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LGBT conference opens in Brighton
Vice-president Gordon McKay opened the 2017 UNISON LGBT conference in Brighton this morning by thanking delegates for all they do – and appealing to them to do more. To be asked to speak first was “a tremendous honour,” he told the hall, before quipping that was “until you’re told, if you can speak first, people will know that’s the worst it can get for the next two days!” After laughter, Mr McKay said: “Thanks for the work you do four our union, every day … most importantly, just being with people when they need someone. “I hope you’re proud of yourself &n...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2017 LGBT Conference Source Type: news

Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales
Many autistic children are struggling to cope in schools and are being removed, a charity warns. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality
Tim Wainwright is Chief Executive at WaterAidBy Tim WainwrightLONDON, Nov 16 2017 (IPS)This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)– and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets. Tim Wainwright, CEO, WaterAid UKIt is frustrating that the headline statistics have not made greater progress two years into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), when having a toilet is such a fundamental boost to gender equality, as well as health, education and economic ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tim Wainwright Tags: Development & Aid Gender Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Rescue Efforts Continue in Athens Outskirts after Massive Flash Flooding
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway. There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched for potentially missing people in flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens. The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Becatoros, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Rescue Efforts Continue in Athens Outskirts after Massive Flash Flooding
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway. There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched for potentially missing people in flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens. The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings....
Source: JEMS Operations - November 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Becatoros, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

California just banned pesticide use near public schools to protect children from brain damaging agricultural chemicals
(Natural News) Many parents are breathing a sigh of relief as California has now taken a definitive step in protecting their children from pesticides. Farmers will no longer be allowed to use certain pesticides in areas near schools and daycares thanks to new rules that were announced this week. The rules, which regulators have described... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pressure on UK schools to tackle mental health grows
Evidence shows state-funded programmes need to start earlier (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The medical police state has arrived in California: Mother threatened with ARREST for refusing to vaccinate her children
(Natural News) California’s unconscionable vaccine mandate law (SB 277) went into effect July 1, 2016. The law eliminates parental rights, medical choice, and informed consent, forcing parents to submit their children to 40 doses of 10 vaccines, with no exceptions. The law applies to all children attending public and private K-12 schools, licensed daycare facilities,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Securing a Place for Next Generation of Doctors
[Bhekisisa] We are launching new medical schools but will we have places for their new graduates? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tax Reform Could Impact Higher Education
Congress is considering major tax overhauls that would, among other things, impose an excise tax on the investment earnings of endowments at wealthy colleges and universities. Nearly seventy private institutions of higher education would be subject to the new tax, which only affects schools whose endowments exceed $250,000 per student. Public universities would be exempt. Only 30 of the top 300 research institutions in the U.S. fall within the list. Among them are Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, Yale University, and Columbia University. The House and Senate have drafted their own versions of the tax reform ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 14, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Short Takes
The 2017 meeting of the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations, Engaging Policymakers: Opportunities for Biological Sciences Organizations, will be held in Washington, DC, on 4 December 2017. AIBS Council Representatives may now register for the meeting. Sam Clovis has withdrawn his nomination to serve as the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist. Clovis is a former Trump campaign official who was recently questioned by the Mueller investigation about what he knew about campaign team members' contacts with Russia. One former campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, has pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Email...
Source: Public Policy Reports - November 14, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

More inclusive physical education to better tackle obesity
Obesity is on the rise in Europe and with that worrying signs of poor health, stigmatisation and social exclusion, especially among the young. International research is now under way to help schools tackle this scourge through physical education classes that better communicate the benefits of being active to all students, regardless of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and social class. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 14, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Shooting in hospital parking lot leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
A shooting in an Ohio hospital parking lot has left one person dead and another injured and has caused the hospital and nearby schools to go into lockdown (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa
By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world. Charlie Brown, Attorney & President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, an organization which is spearheading the campaign, told African and Asian delegates at a meeting in Geneva late September: “When you return to your home countries, please do as the European Union has done: phase out amalgam for children now, for one simple reason: The children of your nation are equally important as the children of Europe.”Presid...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Teachers' stress intensifies violent disciplining in Tanzanian secondary schools - Hecker T, Goessmann K, Nkuba M, Hermenau K.
Violent forms of discipline in schools continue to be widespread across the globe despite their damaging effects. Since little is known about factors influencing the extent of violence applied by teachers, this study aimed to investigate the influence of t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Parental Medicaid expansion translates into preventive care for their children
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) When low-income parents enroll in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state expansion program, their children have considerably better odds of receiving annual preventive care pediatrician visits. This 'spillover effect' demonstrates that the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion extend beyond the newly covered adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion under ACA linked to higher rate of smoking cessation
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) When low-income adults were newly covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they were more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than their counterparts in states that did not offer Medicaid expansion. The findings support a policy-driven approach to reduce high smoking rates among low-income adults by giving greater access to smoking cessation programs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Boys could benefit from greater numbers of girls in schools
(Taylor& Francis Group) Boys are more likely to perform well in schools with a higher proportion of girls, shedding new light on why girls continue to outperform boys in many educational subjects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
California regulators have announced a new rule that bans farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Severe pollution hits Indian capital, causing health worries
Air pollution in India's capital has hit hazardous levels, prompting local officials to ask that schools shut down and a half marathon scheduled later in November be called off. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Impact of distance on mode of active commuting in Chilean children and adolescents - Rodr íguez-Rodríguez F, Cristi-Montero C, Celis-Morales C, Escobar-Gómez D, Chillón P.
The objective of this study was to characterise patterns of active commuting to and from schools in children and adolescents in Chile. A total of 453 Chilean children and adolescents aged b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Universal suicide prevention in young people - Bailey E, Spittal MJ, Pirkis J, Gould M, Robinson J.
BACKGROUND: Universal education and awareness programs in schools are a promising suicide prevention intervention but to date no research has evaluated the iatrogenic effects of such programs. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the safeTAL... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New Limits Threaten EPA ’s Asbestos Review
After pushback from the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is scaling back a congressionally mandated review of asbestos and other deadly chemicals. Toxic minerals in widespread use will be excluded from the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which last December included asbestos among the top 10 dangerous chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must review. Reducing the scope of the review will potentially leave millions of tons of asbestos and other toxic substances in homes and businesses. The Trump administration reportedly wants to limit risk evaluations of the top ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Chemistry Council American Cleaning Institute American Petroleum Institute Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization asbestos exposure firefighters asbestos imports U.S. asbestos laws us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Di Source Type: news

Tax avoidance and tax havens must be tackled
Responding to the leaked financial papers, dubbed the Paradise Papers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “People will be shocked and angry to learn that the British establishment has been systematically squirrelling away money offshore. “By stashing the cash in tax havens, they’ve been depriving the British people of much-needed funding for schools, hospitals and care homes. “The government must act immediately, and bring forward changes in the Budget to tackle tax avoidance and tax havens. “Those with the most at their disposal should be making the biggest contribution to our p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release government public services Tax avoidance Source Type: news

Psychiatrist vacancy rate doubles in four years
New report highlights big shortages in child and old age specialties Related items fromOnMedica Psychiatrists blame cuts for failings at troubled mental health trust Data reveals postcode lottery for psychiatric care NHS vacancy rates rose by 16% in past year Medical schools urged to promote psychology Psychiatrists fear new contract will harm recruitment of women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New Cochrane Library Special Collection: Yoga for improving health and well-being
Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practice based on ancient Vedic philosophy, and is connected to Ayurveda, the system of traditional Indian medicine. During the 20th century, yoga became increasingly recognised outside India, and over the past decades it has continued to grow in popularity worldwide as system for promoting health and well-being. While modern yoga often focuses on physical poses and is sometimes thought of as a type of exercise, the practice usually incorporates one or more of the mental or spiritual elements that are traditionally part of yoga...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Nigeria:Fitting Lessons for the Health Sector
[This Day] Despite the decline in socio-economic activities in the country, some private investors have decided to channel their resources not only into education but also to the improvement of the health sector through their universities. Two of such promoters are Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, the proprietor of Afe Babalola University, and the Turkish First Surat Group, the umbrella organisation for the NTIC Schools as well as Nizamiye Hospital and Nile University in Abuja. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 3, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pitt study provides clues to body's defense against common oral ailment
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Study shows how the body recognizes when a harmless fungus in the mouth becomes a disease-causing infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

First New Jersey schools certified 'future ready
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The Future Ready Schools - New Jersey (FRS-NJ) initiative advancing with the assistance of New Jersey Institute of Technology has honored 63 schools by awarding them certification for implementing effective digital learning policies and practices. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF
About 300 million, or three-quarters, of the world ’ s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home, the United Nations Children ’ s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report published Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Limiting and Planning for Schools as Temporary Evacuation Centres in Emergencies
Save the Children International. 11/2017 This 29-page document provides guidance to support education authorities and disaster management officers to make decisions and allocate resources to meet shelter needs of the population; to protect children's rights to safety, well-being, and educational continuity; and to protect education sector investments. It is for national policymakers and decision-makers in education authorities and disaster management organizations, and other relevant government agencies in Pacific island nations. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Scarlet fever: managing outbreaks in schools and nurseries
Public Health England has published interim guidelines to help health protection teams control outbreaks of scarlet fever in schools, nurseries and other childcare settings. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Federal Judge Strikes Down Two Abortion Restrictions in Alabama Federal Judge Strikes Down Two Abortion Restrictions in Alabama
A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down two abortion restrictions in Alabama that limited how close clinics can be to public schools and banned a procedure used to terminate pregnancies in the second trimester.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking
Attendees at the 11th Congress on Adolescent Health in New Delhi, Oct. 27-29, 2017. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulNEW DELHI, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.In a ritual approved by the community, a solo man (the hyena) would have sex with the adolescent girls of an entire village to “sexually cleanse” them so they would be considered fit for marriage."It makes sense to bring village and religious leaders in this conversation on violent crimes....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent girls adolescent health child mar Source Type: news

' … a huge monster that should be feared and not done': lessons learned in sexuality education classes in South Africa - Shefer T, Kruger LM, Macleod C, Baxen J, Vincent L.
Research has foregrounded the way in which heterosexual practices for many young people are not infrequently bound up with violence and unequal transactional power relations. The Life Orientation sexuality education curriculum in South African schools has ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Aggression in schools: cyberbullying and gender issues - Sharma D, Kishore J, Sharma N, Duggal M.
Due to increasing internet and mobile penetration, children in India are at risk of cyberbullying. A survey of 174 middle graders in Delhi showed that, of total, 8% indulged in cyberbullying and 17% reported being victimized by such acts. However, prevalen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Learners' self-reports of exposure to violence in South African schools: a gendered reflection - Taole MJ.
The pervasive worldwide phenomenon of gender-based violence in schools poses a threat to education as a vehicle of economic development and economic freedom. Gender violence in and around schools is a global problem with serious implications for the educat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Student-inflicted injuries to staff in schools: comparing risk between educators and non-educators - Schofield KE, Ryan AD, Stroinski C.
OBJECTIVE: Student-inflicted injury to staff in the educational services sector is a growing concern. Studies on violence have focused on teachers as victims, but less is known about injuries to other employee groups, particularly educational assistants. I... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Namibia:Mixed Feelings Over Sex Education in Schools
[New Era] There are reasons why people are not happy with the new curriculum for sex education, perhaps it is true that it is too crude, that it teaches children not only to abstain from sex and to be careful, but also to engage in questionable sexual behaviour. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

PEPH Webinar: Healthy Schools / Healthy Daycares
October 30, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New guidance to improve vision screening for young children
Public Health England (PHE) has published new child vision screening materials and guidance to help improve consistency and quality of sight tests for children in schools during their early years. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Tobacco Company Denies Targeting Children
[Premium Times] The British American Tobacco has denied that its marketing strategies target the younger generation by deliberately situating tobacco products near primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Living arrangements and health-related quality of life in Chinese adolescents who migrate from rural to urban schools: mediating effect of social support - Wu H, Wu S, Wu H, Xia Q, Li N.
This study aimed to investigate the impact of living arrangement on HRQoL among adolescents migrating from rural to urban sc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

"Football is a boys' game": children's perceptions about barriers for physical activity during recess time - Mart ínez-Andrés M, Bartolomé-Gutiérrez R, Rodríguez-Martín B, Pardo-Guijarro MJ, Martínez-Vizcaino V.
The aim of the study was to know the factors that influence boys and girls' perceptions for performing physical activity during playground recess from their own perspective. Ninety-eight schoolchildren aged 8-11  years from five schools from Cuenca (Spain)... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Poetry and dance engage Bristol schools at Black History event
Pupils from Bristol schools visited the University of Bristol for a series of themed activities marking Black History Month and celebrating diversity. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Public engagement Source Type: news

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) There's something endearing about the crooked, gapped-tooth smiles of children whose permanent teeth are coming in. While it's normal for adult teeth to show up at very different times, should we expect the same good oral health conditions for all children at all times? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Tobacco Firms Evolving New Strategies to Attract Younger Generation - Report
[Premium Times] Tobacco companies in Nigeria have evolved a new strategy of deliberately targeting the younger generation by situating their products near primary and secondary schools, a new report by the Nigerian Tobacco Control Research Group has shown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Pandemonium in Maiduguri As 'Killer Monkeypox Vaccine' Rumour Spreads
[Premium Times] Public schools in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, were thrown into chaos, Wednesday when rumours filtered in that monkeypox vaccines were being forcefully administered on pupils by unknown persons. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools
Children who are unaware they have Irlen Syndrome are "being turned off education", it is claimed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news