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Over 3,700 deaths linked to alcohol - BBC News
Alcohol was a factor in more than 3,700 deaths in a single year in Scotland, according to new research.

Findings from NHS Health Scotland show that drink was involved in more than 1,000 deaths from cancer in 2015.

It was also linked to hundreds of deaths from conditions such as liver disease, as well as accidental injuries.

In addition, more than 41,000 people were admitted to hospital as a result of consuming alcohol, the study found.

Experts said the findings show that alcohol has a wider impact on health than many people think.
UK  Alcohol  alcoholism  binge  drinking  public  health  crisis  NHS  A&E  GP  chronic  sick  population  Scotland  culture  sickcare  demand  self-medication  abuse  mental  coping  mechanism  prevention  maladaptive  Cancer  liver  disease  CVD  obesity  overweight 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers - BBC News
http://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/schwangerschaft/uebergewicht-who-fordert-werbebeschraenkung-fuer-bier-a-1185455.html - Übergewicht in Deutschland WHO fordert Werbebeschränkung für Bier Immer mehr Erwachsene und Kinder sind viel zu dick. Neben mehr Bewegung und Sport fordert die Weltgesundheitsorganisation für Deutschland eine Regulierung von Werbung.
UK  alcoholism  self-medication  abuse  public  health  Austerity  NHS  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  binge  drinking  A&E  prevention  nudge  nanny  state 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
More than 24,000 Scots hospitalised because of drinking
50p minimum price per one unit of alcohol, to come into effect March 2018, after years of legal fight against the alc lobby vested interest. (Sugar Tax, ) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42066394 - Minimum pricing has been broadly welcomed by health bodies and alcohol awareness groups, who say it will target the kind of drinking that leads to the greatest harm. //
People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS. There were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions last year - the equivalent of more than 100 a day. They involved 24,060 individual patients - up from the 35,376 admissions involving 23,656 patients the previous year. Alcohol-related admissions had been falling for almost a decade but the latest figures show there were 685.2 hospital admissions per 100,000 people last year - an annual increase of almost 2%. //&! http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/drink-related-hospital-stays-on-the-rise-1-4619230
NHS  Scotland  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  deprivation  addiction  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  Austerity  poverty  trap  Precariat  binge  drinking  Society  class  Gesellschaft  Sociology  working  poor  Council  childhood  care  Policy  public  health  prevention  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  mental  psychology  psychiatry  depression  aus­sichts­los  hoffnungslos  hopelessness  hopeless  Aussichtslosigkeit  human  condition  humanity  homeless  homelessness  abuse  substance  Opioid  war  on  drugs  tobacco  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  processed  food  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  profit  maximisation  obesity  liver  overweight 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Report: ‘Drunkorexia’ among young people raises concerns in the UK – EurActiv.com
Two out of five British people (41%) between the ages of 18 and 24 said they eat healthily only to look good, but aren’t concerned about their overall health.

“Pressure to be slim, an awareness of exercising calorie control, and peer pressure to drink large amounts of alcohol are all factors in this phenomenon”, the report noted, adding that a growing number of men are following this trend.
binge  drinking  alcohol  abuse  sick  population  substance 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate | Society | The Guardian
Political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms behind success of public health strategy // obesity is a disease - http://nutritionfacts.org/video/can-morbid-obesity-be-reversed-through-diet/ //&! Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Local councils in England are warning that government cuts to public health funding could hamper their efforts to tackle obesity.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is the NHS in England stuck with soaring demand?
service struggling to keep up with demand. [...] ambulance response times, delays in A&E, and treatment for cancer - have been missed. All this against a background of increased attendances, more referrals & GPs being busier than ever. So is the NHS is stuck in a never-ending cycle of soaring demand? The kitchen at Stanborough Lodge care home in Welwyn Garden City is part of the NHS frontline in the fight to ease the strain on hospitals. [...] Staff and residents of care homes are being taught to cook nutritious foods [...] "And I think we're going to have to see the NHS pull its finger out a bit in terms of making those investments." Whatever differences there may be about why the NHS is so stretched, there is no denying that with money so tight and performance slipping on many fronts, time to find a solution is running out. //&! bbc.in/23xX0yf &! bbc.in/1S95lh1 [...] system facing both inexorably increasing patient numbers and severe financial strain."
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Philippines rice shortage sparks violence
South East Asia Drought (heat wave), water shortage, and forest fires. / One of the strongest El Nino weather events ever recorded has caused heatwaves, water shortages and forest fires around the world.
Now deaths linked to protests over food shortages have been reported in Cotabato province in the southern Philippines, where thousands of drought-hit farmers have clashed with police over demands for rice. //&! http://www.irinnews.org/report/77478/philippines-rice-shortage-hits-poor-government-grapples-solution &! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_global_rice_crisis &! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-31/thai-water-crisis-may-ease-over-next-two-months-government-says &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35499487
El  Nino  Thailand  Asia  drought  Philippines  Wildfire  forest  fire  water  shortage  heat  wave  extreme  weather  National  Security  food  weather  extreme  food  poverty  Ethiopia  drinking  water  water  management  global  warming  climate  change 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Gefahr durch Fracking: Das Dreckwasser von Wyoming
Das umstrittene Fracking kann das Trinkwasser belasten. Ein beharrlicher US-Forscher hat das jetzt für ein Dorf exemplarisch nachgewiesen - gegen viele Widerstände. [...] Fallstudie zu Pavillion. Sie legt nahe, dass das Grundwasser dort tatsächlich mit Fracking-Schadstoffen belastet ist. Und dass diese im Boden nach oben wandern. In Tiefen, die auch von Trinkwasserbrunnen erreicht werden. [...] Was den Forscher zusätzlich empört, ist einfach erklärt: Die US-Gesetzgebung erlaubt es, dass zur Öl- und Gasförderung Chemikalien notfalls auch in Grundwasserreservoire eingeleitet werden. "Ich kenne keine westliche Demokratie, wo so etwas möglich ist", klagt DiGiulio. Man könne doch nicht ernsthaft annehmen, das so etwas ohne Folgen für das Trinkwasser bleibe.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Äthiopien: Afrikas Wirtschaftswunderland kämpft mit der Dürre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dürre, 800.000 Flüchtlinge - und die Grenzen bleiben offen [...] Obendrein beherbergt das Land ein großes Flüchtlingskontingent: 821.000 Menschen aus dem Südsudan, Somalia und Eritrea leben in äthiopischen Lagern. Trotzdem bleibe die Regierung bei einer "Politik der offenen Tür", berichtete das Uno-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR.
drought  Ethiopia  National  Security  water  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  supply  food  refugee  crisis  Africa  Eritrea  Somalia  UNHCR 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
I had alcohol-related breast cancer. Here’s why I still drink | Joanna Moorhead | Opinion | The Guardian
The chief medical officer advises women to think about cancer when having a drink. But if I did that every time I had a glass of wine, I think I’d feel the cancer had won [...] I guess what it comes down to is quite simply the importance of enjoying life. When I had cancer, I discovered that I didn’t just want to survive; I wanted to have fun, to make the most of every single day, and to enjoy happy occasions and meals with my friends and family. [...] drinking wine, beer or tequila adds a dimension to social occasions that I rather enjoy. And somehow it feels to me that it wasn’t worth surviving cancer if I’m going to limit my life to thinking, every time someone offered me a glass of something, about my breast cancer and the likelihood of it returning. [...] Life is too short to cut out something you enjoy in moderation, [ picking up the words from the food lobby, heart disease and cancer in moderation. sprinkling in doubt. to continue that lifestyle. do you say asbestos in mod? ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cirrhosis: how dangerous is drinking? | Society | The Guardian
Most of us who drink alcohol won’t die from liver disease – but it still kills more of us than diabetes and road deaths combined [...] But will it? Are we becoming a nation of drinkers and drunks? The UK death rate from liver disease has increased fourfold in the past 30 years as cheap alcohol has flooded our shores and our gullets. Alcohol-related emergencies resulted in over a quarter of a million admissions in 2013/14, most of whom were 45-64-year-olds, who see themselves as regular rather than binge drinkers. [...] “Alcohol is linked to over 60 medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.” //&! Up to 35% of A&E visits in north-east are alcohol related, says report. Staff tell of chaos and abuse, with high volumes of drink-fuelled cases now a daily rather than a Friday night aspect of work - bit.ly/1QwZZz3
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Chaotic lives and ethical dilemmas: inside the hospital liver ward | Society | The Guardian
Hepatologists in Southampton are seeing more young, middle-class and female alcoholics – some even in their teens [...] Half of Wright’s liver patients are not drinkers. He sees obese patients with fatty liver disease and cirrhosis, and those with viral hepatitis. But the drinkers are addicted and it is hard for the NHS to sort them out. //&! The secret alcohol liaison nurse's diary: 'Cuts are having a devastating impact' - http://bit.ly/1ZX9EEW - We receive multiple referrals where clients have an underlying alcohol-related mental health problem. //&! How the NHS saved my life: I spent my 20s playing Russian roulette with alcohol - bit.ly/1Tjzr53 //&! >> With budgets tight and lifestyle diseases burgeoning, the NHS will not be saved until the vested interests ranged against it are taken on << Sugar Tax, Minimum Alcohol Unit Pricing, Animal Product Tax, Fast Food/Food Chain Tax, Processed/Engineered Food Tax - bit.ly/1NtxwDL
liver  disease  non-alcoholic  fatty  liver  disease  Alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  binge  drinking  coping  mechanism  well  being  chronic  stress  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  NHS  sick  population  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  health  crisis  health  care  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  self-medication  addiction  substance  abuse  food  abuse  drug  abuse  Lad  culture  subculture  culture  UK  binge  eating  Entertainment  Escapeism  distraction  Oxidative  stress  stress  mental  health  work  life  balance  A&E  public  health  policy  public  health  Sugar  Tax  vested  interest  interest  groups  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Politics  Meat  Industry  fast  food  Chain  junk  food  food  engineering  food  prices  carcinogen  carcinogenic 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
The great British booze problem: how a few glasses a day has led to an epidemic for the NHS – video | Society | The Guardian
[ irreversible damange. long-time regular / daily drink or two or three or four for a lifetime. drinking out of habit. back from work. rewarding yourself. de-stress. and the binge drinking. the social weekends. ] Derek McBeath, 43, saw himself as a casual drinker – but the two cans of lager he was drinking every night were killing him. The specialists treating him at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, say most people with liver disease aren’t alcoholics – they just drink too much. Jenny Kleeman explores how Britain’s drinking habits are burdening the NHS. -//- referrals double every 6 years. and they get younger and younger - late 20's referrals. // there is even stigma against people who do not drink. // becomes unmanageable burden on NHS.
alcoholism  Alcohol  abuse  liver  disease  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  western  lifestyle  substance  abuse  food  abuse  non-alcoholic  fatty  liver  disease  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  care  health  crisis  sick  population  prevention  intervention  binge  drinking  Lad  culture  Entertainment  Escapeism  well  being  chronic  stress  culture  UK  cancer  pre-diabetic  metabolic  syndrome  heart  disease  obesity  coping  mechanism  self-medication 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
climate  change  global  warming  drought  water  security  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  rights  water  supply  food  security  National  economic  damage  livestock  farming  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  water  management  El  Nino  Bolivia  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  mass  extinction  migration  water  pollution 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Will Self: the NHS is a power that can jolt even the most despairing back to life | Society | The Guardian
I’ve thought about the politics, sociology and culture of healthcare in this country a great deal, and long since reached the conclusion that there’s a sort of Malthusian gap ever widening between our desire for more and better treatments and the NHS’s capability to deliver them all, free and on demand. We’re suckers for medical science’s promise of yet more heroic − nay, Frankensteinian − interventions. Good materialists that we’ve become, we have faith that at some point in the not-too-distant future our marvellous doctors, nurses and support staff will be able to palliate − if not cure − just about everything. This is the ultimate redistribution − one of mortality itself – and it’s come to occupy the psychic space that other redistributive concepts, such as socialism, once held. [...] an inability to look after ourselves any more.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&! bit.ly/1RwS7yA
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Counting the cost of alcohol to the NHS – share your stories | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
The cost of alcohol is being felt across the health service all year round. More than 10 million adults in England now drink more than the recommended daily limit (pdf). Up to 35% of all A&E attendance and ambulance costs may be alcohol related, according to the Nuffield Trust. In 2013-14, more than a million hospital admissions were as a consequence of an alcohol-related diagnosis, and this figure is increasing. The effect is not just felt in hospitals; up to 35% of GP visits are estimated to be related to alcohol. The true impact of alcohol on health services is likely to be even higher than this and it is a contributing factor to falls, domestic violence, mental health problems in both the young and old, and heart disease.
NHS  Alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  binge  drinking  A&E  GP  liver  disease 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weekly alcohol limit cut to 14 units in UK for men | Society | The Guardian
New guidance puts male limit in line with women as chief medical officers warn that any amout of alcohol consumption increases cancer risk [...] However, it cautioned that “there is little evidence regarding the impact of any guidelines in changing health behaviours”. //&! Here are the pub owners that make money of chronic and diet-related diseases; bit.ly/1RsVTcy - &! In the biggest shakeup to safe drinking recommendations for 30 years, chief medical officer Sally Davies said science showed there was no safe level of drinking and recommended keeping consumption to 14 units a week – the equivalent of seven glasses of wine or six pints. //&! the cultural observations; brits have a problem - bit.ly/1ObJNjS - a nation of self-medicators, affordable, quick fix coping mechanism. //&! What would Britain be without drink? - bit.ly/1naEsAw
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
'Like a beautiful painting': image of New Year's mayhem in Manchester goes viral | UK news | The Guardian
[ symptom ] Quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Goodman he said the appeal of the image might lie in its unusual subject matter. “There are plenty of photographs published that show people having a great time. It’s much safer and easier photographing happy, willing people posing than photographing angry, drunk people candid. “That’s not a criticism of the former, but it’s one reason why the latter might stand out.” He said he was “flattered” that his photograph had been compared to Renaissance art, but said he was merely “in the right place at the right time”. Or as American photographic pioneer Ansell Adams put it: “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
A&E visits for alcohol poisoning 'double in six years' - BBC News
[ symptom ] [D]ue to the effects of alcohol, such as liver disease, have also risen by more than 50% in nine years to 250,000 a year in England. Rates were highest in deprived areas and in the north, and among men aged 45-64, [...] The government said it had banned the lowest priced drinks. [...] figures were an underestimate of the impact of drinking because they did not include alcohol-fuelled falls and fights, just illnesses such as alcohol poisoning and liver disease. Nor do they count people who come to A&E drunk and are then sent home without being treated or admitted as a patient. // [ symptom of wider society and it's characteristics ] [ there is demand for numbing, escapism, thrill ride, distraction ] [ not being enough X ] [ rat race ] [ reward & sooth urself (coping mechanism, self-medicating), drink, take out, engineered food ("I am an emotional eater." ] - Should there be a word for an 'almost alcoholic'? - bbc.in/1eGqXhP & bbc.in/1J3tBCh &! bit.ly/1kebRZd
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
'Mad Friday': Christmas revellers given alcohol warning - BBC News
The last weekend before the Christmas holiday could see alcohol-fuelled emergencies increase by up to 50%, officials believe. Alcohol sales across December could reach £2.3bn, health campaigners say. Public Health England has urged people to join its "Dry January" campaign to give up alcohol in the new year. According to figures from Public Health England and Alcohol Concern, alcohol sales in pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK increased by 142% on the final Friday before Christmas last year. [...] "A period of abstinence could help encourage less harmful, better drinking habits in the long-term - even six months later, evidence from Dry January shows that more than two-thirds of participants are still drinking less. "As the festive season continues, we're urging people to take a break and get their 2016 off to a positive start by signing up for Dry January."
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Patagonien: Zerfließende Eis-Riesen - Satellitenbild der Woche - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eismassen, türkise Seen, zerklüftetes Gebirge - die Landschaft Patagoniens ist selbst aus dem All faszinierend. Doch der Klimawandel bringt auch die Gletscher Argentiniens zum Schmelzen.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Europa: Arme und weniger gebildete Menschen sterben häufiger an Alkohol - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den meisten europäischen Ländern leben gebildete und wohlhabende Menschen länger als Menschen mit niedrigem sozioökonomischem Status. Ein Grund für diesen Unterschied scheint im Alkoholkonsum zu liegen. [...] Sozial besser gestellte Menschen trinken demnach zwar häufiger und zum Teil auch mehr als Menschen mit geringerem Bildungsgrad. Laut den Forschern sind problematische Trinkgewohnheiten - etwa das Komasaufen - in unteren sozialen Gruppen jedoch weiter verbreitet. Verhalten wie dieses steigert die alkoholbedingten Gesundheitsprobleme. [...] Ungleichheit zwischen den sozialen Gruppen verstärkt.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Wine drinkers urged to drop glass size - BBC News
functioning, abuse, minimum unit pricing vs (progressive health-)tax, legal sedative and or distraction from life,
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, Hooked on Painkillers
[ Risk of physical dependency. Can processed foods be a crutch for emotional hang-ups, stress release, as a reward after a stressful day, week and develop 'emotional' dependency (quick fix, no stigma, no barriers to access, no stigma, label, prejudice -- vs -- mindfulness, meditation, therapy)? Same with the obvious bad habit (habit forming) to reward yourself with binge drinking on Friday and Saturday after your work and or the S.A.D takeout: prevalent amongst the precariat ("my reward after a hard working week"). Obvious coping mechanism. Soft drugs and accepted, without stigma, amongst society. ] Doctors in the UK are prescribing record doses of highly addictive painkillers. Around four million people are now taking opioids - drugs that are closely related to heroin. //book - Painkiller Addict: From wreckage to redemption - my true story (2012) by Cathryn Kemp & Opiate Addiction - The Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Heroin Addiction and the Way Out (2013) & Amazon "substance abuse"
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK healthcare 'lagging behind other rich nations' - BBC News
<< But the report also found evidence that Britons were leading unhealthy lives. Obesity rates were among the highest, while alcohol consumption and smoking rates were also above average. >> //!! Standards of healthcare in the UK are lagging behind many developed nations with thousands fewer doctors and nurses being employed, a report says. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review of 34 countries found the UK was behind in key areas such as stroke and cancer. It also found spending was lower per head and there was less equipment. The Department of Health said there was room for improvement and money was being targeted in those areas. The report found the UK has 8.2 nurses per 1,000 people compared with an OECD average of 9.1, while it has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 compared with 3.3. Experts said 26,500 more doctors and 47,700 nurses would be needed to match the OECD average.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Addiction and Depression - Have You Considered This? - YouTube
What are you running from? // the tip of the iceberg is off-label use of prescription drugs (Modafinil) for narcolepsy, ADHD and other conditions that give you the kick to focus ... on work. // Work to keep up with the Jonse's. // taking is time consuming. vs giving // commodification of human as resource, exchangable resource via capitalism // Love & Community // Do what ever it takes to get you through the day. // Good for the collective. // Coffee as gateway drug. // give everything up for success, use every thing for success // honor your needs! //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Meat In Moderation: Media Reacts to WHO Cancer Report - YouTube
Response as expected. Moderation and Balanced. Its Position. Positioning as part of your lifestyle, life, reward yourself, treat yourself. most known "have a break have a kit kat. [...] [and share]" And Pick Your Poison, YOLO you know. Mass media are also reliant on Food Industry Advertising, stupid! Obvious conflict of interest. Editor "No you can't go so hard on them, write it in a balanced way." // First Video from their Channel - World Health Organization: Meat Causes Cancer! - youtu.be/ATvv71ycifU //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/video/everything-in-moderation-even-heart-disease/ & http://nutritionfacts.org/video/optimal-diet-just-give-it-to-me-straight-doc/ //&! FOOD (Junk Food, Engineered Sweets to addiction) AS REWARD FOR CHILDREN- youtu.be/dmSFAO13dV4?t=4m40s - child abuse in the making. Developing bad habit. Later in life you come home from a stressful day ... and reward yourself with food and alcohol, because you feel emotionally drained and stressed out.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Legal highs: Psychoactive drugs policy 'rushed', say MPs - BBC News
[ why not put a regulatory framework up. and make money through taxation! stupid. where is the neoliberal tough when its needed!? double standard. ] "Britain uses more psychoactive substances than any other country in Europe and is at risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this problem.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - bbc.in/1GSy6ZT - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society - bbc.in/1xat2Q6
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's water crisis | Nick Davies | Environment | The Guardian
The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger. In March 2013, the local branch of the Environment Agency reported that, depending on conditions, there are now years when they can extract water from the Ouse on no more than 94 days. For the rest of the year, abstractors can use water that has been stored during the wet months in the big reservoir at Ardingly, and they can pump up water through boreholes sunk into the underground aquifers. This in turn reduces the amount of water that bubbles up into the river and its tributaries. The Environment Agency has stopped issuing new abstraction licences for the river. Meanwhile, during the summer months, nearly half of what we like to describe as a river is, in fact, recycled waste water and sewage. [...] [south-east and south] “serious water stress”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
FAT SHAMING VIDEO (Dear Fat People, Nicole Arbour) - Mental Health with Kati Morton - YouTube
Response: Dear Fat People / TW - Meghan Tonjes - youtu.be/20It-Z8qJKI &! Dear Fat People: My Response. - youtu.be/LLfTPhT79wU &! What I Want to Say to Fat People: Response to Nicole Arbour - youtu.be/r2YYZBrPwwU &! DEAR NICOLE ARBOUR, RANT, MY EATING DISORDER STORY, DEAR FAT PEOPLE RESPONSE - youtu.be/_34uOPoJTAo &! Re: Dear Fat People. - MrRepzion (that Guy that VeganAtheis debunked all his arguments to eat meat) - youtu.be/BTbIVjeFueM &! I Lost 140lbs- My Response to Nicole Arbour's "Dear FAT PEOPLE" - youtu.be/lhPLPA0hr-c &! Dear Fat People (My Response) - youtu.be/Rqkb5j3UkxE &! Why Do People Hate Markiplier & Nicole Arbour? - youtu.be/y-v-gFkry98 &! Dear Fat People... Kerry McCarpet [Vegan] Great arguments about ppl angry at fat people bc they struggle & fight the fight to stay slim on a western diet aka calorie counting & restriction. Thus their 'angry peoples' advice doesn't come from a 'concerned for their health, happiness & environment' place - youtu.be/zi5Dqjbgv64
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
'Political courage' on drink pricing policy praised - BBC News
Although MSPs passed a law in 2012 imposing a minimum unit price to try to cut the harm it can cause, its implementation has been held up by a legal challenge from the Scotch Whisky Association. [...] "Importantly, we can pay tribute to the Scottish government for the political courage it has shown to implement appropriate policy in the face of stiff opposition by the drinks industry." [...] Research shows that exposure to alcohol marketing increases the likelihood that young people will start to drink, and to drink more if they are already drinking. Alcohol is the world's fifth leading risk factor for disease, injury and disability. In eastern Europe, most of Latin America and southern sub-Saharan Africa it is the leading cause.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Wasser: Mineralwasser, Leitungswasser - Welches ist am besten? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine Gefahr droht dagegen aus der Politik: Das Handelsabkommen TTIP könnte dazu führen, dass die eher strengen europäischen Regeln für den Einsatz von Pestiziden aufgeweicht werden. "Zum Beispiel dürfen amerikanische Äpfel mit einem fünfmal so hohen Restgehalt des Gifts Captan verkauft werden, als in Europa erlaubt ist", sagt Ole Braukmann von Hamburg Wasser. Er fürchtet, dass die deutschen Bauern bald ebenfalls mehr spritzen: "Für den Gewässerschutz kann die diskutierte Angleichung der Gesetze einen Rückschritt in die Siebzigerjahre bedeuten."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Tesla Will Change The World
[ 2C target is the most stupid experiment even run in human history, comes before nuclear fallout. fukushima, chernobyl - still dealing with the consequences. ] This is Part 2 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
European court opinion due on minimum alcohol pricing - BBC News
Legislation to bring in a minimum unit price of 50p was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012. But a legal challenge was brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), which argued it breached European law. [...] The Scottish government, which has argued that minimum pricing is vital to address Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink", has been unable to implement the policy while the legal process is ongoing. The SWA's legal bid has been backed by other European wine and spirits producers. The industry body has described the legislation, which is supported by health professionals and the police, as "un-targeted, misguided and illegal", and argues that it acts as a barrier to trade.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Cancer risk 'even from light drinking' - BBC News
The work in the British Medical Journal looked at two large US studies involving more than 100,000 adults. The clearest link was for breast cancer. Experts say the findings reinforce the health message that people should limit how much they drink and have some alcohol-free days. There is no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but if you drink within the recommended daily limits, the risks of harming your health are low, they say. [...] Dr Richard Roope, of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs do not want to be killjoys - but we want our patients to live long and healthy lives, and lifestyle habits, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, are very real risk factors in developing cancer that can't be ignored." // &! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=alcohol
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Drought - Bloomberg QuickTake
Thirsty Brazilians are drilling through their basements for water. Iran is short of water from border to border as its lakes and wetlands shrink. Taiwanese chipmakers are searching for alternate water supplies as cities there struggle against a record drought. Droughts in China, India and South Africa have power producers and beverage makers interrupting operations or facing protesters saying don’t take our water. Overpumping in places like California’s Central Valley and the Great Plains’ Ogallala basin has depleted some of the world’s biggest aquifers. Water played a role in instigating civil war in Syria, and scientists suggest that Yemen could collapse as a state over an even more serious lack of water. Egypt and Ethiopia have long bickered over shared Nile River water, while the only thing that Iraq and ISIS agree on is that Turkey is storing too much water from the Euphrates River. Quality is also a vast concern: ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Deutschland: So trocken seit 50 Jahren nicht mehr - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die große Hitze und ausbleibender Regen haben in manchen Teilen Deutschlands eine starke Dürre verursacht. "In Südhessen, Teilen von Nordbayern, Sachsen bis ins südliche Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht", twitterte der Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD). Völlig ausgetrocknet seien die obersten 30 bis 60 Zentimeter des Erdreichs in den betroffenen Regionen, sagte Udo Busch, Leiter der DWD-Agrarmeteorologie. Dies schade allen Pflanzen, die kürzere Wurzeln haben. So ist der Mais vielerorts zu klein gewachsen. [ new temp record in Germany, 40.3 C, one incident to become more common ] [....] "In #Südhessen, Teilen von #Nordbayern, #Sachsen bis ins südliche #Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht." [...] Die Wasservorräte im Boden würden immer im Winter aufgefüllt, und davon sei auch in diesem Jahr auszugehen. [...] In Spanien wird das Olivenöl knapp
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Study suggests safe alcohol guidance 'unrealistic' - BBC News
But the study found that the guidelines are largely ignored because most people do not drink every day. Instead they drink heavily at the weekend - in order to get drunk. [ as socially acceptable outlet, from a weeks worth of chronic stress and worry. legal high and stress relieve as is tobacco. ] // thus as food can be used/abused as emotionally compforting and stress-reliever, binge drinking on the weekend as well as the habit for 2-3 drinks during weekdays to relieve the stress, should this behavior be space made in the DSM for disorder!? abuse/coping mechanism!/being dependent on it!? which is socially acceptable!. but long-term harmful to your health, as well as short-term to ur disposable income/savings rate & alcohol related injuries A&E & police force has to deal with!? --- Eating Disorders - bbc.in/1JRg4fu - Gemma and Dr Radha are on hand to talk about eating disorders.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gletscher schmelzen weltweit im Rekordtempo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Klimawandel macht sich im Gebirge deutlich bemerkbar: Weltweit sind die Gletscher auf dem Rückzug, viele verlieren einen halben bis einen Meter pro Jahr. //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Cancer: The challenge facing the NHS - BBC News
Lifestyles matter too But for all the emphasis on testing and treatment, there is a lot people can do. Four in 10 cancers could be prevented by changes to lifestyles. The biggest cause of cancer is smoking, but a host of other activities from diet to exercise also play a role. If we are going to improve the odds in the fight against cancer, everyone has a role to play. // bbc.in/1IbKnOS - A call for action on smoking and obesity - four in 10 cancers could be prevented through lifestyle improvements // &! bit.ly/1MjemFr - Outdated treatment, uncertain funding and failure to battle big causes of cancer – with one in five people still smoking – blamed for unnecessary suffering
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
W. Keith Campbell: The Narcissism Epidemic - YouTube
Social Media = an instant in ones life. not ones life. but this disclosure isn't written in there. under pictures, videos, tweets. + Environment of status symbols, status anxiety, debt fueled (zombie) consumerism. Fast Fashion. Throwaway society. At large not being sustainable. Status quo. Living in the now. Binge Drinking. Keeping up with the John's. Millennials - everyone gets a trophy, even for participation. ... this environment creates a need to display being happy and successful and having everything in life. [...] abundance of digital gossip. whether its whatsapp/sms in own circle at large and in the tabloid [...] 'Narcissism predicts leaders, but not whether they are good or bad.' [Could even argue they dont care abt their eulogy, see David Brooks book Character] [ & rising incivility in politics and lack of trust ] // W. Keith Campbell: The Roots of Narcissism - youtu.be/HXbeKKhQXKA - From find meaning in self (actualization) 2 self-expression & display, praise work
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors call for new tax on sugary food and drinks - BBC News
Doctors have called for the introduction of a tax on sugary food and drinks to tackle what they describe as an "obesity epidemic". The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh warned that being overweight may now be considered "the norm". It claimed a tax would help fund the "spiralling" healthcare costs associated with the problem. The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) insisted that the case is "not compelling". It cited research which suggested a 20% tax would save just four calories per day. Liverpool University chair of clinical epidemiology, Simon Capewell, is due to speak at a conference on the issue in Edinburgh later, entitled: "Obesity: A 21st Century Epidemic". [ ... rootless tax evaders crony capitalists have stake and no shared economic long-term interest ... capitalism has no selfl-imiter ...]
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Two - Horizon, 2014-2015, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?, What does binge drinking really do to your body?
Chris and Xand are joined by Dr Jalan and Dr Mehta from the Royal Free Hospital to discover the true effects that alcohol can have on the body during a single binge. // acid aldehyde damages the gut lining, gut becomes leaky, bacteria leak into the body/blood stream "bacterial poison effect" - those bacteria which should be only in your gut, gets the immune system going - creating inflammation. And at rate of western average drinking pattern, this is constant inflammation response to a immune system on constant attack. Include meat which too creates a 'leaky gut.' The generalness of alcohol as carcinogen as well as the meat (animal products). Smoking. Second-hand smoke. Less sleep quality. Add Tanning. ... Its the perfect mix for premature aging and cancer as well as heart disease/cardiovascular disease. And the liver scarred by the western diet and the alcohol [Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise.] Peoples stupid short-term view/behavior is a NHS Budget Bomb.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Water crisis coming in 15 years unless the world acts now, UN report warns | Hacker News
Am Sonntag ist Weltwassertag, und passend zum Anlass hat die Uno heute ihren Wasserbericht veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse klingen wenig optimistisch: Die Verschwendung von Trinkwasser nimmt demnach bedrohliche Ausmaße an. Es seien "einschneidende Änderungen bei der Nutzung, Verwaltung und Aufteilung" nötig. 748 Millionen Menschen haben dem Uno-Bericht zufolge keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser. Eines der drängendsten Probleme sei der Anstieg der Weltbevölkerung von derzeit 7,3 Milliarden Menschen auf voraussichtlich 9,1 Milliarden im Jahr 2050: Der weltweite Bedarf an Wasser werde dadurch um 55 Prozent ansteigen, unter anderem durch die landwirtschaftliche Produktion, die bereits heute für 70 Prozent des Wasserverbrauchs verantwortlich ist. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Study: Teen Cannabis Users Have Poor Long-Term Memory in Adulthood | Hacker News
The difference between a medicine and a poison is dosage. "Binging Alcohol Abuse Leads To Loss Of Working Memory In Teens": http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/231267.php // &! "An excellent book on the topic of drug abuse is Gabor Mate's, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He makes a convincing argument that the majority of drug users are struggling with severe early trauma. Given this study and Mate's book, it may just be that traumatized people are looking for ways to forget." &! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=alcohol
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
California has about one year of water left | Hacker News
As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. &! bit.ly/1xlusTL - California Is Drilling for Water That Fell to Earth 20,000 Years Ago &! bit.ly/1GUZuXy
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Wasser-Krise in Rio de Janeiro und São Paulo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Schuld an der Wasserkrise ist nicht der Bürger, der sein Auto wäscht", sagt auch der Klimaforscher Alexandre Costa von der Universität Caéra. "Der weitaus größere Verschwender ist die industrialisierte Landwirtschaft. Sie allein verbraucht 70 Prozent des Trinkwassers." Die Agro-Industrie ist Brasiliens wichtigster Wirtschaftszweig Sie produziert großflächig Soja, Mais und betreibt Viehzucht. 2014 exportierte sie Agrargüter im Wert von knapp 85 Milliarden Euro. Und sie ist verantwortlich für 88 Prozent der Zunahme beim Wasserverbrauch in den vergangenen vier Jahren - die Bevölkerung für zwei Prozent, bilanziert Forscher Costa. Doch es gibt wohl noch einen weiteren Grund der Wassermisere. Forscher wie Costa warnen schon lange vor klimatischen Veränderungen. Entgegen der offiziellen Linie der brasilianischen Regierung sehen sie einen Zusammenhang zwischen ausbleibenden Regenfällen im Südosten und der Abholzung des Regenwalds 3000 Kilometer entfernt im Amazonas.
Brazil  drought  Amazon  Amazonas  deforestation  unintended  consequences  complexity  climate  science  climate  system  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  mono  agriculture  omnivore  Vegan  industrial  policy  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  climate  change  global  warming  climate  crisis  democracy  No  Representation  policy  folly  policy  error  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  crony  capitalism  exploitation  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  Latin  America  Africa  water  security  water  rights  water  scarcity  water  supply  drinking  water  history  humanitarian  crisis  humanity 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
A Billion Gallons a Day | Living City | The New York Times - YouTube
"without water, a city doesn't exist." &! less chlorine via UV light treatment. is also cheaper long-term
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Peru say glaciers 'melting at alarming rate'
Experts have warned that Peru's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, threatening the survival of an estimated 30 million people. The water from the glaciers is used to generate hydro power and for irrigation. Scientists say the glaciers have lost more than one-fifth of their mass in just three decades due to global warming.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers | NBC Bay Area
Waste Water. WASTE. WASTE! "California Dept. of Conservation Deputy Director admits that errors were made" [...] NBC reports that California officials “allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water” from fracking “into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.”
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
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