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NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

Health
The number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 67% in June compared with the same time last year, NHS figures show.The number of people going to accident and emergency units in England in July was also down on last year, by 30%.The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to many areas of the health service.But patients are being urged to seek help from the NHS when they need it.NHS England said local staff were working hard to restore non-Covid services and record numbers had received help during the pandemic through NHS 111.'Alarming backlog'Meanwhile, the number of people going to their GP with symptoms of cancer and being urgently referred to a specialist is rising but still nearly 20...
‘Invisible’ words reveal common structure among famous stories

‘Invisible’ words reveal common structure among famous stories

Science
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Storytelling requires a narrative arc, but the trajectory of a dramatic arc isn't always obvious. By tracing the abundance of "invisible" words -- pronouns, articles and other short words -- researchers were able to identify patterns shared by a diversity of stories, from Shakespeare to Spielberg, according to a study published Friday in Science Advances. Advertisement "Over the years, these 'invisible' words have been found to be related to a whole mess of psychological processes -- how people use small words like articles and pronouns tell us about a person's mental health, thinking style, their social status, and even how well they get along with other people," study lead author Ryan Boyd told UPI. "In many ways, it was a natural progression to look at what these words ...
Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Science
May 26 (UPI) -- According to new genomic analysis, France was populated by a pair of ancient migrations: the first during the Neolithic period, roughly 6,300 years ago, and the second during the Bronze Age, some 4,200 years ago. "There were almost no data from ancient populations on the territory of present-day France and our study begins to fill a gap that leads to a clearer picture of the evolution of populations throughout Europe," Eva-Maria Geigl, a researcher with the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris, told UPI in an email. For the new study, researchers in France generated and analyzed the mitochondrial genomes, Y-chromosome markers and genotypes of 243 individuals, whose remains were recovered from dig sites across present-day France. The dates of the individuals comprised a period...
Artifacts, skulls at ancient cemetery reveal early multicultural community in Europe

Artifacts, skulls at ancient cemetery reveal early multicultural community in Europe

Science
April 30 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have recovered evidence of the formation of a multicultural community during Europe's Migration Period. During the first half of the 5th century, the Huns invaded Central Europe, triggering the collapse of the Roman Empire. As the Romans retreated from the Pannonia provinces of western Hungary, migrants from elsewhere -- many seeking refuge from the hordes of Huns -- moved in. To better understand this transitional period, researchers used a combination of archaeological, anthropological and isotopic analysis techniques to survey the artifacts and human remains -- including a group of deformed skulls -- recovered from the 5th century Mözs-Icsei dülő cemetery, located near the town of Szekszárd. "Archaeological analysis of grave forms and grave goods is al
Will NHS contact-tracing app work? Experts reveal concerns

Will NHS contact-tracing app work? Experts reveal concerns

Technology
A new contact-tracing app developed by the NHS will be released across the UK within the next few weeks, but experts are concerned about whether it will work.Speaking to a committee of MPs on Tuesday, Matthew Gould, the head of NHSx, confirmed that the app would not keep data decentralised despite a request by Apple and Google. Mr Gould also confirmed that the app will allow people in the UK to self-report if they were experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, potentially allowing them to send false reports and force people to self-isolate when they don't have to.The app could start being rolled out in the UK in a test area next week, before being deployed across the country in "two to three weeks", according to Mr Gould. Apple and Google are updating their mobile operating systems, which...