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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Health
The number of people waiting for a lung transplant has gone up by 46% over the past five years, according to official figures.NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the challenge of matching lungs of the right size and a rising number of ageing donors are possible factors.It called on people to talk about organ donation, because lung transplants are the only hope for those on the list.The overall waiting list for organs has come down over the same period.There are now 354 people waiting for a new lung in the UK, compared to 242 in 2012-13 - Laura Beattie from Greater Manchester is one of them.'I get breathless even getting dressed'Laura, 29, from Stretford, has cystic fibrosis and was added to the transplant waiting list just over...
The rise of diversity and inclusion jobs

The rise of diversity and inclusion jobs

Finance
Accenture CEO: Diversity is critical Earlier this year, Uber hired its first ever chief diversity officer, following a string of sexual harassment claims and other PR crises for the brand. Last month, after a year plagued by controversy, the NFL posted a job opening for a head of diversity and inclusion. Diversity officers are popping up at many other high-profile companies, too. The titles may vary — "director of diversity and inclusion," "chief equality officer" or "head of diversity, inclusion and belonging" — but more organizations are realizing this is something that matters to their employees. It even merits an entire position (or sometimes, even its own department). According to data from Indeed, demand for the roles has increased significantly in jus...
Jurassic reptiles were forced to adapt to sea level rise

Jurassic reptiles were forced to adapt to sea level rise

Science
Sept. 4 (UPI) -- New analysis of fossil teeth have offered scientists new insights into the impacts of sea level rise on Jurassic food chains. Sea levels rose considerably over the course of the Jurassic period, the 56 million years between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods. As revealed by the fossil record, some species thrived, while others were pushed to the margins. To better understand the dynamics of this upheaval, scientists studied the shapes and sizes of teeth found among Jurassic strata along the coasts of England. All of the teeth were sourced from marine sediments representing an 18-million-year period when sea levels fluctuated dramatically. The owners of the ancient teeth belonged to a diverse food chain called the Jurassic Sub-Boreal Seaway. The analysis suggests the Jur...
Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Health
The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data.Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite".Councils said more needed to be done to tackle the obesity crisis in children, particularly among minority ethnic groups, who were most affected.Type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease, strokes and kidney problems.The condition occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. It can be linked to obesity.The figures come from an audit published by the Royal Coll...
Amazon pays less tax despite profits rise

Amazon pays less tax despite profits rise

Technology
Online retail giant Amazon paid far less tax in the UK last year, despite seeing a jump in profits.Amazon Services UK, its retail logistics arm, paid tax of £1.7m, down from £7.4m in 2016, but operating profits rose from £48m to £80m.One reason for the lower tax bill was a rise in share-based payments for staff.Over the past five years, full-time staff in the fulfilment centres have received, on average, shares worth more than £1,000 a year, the spokesman said.As Amazon's share price has risen so sharply, these are often worth more when they are sold to the open stock market. That sale price is the one on which the tax bill, for both the company and the individual, is based. Amazon UK Services, the division that runs the war...