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Adolescent health: Teens 'more depressed and sleeping less'

Adolescent health: Teens 'more depressed and sleeping less'

Health
Adolescents are more likely to feel depressed and self-harm, and are less likely to get a full night's sleep, than 10 years ago, a study suggests.Yet smoking, alcohol and anti-social behaviour - often linked to mental health problems - were less common for 14-year-olds in 2015 than in 2005.Factors behind mental health problems may be changing, the University College London researchers said.The rise in depressive symptoms was "deeply worrying", a charity said.Researchers from London and Liverpool analysed data from two large cohorts of 14-year-olds - the first group from around Bristol, born in 1991-92, and the second from across the UK, born in 2000-01. There were 5,600 young people surveyed in the first group and 11,000 in the s...
Asthma: Young people in the UK 'more likely to die'

Asthma: Young people in the UK 'more likely to die'

Health
Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found.Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries.The UK also had the highest obesity rates for 15 to 19-year-olds among the European nations.The government said it had "world-leading plans" to safeguard child health.Overall, the report found the UK to be lagging behind other nations across a number of health indicators.The study, from the Nuffield Trust think tank and and the Association for Young People's Health, analysed 17 measures of health and wellbeing for 10 to 24-year-olds in countries that included Germany, France and Italy, as well a...
Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

Technology
Football referees are more likely to hand out harsher penalties when replaying situations in slow motion, a new study has found. Cognitive scientists in Belgium researching VAR (video assistant referee) technology found that while replays did not significantly affect the accuracy of a decision on whether a foul had taken place or not, they did affect judgement on intention.The study was conducted by Dr Jochim Spitz and colleagues at the University of Leuven on the response of 88 elite football referees to videos of yellow-card fouls.Referees were 63% accurate when using slow-motion replays to make a technical decision on whether or not a foul was committed, compared with 61% accurate in real time.However, 20% of the referees gave a red after watching the video in slow motio...
'More than half' of UK households face broadband problems

'More than half' of UK households face broadband problems

Business
One in five British households have experienced slow broadband speeds in the last year, according to Which.A similar number have had connection dropouts and router problems, the consumer rights group added.It polled more than 1,900 customers across 12 providers, more than half of whom reported having problems with their broadband service or price.Which said providers had "a long way to go" to meet customer expectations.The survey looked at the biggest providers, including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen Internet. Together they serve about 90% of UK broadband customers.Superfast broadband: Rural residents 'left in the lurch'Three million homes to get ultrafast broadband It said TalkTalk customers were most likely to experience "very slow" speeds, with 31% of them reporting problems ...
Brexit disruption to UK-EU flights 'more likely'

Brexit disruption to UK-EU flights 'more likely'

Business
Disruption to flights between Britain and the European Union is becoming more likely as Brexit approaches in March 2019, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said.Mr O'Leary was speaking after a meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about the need to reach an "open sky" deal between the UK and Europe ahead of leaving the EU."It is now more likely there will be a disruption to flights," he said."I think there will be disruption around September, October 2018."Airlines say they need a new deal to replace current arrangements by September or October next year to be able to provide scheduled flights in the months after Britain exits the bloc.Mr O'Leary said some European airlines were against the UK getting a favourable deal, singling out the French and the Germans."It's odds against a d...