‘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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Mohan Bhagwat calls for ‘radical transformation’ in education system

Mohan Bhagwat calls for ‘radical transformation’ in education system   Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that there is a need for “radical transformation” in the education system from curriculum to teachers’ training. “We feel the need for a radical transformation from curriculum to teachers’ training. This cannot be achieved through mere structural changes,” Bhagwat said at an RSS event here. “We need an education system which gives comprehensive knowledge and pride about our language (Swa Bhasha), our attire (Swa Bhoosha), our culture (Swa Sanskriti), our…

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Life in the home counties brings 16 more years of good health…

Wokingham, Berkshire, has the highest healthy life expectancy in Britain at 70.7 years. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy The gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan, a leading group of parliamentarians has warned. In a sign of growing inequality in Britain, residents in Blaenau Gwent in south Wales can now expect up to 16.4 fewer years of good health than those in Wokingham in Berkshire, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group…

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Too much variation’ in treatment of fall victims

There is too much variation across Wales in the treatment of older people who have fallen or are at risk, the health watchdog has said. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) said a lack of communication and co-ordination between services could stop people getting the best care. It recommended more money be spent on prevention, such as checking the carpet on peoples’ stairs and fitness classes. Llinos Dafis, 78, said the falls clinic she attends gave her confidence. Falls are the most common reason across the UK for people calling an ambulance…

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Burning issue: how fashion’s love of leather is fuelling the fires in the Amazon

Devastation … an Amazon blaze this week. Photograph: Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images The level of destruction is almost impossible to fathom. About 41,000 fires have been recorded by scientists in the Brazilian Amazon since January, with more than half of those in the past three weeks – hence the apocalyptic headlines. Every minute, the equivalent of a football field and a half of the so-called lungs of the Earth is incinerated. The rainforest isn’t just totemic, we know that the future stability of the climate rests on preserving it. To be an onlooker…

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Manage Your Stress with Samsung Health, Now Available in More Languages

While many look forward to the cooler weather and the sight of falling leaves in autumn, it’s easy to get stressed out as summer vacation season winds down and back-to-school planning and the daily grind begin again. Samsung Health1 can help keep away the post-vacation blues with a suite of meditation and mindfulness features that are designed to help you manage your body and mind in collaboration with Calm.   Samsung Health recently expanded its language support of its Mindfulness service in collaboration with Calm2, the number 1 sleep and meditation app.…

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No improvement in Arun Jaitley’s health

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has not shown any significant improvement in the last two days, sources said. “Jaitley has been put on life support and is being continuously monitored by a team of doctors. His condition is the same for the last two days,” a source in the premier hospital said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited AIIMS on Sunday. Several other leaders, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union ministers…

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Hepatitis A becomes health emergency in Florida

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that used to be fairly uncommon in the United States. This year, however, cases of hepatitis A infection have escalated to a worrying degree. This month, Florida has declared hepatitis A a health emergency.       The state of Florida has now declared the hepatitis A outbreak a ‘public health emergency.’ Hepatitis A is a disease that affects the liver, and which can occur when a person drinks water or eats food that was contaminated by the fecal matter of another person infected with hepatitis A.…

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Commission will end irregularities in school education, says Andhra Pradesh government

VIJAYAWADA: Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh has said the proposed AP State Education Commission will end all irregularities in school education and regularise the school fee.  Speaking to newsmen here on Saturday, Suresh said two Bills  — AP Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill and AP School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill — introduced in the State Assembly on Friday, will be discussed on Monday. “Once those two Acts come into force, they will bring revolutionary reforms in school and higher education. Both the commissions will be headed by retired…

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Doctors’ strike reflects inadequacies in India’s health infrastructure

NEW DELHI: Increasing incidents of violence against doctors is emerging as one of the major factors hindering efficient delivery of medical services at a time when India’s healthcare system is undergoing a transition. The health infrastructure remains inadequate in a country of more than 1.2 billion people and the number of doctors is woefully adequate. However, expectations from medical facilities have risen. The nationwide strike by doctors, which has been triggered by a brutal assault on a resident doctor in West Bengal, Paribaha Mukherjee, last week indicates a widespread problem that…

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