Soot pollution particles ‘cross the placenta’

The scientists in this study looked at placentas from five pre-term and 23 full-term births. Using high-resolution imaging, they found black carbon particles on the fetal side in each of the placentas studied. The 10 mothers who lived closest to busy roads, and who had been exposed to highest levels of pollution during pregnancy had the highest levels of particles in the placenta, compared with the 10 who had been exposed to the lowest and lived at least 500m (1,600ft) away from a busy road. The researchers suggest the particles travel from the mother’s lungs to the placenta. ‘Plausible mechanism’ Writing in the journal, the scientists, from Hasselt University, in Belgium, led by Prof Tim Narwot, said: “Our results demonstrate …

Efforts to cut sugar out of food way off target

Obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and is putting millions of people at risk of cancer. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has openly questioned whether “sin taxes” actually cut obesity. Boris Johnson promises review of ‘unhealthy food taxes’ Tax unhealthy food, says top doctor Has the sugar tax worked? The sugar tax – officially the soft drinks industry levy – was introduced in April 2018. It charges manufacturers 24p per litre on very sweet drinks and 18p per litre on medium-sugar ones. Brands such as Fanta, Ribena and Irn Bru changed their recipes in response. On average, 100mls of sugary drinks now contain 28.8% less sugar than in 2015. Image copyright Getty Images So are …

Swinson: Being a woman is not a weakness

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“We must stop Brexit”, Jo Swinson says Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has warned Boris Johnson that “if he thinks being a woman is somehow a weakness, he’s about to find out it is not”. She said the PM’s choice of insults such as “big girl’s blouse” and “girly swot” were “revealing”. In her first conference speech as leader, she said she could not wait to “take on” Mr Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage in an election. And she vowed a Lib Dem government would stop Brexit “on day one”. The Lib Dems currently have 18 MPs – a figure boosted by recent defections – but it would require a seismic …

Family demand law change after Byron burger death

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOwen Carey’s family are calling for better food labelling in restaurants. The family of a teenager with a dairy allergy who died after he unwittingly ate buttermilk in a burger restaurant have called for a change in the law. Owen Carey ordered grilled chicken at Byron burger at the O2 Arena in London while celebrating his 18th birthday. He told staff about his allergy but was not told the meal included buttermilk. After a coroner ruled he was not told about allergens that led to his death, Mr Carey’s family said the current policy left too much room for error. Speaking outside Southwark Coroner’s Court, Mr Carey’s sister Emma Kocher said her …

Health boss resigns saying ‘life too short’

Critical care was rated inadequate, while overall the trust was said to require improvement. ‘Financially unsustainable’ In her resignation email to staff, Ms McArdle said she had “remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity”. “However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.” She warned the trust was “financially unsustainable” without a long-term recovery plan to deal with its debts. Ms McArdle took over as the trust’s full-time chief executive in 2015 and was appointed on an annual salary of £225,000, the Local Democracy Reporting …

Transgender waiting lists ‘putting people at risk’

A BBC freedom of information request found that almost 2,000 patients are now under their care, with the number of referrals rising steeply over the past five years. At the start of 2019, almost 300 people had been waiting more than a year for a first appointment with a specialist. NHS guidelines say gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. The condition is not covered by the NHS’s 18-weeks referral-to-treatment target but the STA thinks the first appointment with a specialist should be within that timescale, because delays can take a “real toll” in terms of depression and anxiety. Image copyright Getty Images …

What’s Corbyn’s thinking on Brexit?

It is felt that if the leadership campaigns during an election to remain, these potential voters will be alienated. So, best put off the decision until after the election and declare only in the event of a Labour victory and a subsequent referendum. But, you may say, won’t the mere offer of a referendum put these voters off? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s been a fairly extraordinary few days in the House of Commons Labour strategists acknowledge it will be a barrier for some. But the hope is that in “left behind” areas, voters who back Brexit won’t see it as the main issue. Instead, jobs, the health service, austerity and other issues might take precedence …

Rees-Mogg ‘bullying Brexit whistleblowers’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob Rees-Mogg likened Dr Nicholl to Dr Wakefield during a debate in the Commons A doctor who spoke out against the government’s no-deal plans has said Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg is “bullying whistleblowers”. David Nicholl expressed concern over medical plans for a no-deal Brexit during a radio phone-in this week. On Thursday, Mr Rees-Mogg told MPs that Dr Nicholl was “as irresponsible as Dr [Andrew] Wakefield”, who inaccurately linked the MMR vaccine with autism. The Conservative MP later apologised to Dr Nicholl for making the comparison. The British Medical Association called Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments “irresponsible”. What were Dr Nicholl’s concerns? By Newsnight correspondent Deborah Cohen Dr Nicholl came …

BBC and tech firms join forces to fight fake news

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is so-called “fake news” and how do you spot it? (From 2018) Plans to help tackle so-called “fake news” have been announced by the BBC and some of the biggest names in journalism and technology. The new measures include an early warning system for use during elections or when lives may be at risk, extra online education and improved access to impartial resources for voters. Major publishers, Google, Twitter and Facebook have helped devise the scheme. The BBC said the moves were “crucial steps” in fighting disinformation. BBC boss warns against ‘assault on truth’ Who will regulate digital political ads? India’s fake news that just won’t go away It follows criticism …

Playwright Peter Nichols dies aged 92

A new production of the play is about to open in London starring Toby Stephens, Patricia Hodge and Claire Skinner. The musical comedy Privates on Parade was inspired by Nichols’ own experiences in the real-life Combined Services Entertainment, which provided live entertainment to the British armed forces. It was adapted for the big screen in 1982, starring John Cleese, and was revived in 2012 as the opening production of the first season from the Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in London, with Simon Russell Beale in the lead. Related Topics Theatre Original Article : HERE ;

Doctors blamed after missed broken leg death

He added: “There have been gross failings by clinicians to diagnose the fracture and that contributed to the development of deep vein thrombosis which was responsible for pulmonary thromboembolism that led to cardiac arrest.” Mr Kamal Asaad, medical director at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, apologised to Mrs Roche’s family and friends for the failings in her care. “Words are of little comfort at this distressing time but we would like to assure the family that changes have already been made to help prevent such failures in the system from happening in the future,” he said. Race review after two runners die Free heart screening in runner’s memory Half marathon pair died of ‘natural causes’ “A full investigation into …

The former monk who runs a $100m meditation firm

He ended up spending the next 10 years as a monk, which took him all over Asia, and involved him meditating for up to 16 hours a day. He says that the meditation helped him come to terms with everything. Image copyright Headspace Image caption Headspace has a fashionable head office in Los Angeles “When I met Andy I was pretty desperate,” says Richard. “I had continuous social anxiety, and that was very challenging. I didn’t have a friendship group where I could be open with them about these pressures. “After the first session it highlighted how many thoughts I had in my head, and just how manic my life was – I found it exciting that there was a …

DWP criticised over dying man’s benefits refusal

Mr Smith said he had told the department his brother was dead and described the letter as “insulting”. The DWP said it was “very sorry for the distress caused” by the letter and it was “looking into this to prevent it happening again”. How does PIP work? PIP is made up of two parts: the daily living component and the mobility component, according to the charity network Citizens Advice. Each part can be paid at one of two rates, either the standard rate or the enhanced rate. During a PIP assessment, a health professional will give a claimant a score between zero and 12 on a range of activities. The rate you receive depends on the number of points you …

Organ transplant opportunities ‘are being missed’

Around 6,000 people in the UK are waiting for a transplant, but 400 will die before an operation can go ahead. Wales, England and Scotland have introduced new laws on consent for organ donation to boost donor numbers. Swiss organ donor’s story: ‘Why I’m giving my friend a kidney’ Organ donor law change named after Max and Keira Organ donors to be asked if they are religious Families have the final say on whether or not organ donation goes ahead, even if the patient has expressed a wish to become a donor. Last year, more than two-thirds (2,181) of the families of potential organ donors agreed to a donation. But 835 families did not want to, mostly because they had …

Waste collection costs hit 15m after HES collapse

By contrast the deal with the firm taking over the waste collection contract for the next ten years, Spanish-owned Tradebe Healthcare, will be worth £10m a year. Tradebe was meant to take over the contract in April but delays over planning permissions mean the firm is now not expected to be fully operational until October. Image caption Waste was pictured piling up at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld in January but has since been collected After HES collapsed, the Scottish government provided £1.4m towards initial contingency planning and a string of temporary contractors took over the HES work to ensure clinical waste continued to be disposed of safely. The Scottish government has insisted the contingency measures are working …

Detectorists taken ill eating ‘cannabis cakes’

‘Random lunacy’ “I think it was an irresponsible, poorly thought-through joke,” he said. “This isn’t a poor reflection on our hobby, the dig organisers or anyone else involved the planning of the event. It’s just a case of random lunacy.” Image copyright Google Maps Image caption The class B drug was inadvertently ingested in High Melton You may also be interested in: Second tremor in a day recorded at fracking site Flight diverted due to ‘unwell’ pilot The joy of the backyard festival Related Topics Doncaster Cannabis Yorkshire Ambulance Service South Yorkshire Police Original Article : HERE ;