The Guardian view on the hottest winter day: sunny side down | Editorial
Unseasonably balmy February days can be pleasant, but scientists are increasingly linking extremes of heat, storms and other meteorological events to global warmingOver thousands of years, like humans everywhere, we became used to thinking of the sun, rain and wind as the backdrop to our lives – external entities over which we had no dominion. In the 21st century, this has become a delusion. The unpredictability of weather in the UK, particularly during summers that many wish were drier and sunnier, is associated by many people with what it means to be British. It has big variations – temperatures in the north ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Climate change UK weather Environment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Science World news United Nations Global climate talks UK news Source Type: news

Blog: Northern Ireland must come first, no matter what else is in the Brexit deal
In a matter of weeks, the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union is set to change. For Unison, the impact this will have on Northern Ireland has always been paramount. Yet too many people – including politicians who should know better – continue to reduce the impact Brexit will have on Northern Ireland to a conversation only about the movement of goods across the border. The reality is far more grave and complex. Brexit is an issue that seriously affects the peace process and will interfere in the day-to-day lives of ordinary people, North and South. Unison has always offered unwavering sup...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News BREXIT Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Government must end private contracts before it ’s too late, say probation unions
Monday 25 February 2019 For immediate release Government must end private contracts before it’s too late, say probation unions Unions have urged the Justice Secretary to end the failed system of privatised probation contracts and bring them back into public ownership before there is ‘drastic and irreversible damage’ to the service. In a joint letter to David Gauke, the three unions representing staff in the probation service – UNISON, Napo and GMB – said the community rehabilitation company (CRC) contracts must be abandoned when they end next year. Earlier this month three of these contracts ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article Press release ben priestley GMB napo probation Source Type: news

Multisite pain and self-reported falls in older people: systematic review and meta-analysis - Welsh VK, Clarson LE, Mallen CD, McBeth J.
This study aims to synthesise published literature to further explore the relationship between multisite ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Physios to be first contact for common aches and pains in GP practices
Roll-out is part of NHS Long-Term Plan and follows successful nationwide pilots Related items fromOnMedica The new GP contract: transforming primary care, transforming CVD prevention Public want extra NHS cash to be spent on bringing down waiting times One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Call for NHS England to ‘think again’ on limiting treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Heavenly key to the Stonehenge mystery | Letters
Maybe the ancients saw a parallel between the stars and planets and the bluestones, writesNeil HornsbyProf Colin Richards fears that we may never know why the bluestones of Preseli warranted such reverence as to be transported from south-west Wales to Stonehenge (Report, 20 February). In fact the answer may well be staring us in the face. Stonehenge itself was clearly intended to connect with the heavens: the sun, the moon and perhaps particularly the stars. Maybe the ancients saw a parallel between the firmament and the bluestones? The bluestones comprise a range of igneous rocks, metamorphosed spotted dolerite being amon...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Stonehenge Wales UK news Astronomy Space Science History books Archaeology Geology Source Type: news

Tom Jones health update: The Welsh singer had a hip replacement - how long is recovery?
TOM JONES confirmed he had a hip replacement two years ago. The procedure can involve a serious operation and recovery depends on the type of surgery you have had. How long is the recovery process? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are YOU at risk of an avoidable death? Where you live influences the risk
Of England and Wales' 346 local authorities, Blackpool had the highest rate of male preventable mortality in 2017, with 415.2 in every 100,000 deaths being avoidable. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Around 7,000 babies born this year will lose their mother before they turn 16, statistics reveal
Analysis of figures by ONS found that 1% of children in England and Wales will bereave a mother. The data shows a group of vulnerable people, experts said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bid to boost Welsh mental health nurses' career development
Nurse leaders in Wales have called for all mental health nurses to be supported to develop leadership skills and receive effective and continuous professional development, in a set of pledges released for the sector. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Teenager's last words before she died of cancer that returned THREE weeks after the all-clear
Daisy Wyatt, 14, of Blackwood, Wales, finished treatment for rare bone cancer in 2016 after diagnosis at 12 years old. But the family were soon told it had spread to her lungs and was incurable. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Full-time GP workforce numbers fall
0.1% drop in full-time GPs but headcount rises 1% Related items fromOnMedica Numbers of GPs planning to leave hits record high 10% of patients have no access to GPs out-of-hours GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ GPs set to be balloted on willingness to take industrial action All GP training places filled in Wales (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS prescription charge to rise to £9
20p rise on single prescription fee Related items fromOnMedica NICE rejects breast cancer drug for NHS funding Wales cancer spend at record high JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 NICE recommends Herceptin for gastric cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Private hospital brings in 'unrivalled' matron to drive expansion
A globe-trotting nurse who says she was born to enter the profession has been appointed as the new matron of a private hospital in North Wales to help support further expansion of the facilities.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cervical cancer will be 'ELIMINATED by 2100' thanks to life-saving HPV vaccine and improved testing
Researchers from the Cancer Council New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, made the prediction - which could see 1,000 British women saved from the disease annually. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moving toward an evidence-based family and community-based approach to improve the lives of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect - Heriot S, Kissouri M.
The Their Futures Matter reform is the New South Wales (NSW) Government's coordinated approach and long-term strategy for how we support vulnerable children and families. In 2016, funding was provided to implement two evidence-based models - Multisystemic ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Viruses that linger in the gut could trigger type 1 diabetes
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, provide new evidence supporting an association between elevated levels of enteroviruses in the intestinal tracts of children and islet autoimmunity, a precursor to type 1 diabetes. The paper appears in the journal Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wales to press ahead with minimum unit alcohol pricing
Move follows results of public consultation and Welsh government ’s insistence that pricing must be a key element of its strategy to tackle alcohol misuse Related items fromOnMedica Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Extra annual £3.2bn needed to reverse impact of cuts to public health grant Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Health Outcome Framework may include measure on loneliness Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mega lift? Stonehenge pillars were carried 230km over land – research
Archaeologists say up to 80 two-ton blocks may have been dragged from Preseli hillsThey are among the most famous and most enigmatic mysteries in all of archaeology: how did neolithic builders, using only stone, wooden and bone tools, carve Stonehenge ’s bluestone pillars from the hilltops of western Wales – and how on earth did they transport them more than 230km (143 miles) to Salisbury plain?Now, an excavation has found intriguing new evidence of the method by which the huge stones were chiselled out of the rock face at two craggy outcrops of thePreseli hills in Pembrokeshire.Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Esther Addley Tags: Stonehenge UK news Archaeology Science Source Type: news

'The Darling will die': Scientists say mass fish kill due to over-extraction and drought
Australian Academy of Sciences panel says urgent steps needed to restore flowsA scientific panel investigating the causes ofthree mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and over-extraction, leading to the environmental disaster.“The conditions leading to this event are an interaction between a severe (but not unprecedented) drought and, more significantly, excess upstream diversion of water for irrigation,” the panel of scientists convened by the Academy of Sciences ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anne Davies Tags: Murray-Darling Basin Australia news Environment Water New South Wales Science Bill Shorten Drought Climate change Source Type: news

Tom Jones health update: Why The Voice coach had ‘major surgery’ - are you at risk?
TOM JONES is currently a coach on ITV ’s The Voice, after a stellar music career spanning more than 50 years. But, the Welsh singer confirmed he had major surgery two years ago. These are the signs you should be looking out for. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Birmingham care striker brings conference to its feet
UNISON women’s conference rose to its feet this afternoon, after hearing from Mandy Buckley (pictured), a Birmingham care worker and the rep for those women who are fighting against the city’s Labour council’s plan to slash their hours and pay. Telling delegates about the strike she said that “it’s hard going when it’s 12 months”. “I’ve only been a steward for two years – I have never been political,” she added. Thanking all the unions that have been supportive, she paid “Liz and Dave” [UNISON assistant general secretary Liz Snape and general sec...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference Birmingham care workers care for carers transphobia Source Type: news

Bring probation contracts back into public control to avoid further disaster
Responding to today’s insolvency of Working Links – a company that oversees three outsourced probation contracts – UNISON national officer for police and justice Ben Priestley said: “This privatisation has been a disaster and one that was long predicted. The government must immediately step in to bring these collapsed services back in-house. “The priority is to reassure the public in the South West and Wales that communities will remain protected. Staff too need assurances about their jobs, and that they will still be paid. “This is yet another catastrophe to be added to C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release ben priestley probation Source Type: news

Women back campaign to give LGBT group the plus factor
The second day of UNISON’s national women’s conference opened with debate on ensuring that the union’s LGBT group is as inclusive as possible. That self-organised group is taking a motion to national delegate conference in June, asking conference to vote to enable a rule book change so that the group can call itself LGBT+. “Our group has always sought to be inclusive of its membership,” Jacky Lewis told delegates today. That’s why we are “asking for your support”. A rule change will need a two-thirds majority in favour in June. Bev Miller said that “the ‘plus&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference equality LGBT LGBT members women members Source Type: news

Growing number of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer AFTER it has spread
A total of 42,975 men were told they had the disease in England and Wales between April 2016 and March 2017. It had spread to other organs in nearly 20 per cent of them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women ’ s conference opens with a range of debates
UNISON’s national women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon with a debate on safety for the social care workforce. One delegate described how, as a nurse, she had seen a patient with severe medical problems that cause difficult behaviour, putting the patient themselves and those working them at risk. To help avoid this, the hospital uses a private agency to supply extra staff – but having a different carer everyday exacerbates the problems – and all in the name of profit. Jenny Martin from the West Midlands took the opportunity to remind delegates of the ongoing struggle by Birmingham ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference health and safety pensions State pensions WASPI Source Type: news

Safety and pensions up front as women ’ s conference opens
UNISON’s national women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon with a debate on safety for the social care workforce. One delegate described how, as a nurse, she had seen a patient with severe medical problems that cause difficult behaviour, putting the patient themselves and those working them at risk. To help avoid this, the hospital uses a private agency to supply extra staff, but having a different carer every day exacerbates the problems – and all in the name of profit. Jenny Martin from the West Midlands took the opportunity to remind delegates of the ongoing struggle by Birmingham care w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference equality health and safety pensions State pensions WASPI women members Source Type: news

Too many prostate cancers are diagnosed late and men's survival is suffering, charity warns
A total of 42,975 men were told they had the disease in England and Wales between April 2016 and March 2017. It had spread to other organs in nearly 20 per cent of them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN in Wales announces appointment of new director
The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has announced the appointment of Helen Whyley as its new director with immediate effect. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Featured Review: Iodine deficiency disorders; fortification of food and condiments
The aim of this study was to examine the effect of adding iodine to foods, beverages, condiments, or seasonings, other than salt, on iodine nutrition status and health ‐related outcomes in all populations.Many people around the world do not consume enough iodine. This is a problem because iodine is important for normal childhood growth and brain development, and for ensuring a healthy adult population. Inadequate intake of iodine can lead to health problems, such as intellectual disability and goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland). Currently, the main strategy to increase the amount of iodine consumed in populations ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

The information gap for children and young people with acquired brain injury - Dunford C, Cobbold C, Ray I, Wales L.
This study explored the information requirements of children/youth with an acquired brain injury. METHODS: An online survey (n  = 16), focus group (n = 5) and in-depth semi-structured interviews (n = 3) elicited the views... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pencoed academy tackles NHS Wales radiologist shortage
More and more patients are getting hospital scans - but Wales is short of people to analyse them. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity consultation moves to listening events
60% of adults are overweight in Wales Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Put families at heart of helping obese children More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health Nutrition more important than calories, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Are we closing the Aboriginal child injury gap? A cohort study - M öller H, Ivers R, Clapham K, Jorm L.
OBJECTIVE: To assess if rates of hospitalised injury in Australian Aboriginal children, and differences in these rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, have changed over time. METHODS: We used linked hospital data for New South Wales... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Smear test breakthrough could mean that women only need to be tested for cancer every five years
A new cervical test could mean women will no longer face so many smear tests. England and Scotland will see the new tests offered which are already available in Wales which are more accurate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP indemnity scheme in Wales set for April launch
Minister confirms Future Liability Scheme from 1 April Related items fromOnMedica State-backed or practice-backed indemnity? GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want Government plans could increase GP indemnity costs GP leader calls for rethink on indemnity scheme bill (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock seeks to cut clinical negligence costs
Annual compensation pay-outs quadruple to £2bn over past decade Related items fromOnMedica Is the legal bar for convicting HCPs of manslaughter 'too low'? Clinical negligence: does clerical staff bear responsibility? GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' GP indemnity scheme in Wales set for April launch Cost of clinical negligence continues to spiral out of control (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Three-year-old girl's chickenpox caused her to have a STROKE
Lottie Evans was staying at a caravan park in Abersoch, North Wales, with her family on July 26, 2016 when she became clumsy, irritable and unable to walk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Truly Global Effort is Needed to Eradicate FGM by 2030
At Narok County, Kenya, during a discussion by anti-FGM campaigner Agnes Pareyio from Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI). The picture was taken at a school run by TNI for girls escaping FGM and child marriage. Credit: Equality Now/ Tara CareyBy Divya SrinivasanNEW DELHI, Feb 6 2019 (IPS)According to official data on the global prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released by UNICEF there are 200 million women and girls in the world who have been cut. Shocking though this statistic is, it seriously underestimates the nature and scale of the problem. In 2015, when the United Nations was in the process of adopting the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Divya Srinivasan Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Rough sleeper numbers might be stabilising, figures for Wales and England show
But latest overall numbers still higher than in 2010 for England Related items fromOnMedica Social housing 'makes mental health worse' Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Active elderly live independently and avoid social care Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Prisoners have right to health care as good as community care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Union vows to resist Bangor university pension threat
UNISON has vowed to resist “pretty shabby” plans by Bangor University to cut the pensions of its lowest paid staff. University management is proposing to cut its contribution to the pensions of its lowest paid staff, while leaving the workers’ contribution at the level they are now, and reducing members’ benefits when they retire. The move is aimed only at non-academic staff – clerical workers, IT staff, lab workers, cleaners, caterers, security staff and more – leading UNISON locally to say the university has “shown how little it values the role of support workers”. UNISON C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Bangor university education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

Almost 300,000 more NHS operations could be carried out every year if it was more organised
The watchdog NHS improvements has found that more than 5,000 operations could be carried out weekly in England and Wales if the NHS was more efficient and better organised. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Managing the unmanageable: the offence of riot in England and Wales - Lowerson AJ.
This article analyses the current context and the use of the public order offence of 'riot' held in s. 1 of the Public Order Act 1986. It examines the historical roots of the statutory offence and the difficulty of securing a conviction following times of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Demographic and clinical characteristics of hospitalised unintentional poisoning in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal preschool children in New South Wales, Australia: a population data linkage study - Lee C, Hanly M, Larter N, Zwi K, Woolfenden S, Jorm L.
OBJECTIVES: To investigate differences in demographic and clinical characteristics of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children aged 0-4 years hospitalised for unintentional poisoning in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective whol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sound engineer turned student nurse creates LD web resources
A sound-engineer turned learning disability nursing student in Wales has merged his past and current careers to create an online resources tool for patients and service users. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 4, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sound engineer turned student nurse creates learning disability resources
A sound-engineer turned learning disability nursing student in Wales has merged his past and current careers to create an online resources tool for patients and service users. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 4, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

8 Celebrity Milestone Birthdays in February
En espa ñol | EThe in-demand Welsh actor has been the go-to guy for portrayals of British politician Tony Blair, whom he’s channeled in a trio of productions: the 2003 TV movie The Deal; the 2006 fi... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 3, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The continuing chronology of confusion: crime prevention, welfare and the why of youth justice - Antonopoulos I, Dingwall G, Hillier T.
This article arg... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news