India facing another summer of deadly heat

April 25, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)India is facing another record hot and potentially deadly summer. Hundreds of people died last year as swaths of the country were struck by drought amid temperatures as high as 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit). That followed a 2015 heat wave that left more than 2,300 people dead. Precautions While India is scrambling to prepare for the hot weather, experts say the task is complicated by multiple overlapping levels of local and state government with …

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

April 23, 2017

… take a 24-hour digital fast in conjunction with the National Day of Unplugging, which is no easy feat. “Some students look at us like ‘I could never do that,’” she said. Some of the feedback she got back about the day was positive: how enjoyable it was; how stress levels dropped; how it felt like a refreshing recharge. Others told her how challenging it was and how they couldn’t do it. That’s OK, she said in a phone call last week at least they are trying. The …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

… evacuated after soil tests showed lead and arsenic contamination levels 228 times the amount the Environmental Protection Agency considers potentially hazardous to children. It was the first superfund site EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has visited — making a trip there Wednesday — and the agency said he was the first administrator to visit this particular site. Pruitt visited “to discuss cleanup and hear directly from East Chicago residents affected by contamination in their …

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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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‘I ignored my mum’s death, just like Prince Harry’ – BBC News

April 19, 2017

Image copyright Kathryn Watson Image caption Kathryn (right) struggled with anger after her mum, Heather (left), died from cancer “My mum was ill for about 18 months and it was really quite sudden. She went from being an outgoing person to simply not being there. Image copyright Kathryn Watson Image caption Kathryn says counselling helped her deal with the grief of losing her mum “What really spoke to me was Prince Harry talking about his anger. I felt that a lot. I …

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

April 14, 2017

… cut. Vocational education is being cut. “We are seeing schools around the country sending letters to parents asking for money on a regular basis to make up for the the gap that the government is leaving in school budgets.” The Department for Education insists that schools in England are funded at record levels and that its investment will rise as pupil numbers rise. …

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Will Scott Pruitt Use Smoke-And-Mirrors To Deal With Smog?

April 14, 2017

… more than half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution might be to well, redefine whats healthy. Pruitts recent actions suggest he may simply declare that the pollution levels his agencys independent science advisors have said are unhealthy 70 parts per billion are now acceptable. Its like the diet which lets you eat ice cream by saying it only counts as 50 calories. Or a plan to improve education by changing all the Cs to As. Many observers consider this a …

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United Airlines, David Dao, And The Way We Blame

April 12, 2017

There are some misfortunes that seem so inevitable that their occurrence is a surprise on two levels that nothing was done to prevent what happened, and, perversely, that it did not happen sooner. A sports disappointment, however it may feel in the moment, is a trivial but illustrative example; another instance, far more serious, is the violent ejection of Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight after he declined to give up his seat so that United personnel could take it, and, in …

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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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‘My fertility app made me too stressed to conceive’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

“Some months I think we must have missed the window of opportunity entirely,” she explains, “either because I’d built up to it so much that the pressure made me too stressed to conceive, or because the app wasn’t accurate.” She decided to quit using the apps “for the sake of my sanity” and became pregnant the following month. “They definitely serve a purpose,” she concedes, “but they aren’t the be-all and …

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Male contraception just took another big step forward. Thank goodness.

April 6, 2017

… what happened when the gel was flushed out. The research team did the reversal procedure on seven rabbits (each of whom had been sperm-free for 14 months). They found that sperm returned quickly to their semen. SEE ALSO: New app lets users get STD test through mobile device The sperms concentration and motility (essentially their ability to swim well) returned to the same levels they had been before the gel was inserted. These are two important markers of fertility. An evaluation of the vasa …

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Sci-fi forest tracks carbon impact – BBC News

April 3, 2017

Carbon locked up The role of plants in taking up CO2 is one of the known unknowns in climatology. CO2 is a plant fertiliser and researchers think that as levels increase the trees will fix more of it into their trunks, roots and organic matter in the earth. But they believe the fertilizing effect will be limited over time by other factors such as lack of nutrients, lack of water and rising temperatures. Humans and forests currently participate in a mutually beneficial exchange in which trees …

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#BlackWomenAtWork uncovers the everyday racism black women face at work

March 30, 2017

… work place at all levels laid bare for the public to finally see with naked eyes,” Packnett told Mashable. “These women at least deserve respect as humans, let alone as professionals. They received neither. It is absolutely unacceptable. They deserve the respect that their humanity, their accomplishments, and their work demands.” SEE ALSO: Angry Sean Spicer tells April Ryan, a veteran black female journalist, to “stop shaking” her head This happens to black …

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

March 23, 2017

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.” In the video, he said that …

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

March 20, 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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Medway NHS Foundation Trust out of special measures after four years – BBC News

March 17, 2017

… “good” for effectiveness, care and leadership. It still “requires improvement” for safety and responsiveness. Inspection summary What’s good: Management in the emergency department Incident reporting culture Mortality rates Support for vulnerable patients Need improving: Staffing levels in emergency care and maternity Training, annual appraisals, fire safety Cleanliness in clinical area Checks and maintenance of emergency equipment Lesley Dwyer, chief …

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