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How an agoraphobic travels the world – BBC News

Image copyright Google Image caption Children playing near the Atacama Desert in Chile Jacqui, who was diagnosed with agoraphobia in 2009, chooses remote, eerie places to capture and says she likes anywhere with an “other-worldly feel”. Image copyright Google Image caption A remote bus stop in Belgorod Oblast in Russia Jacqui was 23 and living in Australia when she had her first panic attack during a busy day at work….

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How to choose the perfect care home – BBC News

And even if you are, you may find yourself paying a top-up fee to get the care home of your choice if it costs more than your council is willing to pay. You obviously have more choice if you have to pay for yourself. But the price can be much higher – the average cost of a care home for a self-funder is 618 a week, compared with 486 paid…

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Mom of murdered toddler sentenced to probation

(CNN)The mother of murdered 2-year-old Bella Bond will not serve any additional jail time, despite helping dispose of her daughter’s body and continuing to take government benefits after her death. “The sentencing today just completes the circle of injustice,” McCarthy’s attorney Jonathan Shapiro told CNN in a telephone interview Wednesday. “She got away with murder by making a deal with the prosecution to testify against Mr. McCarthy in return for…

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When a woman took sick days for mental health, her email sparked a larger discussion

(CNN)Madalyn Parker sent an email to her team at work saying she’d be out of office for a few days to focus on her mental health. Parker, 26, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She’s a software developer or “empathy engineer” — a title she chose for herself — for Olark, a Michigan-based live-chat platform that helps businesses talk to customers. It has a staff of about 40. She told CNN…

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We need to hear FBI nominee’s view on hate crime epidemic

(CNN)With hate crimes increasing in the past year throughout the country, too many Americans are fearful they will become the next target of violence simply based on their race, religion, gender, disability, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation. Hateful rhetoric and the violence inspired by such rhetoric makes us less safe. Those that carry out hate crimes seek to tear communities apart. This occurred recently in the city of…

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Downbeat Republicans no closer to health care deal, but ready to vote next week

Washington (CNN)Republican senators were no closer to a health care deal on Tuesday after the surprise decision to delay the Senate’s summer recess and as a bombshell revelation about Donald Trump Jr. hung over Capitol Hill. Instead, members arrived at a weekly lunch meeting to a chaotic scene where swarms of reporters peppered senators with questions about the news that President Donald Trump’s eldest son had agreed to meet with…

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FBI: SWAT team arrests soldier on terrorism charges in Hawaii

Washington (CNN)An FBI spokesman on Monday confirmed that a SWAT team arrested a soldier in Hawaii over the weekend and charged him with supporting ISIS. In a release, the FBI said it had worked closely with the Army in this case. The statement said the investigation by the FBI and the Army had been going on for more than a year.

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Charlie Gard: High Court to hear new evidence in case – BBC News

GOSH describes proposed experimental therapies as “unjustified” and said the treatments being offered are not a cure. However, the hospital’s decision to go back to court came after researchers at two international healthcare facilities said they have “fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment”. Image copyright PA Image caption Connie Yates and Chris Gard raised more than 1.3m for experimental treatment for Charlie US President Donald Trump and the Vatican…

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Cancer diagnosis ‘more common than marriage’ – BBC News

The number of people with cancer in Scotland has risen by 18% in five years, according to Macmillan. Across the UK, Cancer Research UK says there has been a 12% rise since the 1990s, with rates among woman up by 16% and 4% for men. Macmillan said as well as trying to remove the fear of a cancer diagnosis, its Life With Cancer campaign aimed to highlight the support available…

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Here are some of the weirder and more creative ad blockers on the market

Image: Shutterstock / underverse A host of niche ad blockers are helping web surfers trade annoying ads for cats, art, and inspiration. The tools are part of a burgeoning cottage industry of blocking software birthed by a popular frustration with disruptive digital ads in recent years. But where most of their ilk simply scrub pop-ups and promos from your screen, a handful of developers have tried to set their services…

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The secrets of a hit summer song – BBC News

But after eight weeks at number one, it could just be an extended drum-roll for the real song of the summer… whose identity we’ve yet to discover. So what makes a summer smash? We’ve worked out six of the key ingredients below; while stars including Royal Blood, Dua Lipa and Clean Bandit nominated their song of the summer on this page. 1) It has to be simple Image copyright Getty…

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‘Pierced’ baby picture sparks outrage among parents

(CNN)Enedina Vance was fed up. She felt like other parents didn’t understand her message. She felt like they weren’t listening to her. Vance, a strong advocate against piercing or circumcising children, posted the edited picture to Facebook, where it had more than 13,000 shares as of Thursday afternoon.

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Contraception failing one in four women, say experts – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Long-acting methods of contraception, like injections, are growing in popularity Every year, nine in every 100 women using the pill, six in every 100 using the injection and one in every 100 using the IUD become pregnant. Abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental…

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Opioid Opana ER to be pulled by pharmaceutical company

(CNN)One month after the FDA asked it to remove an opioid from the market, pharmaceutical maker Endo has announced it will pull the drug. The FDA said the request was the first time it had asked that an opioid pain medication be pulled because of “the public health consequences of abuse.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Endo sold $35.7 million…

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Rep. Steve Scalise back in intensive care unit

(CNN)Rep. Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the intensive care unit “due to new concerns for infection,” a statement from his office said. Scalise, the Republican House majority whip who represents Louisiana, was critically injured when a man shot him during the GOP baseball team’s practice for a charity game June 14.

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Mom’s sweet tooth may be linked to child’s allergies, study says

(CNN)Women who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children’s risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London used data gathered from nearly 9,000 mother-child pairs in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, an ongoing research project that tracks the health of families with…

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Google NHS deal rebuked again by DeepMind panel – BBC News

The panel also acknowledged that this first contract had differed from the standard ones the NHS signed with third-parties despite the fact that DeepMind had said its deal was “no different” from the multitude of other data-sharing deals done within the NHS. Although most of the ICO’s criticism was of the Royal Free, which controlled patient data, the panel had the following advice for DeepMind. “It would be well-advised to…

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Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism”, it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it? When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe…

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These ridiculous remixes of major brand logos are oddly entertaining

Image: Joe raedle/Getty Images A ridiculous new aesthetic of corporate mockery is taking hold online. A strain of dedicated Photoshop artists have inexplicably committed themselves to jumbling major brand logos into nonsense words and their work is oddly amusing. SEE ALSO: Tech dominates ranking of the world’s most valuable brands “Subway, Eat Fresh,” for instance, is remixed into “Sbubby, eef freef.” Burger King is “Bubker Kirg, Have It In a…

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Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Joe Flaherty is director of Content & Community at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor: Theres no shame in a $100M startup Overdosing on VC: Lessons from 71 IPOs Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and its possible tooverdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is how do I get a VC to back my startup? These founders…

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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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Mendel.ai nabs $2 million to match cancer patients with the latest clinical trials

Dr. Karim Galil was tired. He was tired of losing patients to cancer. He was tired of messy medical records. And he was tired of trying to stay on top of the avalanche of clinical trials touting one solution or another. Losing both patience and too many patients, Galil decided to create an organized and artificially intelligent system to match those under his care with thebest diagnostic and treatment methods…

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Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap – BBC News

“When they made recommendations on school teachers’ pay, I think I always accepted them. “My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process.” Cabinet split Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013, before which there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but…

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