Trump Threatened To Let Obamacare ‘Implode.’ That’s One Promise He’s Keeping.

May 24, 2017

… health insurance exchanges, for which President s administration had already paid. When the final enrollment numbers came in, they were , an outcome partially attributable to lost sign-ups during the final days, which had proved busier during the first three annual enrollment campaigns. Most damaging has been Trumps toward paying health insurance companies that serve the lowest-income exchange customers . Anthem, a big Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer with a major presence on the exchanges, has …


General election 2017: Len McCluskey ‘can’t see Labour winning’ – BBC News

May 17, 2017

… after leading Labour to defeats in 2010 and 2015 but, amid speculation that jockeying for position has already begun, there have been suggestions that Mr Corbyn could stay on if he equals the 30.4% vote share that Ed Miliband got in 2015. ‘Made up numbers’ Labour is defending its plans to exert state control over key utilities amid uncertainty over what the final price tag will be and how it will be paid for. It said it would not put an “arbitrary figure” on how much it …


1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

May 16, 2017

(CNN)More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world — an average of 3,000 deaths per day — from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of deathamong 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed …


A ‘second wave’ of ransomware could broaden global cyberattack

May 15, 2017

… are still unknown, also rebounded from the kill switch activation by releasing a second variation of the malware. Europol, the European Union’s policing agency, said the attack remains an “escalating threat” whose numbers “are still going up” after a brief slowdown on Friday. The agency estimates some 200,000 victims including 100,000 public and private sector organizations have been affected since the start of the cyberattack. The 22-year-old British cyber …


NHS ‘dangerously short of nurses’ – BBC News

May 14, 2017

Between 2010 and 2016 the numbers employed have risen by 2% to just over 300,000 full-time nurses. The scale of the problem The RCN, which is holding its annual conference in Liverpool, does not dispute this, instead it has looked at how many nurses NHS trusts needed to employ, but cannot. It relied on freedom of information requests to obtain data from all types of NHS trusts for the end of 2016 and received responses from three-quarters. They suggested on top of the nurses employed there …


Welney wildfowl centre hatches 26 ‘rare’ godwit chicks – BBC News

May 12, 2017

Image copyright Will Meinderts/David Morris RSPB Image caption Most UK black-tailed godwits nest in the Fens making the area “vital to the quest to maintain and increase” numbers Between 53 and 57 pairs breed in the UK every year Most are found in the Nene and Ouse Washes, but fewer than 10 pairs breed in the north of Scotland and the Shetland Islands They died out in the UK by the mid-19th Century due to habitat loss The first breeding pair returned to the Ouse …


General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’ – BBC News

May 8, 2017

… recruitment and retention are making it harder for trusts to ensure patient safety,” he said. “Unsustainable staffing gaps are quickly opening up.” He said the seven years of pay restraint, combined with stressful working conditions, had taken a toll on the workforce. “Pay is becoming uncompetitive,” added Mr Hopson. “Significant numbers of trusts say lower paid staff are leaving to stack shelves in supermarkets rather than carry on working in the NHS.” …


How female support can aid career growth

May 7, 2017

… women break down barriers of entry, they help pull other women with them in their ascent. These three women, all proud graduates of University of Phoenix, are evidence of this. Image: University of Phoenix Dawn Wilson Criminal justice is a tough field to begin with, but it can be even more difficult for women as this workforce is still overwhelmingly male. However, the employment numbers didnt deter Dawn Wilson when she decided to pursue a career in law enforcement, something she had …


Tony Blair’s legacy 20 years on – BBC News

May 1, 2017

… income scale. The plentiful supply of cheap labour arguably helped the UK economy to expand without facing the issue of spiralling wages – and this in turn held inflation and interest rates down, contributing to a decade-long boom in property prices, adding to the feelgood factor among middle income home owners, even if fewer people could afford to get on the property ladder in the first place. But it also sowed the seeds of discontent in Labour’s heartlands, as growing numbers …


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

April 27, 2017

… Trump’s handling of each of those issues, and both have tilted more negative since early March. His numbers have held steady, however, on his handling of foreign affairs, national security and the role of commander-in-chief, after taking several high-profile actions on those fronts during the last month. Assessing his overall use of the military, most (52%) say he’s used it responsibly since taking office. …


These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

… (D-Calif.), and seem to have driven his numbers down slightly. The GOP believes their candidate will have the advantage in the June election if they can hold Ossoff below 50 percent, given the overwhelming GOP voter registration in the district. But Handel, no stranger to controversy (she was at the center of a high-profile fight between Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation), has repeatedly mounted unsuccessful bids for office, and its not obvious she will consolidate Republican …


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. …


Childline receives 4,000 calls from ‘lonely’ children – BBC News

April 14, 2017

The service already collects data on issues such as mental health and abuse but said increasing numbers of youngsters said they felt lonely. Previously, loneliness would be recorded as “low self-esteem” or “unhappiness”. Childline said that, overall, girls were four times more likely to contact the charity with a problem than boys. ‘I felt empty inside’ One teen caller, who asked to be called Rebecca, used Childline’s online web chat after saying …


When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 10, 2017

… raise up the voices of others. The pages began to grow. People from all over the world found me. 5,000 followers turned into 50,000. Now, that number is over 200,000 people, combined across all three platforms. But its never been about the numbers. Each one of those followers has a face, a heartbeat. They are real to me. Theyre people. Theyre a mom in Connecticut who lost her child; an incarcerated recovering heroin addict in Richmond whos a peer leader in his cell, helping others find recovery; …


Co-sleeping: ‘My baby died after we fell asleep on the sofa’ – BBC News

March 29, 2017

… “judged” about co-sleeping and often lie to health visitors if they are doing it. As a result, she said, guidance about how to minimise the risks of co-sleeping isn’t getting across. The problem is exacerbated by falling numbers of health visitors working in the UK, she adds. ‘Tearing families apart’ Meanwhile, Dawn – who has since had a baby girl named Faye – says her “entire chest aches” every time she thinks about Fern’s death. Her …


Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’ – BBC News

March 21, 2017

However, the total number of extractions for children aged nine or under fell slightly last year, from 34,788 extractions in 2014/15 to 34,003 in 2015/16. Lead researcher Prof Nigel Hunt said: “When you see the numbers tallied up like this, it becomes abundantly clear that the sweet habits of our children are having a devastating effect on the state of their teeth. “That children as young as one or two need to have teeth extracted is shocking. “What is really distressing …


NHS facing ‘mission impossible next year’ – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… carried out by NHS Providers predicts that the numbers waiting in A&E longer than the four-hour target will increase by 40% next year to 1.8m, while the numbers waiting beyond the 18-week target for routine treatments, such as knee and hip operations, will go up by 150% to around 100,000. A Department of Health spokeswoman said extra money was being invested in the NHS and pointed out the Budget had set aside more funding for social care, which would also help relieve the pressures on …


Pill presses for counterfeit drugs seized in record numbers

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Machines used to make counterfeit pills are reaching the US border in record numbers. US Customs and Border Protection is seizing pill presses at a rate 19 times higher than in 2011. That’s the year the synthetic drug fentanyl exploded in the US drug market, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. While the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration deals with a national problem of synthetic fentanyl overdoses, these machines are playing a …


Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals – BBC News

March 16, 2017

… the year and we know demand on our services further increases over winter. “Like most trusts across the country, we are finding this a challenge due to the flow of patients in and out of hospitals and the large numbers of admissions of patients, particularly those who are elderly and with complex and chronic health conditions. “We are sorry that some patients have to wait longer than we would like to be seen by a doctor and also those who are waiting to be admitted and taken to the …


A CBO report that conservatives can get behind

March 14, 2017

… those who are older or who are poorer, for example, afford private coverage. Or perhaps provisions that require states to automatically enroll the uninsured in default, no-premium private insurance plans. Any or all of these reforms will likely boost coverage numbers. But they will cost money, eat into the budget savings currently generated by the bill, and may be viewed suspiciously by some conservatives. The CBO estimates illustrate the difficult choices that lie ahead for supporters of the …


NHS protest: Tens of thousands march against ‘hospital cuts’ – BBC News

March 5, 2017

There is no official estimate of the numbers who took part. Media captionAerial footage shows thousands of people filling Parliament Sq Mr Corbyn called for the government to provide more funding for the health service in next week’s Budget. Speaking to the protesters in Parliament Square, he said: “The NHS is in crisis, in crisis because of the underfunding in social care and the people not getting the care and support they need. “It is not the fault of the staff. It is …


Ministers criticised over named person consultation – BBC News

February 26, 2017

… only wanted to deal with those who support the scheme and organisations mainly funded by the government. “He refused to engage with us even though we represent an important cross-section of Scottish society, huge numbers of parents and more than 35,000 people who signed our petition. “The three-month ‘engagement’ has long since ended. It looks like it could be more like six or seven months, March or April 2017, before we hear anything.” He added: “The Supreme …


Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA – BBC News

February 20, 2017

Nearly every local authority in England is planning to raise council taxes this year but council leaders are warning services still face “deep cuts”. The Local Government Association says funding care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills. It says many councils are planning tax increases of up to 4.99% but that cuts to libraries, bin collections and other services will still be needed. The government insists it is giving more money to councils. She said: …


The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You

February 20, 2017

Americans born in the United States are more murderous than undocumented immigrants. Fighting words, I know. But why? After all, that’s just what the numbers say. Still, be honest: you wouldn’t linger over a story with that headline. It’s “dog bites man.” It’s the norm. And norms aren’t news. Instead, you’ll see two dozen reporters flock to a single burning trash can during an Inauguration protest. The aberrant occurrence is the story you’ll …


Frail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’ – BBC News

February 16, 2017

That has prompted a growing expectation that a rescue package will be announced in the Budget in early March. Care is funded by either councils or individuals themselves – although growing numbers are also relying on family and friends to support them. The Age UK review looked at existing data and concluded there were nearly 1.2 million people who were not now getting the care they need – a rise of 48% since 2010. This included: 696,500 who do not get any help, of whom 53,000 …