Press Release Category: Society

California to vote on adding abortion rights protection to state constitution

California voters will decide in November whether to guarantee the right to an abortion in their state constitution, a question sure to boost turnout on both sides of the debate during a pivotal midterm election year as Democrats try to keep control of Congress after the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade.The court’s ruling

FDA ban on Juul e-cigarettes temporarily halted

Juul can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes, at least for now, after a federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked a government ban.Juul filed an emergency motion earlier Friday, seeking the temporary hold while it appeals the sales ban.The e-cigarette maker had asked the court to pause what it called an “extraordinary and unlawful

Poor households paying up to £541 more a year for goods and services

Low-income families in the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods are paying up to £541 a year more than affluent households to access the same basic services such as energy and insurance, and buy essential items such as TVs and fridges, a study claims.The Fair by Design charity has called for the government and regulators to outlaw practices

Revealed: Migrant care workers in Britain charged thousands in illegal recruitment fees

Care workers recruited from overseas to look after elderly and disabled people in Britain are being charged thousands of pounds in illegal fees and forced to work in exploitative conditions to pay off their debts.An Observer investigation has uncovered a network of agencies supplying workers to care homes and homecare agencies that charge recruitment fees…

Doctors warn against over-medicalising menopause after UK criticism

Doctors have hit back at critics saying they are failing menopausal women, and said that treating menopause as a hormone deficiency that requires medical treatment could fuel negative expectations and make matters worse.Writing in the British Medical Journal they said there was an urgent need for a more realistic and balanced narrative which actively challenges…

Food plan for England condemned by its own lead adviser

The government’s lead adviser on food issues has condemned what ministers have billed as a landmark national plan to combat food poverty and obesity, saying it is “not a strategy” and warning it could mean more children will go hungry.Henry Dimbleby’s verdict is further bad news for Boris Johnson as the white paper is a…

Nurses in England face £1,600 real-terms hit if NHS pay rises 3%

Nurses are facing a £1,600 real-terms wage cut under plans being considered by the government for this year’s pay rise, with ministers expected to offer an increase of just 3% for NHS staff in England despite the soaring cost of living.Union leaders have warned that pushing through a below-inflation settlement would leave staff who served…

Increasing moderate activity could cut stroke risk by 40%, research suggests

Older adults who increase the amount of moderate activity from less than three minutes a day to at least 14 minutes could cut their risk of stroke by more than 40%, research suggests. Being sedentary, whether sitting for long periods or otherwise not moving for lengthy bouts, has been linked to an increased risk of…

Social mobility prospects for young people ‘disappearing’, says research

The postwar dream of doing better in life than your parents has faded, with the UK now a country where opportunities for upward social mobility and economic advancement are increasingly limited, research has claimed.It contrasts with the golden age of social mobility enjoyed by the UK in the early years of the Queen’s reign when…

No action taken against Victorian mental health services despite more than 12,000 complaints

After receiving more than 12,000 complaints about Victorian mental health services, the state’s regulator has not taken compliance action against a single mental healthcare provider in seven years.This is despite the royal commission into the Victorian mental health sector last year finding systemic breaches of the law and human rights across the system.Annual reports from…