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Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

Stroke consultant shortage ‘hurtling towards crisis’

Health
Almost half of hospitals have a shortage of specialist stroke consultants, new figures suggest. One charity fears "thousands of lives" will be put at risk unless action is taken, with others facing the threat of a lifelong disability.In 2016, Alison Brown had what is believed to have been at least one minor stroke.But non-specialist doctors at different hospitals repeatedly told her she did not have a serious health condition. One even described it as an ear infection."I kept telling my dad, 'If I don't wake up, I love you,' because I knew there was something wrong," she tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, having left hospital in a wheelchair.Ten months later, aged 34, she had a bilateral artery dissection - a common c...
Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Health
BUSHEKELI, Rwanda -- It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had calmed them. For 15 years, her patient Vestine Uwizeyimana had been in unrelenting pain as disease wore away her spine. She could no longer walk and could barely turn over in bed. Her life narrowed to a small, dark room with a dirt-floor in rural Rwanda, prayer beads hanging on the wall by her side. A year ago, relief came in the form of liquid morphine, locally produced as part of Rwanda’s groundbreaking effort to address one of the world’s great inequities: As thousands die from addiction in ri
To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

To battle opioid crisis, some track overdoses in real time

Health
Overdose tracking systems are giving near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisisBy MICHAEL HILL Associated PressDecember 23, 2019, 7:44 PM5 min readALBANY, N.Y. -- Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York's Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing? Do you have food? Times and location of overdoses are noted, too. The information is entered into a new overdose-tracking system that provides near real-time glimpses into the ravages of the opioid-fueled drug crisis. The Hudson Valley Interlink Analytic System is among a number of surveillance systems being adopted around the country by police, government agencies and community groups. While the number of drug overdose deaths appears to have fallen nationa...
Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

World
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii this week while the nation's bushfire crisis worsened.Fires are raging across the nation amid a heatwave which has produced the nation's two hottest days on record.Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney.Mr Morrison said he would end his leave early. His absence this week has drawn condemnation and protests."I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time," he said on Friday.Australia's bushfire emergency has killed eight people, destroyed more than 700 houses and scorched millions of...
Climate change: UN negotiators ‘playing politics’ amid global crisis

Climate change: UN negotiators ‘playing politics’ amid global crisis

Science
UN negotiators meeting in Madrid have been accused of "playing politics" while the climate crisis grows.The talks - now in their final week - are bogged down in technical details as key countries seek to delay efforts to increase their pledges, observers say. Ministers are due to arrive in the Spanish capital this week to try to secure an ambitious outcome.US presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is due to attend, while Greta Thunberg will also address the meeting. Media playback is unsupported on your device Up to half a million people took part in a march in Madrid in support of rapid climate action, but according to observers, negotiators haven't got the message. "The problem is while hundreds of thousand...