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Press release: Current and future state of nation’s health revealed

first_imgProfessor John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England, said: the number of people aged 85 years has more than tripled since the 1970s and will include more than 2 million people by 2031 the death rate for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – already the leading cause of death in women – may overtake heart disease in men as early as 2020 and is likely to become the leading cause of death in men too the number of people with diabetes is expected to increase by a million – from just under 4 million people in 2017 to almost 5 million in 2035 in the last 7 years, smoking prevalence has dropped by a quarter to 15% and as little as 10% of the population could still be smoking by 2023 Wider determinants of health Inequalities in health undermine not only the health of the people but also our economy. As we work to develop the NHS long term plan, we must set the ambition high. If done right, with prevention as its centrepiece, the payoff of a healthier society and more sustainable NHS will be huge. Now in its 70th year, demands on the NHS have changed significantly. More of us are living longer with painful or disabling conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, skin conditions and sensory loss. While these illnesses often attract less attention than causes of early death such as heart disease and cancer, they have a profound effect on the day to day lives of many people and together they place significant pressure on the NHS. The challenge now is for the NHS to respond to this changing landscape and to focus on preventing as well as treating the conditions which are causing the greatest disease burden across our nation. The new report also shows that good public health is not defined by health policy alone – a high-quality education, a well-designed and warm home, a good job and a community to belong to are just as important.Health Profile for England has been created with policymakers, both national and local, in mind. PHE wants them to use the report as a shared reference point and to think about the broader impact of their policies on health. The report also links to further PHE tools to allow local policymakers to see how their area compares with the national picture.BackgroundThe Health Profile for England report’s 7 chapters are: The report also provides details on the nation’s current health position: Current and emerging health protection issues While most causes of morbidity become more prevalent with age, mental health problems and substance use affect younger adults the most, accounting for more than a third of the disease burden in those aged 15 to 29 years. The Health Profile for England report covers life expectancy; major causes of death; mortality trends; child health; inequality in health; wider determinants of health; and current health protection issues. Data and evidence contained in Health Profile for England will be used to help shape the forthcoming NHS long term plan.As a society, people are living longer – life expectancy in England has reached 79.6 years for men and 83.2 for women and we’re healthier at every age group than ever before. However, stubborn inequalities persist – in the richest areas people enjoy 19 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas.A major theme of the Health Profile for England report is future trends in health, which will aid policymakers to prioritise efforts to prevent ill health not just deal with the consequences.Some of the most notable findings include: Health of children in the early years Population change and life expectancy Low back and neck pain and skin disease (dermatitis, acne and psoriasis) are the 2 leading causes of morbidity for men and women, with hearing and sight loss also ranking highly for both sexes Trends in morbidity and risk factors Duncan Selbie, chief executive at Public Health England, said: Inequality in health UK women’s health is faring worse than their European counterparts, ranked 18th lowest out of 28 EU member states for premature death. UK men are doing better by comparison and are ranked 10th. Trends in mortality PHE is leading the prevention, personal responsibility and health inequalities work stream as part of the development of the NHS 10 year plan.last_img read more

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News story: Register now for event aimed at new Defence suppliers

first_imgThe keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Watts from University College London, on the current RF challenges in the UK.The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and there will be an opportunity to meet a number of current prime Dstl contractors who provide an easy way for SMEs to access Dstl work through framework contracts.The event includes: industry insight by leading experts; how companies can enter the market and work with Dstl; case study success stories; sample technical challenges and workshops. Staff from across various Dstl departments will be available throughout the day to offer technical and commercial guidance.Places are limited and restricted to one person per company.SME Searchlight aims to engage with non-traditional Defence suppliers and SMEs to meet the needs of a £40 million – £45 million increase in research, in line with the Government’s intent to increase external spending with SMEs. Companies benefit in turn from increased funding and being at the cutting-edge of research and technology.Over the next 12 months, events, workshops and consultations run by Dstl will take place in partnership with Aerospace and Defence Suppliers (ADS), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Team Defence Information and TechUK, to bring companies together from across industry sectors. An ambitious target of 60% of suppliers who may never have worked with Defence before has been set to attend each of these events, with the aim of bringing these new companies into Dstl’s supply chain.Rob Solly, Division Head for Defence and Security Analysis from Dstl, said: SMEs possess tremendous ideas and innovation. Dstl has funds available to invest in cutting-edge research, and the commercial and technological clout to accelerate these ideas. Importantly, SMEs retain the Intellectual Property rights to any innovation in most cases, boosting their long-term prosperity as well as that of the UK. For more information email [email protected] Attendance is free but SMEs and individuals must register by 30 April. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is holding an event at Cranfield University on 3rd May as part of a new initiative called Searchlight.Searchlight aims to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to work with Dstl, and the first event will focus on Radio Frequency (RF) systems. Specifically, frequency-agile RF hardware, machine learning applied to modern communications standards (including Internet of Things) and novel manufacturing solutions to reduce size, weight, power and/or cost.last_img read more

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Embracing motion and stillness

first_imgRunning, boarding, biking, shuffling (with ice underfoot) … always on the go until something slows us down. It could be the beauty of freshly fallen snow, a meditation class, or a pause in a rigorous workout. Oft forgotten unless it is purposely part of our daily routine. In yoga, we learn the practice of holding the breath. Kumbhaka is encouraged because it is believed to strengthen the diaphragm, restore energy, and cleanse the respiratory system. As assignments pile up and deadlines loom, let’s not forget to slow down, pause for the stillness, and experience Kumbhaka moments.last_img

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SMC Straight and Gay Alliance holds panel

first_imgSaint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) held an ally panel Wednesday night to give students an opportunity to hear the stories of allies from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities. Saint Mary’s senior Francesca Gifford said being an ally means being open to different people and varying viewpoints. “An ally is someone who recognizes the differences of people in the world and is open and accepting of those differences,” she said. “I realized I was an ally when I came to Saint Mary’s, because that was the first time I really experienced the hatred and stress [the] LGBTQ community undergoes just because of who they are.” Catherine Pittman, a professor of psychology at the College, said her role as an ally started when her sister faced discrimination and ultimately lost her job as a teacher because of her sexual orientation. “I got very upset because I was unable to do more and I decided to get involved the next time I heard something was going on at Saint Mary’s,” she said. Pittman was involved with the movement when Saint Mary’s added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause in the mid 1990s. “We started PINS, People In Support, and got the non-discrimination clause added,” Pittman said. “And we said why stop there, and decided to get sexual orientation and gender involved in the South Bend human rights [ordinance].” After eight years of fighting, Pittman said she and others involved in South Bend Equality successfully added sexual orientation to the South Bend human rights ordinance. Saint Mary’s senior Cristina Bueno, the president of SAGA, grew up in a very open family, but became a more active ally after watching friends get bullied, she said. “When I went to high school and had more friends come out to me and watching them deal with being bullied, I wanted to stick up for them and other people too,” she said. SAGA vice president Katie Carlisle said she never realized she was an ally because it just seemed second-nature to her. “I remember a conversation with my dad when gay marriage became big in the political arena,” she said. “My dad asked why do these people need to get married and I always wondered, ‘Well, why not?’” Two Notre Dame students, Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) co-presidents Alex Coccia and Lauren Morisseau, also participated in the panel. Both are actively involved in the 4 to 5 movement, a student organization with the goals of getting allies involved, holding events to promote an open discussion on campus, getting a gay-straight alliance officially recognized and having the administration add sexual orientation added to the non-discrimination clause, Coccia said. After deciding to go to Notre Dame, Coccia said he saw a gay rights protest mentioned in Scholastic Magazine. “I started to look at Notre Dame policy … that the particular vision I had of Notre Dame and my Notre Dame family contrasted with the realities of students,” he said. “I guess I became an ally as a matter of principle, how [the University] would not protect their students.” Morisseau said she became an ally when she unknowingly wandered into the founding meeting of her high school’s Straight Gay Alliance. Before coming to Notre Dame, Morisseau said she was shocked to find out Notre Dame did not have a recognized club. “I didn’t understand how much being an ally was apart of my identity until I got to Notre Dame,” she said. “I didn’t fully adjust until I was part of PSA. I see [being an ally] as acknowledging that we all have a debt to each other as human beings.” Along with discussing why they are allies, the members of the panel talked about how to become an ally or a better ally. Pittman said it is important for allies to understand the inherent privileges straight people have. “I think the kind of things straight people are interested in, seeing those relationships in books, movies, TV, they are out there,” she said. “It’s a big privilege.” Allies are important for the LGBTQ community, especially when they come out to their families, Pittman said. “Allies are so important because people’s families may reject them and it is especially hard to come out if they already know their families opinion [on homosexuality],” she said. Carlisle said being a good ally is watching the language you use or the language your friends or family use. “I think it’s all about making sure the environment you place yourself in is open and safe,” she said.last_img read more

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Notre Dame community remembers Edward Lim

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Thomas Clarke Edward Lim’s name is written out in candles at the grotto Wednesday. Lim, a former Notre Dame student, died Friday.Edward Lim “loved three things above all else,” according to junior Brian Celeste, Lim’s roommate during his sophomore year.“He loved his friends and he loved music and he loved philosophy,” Celeste said. “The people he did get close to, he got very, very close to, and he cared very deeply about those people.”Lim died Friday at his home in Cincinnati. Although Lim was not enrolled at the University during the 2016-2017 academic year, Celeste said Lim had still significantly impacted him during his time at Notre Dame.“He became, really, my first friend that I had since coming to Notre Dame,” he said. “ … Once we became roommates, that’s when I started really discovering all these things about him and how he would constantly bounce his ideas off people — and since I was with him most of the time, I was the one who would hear most of his ideas.”Junior Joe Raabe, who met Lim in high school as a member of the rowing team, said Lim “was respected and well liked by everyone who knew him.”“One day after practice, one of the coaches’ boats became untied and was floating away,” Raabe said in an email. “We had been out in the heavy rain and 35-degree weather for at least two hours. Edward jumped in the river and dragged the boat back to shore. That was Edward. He lived his life with the utmost integrity. He was a true friend.”Junior Mary Mecca, Lim’s girlfriend of over a year, said Lim was a great listener as a friend.“He highly valued authenticity, and he was always searching — in everything he did,” she said. “ … He would ask you a question and then just listen because he was searching for information on who you were and what sort of a person you could be, and he was very inspirational in that regard.”Lim found a family at Notre Dame through the University’s Chorale, which Celeste said became Lim’s passion.“Chorale was a huge part of his life,” he said. “I don’t think he missed a single rehearsal for, probably, three straight semesters. He just absolutely loved being there, he loved trying to help out everyone in Chorale, he loved talking about Chorale when we weren’t at Chorale [and] he just loved everything about it.”Senior Julia Oksasoglu, the president of Notre Dame Chorale, said Lim gave as much to Chorale as he gained from the group.“At the end of Edward’s freshman year in Chorale, he won the ‘Spirit of Chorale’ award, which is an award that’s given by the seniors,” she said. “I think that just goes to show how much of an impact Edward had on every single person in Chorale, from freshmen all the way up to seniors, and how much his devotion was felt and noticed by everyone.”Lim’s enthusiasm for Chorale, Mecca said, stemmed from his passion for music — particularly guitar.“He was an extreme introvert, and he expressed himself primarily through music — especially in playing guitar,” she said. “While he was in high school, one of his friends loaned him a guitar for a couple of years, and he taught himself to start playing.”This natural talent for guitar, Oksasoglu said, was on full display when the Chorale encountered a blues band during a group trip to Nashville.“Edward just gets onstage and starts playing with them,” she said. “[He] starts playing blues guitar, and they’d all just mention a song and he knows it and starts playing, and all of us were just in awe sitting there watching Edward thrive onstage. … It was just such a great moment.”During a memorial Mass for Lim in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Fr. Sean McGraw recounted a story of Lim building a guitar out of a lunchbox he came across through a conversation he struck up with a homeless man in his hometown.“He made a guitar out of this lunchbox,” he said. “Which is a beautiful image of something that is old — maybe even something that had been thrown away — something that was maybe empty, but he actually saw beauty. He saw possibility, and he brought it to life in music. Today, we thank God for the gift of Edward.”Lim’s friends will honor him with another memorial service from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday by playing music, sharing stories and eating rice — Lim’s favorite food — next to the lake outside of Carroll Hall.“Even if Edward wasn’t here during this school year, that doesn’t mean that he was any tiny, infinitesimal percent less a part of the Notre Dame community and Notre Dame family,” Oksasoglu said. “ … This is all really hard to process, and it’s hard to not have him here with us, but I’m unendingly grateful for the time that I did get to spend with him.”Tags: Edward Lim, Loss, Student death, The Notre Dame Choralelast_img read more

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2014 Olivier Awards to Include Bernadette Peters and ABBA Reunion

first_imgGimme, gimme, gimme a Broadway star before midnight! The Olivier Awards has announced that this year’s ceremony will include a performance by two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, as well as ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting alongside the current West End cast of Mamma Mia! as the show celebrates its 15th anniversary. Additional performances will include opera singer Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing the title role in the Royal Opera’s production of Faust, the casts of the Best New Musical nominees: The Book Of Mormon, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys, as well as the nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award: Les Miserables, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Star Files The awards will take place on April 13 at the Royal Opera House. As previously reported, stage and screen stars Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will host. Presenters will include Sex and the City and Fatal Attraction’s Kristin Davis, Rufus Hound, Mark Strong, Michael Ball, Nigel Harman, Luke Treadaway, Ruth Wilson and Dames Penelope Keith and Gillian Lynne.center_img Bernadette Peters View Commentslast_img read more

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Help credit union members “Shop for Miracles” on Oct. 15th

first_imgShop for Miracles is the newest Credit Unions for Kids‘ national campaign. This one-day fundraiser takes place on October 15, 2015 as an exciting and innovative way to celebrate the World Council’s International Credit Union Day® at your credit union!The concept is simple: each time members use their credit union issued debit and/or credit card your credit union will donate $0.25 (or other designated amount*) on International Credit Union Day to your local CMN Hospital. continue reading » 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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PDC Winter Series: Michael Smith wins opening day of action at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena | Darts News

first_imgListen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxFollowing the Grand Slam, the tungsten stays at the Ricoh Arena with three days of Players Championship Finals action and then the final qualifier for the World Championship.Sky Sports Darts will keep you across all the action as the season reaches its climax. As well as all the action, The Darts Show podcast will catch up with all the players, discuss the talking points and get expert opinion from former world no 1 Colin Lloyd.Follow the action from the Grand Slam with all nine days covered on Sky Sports Arena – and if you are out and about updates via our live blogs and @SkySportsDarts for regular updates Friday Michael Smith ended a run of 10 consecutive final defeats and a two-year wait for a PDC title by beating Jermaine Wattimena to win day one of the Winter Series.A little less than 48 hours after his latest final defeat, alongside Rob Cross for Team England at the World Cup of Darts, Bully Boy finally made his return to the winner’s circle, beating Wattimena 8-6 in Tuesday’s final in Coventry.Smith had started fast, averaging more than 100 in three of his first four matches to reach the last eight where he ended a career-best run to the quarter-finals for Conan Whitehead. Bully Boy then produced a superb performance to beat Jose De Sousa in the semi-final. TuesdayMichael Smith 8-6 Jermaine Watimena Michael Smith lifted the title on the opening day of the Winter Series – his first title in two years Winter SeriesNovember 10-14 Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on – Advertisement – Wednesday Quarter-FinalsJermaine Wattimena 6-3 Vincent Van der VoortBrendan Dolan 6-0 Damon HetaJose De Sousa 6-3 Peter WrightMichael Smith 6-2 Conan Whitehead PDC Winter Series – Winners Jermaine Wattimena suffered defeat in a PDC ranking final for the third time Jermaine Wattimena suffered defeat in a PDC ranking final for the third time

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Doubts hound Baskerville

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Millions in China banish virus blues with online games, video apps

first_img“I only use my mobile phone for three hours a day at work, but at least eight hours every day during the Spring Festival, because it’s so boring,” Lu Zhang, a junior high school teacher in eastern Shandong province, said of the enforced holiday.Investors have seized on the trend, with shares of Chinese game publishers, such as Tencent, rising 2% in Hong Kong on Tuesday, outstripping a rise of 1% in the benchmark , while in New York, NetEase rose nearly 3%.US-listed shares in Chinese video platform Bilibili rose almost 7%, while shares of search engine Baidu and e-commerce giant Alibaba also rose.Five mobile game developers, including Ourpalm, surged by the maximum allowed 10% on Tuesday. Weekly downloads jumped 77% on ByteDance’s Xigua video app from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, after it announced plans to stream the premiere of a movie, “Lost in Russia” for free, data from performance tracker App Annie showed.”My screen time yesterday exceeded 10 hours,” one Shanghai resident, identified only as Wang, said in a social media post, adding, “What do you all suggest I do other than look at my cellphone?”Also popular are health and fitness apps, such as Keep, which livestreams fitness classes. Its revenue surged 15% for the week, while healthcare app Pingan Good Doctor saw downloads jump 1,186%.”We believe that China internet and logistics companies are somewhat sheltered,” from the impact of the virus outbreak, analysts from Bernstein Research wrote in a Monday note, amid a growing trend for all products and services to move online.Tencent’s blockbuster mobile game, “Honor of Kings” made up to 2 billion yuan ($286 million) on the Jan. 24 eve of the holiday, estimated Pei Pei, an analyst with Sinolink Securities Co, exceeding all the Chinese mobile games on Apple’s app store during the entire week-long break in 2018.Tencent declined to comment.Strategy simulation app “Plague Inc.”, which jumped to the top of the charts in Apple’s app store, retained its popularity.The game, which allows users to create and evolve a pathogen to destroy the world, generated 78,000 downloads in January, up from 16,000 in December, according to Sensor Tower.”Many students play games during the Spring Festival,” said the junior high teacher, Lu, adding that she spent more than five hours each day playing poker, among other games. “Sometimes they invite me to join when they see me online.”US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc, which started delivery in December of cars built at its $2-billion Shanghai plant, stepped up daily livestreamed sales events on video app Douyin to highlight features of its vehicles.Several sales dealers for Mercedes Benz also took to the WeChat app with a link to a 360-degree interior view of its GLB compact SUV, simulating the passenger experience and offering close-ups of the seats’ leather stitching details and dashboard.”Not leaving home, so use virtual reality to look at cars!” one of the representatives exhorted viewers.Topics : Online games and short video apps have been among the few beneficiaries of China’s virus outbreak, raking in millions of views and downloads as people stuck in self-quarantine at home seek entertainment and ways to beguile their time.The shift has even drawn companies more used to doing business in showrooms, such as carmakers Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, to promote products heavily online during the week.Chinese travel and gather with family and friends during the traditional Lunar New Year holiday, but many postponed or cancelled their plans over concerns sparked in mid-January about the spread of a new virus that has killed 420.last_img read more

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