Six of the best allergy gadgets for those pestered by pollen

Pestered by pollen or driven up the wall by dust mites? These great buys could make your life a whole lot easier. Miele Compact C2 Allergy EcoLine Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner SBD290, £250, Debenhams Good things come in small packages, as this petite vacuum cleaner proves. Miele boasts that this cleaner has an effective filtration system – combining a dust bag, motor protection filter, an exhaust and a High Efficiency Particulate Air (or HEPA filter) – in place to catch 99.9% of even the smallest of irritant particles settling in…

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39% cancers could be prevented by healthy lifestyle: DAK

ctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that more than a third of all cancers could be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that choosing a healthy lifestyle could help in lowering the risk of various types of cancers. A major study from “World Cancer Research Fund” found that 39% of 12 major cancers could be avoided by adopting a healthy lifestyle. There is a growing body of evidence that physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight that would assist…

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Betsy DeVos blasted by civil rights, education groups

The letter, which was spearheaded by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, comes as the Senate education committee is set to vote on DeVos’ nomination Tuesday morning. Among the high-profile groups who are signatories to the letter are the NAACP; national teachers unions the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers; the National Council of La Raza; and the Children’s Defense Fund. DeVos is praised by conservative school-choice supporters for her advocacy of voucher programs, and Sen. Lamar Alexander – a Tennessee Republican, chairman of the…

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President Donald Trump’s first executive order called a “bomb” by one health care expert

Donald Trump’s first order of business as president was to sign an executive order instructing federal agencies to relieve the “burdens” of the Affordable Care Act. The vague language of the action left many wondering what implications this has for consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurers. The primary purpose of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate: This provision of the ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The mandate was written into the law, however, so an executive order cannot exactly repeal that provision. But…

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India’s First GM Food Crop Held Up by Lawsuit

India’s long-standing push to approve genetically modified (GM) food crops has been controversially delayed, after an environmental campaigner launched a lawsuit that accuses scientists of deceiving the public about the benefits of transgenic mustard. The claims are untrue, says Deepak Pental, a plant geneticist at the University of Delhi who has led research into the crop. “These attacks are only calculated to bring a bad name to Indian science,” he says. Other researchers are wary of pronouncing on the merits of the case, which is set for its next hearing…

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Mental health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May

Plans to tackle the “hidden injustice” and stigma of mental illness have been revealed by Theresa May. Extra training for teachers, an extra £15m for community care, and online self-checks were among measures announced by the PM on Monday. Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services. Mrs May’s speech comes as she outlined her plans to use the state to create a “shared society”. She promised to “transform” attitudes to mental health problems as part of an event at the Charity Commission. Young women ‘highest mental…

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God Banned By Facebook For Wanting Healthcare and Education

Two days after suggesting that the United States reallocate portions of its military budget towards healthcare and education, God instantly felt the wrath of Facebook in the form of a 30-day ban. The message, which asked Americans to “stop making your military so damn huge and give people medicine,” may not have been written by an actual god, but it was posted on the (verified) Facebook page, God. With over 3 million fans, the page is known for its viral, funny, and progressive posts. While the page often incites rage from…

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Health by the Numbers: 6 Key Findings from 2016

6 Key Findings from 2016 Are there more or fewer doctors than ever before? How many people are really smoking weed? Are people opting for the flu vaccine in greater numbers? Live Science looked into these questions and others by reviewing key data from 2015 and 2016, scouring for trends in health and medicine. Here are six of our findings: The percentage of Americans who use marijuana has increased. Are more Americans smoking marijuana than ever before? Yes, but the change may not be drastic — a recent confidential Gallup…

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iPhone Messages App Reportedly Permanently Disabled by New Malicious Text Message Attachment

Once again, a malicious text message is being circulated among iPhone users, and this time it is reportedly freezing the Messages app. The message containing a an attachment to a large contacts file sent via iCloud Drive renders the Messages app useless, and a hard reset does not solve the problem either. This new malicious message was discovered by YouTuber vincedes13, and he has also uploaded a video demonstrating the exploit. The text message rendering the Messages app useless is mainly seen on iPhones running on iOS 9 to iOS…

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Those lives unparalleled, spirits sublime: Shebaba by Renuka Narayanan

A happy Christmas to you, dear HT readers. Christmas, like Janmashtami, is dearly beloved to us for its spirit of joyous welcome to a divine energy believed to have taken form in our midst. Christmas, like Janmashtami, makes us want to believe in positive transformation, in redemptive spiritual ‘magic’. How curious that both Krishna and Christ were born in humble places, that their death was sought by tyrants even as babies, that they were both charismatic rebels. Such facts may be well-known but their festivals are a chance to remember…

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