Editors USA TODAY Published 11:08 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Taking aim at the giant Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is it a brilliant quest or a fool's errand? A 2,000-foot-long floating sea sieve will depart from San Francisco on Sept. 8 on a mission to collect some of the millions of tons of trash from what's known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now twice the size of Texas. The contraption consists of floating pipes hung with netting that corrals trash in the center of its U-shaped design. The Ocean Cleanup Project is the brainchild of Boyan Slat, a 23-year-old Dutch college dropout who has raised millions of dollars in support for the effort. Critics say the plan is well-meaning but misguided: Keeping plastics out of the oceans in the first place "should be the focus of 95 percent of our current effort," said British researcher Richard Thompson. Dirty laundry aired in Paul Manafort trial Secret overseas accounts. Embezzlement of millions. A … [Read more...] about Can a huge floating trash collector really clean the Pacific Ocean?
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Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. The announcement was welcomed by the MP representing Ashington dad Paul Keeney, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer and says cannabis oil might halt the progression of the cruel disease. Mr Keeney started a petition calling on Parliament to make cannabis oil available on the NHS , which has been signed by 290,262 people. And Home Secretary Sajid Javid has now decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially commissioned review. poll loading Do you think medical cannabis should be available on prescription in the UK? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Yes No The announcement was welcomed by Mr Keeney’s MP, Ian Lavery, who has been supporting calls for a change to the rules. Mr Lavery said: “I would like to formally welcome this development and pay tribute … [Read more...] about Medical cannabis to be available on prescription
The NHS must expand children's mental health services to deal with the fallout from an explosion of social media, its chief executive has said. Simon Stevens promised “a major ramp-up” of care using Theresa May’s £20 bn NHS funding boost - but said far more action was needed to investigate the “root causes” of distress among the young. And he signalled that figures published later this year are set to show record levels of mental health problems among children. It comes after The Telegraph launched a duty of care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm. Mr Stevens said an expansion of mental health services would form a central plank of a long-term plans for the NHS, to be announced later this year. Research published later this year is expected to show that the level of undiagnosed mental health problems and distress among young people is much higher than has … [Read more...] about NHS will ‘ramp up’ children’s mental health care to deal with social media fallout
Irish patients have poor access to new medicines compared to many other European countries, according to the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA). The organisation, which represents research-based pharmaceutical companies, states that Ireland ranks 18th of the 26 European countries for availability of new medicines. Cancer and cardiovascular drugs are the main medicines affected. “It is not good enough that patients in Ireland should be among the last in western Europe to have access to these new medicines,” says Oliver O’Connor, chief executive of the IPHA. In a comparative analysis, the IPHA found that 57 new medicines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2014, 2015 and 2016 were reimbursed and available in public health services in Ireland by the end of 2017. While in Denmark, 115 such medicines were available in 2017. Gaining access to new medicines can be a complex process, particularly if they are expensive and are only used for a … [Read more...] about ‘Patient organisations shouldn’t have to march on the streets to get access to medicines’