The 97m bill for ‘midwife shortage’

The 97m bill for ‘midwife shortage’
Services were asked for their spending on three types of temporary staffing arrangements: overtime agency staff the NHS bank, effectively the health service's in-house agency service A total of £97m was spent last year. By far the biggest area of spending was on the NHS bank, which accounted for two-thirds of the bill.The RCM said the fact maternity services were turning to these arrangements on such a scale showed the service was "under-staffed and under-resourced".It also highlighted the levels

Astronauts finally brought a fidget spinner to space

Astronauts finally brought a fidget spinner to space
People wait in their cars in line to collect water nearly one month after Hurricane Maria struck on October 19, 2017 in San Pedro, Puerto Rico.Image: Getty ImagesThe Weather Channel has a message for Americans: Puerto Rico is still in crisis.  The popular website of the IBM-owned company on Friday used its entire front page to remind visitors that the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, exactly one month after Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck the island. Millions of

‘Our baby dream feels further away’

‘Our baby dream feels further away’
We'd always wanted children, from the moment we met we talked about it. I didn't have a thought in my head it would be hard for us. But of course, it was. Image caption Ms Sulehria started IVF after tests revealed endometriosis and premature ovarian failure Image caption According to the statistics, IVF fails 70% of the time We had to borrow money from family and with each failed round, the news has got worse and worse. How could

Cincinnati Zoo says Henry, dad of famous baby hippo Fiona, dead at 36

Cincinnati Zoo says Henry, dad of famous baby hippo Fiona, dead at 36
FISHERMAN CATCHES FISH THAT GREW AROUND A DRINK WRAPPER “After watching Fiona fight, defy the odds and literally make history, it feels especially unfair and defeating to have to accept this outcome for Henry," Wendy Rice, Africa Head Keeper, said in a news release. "While our time with him has been short in quantity, no one can deny that his quality of life before becoming ill was exceptional." Henry had mated with Bibi, the zoo’s 18-year-old female hippo, and

IVF postcode lottery ‘crazy and unfair’

IVF postcode lottery ‘crazy and unfair’
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines in 2004 stating women under 40 who have failed to get pregnant after two years of trying should be offered three full cycles of IVF on the NHS.However, the recommendations are not binding and it is up to local NHS providers to decide what to offer. Fertility Fairness has found the number of CCGs meeting the guidelines has gone down. Between 2013 and 2017 the number dropped from

Firefighters capture video of ‘fire tornado’ in Portugal

Firefighters capture video of ‘fire tornado’ in Portugal
Both wildfires and tornadoes are pretty terrifying things by themselves, but together? Next level. During the most recent deadly wildfire that broke out in central Portugal on Oct. 6, local firefighters managed to capture the natural phenomenon known as a "fire tornado" or "fire whirl." The fires, which started near Pampilhosa da Serra and spread to the city of Arganil, have killed at least 41 people. More than a hundred have now been killed in fires in the country

Dying ‘butterfly child’ saved thanks to a radical skin replacement.

Dying ‘butterfly child’ saved thanks to a radical skin replacement.
Doctors saved the life of a dying boy by replacing 80% of his skin with a last-chance experimental gene therapy. Not only did he survive, but thanks to the therapy, the boy may even be free of the effects of the devastating genetic condition that nearly killed him. In June 2015, a 7-year-old boy named Hassan arrived in the burn unit of a German children's hospital. Hassan was gravely ill, close to dying. More than half of the skin

New Jersey governor’s race: Phil Murphy holds big lead but Kim Guadagno gaining traction

New Jersey governor’s race: Phil Murphy holds big lead but Kim Guadagno gaining traction
The frontrunner, Democrat Phil Murphy, has been leading Christie's lieutenant governor, Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, by double digits in the polls. A Fox News Poll released October 17, 2017 shows Guadagno trailing Murphy by 14 points.  (AP) "They are looking at me as the candidate who will lower their property taxes while the other guy has promised to raise taxes," she said. Murphy, a multimillionaire former Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, said the choice for

Chief Hopper from ‘Stranger Things’ has inspired a brewery to create a new IPA

Chief Hopper from ‘Stranger Things’ has inspired a brewery to create a new IPA
You know your pop culture faves have gotten really popular when you can drink them. Chief Jim Hopper is Stranger Things' grumpy but incredibly resourceful police chief and now the character has inspired a line of beers. You can't get drunk with Hopper, but you can get drunk with the help of Hopper's hops.  SEE ALSO: Here's what critics think of 'Stranger Things 2' A photo of the IPA was uploaded by VinnyChuck to Imgur with the caption, “my

The Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year Award Has Been Announced!

The Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year Award Has Been Announced!
Congratulations Gwyneth Paltrow, you are now the proud owner of a Rusty Razor award. If it doesn’t sound too prestigious, well, you’d be right. Paltrow’s website Goop, a frequent spouter of bunk science, is the first to win this award, presented by The Skeptic Magazine. The goal is to highlight the worst pseudoscience of the year, as part of the magazine’s annual Ockham Awards, voted for by the public. Goop reached new levels of infamy this year with its

Cave Art From Long-Lost Civilization Discovered On Uninhabited Caribbean Island

Cave Art From Long-Lost Civilization Discovered On Uninhabited Caribbean Island
Archaeologists have unearthed long-lost art from a civilization that once inhabited the Caribbean. Known as the Tainos, these people once lived on the island of Mona, Puerto Rico – now an uninhabited nature reserve – in the 14th century, before the arrival of Columbus. Now gone, thousands of pieces of Taino art have since been found in caves on the island, offering a fascinating glimpse into their culture. The research has been led by the universities of Leicester and Cambridge, the

Sheep ‘can recognise human faces’

Sheep ‘can recognise human faces’
"What we did is ask whether a sheep could learn to recognise someone from a photograph," the study's lead author Prof Jenny Morton said."We focused on whether or not an animal was capable of processing a two-dimensional object as a person." Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSheep recognise celebrities in experiment Eight female Welsh Mountain sheep were trained to distinguish the four celebrity faces from pictures of unfamiliar people, using food pellets as a reward.The ruminants

‘Are You The One?” Recap: This Shit Is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

‘Are You The One?” Recap: This Shit Is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Hello people who weirdly read this recap/watch this show—aka my mom, the self-obsessed cast members, the Betches editor, and the people who are members of the cult-like subreddit. It’s a fresh new week of and it’s really a well-rounded shit storm this week. There is romance, heartbreak, redemption and flying produce—it’s basically on its way to winning an Emmy. AT THE HOUSE So last week, they hit a new low, literally, and only got one fucking beam. You can

Taxpayer-funded drugs ‘unaffordable

Taxpayer-funded drugs ‘unaffordable
Image copyright Adrian Goldberg Image caption Emma believes drug companies should reduce the price of cancer drugs Emma Robertson, 35, has incurable breast cancer and is taking the drug, palbociclib.This drug was originally developed using work carried out by publicly funded Cancer Research UK scientists in the 1980s, for which they won the 2001 Nobel Prize.In February, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) made a provisional decision not to recommend the drug because the cost was