National / International News

NHS 'should use cancer drug for eyes'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:13
A drug that prevents elderly people losing their sight should be routinely available on the NHS, says the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

McDonald's is not lovin' GMO potato

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:58

The United States Department of Agriculture has approved a new genetically-modified potato.

Among other things, the new spud is supposed to give off fewer carcinogens when cooked at high temperatures, like when it's french-fried. Still its biggest potential customer, McDonald’s, is not lovin’ it.  The burger-and-fries giant seems to be listening to the many consumers out there who worry GMOs are bad for them.  Never mind the Big Mac itself. 

New York University food researcher Marion Nestle has seen this kind of thing before in England. Supermarket chains opted out of carrying tomato paste made from genetically-modified tomatoes.

"The retailers said, ‘You know, we don’t have a dog in this fight. We don’t need to be in the middle of this,’" Nestle says. "Similarly, McDonald’s has plenty of potatoes."

So the company doesn’t need these new potatoes, just like it doesn’t need any new grief from consumers about serving unhealthy food.

Meanwhile, consumer attitudes have changed about what makes food healthy or not. Analyst Harry Balzer has been tracking Americans' eating habits for decades, at consumer-research company NPD.

"I think the move is to, 'I want natural foods' — whatever natural, means to you," he says. "Now, I think part of that process is, 'I don’t want you to make my foods better for me. So, don’t remove the fat, don’t remove the sugar. That way you’re changing the food — you’re altering the food.’"

Balzer says sales of foods designed to be healthy — lower in fat, or lower in sugar — have been declining for years.

He also says the three most-ordered restaurant items are still soda, a burger and fries.

But even if that’s what we’re ordering, health is still — well, call it an aspiration.

Mary Chapman is with the food-industry consulting group Technomic, which polls consumers about their preferences. "We asked specifically, 'Do you want restaurants to offer healthy items, even if you’re not going to eat them?'" she says. "They still want them offered."

So is it the presence of the salad on the menu that makes us feel better about the Big Mac that we're actually ordering?

"It’s true," she says.

As long as the salad isn’t genetically modified.

Rochester vote and NHS 'eviction' threat - papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:57
With deadlines passing before the declaration of the Rochester by-election result, the papers still find UKIP leader Nigel Farage in buoyant form.

VIDEO: Is Ukraine on verge of another war?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:55
BBC News analyses the prospect of a return to full-scale war in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels control broad swathes of territory and a fragile ceasefire could end at any time.

VIDEO: Cairollers: Roller derby Cairo style

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:53
Roller derby changing lives for Egyptian women

'Title bid has not been about luck'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:45
Lewis Hamilton on his title fight with Nico Rosberg, inspirational people and how his form with Mercedes has not happened through luck.

VIDEO: 'Childbirth pain' lessons for men

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:39
A hospital in China is trying to teach fathers-to-be about the experience of giving birth.

'I was bullied because I'm disabled'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:35
How young people tackled the problem

Boko Haram in 'despicable' attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:35
Dozens of people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and villagers say.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:33
What trick did a German town play on neo-Nazi marchers?

What's the future for Bagpuss?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:32
What's the future for Children's TV favourite Bagpuss?

The day the entire German fleet surrendered

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:30
Why did 270 warships gather peacefully in one place?

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:23

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.

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How can Wales end their NZ hoodoo?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:18
After 25 straight defeats in the past 61 years, how can Wales end the longest losing sequence against a fellow top-tier nation?

Labour's Thornberry quits over tweet

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:17
Labour's Emily Thornberry resigns from the Labour front bench over a tweet she sent during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign.

VIDEO: £3bn to fix crumbling Westminster

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:17
Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned.

Whelan sorry for controversial comments

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:15
Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologises for comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a controversial newspaper interview.

At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:12

After a successful 2014 election season, the nation's GOP governors gathered to talk about policy issues and bask in their victories. But President Obama's immigration plans dominated the discussion.

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Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:01
Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to be unveiled by President Barack Obama.

Obama Will Announce Relief For Up To 5 Million Immigrants

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:00

Defying congressional Republicans, President Obama will defer the deportation of the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and will also prioritize the deportation of criminals.

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