A federal program is facilitating the exploitation of "au pairs" who come to the U.S. every year, labor advocates say. Billed by the State Department as a "mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity" for host families and participants, the au pair program is touted as a means for non-U.S. citizens, between ages 18 and 26, to continue their education "while experiencing everyday life with an American family," according to the federal agency. Benefits include room, board, compensation for childcare work and up to $500 toward the cost of required academic work, according to the State Department's description. But critics of the program say that State Department-approved au pair agencies, which present themselves as promoting cultural exchange and as offering affordable childcare, take advantage of that mission. The result: Many of the tens of thousands of au pairs who come to the U.S. annually end up treated as domestic servants -- underpaid, overworked and worse, according … [Read more...] about “Au pairs” in U.S. often treated as servants, critics say
WE'VE all experienced what it's like to have eyes bigger than your stomach. But what happens when you become addicted to stuffing yourself until you're uncomfortably full? Here's everything you need to know about over eating addiction... What is an over-eating addiction? According to the NHS website, over eating addiction (otherwise known as "binge eating disorder") involves "regularly eating large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and then often feel upset or guilty." While some over-eat everyday meals and the contents of their kitchen cupboards, other sufferers plan their binges in advance and "buy 'special' binge foods." Now classified as a mental illness, those addicted to over-eating use food to cope with negative emotions, stress, or as a source of comfort. While over-eating addiction can affect men and women of all ages, it is particularly prevalent among teenagers and young adults. Although over-eating addiction also involves binge eating, it is … [Read more...] about What is an over-eating addiction? What are the signs of a compulsive or binge eating disorder and how is it treated?
THE skin condition psoriasis affects thousands of men and women across the UK, with many sufferers believing there is an enormous amount of stigma around the disorder. Kim Kardashian has revealed she has finally learned to live with the condition which she described as her "biggest flaw" while model Cara Delevingne is also a sufferer. What is psoriasis? The condition causes red and crusty patches with silvery scales to flare-up on the skin. They normally appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but can crop up anywhere on the body. The patches can sometimes be itchy or sore. Roughly two per cent of the population are affected by psoriasis and the number is roughly split equally between men and women. Its severity varies from person to person and for some people it is merely a small irritation. In more serious cases it can have a crushing impact on a sufferer's life.What are the causes of psoriasis? Psoriasis isn't fully understood by health professionals but it is thought to … [Read more...] about What is psoriasis, how does it affect the skin and scalp, what are guttate and pustular psoriasis and how is it treated?
Update 9.25am: A woman in her 20s remains in a critical condition in hospital following a crash in Donegal which claimed the lives of two others.Six people were involved in the single-car collision in Bundoran early yesterday morning.A man and a woman in their twenties were killed and postmortems are due to be carried out on their bodies today.The victims have been named locally as Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer, according to media reports. The two victims are said to have been from Fermanagh. Ms Devine was the mother of a three-year-old boy.Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster that the deaths were "the worst news any parent can get when their child or young adult goes out on a night out." Mr McAleer's former GAA club, Ederney, paid tribute to their former player on social media last night."The club are very saddened to hear of the death of Conall McAleer, a former youth player with our club," they wrote on Twitter."Our thoughts and prayers are … [Read more...] about Victims of Donegal crash named; Woman (20s) remains in critical condition
Virtual clinics for patients with suspected fractures are set to be launched at a health trust. The new initiative is on the way within the next month at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. It will benefit patients who will be getting the right treatment in the right place. Staff will benefit by having more time to treat patients and the trust will make very clear financial savings by improving appointment start times, reducing travel costs for staff and so on Richard Jeavons It means patients can manage their broken bones safely at home while helping to cut clinic waiting times for people who need to return to hospital.At the moment, patients who are suffering from suspected fractures attend urgent or emergency care for an x-ray and initial treatment. If there is a break, the patient returns to the fracture clinic the next day where they will have an assessment. It will decide if they need specialist treatment or can be discharged.But the new virtual fracture clinic … [Read more...] about Broken bone? You could be treated ‘at home’ under new plan