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Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Health
There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says.Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says.While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime. Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family. It was informed by a review of evidence published at the same time in the BMJ Open medical journal, and follows a debate around whether youngsters should have time on devices restricted.Meanwhile, a separate study has found that girls are twice as likely to show signs of depressive symptoms linked to soci...
Firms told to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Firms told to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Business
Businesses that trade with the EU need to take steps now to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, a government minister has warned.Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride told the BBC's Today programme "there is a call to action now".HMRC has published an update to its advice on how firms should prepare for a no-deal scenario.However, Mr Stride called the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal an "unlikely event".Speaking to the BBC, Mr Stride said: "The time is now, there is a call to action now. "Those who are importing or exporting into and out of the EU 27, in the unlikely event that there is a no-deal at the end of March, will need to take certain steps. They need to do that now."Mr Stride said businesses needed to "get a ...
Xiaomi told to be clearer after £1 phone complaints

Xiaomi told to be clearer after £1 phone complaints

Technology
The UK's advertising watchdog has told Xiaomi to be clearer about how it promotes future sales, following complaints about a £1 smartphone offer.The regulator said it had received 24 complaints from the public after a promotion organised to mark the company's debut in the UK in November.Consumers were unhappy that even if they tried to buy a phone as soon as a countdown clock ended, they were told the product was already out of stock.The Chinese company has not commented.Xiaomi is one of China's biggest consumer technology companies and is ranked the fourth biggest smartphone brand by market share, according to a recent report by IDC.'Clearer and more timely'The "flash sales" involved two models of phone that the company in...
An Apple Watch told a 46-year-old man he had an irregular heartbeat. It was right.

An Apple Watch told a 46-year-old man he had an irregular heartbeat. It was right.

Health
When Ed Dentel updated his Apple Watch on Thursday night, he didn't expect it to upend his weekend, much less change his life. The 46-year-old communications consultant from Richmond, Virginia, does taekwondo with his family three times a week, bikes and skis frequently, and had no history of heart problems. He said he'd installed the software update with the electrocardiogram app to play around with it. "The application on the launch sounded off right away with atrial fibrillation -- not something I've ever heard of, but since I'm in pretty decent health and never had a problem before, I didn't give it much thought. I figured something was glitchy, so I set everything down turned in for the night," Dentel told ABC News. On Friday morning, over breakfast with his 7-year old daught...
NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

Health
The NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month - and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. In July, the Royal College of Surgeons revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across the NHS in England.The Department of Health said a change to more modern communication methods was needed to improve patient safety and cyber security.An RCS spokesman said they supported the government's decision.In place of fax machines, the Department of Health said secure email should be used.Richard Kerr, who is the chair of the RCS's commission on the future of surgery, said the continued use of the outdated technology by the NHS was "absurd".He added it was "crucial" that the health service invested in "b...