice has been weighing on Marcario lately. She isnt a parent herself, but she thinks of her young cousins, nieces and nephews. She wants them to inherit a planet with a stable climate and normal sea levels a country that still has some pristine wilderness left. Her job running a privately held company with roughly $800 million in annual …


After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally said that the rhetoric in the country had reached such levels that civil debate was all but impossible. “Things are enflamed to such a hot point right now,” she said, bemoaning the “rhetoric, the hatred, the vitriol, the inability to have a discussion about sincerely held beliefs and debate them but not be disagreeable with each other.” But is there any real reason to believe anything will change? After all, when normal politics …


London fire: Crews work through night at tower block – BBC News

June 15, 2017

… fires in France, the UAE and Australia, he said. The missing Image copyright Reuters Image caption Volunteers helped unload food deliveries near the tower block Safety fears 127 flats 24 storeys 20 residential levels 4 mixed levels of community areas and residential flats 2016 refurbishment completed Image copyright Guilhem Baker/LNP Image caption More than 250 firefighters helped rescue people and put the fire out Construction firm Rydon, which carried out …


Lincoln Memorial Pool To Be Drained After 80 Ducklings Die

June 11, 2017

The first batch of the dead ducklings was discovered May 20 and the rest were found over a two-day period. Necropsies by the U.S. Geological Surveys National Wildlife Health Center determined they had died of high levels of microscopic parasites that develop in snails living in the pool, according to a statement from the park service. The parasites are ingested by the ducks when they eat the snails. The deaths followed a heat wave in D.C. There have been snails in there for as long as anyone …


Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own political and economic interests above the safety, security and indeed survival of the American people and the entire planet. Under the pact, the Obama administration promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 29 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2025. The United States is the second largest purveyor of fossil fuels. China, which is first, and India, third, …


This ‘tree’ has the environmental benefits of a forest

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Air pollution is one of the world’s invisible killers. In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities’ air is a matter of urgency. …


Election 2017 poll tracker: How the parties compare – BBC News

June 7, 2017

… long time before that. More interesting was that Labour and the Conservatives were on level pegging at 25%. That’s the first time this year that the Conservatives haven’t been in a clear second place. As with the other nations, though, it’s hard to draw conclusions when there have been so few polls. 31 May: YouGov seat projection The polls covered in the BBC tracker are standard voting intention polls. That is, they try to gauge levels of support for each of the parties across …


URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 5, 2017

… arrested. He says one of the issues the country needs to get a handle on is the experience of Muslim residents, who've "had a long-standing problem with respect to greater levels of alienation, a harder time assimilating into the broader British society." Kerry says the answer lies in building community to lessen the distance between governments and their people, a gap he thinks is a problem "all over the world." ___ 3:45 p.m. Germany's Foreign Ministry says German …


9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… responsible for the U.S. already shrinking its carbon footprint by 12 percent below 2005 levels. (The country committed to lowering that number to 26 percent to 28 percent under the Paris Agreement). Nothing in the accord prevented the U.S. from extracting fossil fuels. There are ways to extract oil and gas responsibly. The problem is the Trump administration doesnt seem keen on doing that. In one of its first moves, the Trump EPA requiring oil and gas companies to report leaks of methane, a …


Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

… really needs isnt funding, its the right attitude. Its not a matter of money, Pruitt told Fox News contaminated sitesabsolutely essentialcore missionlead- and arsenic-laden Superfund sitebecause its important that we restore confidence EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media after meeting residents at the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana, on April 19. Nearly all the residents were ordered to move because of high lead levels. It is now an EPA …


These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… standard practice already across all levels of football. He doesn’t think cost will be a problem for smaller programs in the future. “Scaleability and affordability are important to us on this platform,” he said. “Were rolling it out for large colleges and professional teams, but as we scale it I can see this becoming an affordable option for high schools, junior highs, youth programs these are all things were working on.” The Precision Fit helmets are made to last …

May 28, 2017

Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

… over the levels of personal debt among working households. Warnings The City regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has warned of an acceleration in consumer borrowing, such as loans, overdrafts, credit card debt and car finance. This echoes concerns raised by the Bank of England. Image copyright PA Image caption Car sales have boomed in recent years The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. …

May 23, 2017

Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

… responsibility for his own divisive rhetoric that radicalizes the political right in the United States. Indeed, over the past five years, extremist ideology from the right has risen at troubling levels. Accordingly, we should expect the continued use of “radical Islamic terrorism” in his speeches to American audiences and willful blindness to the rise in violence of the alt-right, right-wing militia groups, and the Ku Klux Klan. Finally, Trump stated that in “the scenes …

May 22, 2017

Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

… systems in developing countries are fragile and still being built, often in places that have seen recent conflict, and where there are low levels of public trust and long histories of trauma. Donald Trump’s evolving stance on abortion Join us on Twitter and Facebook Women around the world, from Texas to Tanzania, being cut off from modern family-planning tools. Children in some of the world’s poorest corners losing their vaccinations and malaria medicine. People …

May 20, 2017

Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

May 19, 2017

Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

… support groups along with the ability to report concerning posts related to self-injury or suicide directly to Facebook. Back in March the site was even testing a pattern recognition system that would use AI to identify posts that include certain keywords pertaining to suicidal thoughts. Studies have shown that excessive social media us could increase levels of depression, so the more resources the better. If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text …

May 18, 2017

How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

Image: Shutterstock / whiteMocca The headlines are everywhere. Social media makes us narcissists. Screen time atrophies the brain. Work is inescapable. We sleep less, weigh more, and report higher levels of depression all thanks to the onslaught of tech. On the other hand, many of technologys benefits are undeniable: longer life spans, reduced poverty, and the democratization of both knowledge and opportunity. The question is: Can we bring humanity and tech into harmony? To find an answer, I …

May 18, 2017