One In Seven GP Practices In England Failing On Safety


    By Patrick Greenfield in The Guardian.   About 7 million people are being treated at GP surgeries in England that have severe safety problems, according to the first performance review of its kind by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). One in seven GP practices are failing on safety, even after CQC inspectors have told them […]

NHS Chief Tells Hospitals To Brace Themselves For Winter After Heavy Flu Outbreak In Australia

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  By Paul Gallagher in iNews.   Hospitals should brace themselves for a “pressurised” flu season this winter, the head of the NHS has warned. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said there had been a “heavy flu outbreak” in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter where hospitals in Australia and New Zealand struggled to […]

Traffic To Be Reversed On Fossgate As Pedestrians Are Made The Priority


  From YorkMix.   Everything’s going a bit back to front on Fossgate. The flow of traffic on the street is being reversed in order to make it more welcoming to residents and shoppers. In an experimental move, the street will become also become a ‘pedestrian priority zone’. Between 8am and 6pm only pedestrians, cyclists, […]

Encourage ‘Dutch Reach’ To Stop Cyclists’ Car-Door Deaths, Says Charity


    By Kevin Rawlinson in The Guardian.   Action should be taken to prevent the deaths of cyclists hit by car doors opening as they pass the vehicle, a leading charity has said. Cycling UK says people are being killed by car users opening their doors without checking first for passing cyclists. It wants people […]

NICE Refuse To Take Down Harmful Treatments 25,000 Children Harmed ?

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  By Tina Rodwell.   I had my reply from NICE. For some reason David Hahalam did not want to talk to me. Well I am not important, am I? After all I am just one of the 25,000 parents that would like ME taken seriously to protect the children from harm. A good solid […]

The Scientific Reason You Don’t Like LED Bulbs — And The Simple Way To Fix Them

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  By Arnold J Wilkins in The Conversation.   There’s a handy trick for reading station signs that otherwise fly past in a blur as you travel in a high-speed train. Look at one side of the window and then immediately at the other side of the window. When you change your gaze, your eyes […]

Is Parking On The Pavement Illegal ?


  By Maria McCarthy in Saga Magazine.   Parking is a topic where feelings run high – it could be lack of parking, parking charges or inconsiderate parking. But anyone who has ever been forced to walk in the road because of a motorist who has decided to park on the pavement will agree that […]

New Diesel And Petrol Vehicles To Be Banned From 2040 In UK


    From BBC News.   New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers will also unveil a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, as part of a £3bn package […]

The Top 20 British Postcodes Where Stolen Identities Are For Sale On The Web

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  By Cahil Milmo in iNews.   Personal data belonging to up to a quarter of Britons is available for sale on the hidden internet, according to surveillance of encrypted online stores trading in stolen identities pieced together from hacked accounts and social media. Cyber fraudsters are collecting material across the country but are also […]

Staying Alive By Smartphone 

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  From   This essay was originally published in the Los Angeles Times in April. I wrote and edited the piece entirely on my smartphone.  It has become commonplace to the point of cliché for pundits to explain in worried tones that smartphones can be addictive. In a recent “60 Minutes” segment, Anderson Cooper interviewed […]

We Cannot Continue To Let Doctors ‘Gaslight’ Chronic Illness Patients


    By Siobhan Simper in The Mighty.   Author’s warning: This post contains experiences of gaslighting and abuse. Recently, I saw an all-too-common meme on social media: the inspirational disabled person. The image was of a Paralympic horse rider, with the caption, “no excuses.” Much has been written about the problematic nature of disability “inspiration porn.” What shocked me was […]

Polarized Sunglasses: The Best Choice For Sun Wear ?


  By Troy Bedinghaus in Very Well Are sunglasses all the same as long as they provide shade? Absolutely not. Nothing provides a high level visual experience when outdoors in bright sunlight like a polarized sun lens. Polarized sunglasses are so popular because they provide the wearer increased visibility and performance when simply at the beach, or […]

Stricter Punishments For Speeding Offences In England And Wales


From BBC News. Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales. Under new guidelines, fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. The Sentencing Council said it […]

Copper Is Great At Killing Superbugs – So Why Don’t Hospitals Use It ?


  By Bill Keevil in The Conversation.   Fantasilandia in Chile, one of Latin America’s largest theme parks, has replaced its most frequently touched surfaces with copper to help reduce the spread of germs and protect the health of its visitors. But why? Because copper and its alloys exhibit impressive antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. […]

Alert As Whitby Beach Littered With Plastic ‘Nurdles’


    By Madeleine Berg in The Yorkshire Post. A search of hundreds of beaches and rivers across the UK including several in Yorkshire has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets. The lentil-sized pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products. But […]

UK Driver-less Cars Will Require Dual Insurance Policy

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    By Rhiannon Williams in iNews. British driver-less car owners will be forced to take out two insurance policies as a precaution, the government will announce. The Department for Transport is due to announce dual insurance plans for autonomous or driver-less cars, covering situations when the driver and car is in control respectively. In the event of a […]

Why Using A Mobile Phone While Driving Is So Dangerous … Even When You’re Hands-Free

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      By David Crundall in The Conversation.   A recent police clampdown on driving while using hand-held mobile phones caught nearly 8,000 UK drivers in a week, ostensibly reflecting a widespread disregard of a law intended to protect all. But is using a hand-held mobile phone really that dangerous when driving? Yes. In […]

Do You Know What To Do In An Emergency ?

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    From Local Link.   Colin Skelton from Elvington in York has set up his own First Aid Training Company after realising not many people know what to do in an Emergency. Apparently only 1 in 5 people know First Aid! There are a variety of courses available using Sutton on Derwent Village Hall as […]

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