Does UK lag other rich nations on health and care?

Image copyright Getty Images The OECD review said good-quality long-term care was particularly important for improving the quality of life for older populations. But while access to health care was good, it was a different picture for long-term care, which includes help with daily tasks such as washing and dressing. Spending on such care was below average, while informal carers shared a heavy burden, with nearly one in five people aged over 50 acting as informal carers, the fourth highest among the 18 countries for which there was comparable data. In England, there have been years of talks and arguments over how to reform the social care system. Following the 2017 election the government promised to bring forward plans. But …

Twitter drafts a deepfake policy that would label and warn, but not always remove, manipulated media

Twitter last month said it was introducing a new policy to help fight deepfakes and other “manipulated media” that involve photos, videos or audio that’s been significantly altered to change its original meaning or purpose, or those that make it seem like something happened that actually did not. Today, Twitter is sharing a draft of its new policy and opening it up for public input before it goes live. The policy is meant to address the growing problem with deepfakes on today’s internet. Deepfakes have proliferated thanks to advances made in artificial intelligence that have made it easier to produce convincing fake videos, audio and other digital content. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can now create this sort …

Read This When Youre Working On Being The Best Version Of Yourself

Sarah Bricker Updated November 8, 2019 By Jonathan Borba There’s an obsession with “self-growth” and becoming the “best” and “biggest” version of ourselves today. And it’s not a bad obsession to have. If anything, it’s forced the spotlight to shine on the formerly whispered topic of mental health and empowered the idea of individuality and self-discovery journeys. Becoming the “best” version looks different for each person. The idea of “best” and the steps or decisions along that journey aren’t the same across the board. It’s also possible (at least it has been for me), that this journey is not only on-going but encompasses a few stop-overs, detours and the occasional U-turn. However, in the process of becoming the “best” you …

9 Things You Need To Know About Lupus

Alison Hinman Updated November 8, 2019 By Jonathan Borba Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack healthy organs and tissues. Recently, Selena Gomez has been sharing more about her diagnosis of lupus. But just what is lupus and what do we know about it? 1. No two cases of lupus are the same. Symptoms of lupus include fatigue, fever, joint pain, a butterfly-shaped facial rash, photosensitive skin lesions, Raynaud’s phenomenon, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, and confusion. However, each person with lupus experiences it differently. 2. There are three different types of lupus. Though each case is different, there are three classifications that each can fall under: systemic, discoid, and drug-induced. Systemic lupus …

‘Absolute clarity’ on NI-GB Brexit trade – Hancock

Johnson accused of ‘misunderstanding’ Brexit deal Did PM get Brexit deal details right? Johnson a ‘passionate unionist’ On Saturday, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there is “absolute clarity” between what the prime minister and Mr Barclay said. “It’s highly technical because it’s about the types of checks and agreement but, crucially, all of this can be properly addressed in the future trade agreement talks because we don’t want to have any tariffs with the EU and, as far as I can see, they don’t want to have any with us.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“There will not be checks on goods going from NI to GB,” Boris Johnson tells Conservative supporters The health secretary added that …

Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities?

We talk a lot about startup ecosystems around these parts, and for good reason. Strong ecosystems have great reservoirs of talent congregated close together, a culture built around helping one another on ambitious projects, and sufficient risk capital to ensure that interesting projects have the resources to get underway. Strip off the ecosystem layer though, and you are left with the actual, physical manifestation of a city or region — its housing, its transportation and mobility options, and its infrastructure. And if Charles Marohn’s Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity is any indication, a whole heck of a swath of America has little hope of ever tapping into the modern knowledge economy or creating the kind of sustainable …

The first US clinical trial of using an in-brain chip to fight opioid addiction is now underway

Opioid addiction is easily one of the top widespread healthcare issues facing the U.S., and research indicates we’re nowhere near achieving any kind of significant mitigating solution. But a team of medical researchers working at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and West Virginia University Medicine (WVU) are beginning a new clinical trial of a solution that uses brain-embedded technology to potentially curb opioid addiction in cases that have resisted other methods of treatment. A team of neurosurgeons from RNI and WVU successfully implanted what’s called a “deep brain simulation” or DBS device into the brain of a 33-year-old man, the first person to participate in the trial. The DBS device consists of a number of tiny electrodes, …

Shell limits North Sea gas to reduce flaring

Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell Exxonmobil’s plant at the site will be closed until mid December for work to be carried out to make the plant more “reliable”. Since the Fife Ethylene Plant was temporarily closed down Shell said it “did not have the storage capacity for the significant quantities of ethane produced from North Sea gas”. Shell separates methane, which is used in homes across the country to power cookers, boilers and fires, from North Sea gas at the St Fergus plant in Aberdeenshire. The rest of the mixture of North Sea gas, ethane, propane and butane is then piped to Shell’s Fife Natural Gas Liquids plant in Mossmorran. It then processes propane and butane …

Johnny Depp Accuses Amber Heard Of ‘Victim Blaming’?? Huh?? – Perez Hilton

The 33-year-old actress added: In response, his lawyers have filed documents in the case arguing Heard’s demands are an invasion of privacy. They also claim his current mental state has little to do with what may or may not have happened years ago between the former couple. “This is a defamation case in which Mr. Depp does not allege that he suffers from any mental disorder or condition. Thus, Mr. Depp’s mental condition is not ‘in controversy’ nor does good cause exist under the rule for an IME of Mr. Depp.” His lawyers went on to accuse Heard of treading “a well-worn path of victim blaming” by calling her ex’s mental health into question, explaining: Needless to say, Depp’s team …

New Animal-Free Testing Method Saves Lab Rats And Advances Research

As beneficial as science has been for humanity, and even our favored animals, tens of millions of lab rats and guinea pigs pay the ultimate price. That toll is about to fall, however, with the development of an animal-free method for testing neurotoxins. Moreover, the new technique is substantially cheaper and vastly faster, offering its inventors a flood of information likely to lead to life-saving medications, and enhancing our understanding of animal evolution at the same time. Many of our most important existing medications come from venoms, most famously captopril, which has prevented millions of heart attacks after its predecessor was discovered in Brazilian vipers. From funnel-web spiders offering the potential to limit post-stroke brain damage to coral reef fish …

California homeless encampment cleanup targets high-risk area for wildfires, flooding

Crews work to dismantle homeless encampment in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on Monday. (KTTV-TV) “The recent fires are a reminder that we need to keep this effort going to protect the safety of everyone,” Martinez said. The cleanup operation that began Monday is expected to last three or four days and is the third sweep of the reserve that officials have made in recent months due to the “dangerous situation” for encampments that have cropped in the area. “It’s scary for the fires and some people smoke,” area resident Elvia Valley told FOX11. “They don’t care, they put cigarettes on leaves.” During the first cleanup in August, the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad had to be called in …

Alex Trebek joins Pat Sajak, Vanna White to honor game show producer at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage) “To me when you are working in this industry when you have the professional relationship and the personal relationship also, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Trebek concluded. “So I am delighted to be with all of you today who share with you our good wishes to a man who deserves it, Harry Friedman, thank you.” The appearance comes just days after Trebek appeared in a public service announcement about pancreatic cancer. ‘JEOPARDY!’ HOST ALEX TREBEK RECORDS PANCREATIC CANCER PSA: ‘I WISH I HAD KNOWN SOONER’ Harry Friedman is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame while friends such as Vanna White, …

Where top VCs are investing in fintech

Over the past complex processes and outdated unfriendly interfaces that mar , a multitude of hundred-million dollar fintech fundraises. according to data from Pitchbook

Elizabeth Warrens Most Anticipated Plan Of All Has Arrived

Aggressive Price Controls, Optimistic Assumptions  A key question about such a transition has been exactly how much new money the federal government would need to pull off this dramatic shift and, then, where the government could find those dollars. On the cost of a new plan, estimates have varied. One of the more widely cited has come from the , a well-respected think tank whose researchers have estimated that moving to Medicare for All would require about $34 trillion in new spending over the next decade. Warren’s plan uses the Urban Institute estimate as a benchmark, but anticipates creating a program that would require a lot less new money: Medicare for All would need only $20 trillion in new money …