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Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

Good economies bring bad nursing home conditions, study says

Health
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- As the economy rises, the quality of nursing homes falls, a new study says. An investigation by researchers, published Friday in The Gerontologist, studied over a decade of data and connected a low unemployment rate with the inability of nursing home management to recruit and maintain quality employees due to the physical and mental strain associated with the job. "During economic downturns, many people are willing to take positions with work environments they may not prefer because there aren't many options. But when the economy is good, there are plenty of employment opportunities and taking a nursing home job may not be that attractive," said, Sean Shenghsiu Huang, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies and the study's princ...
Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Technology
Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than "protecting your privacy".It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been criticised for its handling of fake news. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hannigan said: "This isn't a kind of fluffy charity providing free services. It's is a very hard-headed international business and these big tech companies are essentially the world's biggest global advertisers, that's where they make their billions."So in return for the ser...
Hazelnuts boost micronutrient levels in older adults, study says

Hazelnuts boost micronutrient levels in older adults, study says

Health
Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hazelnuts could raise the micronutrient levels in middle-age and elderly people, new research says. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Nutrition, focused on 32 people age 55 and older, who ate two cups of hazelnuts a day for 16 weeks. Results showed increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of vitamin E. "This is one of the first times a study of this type has focused only on older adults," Alex Michels, a researcher at Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute and study- co-author, said in a news release. "We wanted to fill in a piece of the puzzle -- can hazelnuts improve the nutritional status of older adults specifically?" The researchers also noted a decrease in glucose and "bad" cholesterol, as well as an increase i...
Bears QB Trubisky (shoulder) says he's ready to return

Bears QB Trubisky (shoulder) says he's ready to return

Sports
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears said on Wednesday that he expects to play on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Trubisky has missed the last two games because of a right shoulder injury. "I do (expect to play), just have to show coach (Mike Nagy)," Trubisky said, according to NFL Network's Stacey Dales. "I feel confident that I'll be ready to go. "Arm feels really good. Just throwing as much as they'll let me and taking care of it. I'm just making sure I'm 100 percent when I get back out there." Chase Daniel started the two games in place of Trubisky, a victory over the Detroit Lions and an overtime loss to the New York Giants. Nagy was optimistic when talking about Trubisky's availability. "I feel strong that he will play, but I have to see more," Nagy said. "I fe...
Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny the crown prince was involved. Where the Saudi prince stands revealed Jamal Khashoggi: The story so far What did senators say?Members of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations did not mince words after the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday."There is not...