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Living on the disability pension: 'It's like the slow dimming of the light'

Almost one-in-five Australians are living with a disability. Those with a mental health condition make up the largest group on welfareAbout this seriesWhen Amethyst DeWilde had a stable job in the public service, she kept a wardrobe full of power suits. Though she was time poor, she was money rich. Everything she wore matched. If she didn’t feel like cooking, she could always eat out. She had a favourite restaurant.Then in 2003 she quit her job after she stood up for another person in her workpl...
Tags: Australia news, Welfare in Australia, Society, Disability, Mental health, Australian economy, Australian politics

Sofie Hagen: ‘Fat is a neutral word – I want us to reclaim it’

In her first book, the Danish comedian is calling for fat liberation – and happiness. She talks about anti-capitalism, abuse and how her view of her body changed overnightSofie Hagen no longer tells fat jokes. “I did at the beginning of my career,” she says, a bit regretfully. “Nothing negative, just laughing at myself. I had one joke, where I said something like: ‘I’m fat because I overeat. And I overeat because I have a lot of pain inside. Like, for example, right here’” – she points to her ch...
Tags: Health, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Hagen, Sofie Hagen

Mentally ill prisoners face months-long waits for hospital transfer

Exclusive: Prisoners are being left awaiting adequate treatment for up to half a yearFamilies of prisoners who killed themselves express their angerPrisoners with severe mental health problems are waiting up to six months to be transferred to hospital to get treatment, a Guardian investigation has found.Government guidelines in England and Wales stipulate that prisoners who are acutely mentally ill should be transferred to a hospital within 14 days of the first medical recommendation. But accord...
Tags: Health, England, Wales, Society, Mental Health, Prisons and probation, Ministry Of Justice

Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Film, Israel, Society, World news, Syria, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Middle East and North Africa, Madonna, Assad, Woodstock

Housework could keep brain young, research suggests

Even light exertions can slow down ageing of the brain, activity-tracker data indicatesEven light activity such as household chores might help to keep the brain young, researchers say, adding to a growing body of evidence that, when it comes to exercise, every little bit helps.The findings mirror upcoming guidance from the UK chief medical officers, and existing US guidelines, which say light activity or very short bouts of exercise are beneficial to health – even if it is just a minute or two a...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Society, World news, Mental Health, Dementia, Ageing

Even moderate intake of red meat raises cancer risk, study finds

People more or less keeping to NHS guidelines at higher risk than those who eat littleEating even the moderate amounts of red and processed meat sanctioned by government guidelines increases the likelihood of developing bowel cancer, according to the largest UK study of the risks ever conducted.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) suggests anyone who eats more than 90g of red or processed meat per day should try to cut down to 70g or less, because of the known link with bowel cancer. ...
Tags: Health, Meat, Food, UK, Science, Cancer, Society, UK News, Medical Research, NHS, Bowel Cancer, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC

Got a minute? Global attention span is narrowing, study reveals

Research combed from everything from movie tickets to social media finds more to focus on but less time to do soIt’s just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Released Monday in Nature Communications Scientific Journal, the study shows people now have...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Science, Technology, Media, Wikipedia, Social Media, Society, Ireland, Digital Media, Reddit, Technical University of Denmark, University College Cork, Nature Communications Scientific Journal, Philipp Hövel

Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO

Data for first three months adds to concerns over impact of anti-vaccination campaignsMeasles cases worldwide rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, amid growing concerns over the impact of anti-vaccination campaigns.Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the WHO has in recent months sounded the alarm over declining global vaccination rates. C...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, United Nations, MMR, Who, World Health Organization, World Health Organization WHO

Horror over Alesha MacPhail murder 'must not obscure lessons'

Experts say Alesha’s killer, Aaron Campbell, is ‘not a one-off’ – and more can be done to prevent similar crimesSince Aaron Campbell received a life sentence last month for the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, the reverberations from his crimes have continued as the public and professionals struggle to come to terms with what the trial judge, Lord Matthews, described as “some of the wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard”. Related: Why was Alesha MacPhail ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Young People, Youth justice, Matthews, Alesha, Aaron Campbell, Alesha MacPhail, Libby Brooks Continue

South Korean court rules abortion ban must be lifted

Historic decision sparks celebrations in Seoul following decades of campaigning A court in South Korea has ruled that the country’s decades-old ban on abortion must be lifted, in an historic decision that sparked celebrations in Seoul.Thursday’s decision by the constitutional court marks a major victory for pro-choice campaigners, 66 years after the country banned abortions in all but a few cases. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Women, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Abortion, Seoul

Penny Mordaunt says UK will defend abortion rights amid global pushback

Development secretary vows government will ‘hold a strong line’, after attempts by Trump administration to weaken commitmentsBritain’s international development secretary has promised to stand firm in her support for abortion rights in the face of growing opposition.Speaking at an event hosted by the Canadian embassy on Monday, Penny Mordaunt said: “Leadership means not shying away from issues like safe abortion when the evidence shows us these services will save women’s lives.” Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Gender, UK, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Abortion, Trump, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Global gag rule, Women's rights and gender equality

Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe

Wildlife and human health are threatened say scientists as Syngenta accepts ‘undeniable demand’ for changePesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes.More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analysed in 10 European nations, including the UK. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned, while half of the s...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Pesticides, Farming, Antibiotics, Syngenta

Scientists reverse memory decline using electrical pulses

Working memory of older group temporarily improves to match younger group in studyA decline in memory as a result of ageing can be temporarily reversed using a harmless form of electrical brain stimulation, scientists have found.The findings help explain why certain cognitive skills decline significantly with age and raise the prospect of new treatments. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Memory, Neuroscience, Society, Medical Research, Ageing

Health and Safety Executive ends Brunei project over gay sex law

Exclusive: Agency stops staff secondments after unions raise ethical and safety implicationsThe government’s official health and safety organisation has said it will stop planned staff secondments to Brunei after unions raised concerns about the ethical and safety implications following the kingdom’s decision to punish gay sex by stoning to death.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was seeking a team of three people to go to Brunei to help the country’s equivalent agency with regulatory...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Trade unions, LGBT rights, Brunei, Safety Executive, Safety Executive HSE

The average lifespan of a friendship? 10 years. Here’s why.

Some friendships last a lifetime, but most have a lifespan. In the U.S., best friends tend to last for 10 years on average, says Nicholas Christakis.In friendships, one person may begin to defect or "free ride", which causes the other person to choose between cooperation or defection. People tend to choose the latter so they won't be taken advantage of.A certain amount of social fluidity, taking a breather from a friendship, can actually make a friendship last longer. ...
Tags: Psychology, Life, Relationships, Friendship, Society, Innovation, Collaboration, Communications, Nicholas Christakis

Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated

Campaigner Emma Appleby was stopped with £4,500 worth of cannabis oil for her daughterThe mother of a severely epileptic nine-year-old girl has had an illegal supply of medical cannabis confiscated by customs officials after she attempted to enter the UK with the potentially life-saving medication that her daughter cannot access, despite changes in the law.Campaigner Emma Appleby flew to the UK from Holland on Saturday morning with her partner Lee carrying three months’ worth of cannabis oil, va...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Cannabis, NHS, Health policy, Holland, Epilepsy, Drugs policy, Lee, Lennox, Teagan, Emma Appleby

EU to opt against health warning for suspected carcinogen

Decision on titanium dioxide follows industry lobbying and could be illegal, critics sayA suspected carcinogen found in spray paints, sun creams and varnishes will not receive a cautionary health label, under European Union proposals seen by the Guardian.In what campaigners say is an unprecedented and potentially illegal step, the European commission has dropped a recommendation from its chemicals advisers for mandatory health warnings on all inhalable liquid forms of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Co...
Tags: Health, Europe, Cancer, Eu, European Union, Society, World news

Top 5 strangest fad diets

It's perfectly normal to want a healthy body. But like everything in life, moderation is the key.Some people want the ideal body so bad, they're willing to make any number of bizarre changes to their lives. And pop nutritionists, dietitians, and public figures are more than happy to sell ill-advised diets to them.Here's just 5 of some of the strangest fad diets through history. None Everybody wants to be slim. There's nothing wrong with that. But some people are downright obsessed with slimness,...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Hollywood, Society, Atlantic, Beauty, Innovation, Berger, Peterson, Human body, Jordan Peterson, Jack Gilbert, Mikhaila Peterson, Sumiko Watanabe, Immune Power Diet According, Stuart Berger

Screen time has little effect on teenagers' wellbeing, says study

Researchers found screen use before bedtime to be unrelated to mental health problemsScreen time has little effect on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers, regardless of whether they use devices for hours a day or just before bedtime, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University.The research, based on analysis of the screen use of more than 17,000 teenagers across Ireland, the US and the UK, found use of screens before bedtime was completely unrelated to psychological wellbeing, ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Technology, Children, Internet, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Ireland, Oxford University

Paul Kagame orders release of women and girls jailed over abortion in Rwanda

Women’s rights activists welcome presidential pardon of 367 female prisoners as evidence of progressRwanda’s president has pardoned hundreds of girls and women jailed for abortion. The women are expected to be released immediately under the presidential prerogative. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Abortion, Infant and child mortality, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Women's rights and gender equality

Even low alcohol consumption is bad news for strokes – study

Moderate drinking of one or two glasses a day does not protect against stroke, say researchersA low level of alcohol consumption does not protect against stroke, new research suggests, in the latest blow to the idea that a few drinks can be beneficial to health.At least 100,000 people have strokes in the UK every year, according to recent figures. It had been thought that low levels of alcohol consumption might have a protective effect against stroke, as well as other diseases and conditions. No...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Stroke

Low booze consumption does not protect people from strokes, study finds

Moderate drinking of one or two glasses a day does not protect against stroke, say researchersA low level of alcohol consumption does not protect against stroke, new research suggests, in the latest blow to the idea that a few drinks can be beneficial to health.At least 100,000 people have strokes in the UK every year, according to recent figures. It had been thought that low levels of alcohol consumption might have a protective effect against stroke, as well as other diseases and conditions. No...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Stroke

'All I hear is anger and frustration': how Brexit is affecting our mental health

Westminster is in chaos, the future is uncertain and there is no end in sight. What toll is the political crisis taking on the nation’s wellbeing?Feeling low and anxious? Suffering from disrupted sleep? Could Brexit be damaging your mental health? A Britain Thinks poll of more than 2,000 people, the results of which were released this week, found that 83% of those surveyed were sick of hearing about Brexit, while 64% thought it was damaging their mental health. The poll found that the dominant w...
Tags: Health, Politics, David Cameron, European Union, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Britain, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit

Scotland's prison suicide inquiry system 'not fit for purpose'

Report by family of woman who died in jail says attitude is that suicides are ‘inevitable’The system for investigating prison suicides in Scotland is not fit for purpose, according to analysis conducted by the parents of a woman who killed herself in the country’s only dedicated young offenders’ institution last year.Linda and Stuart Allan believe their daughter Katie Allan, 21, was bullied by other prisoners at Polmont young offenders’ institution and repeatedly strip-searched by staff who fail...
Tags: Health, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Prisons and probation, Linda, Glasgow University, Stuart Allan, Katie Allan

Toxic air will shorten children's lives by 20 months, study reveals

Global air pollution crisis is taking its greatest toll on children in south AsiaThe life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study.Air pollution contributed to nearly one in every 10 deaths in 2017, making it a bigger killer than malaria and road accidents and comparable to smoking, according to the State of Global Air (SOGA) 2019 stu...
Tags: Health, Asia, China, Environment, Society, World news, Air Pollution, Asia Pacific, State of Global Air SOGA

Call for UK to ban patients travelling to China for 'organ tourism'

Forty MPs back effort before inquiry into allegations of forced organ harvestingUK patients should be banned from travelling to China for transplant surgery, the government has been told, before an inquiry into allegations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.The call has so far been backed by 40 MPs from all parties before the next session of the independent China tribunal, which is investigating claims that detainees are being targeted by the regime. China dismisses the alle...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Human Rights, China, Society, UK News, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Northern Ireland, World Health Organization, Organ Donation, Foreign Office, Fiona Bruce, Mark Field

Christian right summit in Verona draws massive protest

20,000 rally in Italy against anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-feminist conferenceAn estimated 20,000 people have protested in Verona against a conference which has brought a global network of anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-feminist activists to the northern Italian city.The hosting of the World Congress of Families (WCF), a US coalition that promotes the values of the Christian right, has been especially contentious in Italy as it is supported by the far-right League, a partner in the country...
Tags: Health, Europe, Religion, Women, US, Society, World news, Feminism, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, Abortion, Verona, Matteo Salvini, World Congress of Families WCF

Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use

Under new guidelines, questions on screen use will be core part of NHS psychiatric assessments for young peopleChildren and young people with mental health problems will be routinely asked about their use of social media under new guidance being issued to NHS psychiatrists.Under-18s seeking help with conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders will be questioned to see whether using Facebook, Instagram or other platforms is causing or exacerbating their illness. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, Media, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, NHS, Young People, Facebook Instagram

Dogs can smell when seizures are about to begin, scientists find

Scent linked to epileptic seizures could mean dogs can be trained to warn ownersDogs can detect a telltale scent linked to epileptic seizures, scientists have discovered, raising the possibility that they could be trained to reliably warn owners when a seizure is imminent.The findings may also help explain anecdotal reports that dogs are able to sense when their owner is about to have a seizure. Knowing when a seizure is going to occur could allow people with epilepsy to have greater control and...
Tags: Health, Science, Dogs, Animals, Society, UK News, World news, Epilepsy

The French must drink less wine, say health officials

Health agency advises no more than two glasses a day to cut down alcohol-related disease risk“Quoi, just two glasses?” asked the headline on the English page of the rolling news station France 24.It was the incredulous reaction to a campaign launched this week by French health officials seeking to persuade the public to drink no more than two glasses of wine per day – and not every day either. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Food, Europe, France, Alcohol, Society, World news, Wine

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