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Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Science
Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world's tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade.The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).The vote was overwhelmingly approved, although some countries opposed it.Giraffe numbers in Africa have fallen by 40% in the past 30 years, in what is being called a "silent extinction".The importance of giraffesThe mammals are largely targeted for bushmeat but body parts are also used to make products including jewellery, bracelets and purses, the proposal stated. The motion came from the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Senegal, where ...
Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device Women in labour are being given virtual reality headsets to see if they can help manage the pain of childbirth.University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is carrying out a trial and it could be rolled out across Wales, if successful.Midwife Suzanne Hardacre, said the technology offered an alternative for pain management.Mother-to-be Hannah Lelii, who tested the kit ahead of the birth of her first baby this month, likened it "to a simulator"."It's genuinely 360 degrees, so when I turn, I've got the view that would be behind me or to the side of me," she said. "It helps to get me in a state of relaxation."The health board will arrange a feedback session in future to gauge the response of the first raft o...
20 NHS building projects given green light

20 NHS building projects given green light

Health
Boris Johnson has given the green light to 20 new building and infrastructure projects in the NHS in England.The £850m package will pay for new wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres as well as refurbishing some existing facilities over the next five years.Mr Johnson also said there would be an extra £1bn this year to improve and maintain existing buildings.But doubts have been raised over whether the money really is new.Mr Johnson said the £1bn for this year was extra - and would mean "more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment".It will bring spending to £7bn during 2019-20.Is NHS buildings boost all it seems? Staffing problemsWhen asked about staffing and recruitment problems faced by hospitals, M
Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Health
July 19 (UPI) -- Having too many junk food options may lead to children eating too much, a new study says. The larger the quantities and wider the arrays of snack food options snack for kids, the more likely they are to overeat, according to research published Thursday in the International Journal of Obesity. "There has been a popular push by nutritionists and public health officials towards replacing large dishware with smaller versions to nudge people towards healthier decisions," Jessica Kerr, a researcher at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and study author, said in a news release. "But we have found dishware size has very little effect on the amount of food consumed." The researchers gave snack boxes filled with crackers, cheese, a muesli bar, biscuits, a container of peaches a...
Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

Sports
Billy Vunipola has been given a "formal warning" by the Rugby Football Union after the England player defended Israel Folau's social media post claiming "hell awaits" gay people.The 26-year-old number eight liked the post by Folau and called for people to "live their lives how God intended".Vunipola, who has also been warned by his club Saracens, has been "reminded of his responsibilities" by the RFU. During a meeting, the RFU said Vunipola had "expressed genuine regret"."The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings," the RFU said in a statement."During the meeting the player expressed genui...