Another grim week leaves private health insurance on life support

‘Private health insurance is seen by virtually all as being too expensive, too complicated and not offering value for money,’ says Linc Thurecht from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP In April this year, the health minister, Greg Hunt, introduced reforms the government said would make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable. The changes, described by the federal government as the most significant reforms to the private health insurance system in a decade, included classifying the some 70,000 private health insurance policies available into gold,…

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Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer

Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer.(Unsplash) India has emerged as the country with a highly sedentary lifestyle among 18 countries including the US, the UK, Japan, Ireland and others. Indians walk an average of 6,533 steps daily, according to a report by Fitbit. According to the report, Hong Kong is the most active. Indians also get the least amount of nightly sleep on an average after Japan at 7 hours 1 minute, 48 minutes lesser than the average nightly sleep of…

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‘End human rights abuse’ in mental-health hospitals

The human rights of many young people with learning disabilities and autism in mental health hospitals in England are being breached, MPs and peers say. The Joint Committee on Human Rights says hospitals can inflict “terrible suffering on those detained… causing anguish to their distraught families”. Its report urges an overhaul of mental health law and hospital inspections. “It must not be allowed to continue,” said Harriet Harman, who chairs the committee. The failings in learning disability services in six charts ‘She was so desperate, she swallowed a toothbrush’ By law,…

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How do you start a conversation about mental health with someone who is depressed?

 War photographer Jacob Simkin, one of the subjects of the Australian documentary Happy Sad Man, suffers from post-traumatic stress and moral injury syndrome. Photograph: Proud Mother Pictures Jacob Simkin believes in humanity. But while documenting the fallout from airstrikes and artillery barrages in north-eastern Syria, he says this optimism has created a war inside him. The Melbourne-raised photographer is more at home in chaos than in peace. Simkin has also covered conflict in Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past 15 years, and has taught activists how to shoot video…

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Is a healthy lifestyle the prescription for osteoporosis?

It has been estimated that more than 200 million people are suffering from osteoporosis worldwide. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, worldwide, 1 in 3 women over 50 years and 1 in 5 men of the same age will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime. In India, around 36 million people are currently living with osteoporosis, majorly undiagnosed until the person has a fracture. Every fracture is a sign of another impending one. We’ve come a long way in the we treat osteoporosis. As recently as 1970, there were hardly any therapy options…

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CM: Education meant to upgrade skills of students

Shimla: In the midst of modernisation drive, education, especially science stream, must be given priority for overall development of the youth, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the state level Gyan-Vigyan Mela of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Vikasnagar organised by the Himachal Shikha Samiti here today. He said education laid the foundation for scientific and technological advancements. He said the founding fathers of the Indian Republic had given importance to cultivation of “scientific temper” among the citizens of this country by suitably incorporating it in our Constitution. Thakur…

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How Two Female-Led Fashion Brands Are Mastering Responsible Production

Two female founders share their personal insights into responsible fashion manufacturing ahead of … [+] GETTY A new report from McKinsey shows that among mass-market apparel brands, only 1% of new products introduced during the first two quarters of this year were sustainably made. It’s a surprising finding, considering the same report showed online searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have tripled since 2016. While consumer demand for responsibly-made apparel is on the rise, it seems that most retailers are dragging their feet when it comes to sustainability efforts. Of course, there are retailers within that 1%…

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Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee supporting the education of two less fortunate students since three years

Abhijit Banerjee who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been supporting the educational expenses of two less fortunate children Vivekananda School in Jogiwala through a scholarship sponsored by him. The two students Aryan Thapa and Aman Dobryal from Vivekananda School, Dehradun has been receiving the Kabir Memorial Scholarship for the past three years which was set up by Nobel laureate Banerjee in memory of his son who had an untimely death. Both the children who were helped by the generosity of the Nobel winner were all praises for…

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Ren Behan’s Polish recipes for an autumn feast

Ren Behan’s pork rib, mushroom and barley soup. Photograph: Ola O Smit/The Guardian. Food styling: Beatrice Ferrante. Prop styling: Louie Waller. Starter: pork rib, mushroom and barley soup (pictured. above) Prep 10 minCook 2 hr 10 minServes 4 400g meaty pork ribs2 tbsp rapeseed oilSea salt and black pepper1 large onion, peeled and diced200g mixed or wild mushrooms, roughly chopped3 carrots, peeled and diced2 sticks celery1 bay leaf1 large potato, peeled and diced200g barley100ml double cream2 tbsp chopped parsley   In a bowl, coat the ribs with rapeseed oil and season. Heat a…

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How To Support Girls’ Education Around The World On International Day Of The Girl

Oct. 11 marks the International Day of the Girl (IDG), an annual global observance that celebrates girls’ accomplishments and promotes gender equality. On this day, which was declared by the United Nations, and always, you can support initiatives that help girls achieve their full potential — and education is such a crucial component of success. So, if you want to get involved, there are several different ways to support girls’ education around the world, through donations and beyond.   It goes without saying that it’s important to boost organizations that empower…

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