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Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Health
Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start within three months of being referred. But a request for data by the Lib Dems has revealed what campaigners describe as a "postcode lottery". The government said it would start collecting and publishing waiting times.The National Autistic Society said people were missing out on educational, health and social support as a result of lengthy waits to be assessed. The longest waiting times between referral and the start of an assessment in 2016-17 were: 848 days for an adult and 799 days for a child in Berkshire Healthcar...
Study: Healthy obese people don't face increased death risk

Study: Healthy obese people don't face increased death risk

Health
July 12 (UPI) -- People who are obese but otherwise healthy do not have an increased rate of mortality, according to a study in Toronto -- conflicting with results of a major study in Europe. Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health followed 54,089 men and women from five cohort studies through 2017. Participants who were otherwise healthy were compared with those with elevated glucose, blood pressure or lipids alone or another metabolic factor, including smoking status, ethnicity, age and lifestyle. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Clinical Obesity. "This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic risk factor," said study leader Dr. Jennifer Kuk, ...
Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp admits Loris Karius will continue to face criticism after howler in Tranmere friendly

Liverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp admits Loris Karius will continue to face criticism after howler in Tranmere friendly

Sports
in the spotlight The Reds goalkeeper made another mistake in a pre-season friendly against Rovers Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts goalkeeper Loris Karius is going to be regularly scrutinised and criticised until he puts together a string of good performances. The German’s handling was back in the spotlight after he spilled a free-kick which allowed Tranmere to score in the Reds’ 3-2 friendly win at Prenton Park. Karius has not had the stress-free pre-season he would’ve wanted Tranmere’s official Twitter account initially posted a video of the howler but quickly took it down. Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s three goals in May’s Champions League final defeat – after which it was reve...
The boys trapped in the Thailand cave could face an unusual disease

The boys trapped in the Thailand cave could face an unusual disease

Health
As the rescue efforts for the 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave have continued, the world has been hoping for the entire group's safe return to the surface. But after surviving the weather conditions, severe body stresses and unimaginable emotional distress of being trapped for days in dark, wet caverns, the 13 have more challenges ahead. All that time inside the caverns has exposed them to a dangerous and rare infection, often called "cave disease." What is 'cave disease?' Cave disease, also called speleonosis, is an infection with a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. It was first described in the 1940s as an “unusual” lung disease affecting a group of men camping in an abandoned storm cellar. The fungus is naturally found all over the world...
Four boys out of cave – nine face agonising wait

Four boys out of cave – nine face agonising wait

World
Four young footballers have been successfully rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand - more than two weeks after their ordeal began. Although the risky operation has gone "better than expected" so far, their football coach and eight other boys will have to wait up to 20 hours before the rescue effort resumes.Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said: "We can only carry on the operation once we are ready and this will be done soon, because the air tank and other systems have to be reinstalled."The conditions must be stable like today before we can continue the operation.":: LIVE - Race to save boys trapped in Thai cave ...