More emergency workers suffering mental ill health

Fire and ambulance services reported an increase in the number of staff taking mental health-related absences – such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and other stress – while police saw a slight drop in the last year after four years of rises. Colm Porter from Unison said the rise may be down to staff being more willing to seek help with mental health. Mr Porter said: “Demand on the ambulance service is at an unprecedented high as GP, mental health and social care services struggle due to chronic underfunding. “It’s obviously not good news that so many are suffering, but the rise in cases does show the taboo surrounding mental health is lifting, meaning we can begin …

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Endorse Bernie Sanders

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) plans to endorse Sen. Sanders has faced questions about his health and fitness during the 2020 race after suffering a heart attack earlier this month, although he moved to “I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” Sanders said during the debate, thanking supporters and fellow candidates for their words of support. “I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I’m so happy to be back here with you this evening.” It is also a setback for his progressive rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has prided herself on having a knack for relationship-building. Warren had worked to develop a rapport with Ocasio-Cortez, joining her in, among other things, social media …

What’s in the government’s new environment bill?

With Brexit set to remove the stick of these rules, an independent watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection, is being created to hold the government to account. Ministers say the watchdog won’t be able to fine the government if it fails to uphold its commitments – but will ensure it is held to account, with the ability to stop projects and hold authorities in contempt of court if they breach environmental standards. But campaigners fear that the new watchdog could be muzzled, tamed and stripped of funding. ‘Only big changes’ will tackle climate change Plastic bag sales in England halved in past year Estate agents urged to tell buyers about pollution ‘Powerful weapon’ Conservative peer Lord Randall – a green …

Mother Shares Photos Of Her Oldest Son, Showing What Heroin And Meth Addiction Can Do In 7 Months

Addiction ruins lives. Those of the addicted, as well as those of their loved ones. Fortunately, however difficult life might get, there are people out there who care about us and do their darndest to help us in our hour of need. Jennifer Salfen-Tracy turned to Facebook to share with everyone how her oldest son Cody Bishop, who is suffering from heroin and meth addiction, is doing. According to his mom, Cody is homeless and she hasn’t heard from him in weeks. The photos she shared of him are shocking, especially when you realize that they’re only 7 months apart. Cody’s mom wants her son to come back home and get clean Cody’s mom, who is from Missouri, hopes that …

‘I’m 17, and rarely ID’d for e-cigs’

‘Liquid in my lungs’ Georgia 17, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she had been to shops where she had been given free e-cigarette tutorials and liquids. She has been vaping for over a year and “rarely” been asked for ID. Asked for proof of age the first time she had tried to buy vaping products, she had been allowed to complete the purchase after telling the seller she had forgotten it, she said. The teenager now believes she has experienced negative health effects as a result of vaping. “I went to hospital, they took my blood and they said there’s too much liquid in my lungs,” she said. “They gave me some tablets for a course of two weeks. …

What Each Zodiac Sign Should Stop Waiting Around For

By Steven Aguilar By Steven Aguilar Aries Stop waiting for someone to hand you your dream job — and go out there and get it. Taurus Stop waiting for your crush to ask you out — and make the first move yourself. Gemini Stop waiting for everything to get better — and visit a therapist, talk to someone, put more effort into your mental health. Cancer Stop waiting around for true love to find you — and start putting yourself out there. Leo Stop waiting for a sign — and listen to what your gut is telling you. Virgo Stop waiting for the ‘perfect moment’ to make your move — and do whatever you’ve been waiting to do Libra Stop …

These Young Women Are Fighting For Abortion Access On College Campuses UPDATE

justCARE Abortion Access On Campus In California Could Become A Reality Thanks To These Student Activists — UPDATE By Madhuri Sathish Updated: Oct 11, 2019 Student activists in California are determined to achieve reproductive justice on college campuses — and thanks to a new bill, they may just succeed. What started as a local effort by a student reproductive health group at UC Berkeley has become a statewide effort to make medication abortion accessible on public college campuses across California, and students’ push to do this has culminated in California state Senate Bill 24. As part of their efforts to fight for reproductive justice, activists across the state of California launched justCARE (Campus Action for Reproductive Equity), a movement that …

Zantac in global recall over ‘unacceptable’ levels of potential carcinogen

Heartburn medicine pulled by GlaxoSmithKline while it investigates source of impurity GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the popular heartburn medicine Zantac in all markets, days after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found unacceptable levels of probable cancer-causing impurity in the drug. Zantac, also sold generically as ranitidine, is the latest drug in which cancer-causing impurities have been found. Regulators have been recalling some blood pressure and heart failure medicines since last year. Britains medicines watchdog said GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was recalling four prescription-only Zantac medicines a syrup, an injection and tablets of 150mg and 300mg dosages over an potential carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Over-the-counter 75mg dosage Zantac products are produced by a different company and are not affected by the recall, …

Amid Warren controversy, women are sharing their pregnancy discrimination horror stories

Women are sharing their own stories of pregnancy discrimination afterconservative media outlets attempted to discredit presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass) claim that she faced pregnancy discrimination. Warren maintains that she was fired from a teaching job in the 1970s because she was pregnant. However, media outlets are starting to contest her account because of how she previously described these events. NBC News verified that Warrens resignation was accepted with regret around her sixth month of pregnancy. After I became visibly pregnant, I was told that the job I'd been promised for next year would go to someone else. Pregnancy discrimination is real, and it still happens todaybut telling our stories is one way we can fight back. Here are …

Imam Targeted in Minnesota Mosque Bombing Blasts Trumps Attack on Somalis

Shortly before dawn on Aug. 5, 2017, an explosion tore through Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, nearly killing the mosques imam, Mohamed Omar. At first, the Trump administration suggested the attack might have been a three members of a Trump-supporting militia were arrested in the attack. Theyd tried to throw a pipe bomb into the room where Omar was standing. They missed. So when President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in nearby Minneapolis on Thursday night, some local Muslims were on edge. Its a fear in the neighborhood, like if a predator came to the neighborhood and no one told you, Omar told The Daily Beast on Friday. Whats going to happen, whats he going to say, …

Trumps Favorite Impeachment Lawyer Is …Trump Himself

On Tuesday, the Office of the White House Counsel delivered an eight-page letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Pat Cipollone had multiple meetings with President Trump in the days leading up to the issuance of the letter. During those meetings with Cipollone, the president would get especially animated when names such as notably Ukraine and Biden-related reality TV through his ascendance to the presidency he has shuddered at those individuals who have sought to curb his impulses, even when theyve argued that those impulses bend the limits of the law. And yet, Trumps current go-with-your-gut approach stands out to many as a uniquely risky gamble. When his White House was navigating Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe into 2016 …

This startup just raised $8 million to help busy doctors assess the cognitive health of 50 million seniors

All over the globe, the population of people who are aged 65 and older is growing faster than every other age group. According to United Nations data, by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65, up from one in 11 right now. Meanwhile, in Europe and North America, by 2050, one in four people could be 65 or older. Unsurprisingly, startups increasingly recognize opportunities to cater to this aging population. Some are developing products to sell to individuals and their family members directly; others are coming up with ways to empower those who work directly with older Americans. BrainCheck, a 20-person, Houston-based startup whose cognitive healthcare product aims to help physicians assess and track …

Air Pollution Exposure Linked To Balding, Preliminary Findings Suggest

A link has been drawn between exposure to air pollution and the loss of hair growth and regeneration, according to preliminary research presented at the 2019 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. Particulate matter (particle pollution, or PM) is made up of pollutants that form a complex mixture of small solid particles and liquid droplets in the air. The smaller the PM, the more harmful the particles are as they can pass more easily into the human body. In particular, PM10 are those that measure 10 micrometers or smaller and typically come from industrial sources that can cause negative health effects when a person becomes exposed to, inhales, or consumes them. To study the effects of PM on hair growth …

Tiny Turtle Found Dead After Eating Over 100 Pieces Of Plastic

A nature center in south Florida has shared a distressing photo of a tiny sea turtle that died due to consuming over 100 pieces of plastic. The photo of the turtle with all 104 pieces of plastic laid next to it serves as a reminder that “we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic-free.” Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, posted the photo on their Facebook page in early October during what they call “washback season”. Washback season is when young sea turtles get washed ashore on the east coast of the US due to heavy winds and surf. During this time, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, led by Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Coordinator Whitney …

Secondary cancer diagnosis delays ‘unacceptable’

“For too long now, the worrying perception that everyone survives breast cancer has masked the heartbreaking reality for 11,500 families in the UK that lose someone they love each year,” the charity said. The advanced, or metastatic form of the disease means the cancer has spread through the blood and created secondary tumours in the bones, liver, lung or brain. It cannot be cured and patients stay in treatment for the rest of their lives. ‘I felt stupid and naive’ Jo Myatt, 43, from Chorley, went to see her GP five times over a number of years before discovering that breast cancer had spread to her liver and bones. “I felt like a hypochondriac for going all the time,” she …

The Shirk Report Volume 547

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – It’s a bird! – Sup – Story checks out – When you try to deter your cat from the couch but they adapt – I compressed it to 77 kb but still – Egads! – This stroller store has different surfaces on the ground for you to try – You know it’s cold when – Funny.. but also kind of ominous – This is pretty …