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Silk Road 'link' to six drug deaths

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:17
Six people who died from overdoses bought their drugs via the Silk Road marketplace, claims the US government.

More Than 3,700 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake's Toll Rises

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:17

Aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.

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Juventus boss angry over violence

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says "only a madman" would bring children to games after trouble in the Turin derby.

A-level economics to include crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
Students will learn about the global financial crisis in a new economics A-level to be taught from September.

Tory suspended over Miliband Jew slur

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
A Conservative local election candidate who said she could never support "the Jew" Ed Miliband is suspended.

St Mirren captain 'spears' team-mate

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:11
St Mirren captain Steven Thompson says he is "mortified" after 'spearing' team-mate John McGinn in a training ground prank

The essential role of surgery

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:00

When we think about a global health crisis, we often think about specific diseases. But a new report out Monday in the Lancet challenges that view.

Authors point out a lack of adequate, timely and affordable surgical care resulted in a third of all deaths worldwide in 2010, or nearly 17 million lives—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined for less than 4 million.

This paper reflects the shifting attitudes towards addressing global health problems. In a concrete way, we now have numbers that help get our arms around the essential role surgery plays.

First, the Lancet Commissioner on Global Surgery, which had input from 110 countries, found that 5 billion people don’t have access to surgery when they need it. Only a tiny sliver of all surgeries occur in the poorest countries.

The bottom line is that many easily treatable conditions effectively become death sentences. For example, 90 percent of maternal deaths could be averted—That’s 100,000 women a year. In the past, a lot of time and money has been devoted to a particular disease like malaria or TB.

But Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer of the GE Foundation, says through combating Ebola, governments, philanthropists and industry are learning that tackling one disease in isolation is limited. Barash says what’s needed is a more robust public health infrastructure.

The awareness of what happened with Ebola really catalyzed everyone’s thinking that ‘Yes, it’s about the system, we need to invest in the system. Industry needs to be a part of that. Foundations need to be part of that. Academics need to be part of that,” he says.

Barash is optimistic this report will lead to action in part because it sets targets.

To improve global access to by 2030, 143 million more surgeries are needed each year, the health workforce must double, and there’s even a price tag: $350 billion.

Of course, the real hope is if you build infrastructure for surgeries, that same infrastructure will serve the public well during the next epidemic.

PODCAST: Aid in Nepal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:00

An update on aid after the earthquake in Nepal. Plus, President Obama is due to report to Congress today, the initial recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. What’s at stake for military personnel and for the federal budget? And just a few years ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority made waves with plans to complete at least three mothballed reactors. After billions in cost overruns and a slowdown in power demand because of the economic downturn and increased efficiency, TVA says the single reactor being completed this year will be enough.

Woman denied $41.8m jackpot payout

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:59
A 90-year-old woman is denied a $41.8m (£27.6m) penny slot machine bonus after the casino blames it on a computer error.

VIDEO: CCTV captures devastating earthquake

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:59
New footage has emerged of the moment the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, after several Chinese photographers arrived home on Sunday.

Holiday gas deaths 'a tragedy'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:40
A coroner tells an inquest the deaths of two British children on holiday in Corfu was "a most appalling tragedy".

Oil price hovers at four month high

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:40
Oil prices are hovering at a four and a half month high amid concerns over disruption to supplies from the Middle East.

Scots missing after Nepal disaster

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:35
Several Scots are among those still unaccounted for following the massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday.

Brothers missing in Nepal quake

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:34
Two brothers from Wales are missing following the earthquake in Nepal, and anther two men remain unaccounted for.

Tories risk losing us warns DUP

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:24
David Cameron risks losing the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists over the Tories' handling of Scotland.

VIDEO: Cheers as Cameron vows to win election

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:24
David Cameron has made a passionate address at a business event in London pledging to win the election'.

Germany 'failed to warn' before M17

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:23
Germany was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine before flight MH17 was shot down, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say.

VIDEO: Live: Ed Miliband speech

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:22
Labour leader Ed Miliband gives a speech in Stockton.

VIDEO: Aerial view of Nepal devastation

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:21
Aerial view of the damage near the epicentre in Gorkha district, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur

'Mayweather should retire after fight'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:01
Floyd Mayweather should retire after Saturday's super-fight against Manny Pacquiao, according to his father.