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Achieving sugar reduction targets could cut child obesity and healthcare costs

Reducing the sugar content of certain foods by 2020, in line with UK government policy targets, could cut child obesity and related illness, and save the NHS in England £286 million over 10 years, suggests a study published by The BMJ today.
Tags: UK, England, Science, NHS

Utility Workers in England Stumble Upon Grisly Graves of 26 Iron Age Skeletons

Construction work in Oxfordshire, England has resulted in the discovery of 26 skeletons dating back to the Iron Age. Archaeologists suspect some of the 3,000-year-old remains may have been victims of human sacrifice.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Anthropology, Iron Age, Oxfordshire England, Iron Age England, Childrey Warren, Utility Workers

Autoimmune diseases of the liver may be triggered by exposure to an environmental factor

Investigators from a large population-based study conducted in northern England have suggested that exposure to a persistent, low-level environmental trigger may have played a role in the development of autoimmune diseases of the liver within that population.
Tags: England, Science

Meet the Man Keeping the Last Two Northern White Rhinos on Earth Alive

DERBY, ENGLAND—James Mwenda has a front row seat to the spectacle that is the human-driven extinction crisis. Day after day he checks on, feeds, cares for, and often just hangs out with, the last two remaining northern white rhinos on the planet.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Wildlife, Northern White Rhino, Wildlife Conservation, Rhinos, James Mwenda

Dementia patients should be offered music and dance therapy

More people with dementia should be given music or dance therapy in a bid to prevent them being "over-medicalised", the Health Secretary has said. It follows research which found that giving people with dementia personal playlists resulted in a 60 per cent reduction in the need for mind-altering drugs. Matt Hancock said that while guidance says local areas should consider music or dancing for people with dementia, such therapies have not been widely adopted across England. He has previously call...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Research, NHS, Hull, Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Hancock, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Matt Hancock, Clarence House

Physicists Stuffed a Ghostly 'Skyrmion' Full of 'Antiskyrmions'

There are ghostly shapes hidden in magnetic fields.They're not made of stuff in the way a lightning bolt or a beam of light is. A lighting bolt carries a fairly defined group of electrons from the sky all the way to the ground. Sunshine that hits your face consists mostly of the same photons that traveled millions of miles from the sun.But magnetic fields contain things called skyrmions that are different from electrons and photons; a skyrmion is a knot of magnetic field lines looping around...
Tags: England, Science, David Foster, University Of Colorado, Foster, U K, University of Birmingham, Ivan Smalyukh, Jung Shen Tai

Record numbers of amputations on NHS amid warnings 1 in 10 will soon suffer type two diabetes

Record number of people are undergoing amputations on the NHS, official figures show, amid warnings that diabetes will soon afflict one in 10 adults.     Health officials said it was a “tragedy” that so many people were facing life-changing surgery as a result of preventable ill-health. Estimates suggest that almost 5 million adults will suffer from Type Two diabetes by 2035 - a rise from 3.9 million, they said. The trend - fuelled by soaring obesity levels - means almost one in 10 adults will h...
Tags: England, Science, Britain, United States, NHS, Public Health England, Phe, Western Europe, Jenifer Smith, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Offerings to Supernatural Deities Discovered in Lake Titicaca in the Andes

A team of archaeological divers has uncovered dazzling treasures at the bottom of Lake Titicaca, including a puma carved out of the blue gemstone lapis-lazuli, gold medallions and a turquoise stone pendant.These riches were likely offered to supernatural deities hundreds of years ago by elite people from the Tiwanaku culture, which established the first large state in the Andes Mountains from about 500 to 1100, the researchers said.But these swanky goods weren't the only lavish aspect of the...
Tags: England, Science, America, Peru, University of Oxford, University Of California Berkeley, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Andes Mountains, Andes, Penn State University, Oxford Centre, Inca, Tiwanaku, Capriles, Christine Hastorf

With 1.5 Million UK Workers Slated to Lose Their Jobs to Automation, Calls for a Shorter Work Week Intensify

On Monday, the UK’s Office of Data and Statistics released a report that found 1.5 million of that nation’s workers are at “high risk” of losing their jobs to automation. “In 2017, out of the 19.9 million jobs analysed in England, 7.4% people were employed in jobs at high risk of automation,” the report notes. Women…Read more...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Labor, Automaton, Office of Data and Statistics

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US

Mariner's Astrolabe from 1503 Shipwreck Is World's Oldest

A rare navigational tool has snagged a Guinness World Record as the oldest mariner's astrolabe.The astrolabe dates to between 1496 and 1501; it sank to the bottom with a shipwreck in 1503 near the coast of the island of Al-Ḥallānīyah, in what is now Oman. The find is one of only 104 historical astrolabes in existence."It is a great privilege to find something so rare, something so historically important," David Mearns, an oceanographer at Blue Water Recovery, said in a 2017 statement after t...
Tags: England, Science, India, Portugal, Oman, University of Warwick, Lisbon, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Mearns, David Mearns, Blue Water Recovery, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vicente Sodre, Al Ḥallānīyah, Vasco da Gama Sodre

Failing to diagnose diabetes during pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth

New UK research has found that women develop diabetes in pregnancy but are not diagnosed are more likely to experience stillbirth than women without the condition. Led by the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester and funded by the charities Action Medical Research, Cure Kids, Sands and Tommy's, the new study looked at the symptoms and care of 291 women who experienced a stillbirth and 733 similar women who did not experience a stillbirth across 41 maternity units in England. The...
Tags: England, Science, University Of Leeds, Tommy, University of Manchester, New UK, International Journal of Obstetrics, Action Medical Research

New Labour's policies reduced geographical inequalities in infant mortality rates

Efforts by the Labour government to reduce inequalities between the most deprived areas of England and the rest of the country had a positive impact on infant mortality rates, suggests research by the Universities of Newcastle, Leeds, York, and Liverpool published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Tags: England, Science, Labour, Liverpool, Universities of Newcastle Leeds York

Why Are These Massive, Baby Stars Orbiting So Close Together?

There's a point in space that's 50,000 times as bright as our sun -- the signature of a massive star. Scientists already knew about it and named it PDS 27. But it turns out, the dot of light scientists were calling PDS 27 is actually two stars, PDS 27 and its stellar companion, PDS 37.The two giant stars are very young and very close together, separated by just 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers), or 30 times the distance between Earth and the sun. That finding, published Monday (...
Tags: England, Science, Earth, Neptune, University Of Leeds, Astronomy Astrophysics, Evgenia Koumpia, Koumpia

Vaping raises the risk of having a heart attack, biggest ever study says

Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease  They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardi...
Tags: England, Science, US, Britain, Who, World Health Organisation, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, Mohinder Vindhyal, Vindhyal

Vaping linked to greater risk of heart attack, study suggests

Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease  They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardi...
Tags: England, Science, US, Britain, Who, World Health Organisation, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, Mohinder Vindhyal, Vindhyal, American College of Cardiology Sign

The Aids endgame: how the UK and US are committed to wiping out HIV

Just over a generation ago the world was in the grip of hysteria about a mysterious new disease that seemed to be spiralling out of control. Groups of men in southern California were falling prey to an aggressive auto-immune disorder which had never been seen before. Health experts and policy makers scrambled to understand this terrifying new disease and how it could be treated and prevented. Fast forward 40 years after those first cases of HIV and Aids and the picture has transformed: today HIV...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Obama, California, Scotland, Africa, US, Atlantic, United Nations, States, Seattle, Donald Trump, Public Health England, Trump

First TV campaign to urge women to undergo cervical smear tests as screening uptake hits record low

Health officials are to launch the first television campaign urging women to go for cervical smear tests amid warnings too many are “needlessly dying” after failing to get checked. Uptake of screening is now at a record low, with almost one in three women eligible for tests failing to do so, latest records show. The lowest uptake is among women in their late 20s, with almost four in ten failing to have smears, the figures show. Two women every day in England die from cervical cancer and more tha...
Tags: England, Science, NHS, Public Health England, Phe, Patsy, Christine Lampard, Anne Mackie, Steve Brine Public Health Minister, Public Health England Loose Women

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks.Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, NHS, Simon Stevens, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Measles, Antivaxxers, Anti Vaccination, Social Media Contributes

Half of Child Grooming Cases Involve Facebook-Owned Platforms, UK Report Finds

Data compiled by the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) found that in the past 18 months, over half of child grooming incidents in England and Wales where the communication method was known involved a Facebook-owned platform.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, UK, England, Science, Instagram, Wales, Whatsapp, Yikes, NSPCC, Child Grooming

GP ‘bribes’ to diagnose dementia undermine patients’ trust in doctors

Paying GPs to identify dementia undermines patients’ trust in doctors, a study suggests. In recent years, health officials have introduced a series of schemes which typically pay family doctors £55 a head for every patient classed as having the condition. The initiatives came despite concern from some GPs that they would be seen as “bribes” which could sway doctors towards misdiagnosis. Researchers from the University of York examined more than 7,000 practices in England to examine the impact of...
Tags: England, Science, NHS, University of York

More Internal Facebook Documents Leak Online, Revealing How Facebook Planned to Sell User Data

At the end of 2018, in a dramatic series of events, lawmakers in England had a sergeant-at-arms storm to an American tech executive’s hotel room and insisted on the release of confidential documents from his company’s ongoing lawsuit against Facebook. Then, in the style of vigilante hackers, the lawmakers posted many…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, England, Science, Data, Facebook Planned

'Historical Google Earth’ showing lost British landscapes created by Cambridge University

Few people will remember the ‘Cornish Alps’ which once dominated the skyline around St Austell. After the Aberfan disaster of 1969, when the colliery spoil tip slid onto the Welsh village killing 144 people, the huge waste mounds from the England’s china clay industry were levelled, changing the terrain forever. But a new project by Cambridge University, dubbed ‘historical Google Earth’ is allowing a glimpse back into the lost scenery of Britain, awakening long-forgotten landscapes. The first 1,...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, London, University, Britain, Oxford, Cambridge, Raf, Google Earth, Cambridge University, Committee, Joseph, Dorchester, St Joseph

This Fish Just Gave Evolution the Finger and Got Pregnant

A little stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus) nicknamed "Mary" appears to have leapt across a major reproductive divide on the evolutionary tree of life. Stickleback females, like most female fish, lay unfertilized eggs that males then fertilize in the nest. But Mary, somehow, got pregnant with healthy live young, which survived delivery via C-section.This is the third time that scientists have found an unfertilized egg-laying fish with developing embryos in her belly, the researchers repor...
Tags: England, Science, Scotland, Mary, University of Nottingham, Laura dean, Andrew MacColl

Remain or leave? Carmakers confront hard Brexit choices

ST ATHAN, Wales/GAYDON, England (Reuters) - In three cavernous former Royal Air Force hangars at an old airbase in Wales, luxury carmaker Aston Martin is forging ahead with construction of a new vehicle assembly plant. The paint shop is in, robots are being unpacked, and production of the company's critical new sport utility vehicle is on track to start this year – Brexit deal or no deal. "I still have to believe that we'll get to a proper and right decision because a no-deal Brexit is frankly...
Tags: England, Science, Wales, Royal Air Force, Aston Martin, Brexit, Reuters, Andy Palmer, England Reuters, Gaydon, ST ATHAN Wales GAYDON

Lesbians more likely to be overweight as experts find sexuality is linked to health

Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight than heterosexual women, research has shown for the first time, as experts said sexual identity should now be viewed as a health risk factor. Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 12 British national health surveys involving more than 93,000 people which recorded body mass index (BMI) and sexuality and found a striking link between weight and sexual orientation. For women, being gay made them 41 per cent more likely to be...
Tags: England, Science, London, Britain, Treasury, University of East Anglia, LGB, Joanna Semlyen, Norwich Medical School, Semlyen

5,600-Year-Old Human Skull Bone Fished Out of the Thames by Lucky 'Mudlarker'

Humans have lived alongside England's River Thames for thousands of years, and they've left some interesting things behind in its muddy waters: wooden clubs for bashing in heads, a toilet that fits three butts at once and sometimes, even bits of human skulls.Tomorrow (Feb. 20), the Museum of London will put one such skull fragment on display. According to a statement from the museum, the fractured frontal skull bone belonged to an adult man who lived sometime around 3600 B.C., making thi...
Tags: England, Science, London, France, Thames, London Metropolitan Police, Lucky Mudlarker, Matt Morse

England and Wales to Require Thousands of Criminals to Wear GPS Tracking Bracelets

Thousands of convicted criminals and others accused of crimes in England and Wales will be required to wear GPS-coordinate-tracking bracelets, replacing an older generation of electronic tags not capable of monitoring someone’s movement in real time, the BBC reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Wales, Bbc, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Gps Tracking, Ankle Monitors

We'd be lost without them: meet the team that runs GPS for the world

It was announced this week that the £1m QE Engineering Prize had been won by four individuals who pioneered the creation of The American Global Positioning System (GPS). Below, we republish a 2011 report by Paul Kendall who was given rare and exclusive access to the United States Air Force unit that operates the satellite system At 23 years-old, Joshua Williams seems a little young to be in charge of the Global Positioning System. Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two...
Tags: Facebook, England, Hollywood, Science, London, Microsoft, Navy, California, Virginia, Iraq, US, America, Department Of Defense, European Union, Earth, Transit

Women are put off smear tests because they worry it will reveal promiscuity, Cancer Research survey finds

Women could be put off smear tests because they fear the results will imply promiscuity, according to new research. Polling of more than 2,000 women found that around four in ten thought that being diagnosed with the human papilloma virus (HPV) - which can cause cervical cancer - was a cause of shame. Around eight in ten women will become infected with HPV at some point over their lifetimes, but only those with specific high-risk types of the virus will go on to develop cancer. The survey by cha...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Australia, Research, Britain, NHS, Birmingham, Cancer Research, Cancer Research UK, Jo, Sara Hiom, Robert Music, Cervical Cancer Trust

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