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Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

World
A Saudi teenager trying to flee her "abusive" family has barricaded herself inside a hotel in Thailand as she resists attempts to send her home. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's passport has been seized by Thai authorities, and the 18-year-old says she fears her family will kill her if she is sent back to the Arab kingdom.The teenager has tweeted a video which shows her barricading her hotel door with a table and a mattress.Ms Alqunun is seeking asylum in Australia and has been pleading for help on social media.The UN's refugee agency has said it is following the case and "trying to seek access from Thai authorities" to meet with her.She told Human Rights Watch that she is fleeing abuse from her family, and alleges she had suffered beatings and death threats from male relatives who...
Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home

Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The rarest bird in the world - a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard - has been given a new home in time for the new year. An international team of researchers released 21 of the birds at a lake in the north of Madagascar. It is a step towards the recovery of a species that just over a decade ago was thought to be extinct.Rescuing the species could also be a first step in protecting Madagascar's threatened wetlands. Why is this species under such threat? When it wasn't seen for 15 years, the Madagascar pochard was believed to have been wiped out completely. Then a tiny group of the birds was rediscovered in 2006 at one remote lake.These were the last 25 Madagascar pochards on the planet. ...
There's no place like home, and retirees say they'll renovate in order to stay

There's no place like home, and retirees say they'll renovate in order to stay

Finance
Sun Belt states such as Florida or Arizona may beckon some people in retirement, but fewer than you'd think. It turns out most people say they'd like to grow older at home, according to a study from Retirement Living, a website that aggregates retirement resources. Moving to an assisted living facility is a last resort. Just 30 percent of people are willing to consider a retirement home. In 2016, Pew Research found similar numbers, though fewer people were willing to consider an assisted living facility – just 4 percent. ...
Program can delay, decrease dementia patient's need for nursing home care

Program can delay, decrease dementia patient's need for nursing home care

Health
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A new program of coordinated care could help keep dementia patients out of nursing homes, and may save money for Medicare because it is cost-neutral after considering its cost. A study published Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that, on average, each participant saved $ 2,404 per year. "The most striking finding was that patients enrolled in the program reduced their risk of entering a nursing home by about 40 percent," Lee Jennings, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and study author, said in a news release. The research compared 1,083 Medicare beneficiaries with dementia for three years with people sharing the same zip code who didn't participate in the study. For those in the program, participants and their caregivers met wi...
Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

Health
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- As the economy rises, the quality of nursing homes falls, a new study says. An investigation by researchers, published Friday in The Gerontologist, studied over a decade of data and connected a low unemployment rate with the inability of nursing home management to recruit and maintain quality employees due to the physical and mental strain associated with the job. "During economic downturns, many people are willing to take positions with work environments they may not prefer because there aren't many options. But when the economy is good, there are plenty of employment opportunities and taking a nursing home job may not be that attractive," said, Sean Shenghsiu Huang, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies and the study's princ...