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Amazon fires: Brazil will only accept help if Macron withdraws ‘insults’

Amazon fires: Brazil will only accept help if Macron withdraws ‘insults’

World
Brazil's president says he will only accept an offer of international aid to fight the devastating Amazon fires if French leader Emmanuel Macron withdraws his "insults".Jair Bolsonaro said Mr Macron had called him a liar and he accused the French president of questioning Brazil's sovereignty. It comes after Brazil's government said it would reject $ 20m (£16m) in aid from G7 countries to battle wildfires in the Amazon. Image: Emmanuel Macron (L) and Jair Bolsonaro (R) have been embroiled in a public war of words Mr Bolsonaro told reporters: "First of all, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar."Before we talk or accept anything from France... he must withdraw these words then we can talk.
Gove tells taxman to help SMEs through no-deal Brexit

Gove tells taxman to help SMEs through no-deal Brexit

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Ministers have ordered the taxman‎ to soften its revenue-raising zeal in the event of a no-deal Brexit, saying the priority must instead be providing support to cash-squeezed small businesses.Sky News understands that Michael Gove, the cabinet minister in charge of no-deal planning, told business groups on Thursday that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had been instructed to find ways of assisting SMEs through a potentially difficult period. That did not mean that HMRC would cease normal tax-collecting actions, Mr Gove said, but that it should prioritise measures to ease the ‎burden on SMEs facing financial strain. Image: The CBI, headed by Carolyn Fairbairn, was among the busine
AI may help to spot heart problems

AI may help to spot heart problems

Health
A new way of identifying a common condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly may have been discovered by artificial intelligence.Atrial fibrillation affects one million people in the UK and increases the risk of stroke and long-term heart problems.It is relatively simple to diagnose when the heart is beating irregularly, but not when it returns to normal.Computer modelling at the Mayo Clinic in the US may have identified signs that indicate previous abnormalities.Researchers said it was still early days, but believe the system could lead to earlier and easier detection of the problem and, therefore, ensure patients get the right treatment, saving lives. The findings are published in The Lancet.Atrial fibrillation symptoms ...
Ear ‘tickling’ therapy could ‘help thwart ageing’

Ear ‘tickling’ therapy could ‘help thwart ageing’

Health
Tickling the ear with a small electric current could rebalance the nervous system in over-55s and help them age more healthily, research suggests.Stimulation of the vagus nerve, which connects to the heart, lungs and gut, led to improvements in body, sleep and mood, a small study found.The University of Leeds team said the procedure could make a big difference to people's lives.But more research is needed to work out the long-term health effects.Why the ear?The ear acts as a gateway to the body's nervous system.One small branch of the vagus nerve can be stimulated via the skin in specific bits of the outer ear.To some people, the therapy feels ticklish. To others, it's painless.What's the vagus nerve?Also called the "wandering ne...
Eating at certain times of the day may help weight loss

Eating at certain times of the day may help weight loss

Health
July 24 (UPI) -- The time of day a person eats may help determine whether they can lose weight, new findings show. Fasting from time to time or eating earlier in the day may help people lower their body mass by reducing their appetite, according to research published Wednesday in Obesity. This meal timing strategy seems to be a more successful weight loss method than just burning calories, the researchers say. "Coordinating meals with circadian rhythms, or your body's internal clock, may be a powerful strategy for reducing appetite and improving metabolic health," Eric Ravussin, a researcher at Louisiana State University and study author, said in a news release. The study included 11 overweight adults between ages 20 and 45 whose body mass indexes ranged from 25 and 35 kilograms and had ...