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Viral TikTok video of IUD removal at home prompts warning from health authorities

A TikTok user who went viral with a video of herself removing her implanted birth control device has prompted calls among sexual health experts for better monitoring of social media platforms.In a video which has gained over 178,000 likes, TikTok user Mikkie Gallagher is filmed performing a ‘DIY IUD removal’ wearing medical gloves, writing on…

Climate crisis: fifth of London schools now susceptible to flooding

A fifth of London’s schools are now susceptible to flooding and millions of people living in the capital are at “high risk” of suffering from the effects of the climate crisis, according to analysis from City Hall, as Sadiq Khan warns time is running out to tackle the issue.In a speech on Thursday, the London…

Ministers have no clear plan to tackle child poverty, say cross-party MPs

Ministers have no clear plans to tackle rising child poverty, while a lack of focus and leadership has hindered efforts to reduce the numbers of youngpeople living in hardship, a cross-party group of MPs has said.The House of Commons work and pensions select committee said ministers needed to draw up a fresh cross-departmental anti-poverty strategy…

More than 41m dementia cases globally are undiagnosed – study

More than 41 million people living with dementia worldwide have not yet been diagnosed, according to a report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).Experts say getting diagnosed with the disease is vital, enabling those affected to receive support and treatment, which is more effective the earlier it begins, and to take part in clinical trials.However, research…

Most NHS staff vote to oppose 3% pay rise as union warns workers ‘fed up’

NHS staff have voted overwhelmingly to oppose the government’s 3% pay rise as Britain’s biggest health union warned thousands of workers are “fed up of being taken for granted”.Publishing the results of a consultation exercise that ran over the summer, Unison said the majority (80%) of health staff were not happy with the pay increase…

New drug could slow tumour regrowth in inoperable bowel cancer

Researchers have identified a potential new targeted treatment for incurable bowel cancer.The medication has shown promise in a clinical trial in slowing the regrowth of tumours among some patients with the condition.The trial looked at whether a drug called adavosertib, taken as a daily pill, could delay tumour regrowth among patients with an aggressive sub-type…

Case of BSE found on farm in Somerset but ‘no risk to food safety’

A single case of BSE – an infection commonly known as “mad cow disease” – has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset.The Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) said the infected animal was dead and had been removed from the farm.It said there was “no risk to food safety”, adding that “precautionary movement restrictions”…

Watchdog finds ‘staggering variation’ in police use of Clare’s Law

Clare’s Law, a scheme designed to protect unsuspecting women from new partners with a history of violence, is not being used properly by police forces, putting some women at risk of harm, a policing watchdog has warned.In a far-reaching review of the police response to violence against women and girls, inspectors found the domestic violence…

Facebook aware of Instagram’s harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals

Facebook has kept internal research secret for two years that suggests its Instagram app makes body image issues worse for teenage girls, according to a leak from the tech firm.Since at least 2019, staff at the company have been studying the impact of their product on its younger users’ states of mind. Their research has…

Millions with eye conditions at higher risk of dementia, shows research

Millions of people with eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease have an increased risk of developing dementia, new research shows.Vision impairment can be one of the first signs of the disease, which is predicted to affect more than 130 million people worldwide by 2050.Previous research has suggested there could be…

Nearly 70,000 may die waiting for adult social care before Johnson plan kicks in

Nearly 70,000 people in England are likely to die waiting for access to adult social care before the changes revealed this week by Boris Johnson come into force, reveals analysis that Labour says “exposes a gaping flaw” in the plan.Criticism has continued to mount after the prime minister announced a 1.25% tax to be paid…

The Tory cabinet of mediocrities – cartoon

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