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‘I lost my retirement, my career, my home’: the HIV laws still criminalising Americans

By Amelia Abraham | Health | The Guardian
  • Despite the fact Suttle was on treatment that brought his viral load low enough that he could not transmit HIV to another person, Louisiana police arrested him at his workplace and he was sentenced to six months in prison.
  • “If you’re having sex and you know you’re HIV-positive in Louisiana, that is considered intent, it makes you criminally liable,” says Suttle.
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Strikes hit ‘strongman’ Sunak – Politics Weekly UK | podcast

By Presented by John Harris with Rafael Behr and Zoe Williams, produced by Frankie Tobi, music by Axel Kacoutié; the executive producers are Maz Ebtehaj and Nicole Jackson | NHS | The Guardian
Nurses, rail staff and royal mail workers are expected to strike this winter. Will Rishi Sunak’s ‘Operation Get Tough’ have any impact? And as protests continue to rage in China, the PM used the lavish Lord Mayor’s Banquet earlier this week to announce the ‘golden era’ of relations with China is over. The Guardian’s John Harris is joined by Rafael Behr and Zoe Williams, and will be speaking on China to the Guardian’s former China correspondent Tania Branigan Continue reading… […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Imprisoned for being HIV positive | podcast

By Presented by Hannah Moore with Amelia Abraham; produced by Lucy Hough and Rudi Zygadlo; executive producer Elizabeth Cassin | Health | The Guardian
  • “Everyone’s perception is that if someone’s having sex with someone who is HIV positive, they must be being deceived or they must be being tricked into doing that, and that is so not the case,” says Robert Suttle, who was also convicted in Louisiana after being reported by his former partner.
  • “You’re being arrested, you’re losing your job, you’re losing your livelihood, over something related to your status,” Suttle tells Moore.
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A Crucial Role of Brain’s Striatum Cilia in Time Perception

By Neuroscience News | Neuroscience News
  • Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have discovered that removal of cilia from the brain’s striatum region impaired time perception and judgment, revealing possible new therapeutic targets for mental and neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, autism spectrum disorder, and Tourette syndrome.
  • “Our findings may revolutionize our understanding of brain functions and mental disorders in the context of the critical task performed by these previously unappreciated organelles in the brain’s ‘central clock’ function,” said Amal Alachkar, Ph.D., corresponding author and professor of teaching in UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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‘Health and safety are at risk’: Only 1 California safety inspector is bilingual in Chinese or Vietnamese

By USC News | USC News
The problem: An analysis by the USC Equity Research Institute shows the state’s most prevalent languages after English and Spanish are Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese, which are spoken by roughly 600,000 workers who speak little or no English. The post ‘Health and safety are at risk’: Only 1 California safety inspector is bilingual in Chinese or Vietnamese appeared first on USC News. Read more from KQED […]Read more >Similar articles >
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New parents in the UK: what challenges are you facing?

By Guardian community team | Health & wellbeing | The Guardian
We’d like to hear from new mothers and fathers in the UK who are facing challenges, such as financial worries, health concerns or a lack of supportWe’d like to hear from new parents in the UK who are struggling to cope, whether that is due to financial pressures, health issues or a general lack of support in their daily lives. Whether you are struggling with post-partum physical or mental health issues, your living or housing situation, your finances or anything else recently since becoming a parent, we’d like to hear about it. Continue reading… […]Read more >Similar articles >
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US sees surge in children under five hospitalized for respiratory viruses

By Melody Schreiber | Health | The Guardian
  • Hospitalizations for respiratory viruses like RSV, influenza, and others are surging across the United States, with children under five – especially newborns and premature babies – at the most risk, while simultaneous shortages of antivirals and antibiotics have swept the nation.
  • Children’s National has been operating at or near capacity for the past two months amid an “enormous spike” in RSV and flu cases, as well as other viruses, she said.
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Slavery and Economic Growth in the Early United States

By Gavin Wright | Behavioral Scientist
  • That survey addressed such issues as interregional trade, the geography of settlement under alternative labor regimes, and the origins of regional conflict and Civil War. This brief article will focus on the role of slavery in the surge of nineteenth-century United States growth.
  • The question that has been strenuously debated is whether slavery, integral to commerce during colonial times, was also central to the acceleration of national economic growth during the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Emergency care issues in England contributed to 200 deaths last week, says medical chief

By Emily Dugan | NHS | The Guardian
  • Dr Adrian Boyle, who is also a consultant in emergency medicine, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that a failure to address problems discharging patients to social care was a “massive own goal”.
  • Ambulances had become “wards on wheels” while patients wait to get hospital treatment, Boyle said, adding that those most at risk “are the people that the ambulance can’t go to because it’s stuck outside the emergency department”.
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Ambulance waiting times in England three times longer in some rural areas

By Peter Walker Political correspondent | NHS | The Guardian
  • For category two ambulance calls, which are less serious but still cover the likes of suspected strokes and heart attacks, while the target is 18 minutes, in 22 areas people waited an hour or more on average.
  • Patients in some rural areas wait almost three times longer for emergency ambulances than those in towns and cities, while people with potential heart attacks or strokes now face a one hour 40-minute average wait in one area, statistics have shown.
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Mayo Clinic Minute: Shining the light on SPF in sunscreen

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Ian Roth: You’re heading to the pool or beach, and you stop to pick up some sunscreen. But knowing what is the best SPF is tough when you have no idea what SPF actually means. Dawn Davis, M.D., Dermatology, Mayo Clinic: It stands for sun protection factor. It is simply a ratio of the number of minutes that you can stay outside with the product on before getting minimal redness to the skin. Ian Roth: And Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says preventing that painful redness is one of the biggest factors in preventing skin cancer. So how do sunscreen brands calculate an SPF? Dr. Davis: So if you stand outside in a particular […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Largest queer health center in the US midwest to lay off 15% of staff

By Mary Retta | Health & wellbeing | The Guardian
Staff cuts at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health could squeeze care as attacks on LGBTQ+ and trans healthcare have escalatedHoward Brown Health, a nonprofit community health center in Chicago that is the largest provider of health and wellness care for the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV in the US midwest, has announced it wants to lay off at least 100 employees, or about 15% of staff.The layoffs were proposed as voluntary in the first instance, but the company says “a reduction in workforce is required”, suggesting that if 100 volunteers are not found then layoffs will be compulsory. Continue reading… […]Read more >Similar articles >