Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study | Air pollution

[ad_1] Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind. The research, involving 13,000 people in London, found that a relatively small increase in exposure to nitrogen dioxide led to a 32% increase in the risk of needing community-based treatment and an … Read more

Wishful thinking will not close Britain’s widening inequality gap | Torsten Bell

[ad_1] Optimism helps get us through tough times, and the Covid pandemic has had plenty of those. The recent reopening of the UK economy has provided grounds for optimism, with firms hiring at a swift pace. But wishful thinking can be dangerous and, when it comes to the economic legacy of this crisis, there’s far … Read more

NHS planning Covid vaccines for children from age 12, reports say | Health policy

[ad_1] NHS England has been told to prepare to administer Covid vaccinations to all children aged 12 and above, as vaccine advisers continue to consider whether to extend the programme, according to reports. The planned extension to the vaccination programme would coincide with the start of the new school year. Children aged 12-15 in the … Read more

A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife – and loved it | Life and style

[ad_1] Alison Webster was once showing prospective students around the university where she was studying medicine when a sixth former said: “You’re so old – why are you even doing this?” Webster laughs at the memory, home after the end of a shift as an A&E doctor. “I said, ‘When you go home, ask your … Read more

More than 90% of female doctors have faced sexism at work, finds BMA | Doctors

[ad_1] Nine in 10 female doctors have experienced sexism at work in the UK, including unwanted physical contact, denial of opportunities and being asked to massage male colleagues in meetings. The findings have emerged from a survey of medics by the British Medical Association, which said the results were appalling and the incidents made for … Read more

How can companies cut the UK’s class pay gap? | Guardian sustainable business

[ad_1] It’s no surprise that social class can affect your life chances, but recently the education secretary highlighted the problem with a stark statistic. Children who show signs of low academic ability at the age of five, but who come from high-income families, are 35% more likely to become high earners than those who show … Read more

Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention | Life and style

[ad_1] In 1970 an American luggage executive unscrewed four castors from a wardrobe and fixed them to a suitcase. Then he put a strap on his contraption and trotted it gleefully around his house. This was how Bernard Sadow invented the world’s first rolling suitcase. It happened roughly 5,000 years after the invention of the … Read more

Multitasking is a menace – it should come with a health warning | Emma Beddington

[ad_1] A number of the 37 open tabs on my laptop are currently devoted to trying to substantiate various pop culture claims about multitasking. Does it increase cortisol levels or reduce your IQ by an amount twice that of smoking marijuana? Does it make you less productive or less empathetic? I struggled to tease this … Read more

Guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist | Maternal mortality

[ad_1] Proposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists. White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the … Read more

Hope Virgo: the woman who survived anorexia – and began Dump the Scales | Anorexia

[ad_1] Hope Virgo’s description of her descent into anorexia is so harrowing and filled with danger that meeting her in real life – in the south London flat she shares with her fiance – is like meeting the personification of triumph or optimism. “In the media, you see the same stories, the same distressed, emaciated … Read more