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Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

Figures show a link between birth rates and ethnicity

children, Data Journalism, Education, Health, Housing, Medical, NHS, Racism
In contrast with previous studies, the recent figures show that socio-economic factors are more relevant than biological ones   Babies born from Pakistani and Black African parents had the highest infant mortality rates. Meanwhile, those from white mothers and fathers have the lowest in England and Wales, according to 2013 figures provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The white community (British and Irish) suffered only 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, the figure is quite different for other minorities. Pakistani babies had a mortality rate of 6.7, Black Caribbean of 6.6, and Black African of 6.3. These ethnic groups showed the most worrying probabilities of babies’ survival. The figures displayed a scary face of how inequality works even in t

What the ‘anti-vaxx’ campaign is, explained

Health, International, News
Vaccination has been one of the world’s biggest achievements when it comes to health and ensuring that diseases that once wiped out millions of the population – such as smallpox and the plague – does not repeat itself in history. However, the anti-vaccination movement or ‘anti-vaxxers’ has gained momentum especially with the advancement of technology and social media. The movement began around the 1990s but after reports were discredited and research disproved any claims, it died down for a while but with the increase in the volume of social media groups promoting it, there has been a concern about the negative impact of it. When did the movement all begin? It all began when a once respectable journal called Lancet, published widely discredited research on MMR (measles, mumps and
The knife crime epidemic: Are we still in the long run to stop it?

The knife crime epidemic: Are we still in the long run to stop it?

crime, Data Journalism, Gender, News, NHS, urban, youth
According to the BBC reports, in 2018, the knife crime rate in England and Wales reached the highest rate since World War II. Knife crime has become more common in big cities, especially in London. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}})}(); There were 153 malicious murders in the London area by the end of 2018. This is the highest number within a decade, according to the official figures of the Metro Police. Nevertheless, "the plague continued at the beginning of 2019", as on the 27 March, six more stabbings were r
Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Culture, London, London Mayor, News, NHS, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday. Due to the reduction of the police force? According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded. Source: Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
Young adults at risk of binge drinking despite drop in alcohol consumption

Young adults at risk of binge drinking despite drop in alcohol consumption

Breaking News, Health, Uncategorized
The drinking habits of teenagers and young adults has been put in the spotlight again this week with the launch of a campaign against parents introducing alcohol to their children at an early age. The ‘What’s The Harm’ initiative, run by health campaigners in the north-east of England and backed by experts across the UK, urges parents to delay the moment their child first drinks alcohol because it can damage the growing brain. It aims to dispel the myth that introducing your children to alcohol, for example with a glass of wine at the dinner table, will take away the novelty and encourage moderate drinking as they get older. Guidance from the chief medical officer says that an alcohol-free childhood and youth up to the age of 18 is healthiest – and that no child should be drinkin
King’s College hospital trust chairman resigns in protest

King’s College hospital trust chairman resigns in protest

DontUse, News, NHS
NHS Improvement, responsible for overseeing and managing the performance of NHS, has placed King’s College hospital trust in special measures. The development comes right after Lord Kerslake resigned as the chairman of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Sunday. Speaking about his decision, Lord Kerslake said: “I do not do this lightly as I love King’s but believe the government and regulator are unrealistic about the scale of challenge facing the NHS and the trust.” “I want to pay tribute to the staff and their excellent patient care,” he added. https://twitter.com/SirBobKerslake/status/939917173048430592 King’s College hospital trust had a budget deficit of £38m for 2017/18. This was agreed between NHS Improvement and King’s board. However, in October the NHS Improve
Mental Health: Is the treatment gap affecting you?

Mental Health: Is the treatment gap affecting you?

Health
Samantha is on medication and has been waiting for nearly five months to see an expert for her psychotherapy session. It has been difficult for her, but she wants to keep her hopes high. "I've been feeling the blues for quite some time now, and my medicine is not helping me much," she says. Samantha has dysthymia, which is a form of depression. The symptoms of dysthymia are milder than major depression, but last longer- sometimes for years. The disorder responds to talk therapies more than medication. But unfortunately, the waiting period for Samantha is long and she is on heavy medication. When asked about it, she explains: "My medicine is helping me, but I feel worthless and uncared for, almost every day. I feel like talking to someone because I realise I'm young and want to live a happ...
Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Gender, Housing, NHS, Politics
Hospitals, surgeries and shelters are not providing sanitary products for homeless people, despite the huge mobilisation for low income women’s right in the last few years. Women’s services manager for the charity Spires, Pamela Mhlophe, is concerned about the current situation: “In this moment, with NHS cutting down on many services, I don’t think they will tackle this problem too,“ she said to Westminster World. ”Private citizens and companies are helping through donations, but it should be a public issue.” Homeless women are used to living a dangerous life, full of risks, but it becomes much more difficult when they have their period. Besides finding food, a job and a place to stay, they have to look for a private toilet to wash themselves and, most importantly, find access to s
What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

Health, International, Medical, News, Politics, Uncategorized
People waiting in hospital corridors for hours on end, being sent home in taxis - the NHS is in crisis, but who's to blame? There is little agreement on the cause of the NHS' decline. On the one hand, the Daily Mail promotes the idea that immigrants are to blame. But protesters against cuts to the NHS and Labour politicians such as Clive Lewis, blame the Tories’ policies of austerity. Others, such as the GMB trade union worker, Gavin Davies, agree that immigrants are not to blame, but perceive the NHS crisis as a more nuanced problem. Right-wing news outlets such as The Daily Mail tend to point the finger at immigrants. One of their headlines proclaimed, “Sickly immigrants add 1 billion to NHS bill.” The Telegraph too has joined in the blame game, with stories such as one headlined, “N
Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

DontUse, Health, Medical, News, Politics
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being questioned to reveal if he was aware of the misplacement of sensitive patient information Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has been summoned to the House of Commons today to be questioned urgently by Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary for Health, regarding the loss of more than half a million patient data records of the NHS, according to the Labour Whips. The misplacement of sensitive patient data, reported by the Guardian today morning, was first uncovered by the NHS in March of last year but kept under wraps. The patient records, mislaid by the contracted private company under NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) to ensure their delivery, were mistakenly stored in a warehouse between 2011-2016, causing one of the biggest data mishaps in NHS’ 69-year histo