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Many serious surgeries cancelled on the day, study finds

Many serious surgeries cancelled on the day, study finds

Health
A significant number of patients requiring serious surgery are having operations postponed, a study suggests.Research led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and University College London looked at more than 26,000 cases in a seven-day period in March last year, across 245 UK hospitals.They found one in seven operations were cancelled on the day of surgery.However, researchers acknowledged it was likely this figure would be lower during quieter periods of the year.Nonetheless, they said the problem needed addressing as it put the health and welfare of patients at risk.The study, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, looked at both emergency and planned operations that required a stay in hospital.This would include everything from heart operat...
For many millennials, one job is not enough to make ends meet

For many millennials, one job is not enough to make ends meet

Finance
While the side-hustle is a popular way to make extra money, for many millennials it may be more of a necessity than a choice. Taylor Rondestvedt, 25, said she would not have been able to afford all of her expenses without working on the weekends at a Swedish bakery in Manhattan and also teaching swimming lessons. The money from her former job as an editorial intern at a food magazine would not have covered her rent, phone bill, student loans, groceries and the occasional social event. “I had to have at least one more job,” she said. Two meant she had more financial flexibility. After a year, she got a full-time po...
ICICI Bank reshuffle has left many questions unanswered: Jefferies India

ICICI Bank reshuffle has left many questions unanswered: Jefferies India

Finance
ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s decision to proceed on leave and the bank’s move to to appoint a chief operating officer to run operations till an enquiry into conflict of interest is completed leaves some questions unanswered. The most important one is about the role of Sandeep Bakshi, who is now the COO. In a report on Tuesday, brokerage Jefferies India has called Bakshi’s appointment as temporary and questioned the board's wisdom to have a three tier structure. “Without second-guessing the ICICI Bank board, we wonder under what circumstances the three-tier structure at the bank might be collapsed to two, as a COO role strikes us as unnecessary in the long term,” Nilanjan Karfa, equity analyst, Jefferies India said. For now, perhaps the board has found a safe middle gro
How many animals are born in the world every day?

How many animals are born in the world every day?

Science
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it - well, maybe they don't fall in love but they do procreate, so can we estimate how many animals are born every day across the world? That was the question posed by a listener to the BBC's More or Less programme, a show which aims to make sense of the numbers that inform our lives.First things first, what do we mean by the term "animal"? The Oxford English Dictionary defines an animal as "a living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialised sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli".So that's mammals and non-mammals, vertebrates and invertebrates, animals that hatch, and animals that have live births. ...
Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

Health
They might be the unluckiest pot smokers in New York. Saying the government's war on marijuana has hit minorities too hard, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said last month that his office would stop prosecuting people for simple possession or public use of the drug as of Aug. 1. But that midsummer start date comes too late for the people still being dragged into court on the charge now. College student Allain Laporte, 24, was pinched by police in April for smoking marijuana on a bench in Union Square. "I had no idea there were two undercover detectives across from me who waited till I almost finished the joint," he said. "They came up to me, confiscated the joint, patted me down, put handcuffs on my wrists and brought me to the precinct. It was embarrassing." He was fingerpri...