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Saga puts care unit on the block amid break-up threat

Saga puts care unit on the block amid break-up threat

Business
Saga, the FTSE-250 travel and insurance provider, is seeking a buyer for its domiciliary care business as it faces the threat of a break-up engineered by one of the world's most feared activist investors.Sky News has learnt that Saga is working with advisers on the sale of Patricia White's and Country Cousins, two live-in care brands which last year recorded revenues of just under £4m. The assets have been put up for sale in the wake of pressure from investors for Saga to boost its flagging share price, which has halved over the last year.Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, has been hired to handle an auction of the operations, which between them have a book of 1,500 carers.In July, Elliott Advisers, which has built stakes in companies including the shopping centre-owner Hammerson, bough

Doctor at Missouri abortion clinic defends patient care

Health
The top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic's license. The testimony from Dr. Colleen McNicholas at a hearing that could determine the St. Louis clinic's fate came as the state faced fallout over a revelation a day earlier from Missouri's top health official that he kept a spreadsheet that tracked the menstrual cycles of women who obtained abortions. Missouri officials were staying mum, while Democrats and abortion-rights supporters decried what they called government overreach into women's private lives. During testimony Tuesday, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams said the spreadsheet was
Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Health
There are calls for better support for women who have multiple miscarriages.Jessica Evans, who has lost six babies, had to seek specialist care in England and is calling on the Welsh Government to action recommendations from a report.They include two miscarriage clinics and a time limit on health boards to ensuring care in early pregnancy units is in line with guidelines.The Welsh Government said work was under way at some health boards.Charlotte Byrne, who lost four pregnancies, added that a miscarriage should be treated as an emergency as it can involve severe bleeding.According to the charity Tommy's, one in four women will experience a miscarriage and 40% of those will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Recommendations...
Worker bees forgo sleep to care for young

Worker bees forgo sleep to care for young

Science
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Most parents know that sacrificing sleep is part of raising a young child. The same goes for bees. New research suggests brood-tending bumble bee workers sleep much less than other bees, even forgoing sleep to care for offspring that is not their own. But unlike other animals, bees seem to do just fine without the normal amount of sleep. Most studies of sleep behavior have focused on humans and other model organisms in the lab, but the latest research -- published this week in the journal Current Biology -- suggests their is value in studying sleep in diverse species. "Our findings show that sleep is more plastic and less rigid than is commonly accepted," study co-author Guy Bloch of Hebrew University said in a news release. Tests show that when humans, rodents and flies...