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  • Cases of type 2 diabetes among young people rise 41% in three years

    Leap brings calls for ministers to act to prevent so many children getting grossly obese Growing numbers of children and young people are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in those aged over 40, in the latest sign of worsening childhood obesity. The number of people aged up to 25 with the condition in England and Wales increased from 507 in 2013-14 to 715 in 2016-17 – a 41% rise. Continue reading...

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  • My daughter, the murderer: a mother's desperate journey through the mental health crisis

    In her first nonfiction book, Mary K Pershall examines the complex mental and institutional issues that led to the ‘unimaginable horror’ of her child taking another’s life Mary Pershall dared to hope. Her daughter, Anna, had agreed to go to rehab, to tackle her dependence on alcohol, synthetic cannabis and ice. In return, Mary had put aside her scruples and driven to an adult store so that Anna could buy synthetic cannabis. It’s not an uncommon bargaining chip used by despairing parents. It...

    the Guardian
  • In northeast Nigerian camp, one in 200 young children 'died over two weeks'

    More than one of every 200 children aged under five at a camp in northeast Nigeria died in just two weeks in early August, according to Reuters calculations based on data from aid agency Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Friday.

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  • In northeast Nigerian camp, one in 200 young children 'died over two weeks'

    More than one of every 200 children aged under five at a camp in northeast Nigeria died in just two weeks in early August, according to Reuters calculations based on data from aid agency Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Friday.

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  • K2: why is the synthetic marijuana causing so many overdoses?

    At least 95 people in New Haven overdosed on the drug in two days, as similar events become more common across the US When a raised voice breaks out above the downtown din in New Haven Green park, the shouts are often drawing attention to yet another person who has had a bad reaction to the synthetic cannabinoid K2, also known as spice. The drug users who frequent the 16-acre park in New Haven, Connecticut, which is just steps away from Yale University’s gothic campus, describe that reaction as...

    the Guardian
  • Federal probe targets Ohio State over sex abuse allegations

    Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into how Ohio State University officials responded to allegations of sexual abuse by a now-deceased doctor who worked for its athletic department, the school said.

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  • Northamptonshire proposes replacing councils with two unitary authorities

    Stricken Tory county council says plan will take ‘some years’ to repay costs of transition from eight existing councils Crisis-hit Northamptonshire’s county council and its seven district and borough councils have reluctantly proposed that they be replaced by two unitary authorities, but said it would not be a financial panacea. The stricken Conservative-run county council, which has a budget shortfall of up to £70m, declared effective bankruptcy in February and the following month an inspector...

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  • No people, no problem for reclusive forest dwellers in Belarus

    Tamara and Yuri Baikov knew it was time to move away from their village when one of their ducks wandered into a neighbor's plot of land, only to return with a wire deliberately threaded through its beak.

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  • Germany reaches deal on sending back migrants to Greece

    Germany has reached an agreement with Greece to send back migrants to the Mediterranean country if they have already applied for asylum there, a German Interior Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

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  • Hell hath no fury like the adult hangover

    I’d heard about its terror, but I was dismissive and arrogant. Then it arrived I can pretend that I am Peter Pan – that by some luck of birth, I have been granted the gift of eternal adolescence alongside the rest of my generation. Here, in the Neverland I reside in, there is no such thing as a formal dress code, emoji is a legitimate language and paying in cash is retro. But the body doesn’t lie. It knows the truth. The body feels the passing of time acutely, and pays no mind to demographic...

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  • Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she did not expect her Saturday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results.

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  • Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she did not expect her Saturday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results.

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  • Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labor gaps

    The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labor shortages.

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  • China think tank slammed for 'procreation fund' idea

    A proposal by two Chinese researchers to force couples with fewer than two children to pay into a "procreation fund" backfired on Friday, with critics calling it a "thoughtless" and "absurd" way to battle the problem of an ageing population.

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  • Germany reaches deal with Greece on sending back migrants

    Germany has reached an agreement with Greece to send back migrants to the Mediterranean country if they have already applied for asylum there, a German Interior Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

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  • The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

    Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh.

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  • Rape at gunpoint is illegal in America? Tell that to the women we work with

    US law ignores the violence routinely suffered by women in prostitution, and actively criminalises victims. Here, after a Guardian investigation revealed the exploitation cycle in US prisons, two activists say enough is enough Every day on the streets of the US, women are being raped, viciously attacked and left for dead. When women do die, their killings almost never make the local news and the perpetrators who commit these horrendous acts of violence do so with almost total impunity. Under the...

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  • Experience: I woke up from a coma to find my friends mourning my death

    After three weeks it was looking likely that my life support was going to be turned off I was 30 when I went into a coma for three and a half weeks. I had spent the previous decade of my life as an alcoholic and drug addict, and had been managing my type 1 diabetes increasingly poorly. I was even selling my prescription blood sugar test strips on Craigslist, to make extra money to pay for marijuana and support my work as a standup comic. This meant I had no idea how much insulin to take at any...

    the Guardian
  • 'Stress is just huge': New Zealand's foreign buyers ban brings home scale of crisis

    Homebuyers hope new law will allow market to cool, helping those consigned to a life of insecurity At 55, Gem Pritchard has given up on the dream of ever buying a home for his family. The single father’s decades of work in the construction industry have essentially come to nothing. According to statistics New Zealand, home ownership is at the lowest point in 66 years, and on Wednesday the government passed a ban on foreign home buyers, part of a suite of measures aimed at addressing the housing...

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  • Insight: The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

    Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh.

    IN
  • Indian state launches breastfeeding drive in bid to cut infant deaths

    Rajasthan moves to tackle above average infant mortality rate by promoting natural feeding in first hour of life The Rajasthan government has launched a campaign to promote breastfeeding, particularly in the first hour after birth, in a bid to improve the state’s infant mortality rate. There were 41 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births in the north-east Indian state in 2016, compared with the national average of 34. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • The Rohingya lists: refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

    Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh.

    U.S.
  • In India's citizenship test, a spelling error can ruin a family

    Riyazul Islam says he had to produce family documents going back to 1951 to prove he was an Indian and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. But a draft list of citizens released in July excluded him and his mother, among a total of about 4 million people left off.

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  • Murders, killings by cops rise in Rio de Janeiro, six months into intervention

    Six months after Brazil sent in federal forces to take control of security in Rio de Janeiro state, both murders and the number of people killed in police confrontations have risen, official data shows, raising questions about the strategy.

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