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Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Health
The teeth of people living in care homes in England are being left to rot, dentists say.The warning comes after the Care Quality Commission found that residents did not always have access to dentists and were not getting the support they needed to look after their teeth.Its inspectors visited 100 homes caring for elderly and disabled people.It comes as the British Dental Association highlighted a number of distressing cases of decay and neglect.How the vulnerable are being failedThese included a blind, 93-year-old woman with advanced dementia whose dentures had become stuck in her mouth because they had been left in for weeks and her gums had grown around them.She was taken to A&E and the dentures had to be surgically removed.Another case involved a w...
Options are few for storm-ravaged homes with insufficient insurance

Options are few for storm-ravaged homes with insufficient insurance

Finance
With the Atlantic hurricane season underway, homeowners should be aware that inadequate insurance coverage can make recovering from a bad situation even worse.Whether damage from a storm comes from wind or water, homeowners whose coverage is insufficient have discovered the hard way that it makes recovery difficult and that their options for help are limited. "Some people believe they don't need [coverage], and then they experience an event and realize they can't afford the cost of repairs or rebuilding," said Brock Long, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and now executive chairman at Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management consulting firm based in Evanston, Illinois.A woman crosses a flooded street.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesAs temperatures rise and m...
Half of UK homes could get faster broadband

Half of UK homes could get faster broadband

Technology
One in seven homes could be paying more than they need to for broadband and could get faster services for the same or less money, Ofcom has said.New research suggests that half of UK homes have not taken up faster services even though they are available.Ofcom has launched a campaign dubbed Boost Your Broadband to let people know about what options are available.It follows years of effort to ensure that fast internet reaches as much of the country as possible.A website to accompany the campaign will allow people to check what broadband they can receive in their area, as well as providing independent information on how to get the best deal.The regulator also announced proposals to force broadband and mobile firms to tell customers ...
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...