Elderly women must not be denied life-saving breast cancer treatments because of their age, warn MPs and peers. An influential cross-party committee said there is evidence that sufferers’ age is being ‘given undue weight in treatment decisions’. [Snip] The All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer also questioned why routine screening ends at the age of 70--when risk of the disease is known to rise with age. Despite age discrimination in health care being against the law, many older people ‘may not be receiving the level and type of support, treatment and information they need’, its report said.
Comments: It´s not the only disease in the UK where there´s an age factor governing whether one is treated or not. You might call it a silent death panel.
Alfredo Moser is a modern-day Thomas Edison, whose invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had his own light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity--using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his idea has spread throughout the world. [Snip] So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn´t turn green [with
It was one of the most daring British exploits of the Second World War, a unique operation, the heroism of which resonates to this day. On the night of March 24, 1944, 76 prisoners, most of them RAF officers, broke out from the Stalag Luft III camp in eastern Germany using a sophisticated network of tunnels and shafts that had been constructed over the previous months. This was the biggest single escape by British servicemen during the war, though it ended in tragedy. All but three of the men were recaptured and on the orders of Adolf Hitler, who was
Ice in Greenland is melting partly because of heat from the Earth´s mantle, according to a team of international researchers. The group claims that they are the first to find a connection between melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the high heat flow from the Earth’s mantle. [Snip] The Greenland ice sheet is often considered an important contributor to future global sea-level rise over the next century or longer. In total, it contains an amount of ice that would lead to a rise of global sea level by more than seven metres, if completely melted. The ice loss
Anthony Weiner has revealed that his wife still has a clear role in Hillary Clinton´s political career but he kept close-lipped about the nature of her job for fear of causing her any further damage. The disgraced former Congressman admitted that his multiple sexting scandals have ´hurt´ his wife Huma Abedin on more than one level, as she has taken a decidedly less-public role in his campaign to become New York City´s next mayor since his latest virtual relationship came to light. ´I feel that what I’ve done has hurt her, yeah. It’s hurt her professionally, it’s hurt her personally
Israel intercepted and destroyed a rocket fired from Egyptian territory at the Red Sea town of Eilat overnight, Israeli public radio said on Tuesday. A group of jihadist fighters said earlier they had fired a Grad rocket on Eilat in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air raid. An army spokeswoman confirmed the attempted rocket attack and its interception by an Iron Dome battery near Eilat to AFP, but did not say where the rocket originated. The Mujahideen Shura Council, an armed al-Qaeda-linked group, said in a statement published on a jihadist forum its fighters fired the rocket at 1:00am
Experts say they believe many of the cases involving acid are linked to Asian communities, with women attacked by their husbands and punished for refusing forced marriages, while men were attacked during disputes over dowries. Latest NHS hospital figures record 144 assaults in 2011/12 involving corrosive substances, which can also include petrol, bleach and kerosene. [Snip] He said: “There is a reluctance among women in the Asian community to come forward; these attacks do not usually come from strangers, but from someone close to them in the community--a husband, a father, or their family.” The figures show that while the
You might think it odd to put the question. Abraham Lincoln is one of that tiny number of statesmen who, in the public mind, have ascended above the political plane. [Snip] (I realise I’m rather behind the curve here--like a lot of people with children, I now get to see movies only on longhaul flights). Daniel Day-Lewis perfectly captures the ponderous frontiersman’s manner to which Lincoln’s contemporaries attest. Watching his portrayal, I was reminded of the way Karl Marx described his contemporary: ‘One of the few men to become great without ceasing to be good’ (possibly the
Anthony Weiner showed no signs of letting up in his bid for mayor on Sunday despite a poll revealing that he has hit a record high for unpopularity among New Yorkers. Weiner appeared at the annual Dominican Day parade in Manhattan, adding a somewhat maniacal presence to proceedings as he dashed around in a pair of bright red pants while clutching a bullhorn. [Snip] Weiner has set a new record with an 80 per cent unfavorable rating among New Yorkers, according to a Siena College poll this month, revealed Politico. However any signs that he may have been cowed by
About this time ten years ago, I enjoyed one of my happiest family holidays ever. It was on Lundy which, as Will Heaven rightly says, is the most beautiful island in Britain. There are fantastic cliffs for your children to fall off, puffins to look for (though usually not to see: we never did) and seals to go swimming with. It´s like living out an Arthur Ransome/Enid Blyton novel for real.[Snip] And now its unspoilt perfection is about to be ruined by a stupendously enormous, outrageously expensive, and totally effing useless offshore wind farm belonging to a big German energy
Millions of patients are at risk because of widespread confusion over the prescribing of powerful heart pills. At least one in 10 of those given the cholesterol-busting statins may be taking them unnecessarily, research reveals. [Snip] It means people not being given the pills have a dramatically higher chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke. And those taking them when they are not at risk could be suffering debilitating side effects such as muscle pain, kidney damage and diabetes. The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, conclude that statin prescribing is “very unfocused” and based too much on
Yet again it is the British press doing the job the American mainstream media chooses not to. The Telegraph has a story (prominently headlined on the highly influential Drudge Report) about the US president’s dog Bo, being specially airlifted to the exclusive Massachusetts resort of Martha’s Vineyard to join the First Family for their summer vacation. As The Telegraph’s Nick Allen reports: Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic
The Israeli government has approved the construction of more than 1,000 new homes in Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian areas. Housing Minister Uri Ariel said they would be built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to meet the needs of Israeli citizens. It comes three days before peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are due to resume in Jerusalem. The issue of settlement-building halted the last direct talks. These collapsed in September 2010. In order to get the Palestinians to agree to the talks, Israel approved the release of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners. The first group
The sales assistant who refused to show U.S. talkshow billionaire Oprah Winfrey a luxury handbag costing nearly £25,000 claims the superstar lied about what happened in the luxury Swiss boutique where she works. Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt ´powerless´ and in the grip of a ´cyclone´ after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism. Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag to match the outfit she was going to
In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden. Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions they characterized as criminal. “We’re going to dive into this,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),
Appearing on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert battled not only the Democratic panelists but also conservative pundit George Will over the wisdom of shutting down the government to prevent Obamacare funding. Gohmert strongly condemned President Barack Obama’s argument at Friday’s news conference that the GOP’s “holy grail” was enying millions of people health insurance. “That’s a false narrative,” Gohmert said. “He says we’re trying to keep people from having health care. That’s just not true. That is an absolute, blatant lie. We’re not trying to keep anybody from getting health care.
The taxpayer-supported Missouri State Fair is getting a lot of negative publicity in social media Sunday following a report of a shameful stunt that occurred Saturday night in Sedalia. (Snip) Basically, a clown wearing a mask of Obama came out during the bull riding event. The crowd was asked if it wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull. Things got worse from there." Things got worse from there, which doesn’t surprise me, given the anti-Obama feeling among many fairgoers from rural Missouri, where Obama lost to Mitt Romney (at least 60-40 percent in much of outlying parts of state)
Ames, Iowa — Donald Trump delivered a blistering attack on Mitt Romney’s campaign today. “I don’t know what the hell happened with his campaign,” Trump said in a speech at The Family Leader Summit. “I just don’t get it. That was an election that couldn’t have been lost.” “Every single state that they asked me to go or do some phone calls or some television, we won in the primaries,” Trump remarked. But he also criticized what the campaign had initially wanted him to say in robocalls. “They gave me this most pathetic thing to say. I said,
During an hour-long deep dive into the growing use of food stamps in America, Fox News highlighted “the new face of food stamps.” That new face is a pina colada-sipping, lobster-loving lothario named Jason Greenslate. Greenslate, a 29-year-old La Jolla California surfer and musician who sings that he does not want a “motherfucking job” and has “fuck no” guilt about living on $200 of what he calls “free money ” — or what the government called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits — while he avoids a job to hang out on the beach, sing and chase women.
President Obama took his case for ending the sequester to hundreds of disabled veterans Saturday, saying he protected their benefits from the “reckless” cuts to the federal budget but suggesting next year might be different. “It’s hurting our military. I made it clear that your veteran’s benefits are exempt from this year’s sequester,” the president said to the applause of hundreds at the Disabled American Veterans´ convention in Orlando, Fla. “But I want to tell you going forward the best way to protect the VA care you have earned is to get rid of this sequester altogether.”
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha´s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
Potential 2016 presidential contender Donald Trump spoke to ABC’s Jonathan Karl Sunday morning and reignited the birther issue that he helped spark back in 2011, questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and wondering whether Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible to president. “Was there a birth certificate?” Trump asked. “You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows. And you don’t know, either, Jonathan. You’re a smart guy, you don’t know, either.” “I’m pretty convinced he was born in the United States,” Karl said.
MANY American newspapers were doomed to decline from the moment the Internet arrived on personal computers. But The Washington Post, just sold off unexpectedly to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, was never really one of them. This is something the sentimental send-offs for the Graham family and its stewardship tended to ignore. As disruptive as the Internet has been for journalism, The Post was uniquely positioned to succeed amid the chaos.
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco that she would be launching a series of speeches about American foreign policy in the “next few months.” According to Philip Rucker, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, Hillary planned to emphasize restoring faith in government – an ironic theme, considering that she was a member of the current administration presiding over the rapid decline in faith in government. The speech today was clearly a launching point for a 2016 campaign. She put heavy emphasis on bashing voter
Perhaps people already knew this and I’m the first to catch on to the obvious. When Rene Stutzman from the Orlando Sentinel told me the editorial board had decided “what” content would be “permitted to be discussed” within the reporting of her newspaper, I had no idea the Senior Vice-President / Director of Content was African American. Nor did I know the editor she was talking about, Mark Russell, was also African American. It just never crossed my mind to ask.