Health & Wellness


UK: Is divorce bad for the parents?

The elderly are cared for by their adult children regardless of their marital status. In a unique study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, researchers found British adult children help their elderly parents according to current need (i.e. health) rather than past behaviour. This contrasts with other countries such as the US, where parents with a history of divorce see less of their children and receive less help from them.

So in the UK a parent that is living alone is more likely to receive help from children than parents with partners. Children also give more help as the parent ages. For every extra year of the parent's age, he/she is 9% more likely to receive help from children not living at the same address. And parents with health problems are 75% more likely than those without health problems to be helped by their children. Curiously, divorced parents get more help from children than if they are widowed, but both groups receive more help than if they still have a partner. And it helps to have more children. Parents with more children receive more support; however, step children give step parents less support.

Vaccine opt-out clamp-down: proposal to block benefits and school access

Tough sanctions are being proposed for parents who refuse routine vaccinations, such as MMR.

In an article for the Fabian Society, leading public health expert Sir Sandy Macara called for child benefit to be linked with vaccination uptake.

And Labour MP Mary Creagh said children should have to prove they are vaccinated before they start school to improve uptake of MMR.

The Department of Health said vaccination was voluntary.


Comment: This article is classic propaganda: full of loaded statements, misleading wording, and flat out lies. The suggestion that those parents who opt out of vaccinations because they are concerned for their children's wellbeing, are 'Blasé' about it, is clearly ridiculous.

The bottom line is, this is a proposal to deny a child access to both money and schooling, unless they take 'voluntary' vaccinations that carry severe health risks.

It seems that our governments are obsessed on forcing us to take these vaccinations, whether we want them ore not. Why? The stated altruistic motives just do not wash, when considered in light of the destructive self-interest that dominates government policy.

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UK: Half city's youth 'take cocaine'

The poll found cocaine users are likely to have more sexual partners

More than 50% of young people in Liverpool admit to having taken cocaine, a new report claims. The finding is part of research that shows an "epidemic" of drug use, with respondents saying they take drugs and drinking to enhance their sex lives.

Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University surveyed youngsters from nine European cities in their study.

Hepatitis Virus kills 29 in Kitgum, Uganda

At least 29 people have died of Hepatitis E and over 1,384 have contracted the virus in five sub-counties in Kitgum district, the LC5 chairman has said.

"We have registered 61 new cases in Madi-Opei, 29 in Agoro, 31 in Paluga, five in Mucwini and seven in Padibe. Four people died last week," John Komakech Ogwok said.

"Hepatitis E is more severe among pregnant mothers. It is transmitted through contaminated water and poor sanitation, just like cholera," the commissioner of health, Dr. Sam Okware, said.

Australia: Deadly virus found in riverland

The potentially deadly mosquito-borne Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) virus has been found in the South Australian Riverland.

Health authorities said testing of local birds, following the discovery of the virus in Victoria and New South Wales over summer, had returned positive results for MVE.

Death Toll from Child Virus Hits 34 in China

The death toll in China from an outbreak of a severe intestinal virus that has sickened thousands of children now stands at 34.

China's official Xinhua news agency says two children died in the eastern province of Anhui, where the majority of the casualties have been recorded.

Emotions, Moral Choice Linked in Study Watching Brain Activity

Brain activity in a region tied to human emotion may help prompt people to be fair rather than efficient in handing out rewards and burdens, say researchers aiming to understand the inspiration behind moral actions.

U.S. scientists used imaging technology to measure the brain activity of 26 adults asked to make decisions about how to allocate meals to orphans. The researchers found that the stronger the activity was in the insula, a part of the brain associated with emotions, the more likely participants were to fairly spread the meals among the children.

Women face tougher impact from climate change

Climate change is harder on women in poor countries, where mothers stay in areas hit by drought, deforestation or crop failure as men move to literally greener pastures, a Nobel Peace laureate said on Tuesday.

"Many destructive activities against the environment disproportionately affect women, because most women in the world, and especially in the developing world, are very dependent on primary natural resources: land, forests, waters," said Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

"Women are very immediately affected, and usually women and children can't run away," said Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on sustainable development.

Comment: The problem is, demanding to cut the emissions is not going to solve this probable dire situation. Global warming and depletion of resources is just another fabricated lie imposed by the psychopaths who are in power throughout the world. They know about the things to come, and make preparations to save their skin while millions of people will be left to starve and die.


Is bipolar disorder overdiagnosed?

A new study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University researchers reports that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder based on a comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview--the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID).

The study concludes that while recent reports indicate that there is a problem with underdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, an equal if not greater problem exists with overdiagnosis. The study was published online by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Principle investigator Mark Zimmerman, M.D., will present the findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on Wednesday, May 7.

77 more hepatitis cases may trace to clinic, officials say

Las Vegas, Nevada - Seventy-seven more people who were treated at a Las Vegas outpatient clinic have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, health officials said.