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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Health
Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a "broken" care system, a report warns.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who commissioned the work, said he was appalled by the distressing stories.He promised cases would be reviewed. Isolated, segregatedThe report presents the CQC's initial findings on the use of long-term segregation on mental health wards for children and young people and wards for people with a learning disability or autism. The CQC has so far visited and assessed the care of 39 people in segregation - most had a diagnosis of...
Most financial advisors lack a succession plan, a crucial aspect of running a firm

Most financial advisors lack a succession plan, a crucial aspect of running a firm

Finance
By 2016, certified financial planner Kirk Francis had helped numerous small business owners implement strategies for exiting work. Yet he didn't have a succession plan for his own firm. "I sat there going, 'Hmmm … the cobbler's son has no shoes,'" said Francis, CEO and chief compliance officer at Financial Life Advisors in San Antonio.Soon after, by buying another practice and taking on a partner, Francis made a plan that ensures his business will continue and his clients will be taken care of when he is no longer there to do so, whether it's due to some unfortunate event or he's simply retired as planned.Ariel Skelley | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesHowever, Francis is in the minority among his peers, according to various studies. While advisors are more likely to explore their options as t

Bill to outlaw most abortions in Alabama to get hearing

Health
Alabama lawmakers are set to hold a public hearing Wednesday on legislation before a House committee that seeks to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, what critics call one of the most extremely anti-abortion proposals in the country. The bill would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable between 10 and 99 years in prison, although a woman would not be charged for having the procedure under the proposal. The legislation contains an exemption for the mother's health, but not for rape and incest. But critics said moves to criminalize most abortions in Alabama would come in direct conflict with Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Proponents acknowledge that the measure — if passed by both legislative chambers and sign
The most aggressive spider societies don't always thrive

The most aggressive spider societies don't always thrive

Science
March 25 (UPI) -- When colonies of the same spider species must compete for resources, the most aggressive spider society doesn't always thrive. New research suggests the success of a particular colony's success depends on the disposition of its neighbors. The African social spider Stegodyphus dumicola lives in colonies. Some spider colonies exhibit aggressive behavior, while others are more docile. African social spiders from different colonies don't compete face-to-face, but different colonies living in the plant compete for the same flying insects. Some colonies thrive, while others fail. "Consider the coordinated attacks of prides of lions or wolves, or the dazzling swirling behavior of starlings or schools of sardines," Jonathan Pruitt, an evolutionary biologist at the University of...