When you have a finite NHS budget, you have to be wary of rolling out uncosted programmes. As an oncologist, I have severe reservations about the medical benefits of routine scanning, because screening large numbers of perfectly fit people clogs up the system and causes delays for those displaying actual symptoms. … [Read more...] about How men are getting the prostate cancer message: Deaths from the disease will continue to rise until screening programme is launched, experts warn – as number of men getting tested soars
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Others have sent home the pupils and staff who went on the trips to Italy, where 11 towns are now in government lockdown. While many have decided to stay open, telling pupils they must come in unless they have clear symptoms of the killer virus – a move which has angered some parents. … [Read more...] about Suspected coronavirus patient was wrongly told to go to hospital where he sat for 10 minutes in a packed waiting room without a mask amid fears NHS is not prepared for an outbreak
Taylor is also using Shapeways, and other prints shops, to develop a bespoke doll that you create on-line, but she is one of the few manufacturers that wants to continue using 3D printing for the customer-facing product. "The benefit of this technology is that we can make every doll unique if we want to," she explains. "So people can customise their doll to look like themselves, or a favourite celebrity if they want to." The downside of using 3D printing to build each and every doll is the cost, although Taylor says this is dropping rapidly, and also sourcing the right colours and materials. "It's really, really hard," she says. "If you want to make a traditional doll you'd go to factory in China and have a standard model tweaked. But with our doll we are literally starting from scratch, as we need to find plastics, joints and colours that will work with 3D printing. We are really pushing things." … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?
The death knell has been ringing for the high street for a surprisingly long time: every November and December ushers in fresh cries of lamentation about how our habit of staying online and ordering Booker prize winners in our onesies has killed off the independent retailer. Undoubtedly, these are legitimate concerns. We know that the first businesses to go during the recession were small, niche, local or all of the above. We know that these types of businesses have to charge higher prices out of necessity, and that most of us jumped ship when faced with stubbornly low wages and high living costs. … [Read more...] about Christmas is coming for the high street
The boom in online shopping, from mobile and smartphones in particular, and the need for a quick turnaround in processing and delivery has revolutionised the way Britons shop at Christmas. Andrew McClelland, chief operations and policy officer for IMRG, the industry association for e-retail, said: "From a low base of just 1% of Christmas spending three years ago, it has rocketed to 27% of spending - or £2.9bn. I may be sticking my neck out but I think it could even double next year." … [Read more...] about John Lewis warehouse staff sent packing on another manic Monday