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Deadly air: driving a rickshaw in Delhi

“This January is already the worst on record and the World Health Organisation classes Delhi as the sixth worst city in the world for air quality” writes Ammar Kalia for theguardian.com. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, travels the city with Pandit, a driver whose exposure to the worsening air quality is affecting his health and his livelihood. Source: theguardian.com

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Investigation Ordered After Pigeon Dropping Infection ‘Linked To Child’s Death’

“Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman confirmed a post-mortem examination carried out on the youngster showed the Cryptococcus bacteria was a contributory factor in their death” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. She said the Cryptococcus bacteria had initially been identified in one patient in November 2018 but was not linked to that person’s death the following month.Adding it was still unclear how the bacteria had entered the ventilation system, she said a review would be carried out in the design, build, handover and maintenance of the flagship hospital. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Green industrial, service units lauded 

“The congress aims to encourage industrial and service units to go green and become more environment friendly and all those participating in the event volunteered, he added” reports tehrantimes.com. The industrial and service producing units are active in fields of agriculture, oil, petrochemistry, cement, agriculture, recycling and electricity, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi said during the congress. Source: tehrantimes.com

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Blue Monday Is ‘Unscientific’ And ‘Trivialises’ Mental Illness, Warn Experts

“For example, some people now use Blue Monday as an opportunity to raise funds for, and awareness around, mental health” writes Natasha Hinde for huffingtonpost.com. But there’s actually very little science to suggest this and to top that off, the day’s very existence is trivialising depression, say mental health experts.The whole notion of Blue Monday, which suggests there is a single day when depression somehow ‘strikes’ more than usual, feeds misinformation around mental illness, says Buckley. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Chinese scientist behind gene-edited babies may face charges

“All three will remain under medical observation with regular visits supervised by government health departments, Xinhua said” writes Associated Press for nypost.com. In China, ministerial guidelines prohibit embryo research that “violates ethical or moral principles.” The chief of the World Health Organization said last year his agency is assembling experts to consider the health impact of gene editing. Source: nypost.com

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Kaia Health Raises $10M in Series A Funding

“The company intends to use the funds to rollout the app in the USA, including a new office in New York City, and fund further clinical studies” reports finsmes.com. Led by Konstantin Mehl, co-founder and CEO, Kaia Health is the creator of a back pain app, which uses AI and motion tracking technology to tackle chronic health issues including back pain and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and offer patients real-time audio feedback.This empowers and motivates individuals to take control and self-manage their condition with non-pharmacological, digital alternatives from home.…

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War veterans who suffer PTSD wait four years before seeking help, Help for Heroes study finds

“The study also revealed 30% suffering from the mental health impact of war have not sought any help at all” writes Catherine Blaiklock for telegraph.co.uk. In order to try and change this behaviour, and show that mental health support is not only available, but actively encouraged, Help for Heroes is launching a campaign called ‘Cut The Clock’ Karen Mead, head of psychological wellbeing at the charity said: “Veterans are not accessing mental health support when they need it and we believe this needs to change. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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What to watch for at the World Economic Forum

“Political and economic problems loom heavily over the global elite as they gather at Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF)” writes Graeme Wearden for theguardian.com. After years of warnings, most business leaders, politicians and economists seem to have got the message.The chancellor, Philip Hammond, is expected to attend and will get his ear bent by increasingly anxious UK business leaders worried about a no-deal Brexit. The PM might not mind missing out, given her distaste for the “citizens of the world” who flock to Davos each year.Prince William will…

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