A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being proclaimed fit for discharge.
The unnamed patient, who has a “serious mental health condition”, learning disability and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days.
The patient is expected to leave hospital in “around six months”, after arrangements were induced for their care.
The hospital is part of the Hywel Dda University Health Board in west Wales.
Conservative AM Darren Millar said the lag was “truly scandalous”.
Mr Millar, who represents Clwyd West, requested details of so-called “delayed discharge” in hospitals.
The response from the Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething also revealed that, as of January this year, two other patients in Wales had been stuck in hospital beds for more than a year-and-a-half each.
Mr Millar told: “No patient should have to wait almost four years to be discharged from hospital.
“While bed blocking is extremely costly for the NHS in Wales, the real cost is the quality of life of patients for whom it affects.”
Referring to the long-standing patient in his letter, Mr Gething wrote: “We have recently been advised that using a bespoke commissioning approach, the health committee has secured a provider who is able to meet all of the patient’s complex requires, subject to some structural modifications to their premises.”
Thanks to the wonderful benefits of food science, there’s more information readily available for the things that are healthy for us.
A lot of that info, is brand new to most people, so there’s nothing to worry about if you’ve missed a few. For example, take the ordinary banana; did you know that eating two bananas a day helps to manage depression?
It’s genuinely no wonder the little Minions love banana’s when you take a look at everything they offer our bodies. It’s unbelievable to think that something so simple, can be so beneficial! Share these health tips with family and friends
Nato chief tells move sends clear and very strong message that there is a cost to Russias reckless actions
Nato has announced it is cutting the size of its Russian mission by a third, removing accreditation from seven Russian staff and repudiating three other pending applications.
The Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said the permanent size of the Russian mission would be cut from 30 to 20 people, adding the proclamation was ” a clear and very strong message that there was a cost to Russia’s reckless actions” in poisoning the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury earlier this month.
He claimed Russia had underestimated Nato’s resolve and said the announcements would reduce Russia’s capability to do intelligence work across Nato.
Speaking in Brussels at the end of consultations with Nato allies on Tuesday, Stoltenberg added that he did not gues Russia had expected the west to demonstrate such resolve, pointing to the increased Nato military presence on the Russia border, higher defense spending and continued sanctions for Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
He said the Nato response was aimed not only at the poisoning in Salisbury, the first utilize of a nerve agent on Nato territory, but a response to a broader pattern of unacceptable and illegal behaviour.
The US state department said that Donald Trump had “personally ordered” the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats in Washington and New York who US intelligence believe to be snoops, and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle. It was the biggest single expulsion order in US history.
The department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said that Washington had played a key role in organising the global reaction. US officials, she said ” have worked tirelessly over the past three weeks to achieve this unprecedented level of cooperation and also coordination “.
Earlier on Tuesday the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, claimed the US had use” colossal blackmail” to force European and other western powers to expel Russian envoys, and promised Moscow would respond harshly to the expulsion of more than 100 Russian envoys worldwide.
Speaking at a seminar on Afghanistan in Tashkent, Lavrov told:” When one or two diplomats are asked to leave this or that country, with apologies being whispered into our ears, we know for certain that this is a result of colossal pressure and colossal blackmail, which is Washington’s chief tool in the international scene .”
Briefing the cabinet on Tuesday, the prime minister, Theresa May, reported that 23 countries had expelled more than 115 Russian intelligence envoys. She told her cabinet colleagues this represented an unprecedented series of expulsions that has demonstrated to the Kremlin” that we will not tolerate their attempts to flout international law, undermine our values or threaten our security “.
She added allies were not only taking these actions out of solidarity with the UK but also because they recognised security threats that these Russian networks pose to the security of their own countries and the pattern of aggression that had affected every country.
Only a handful of EU countries including Austria, Portugal, Greece and Malta, have declined to take any steps. Many countries have confined themselves to a tokenistic expulsion of a single envoy, a move designed to register support for the UK, as opposed to causing disruption to the Russian state.
Britain is now waiting to see if other nations follow May’s example and announce they will not be sending official delegations, as opposed to sporting squads, to the Football world cup in Russia this summer. British officials acknowledge that public opinion in many countries , notably Germany, is not hostile to Russia, and there is a strict political limit to the sanctions the EU collectively is willing to continue to take.
It’s hard to keep up with the ever-growing listing of foods that keep us happy, healthy and, let’s face it, alive the longest. Here are our favorites.
The Healthiest Food You’re( Probably) Not Eating
There are a plenty of fish in the sea, but not all of them pack as much of a nutritional punch as the tiny sardine. Although small in sizing, sardines are packed to the gills( literally !) with essential vitamins and minerals that sharpen the mind, keep the heart healthy, and bring your energy up, up, up! Plus, their bones are easy to digest, which constructs these scaly hotshots one of the most calcium-rich , non-dairy foods out there.
Best Food for Weight Loss
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater may have been on to something. Pumpkin is more than simply a delicious tart filling. It’s low in calories( merely 80 per cup) and high in dietary fiber with a side of protein to boot, which entails it’s a great tool for weight loss. What’s more, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse that’s chock full of beta-carotene- key for healthy eyes and a strong immune system.
Almonds and walnuts may be the hippest nuts on the block, but the peanut deserves some respect. This lowly legume contains just as many heart-healthy fats as its tree-hugging brethren and boasts more protein than any other nut . What’s more, the peanut has one of the highest concentrations of biotin, which may help boost keratin production to strengthen hair and fingernails.
Sure, they’re slimy and can be reasonably dubious if you don’t get them from a trusted source, but the high zinc content in oysters may help keep hair full, nails strong, and skin clear.
Best Food for a Good Night’s Sleep
Just because Thanksgiving turkey feast only happens once a year, it doesn’t mean you can’t sleep like a newborn every night. Next to turkey, seaweed has one of the highest levels of the amino acid tryptophan compared to any other food. What’s more, it contains high levels of iodine, which helps keeps the thyroid functioning properly and hormones in check.
Best Food to Beat Disease
Move over blueberries. Blackcurrants have the highest levels of the disease-fighting antioxidant anthocyanin( the pigment that attains berries dark blue and red) compared to any other fruit. What’s more, this unassuming berry contains more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges, inducing it an immunity-boosting powerhouse.
The Healthiest Food You’ve Never Heard Of
This smallest, ancient grain( teff seeds were found in a pyramid dating to 3359 BC !) demonstrates that big things do come in small packages. With as much calcium as cooked spinach, high levels of vitamin C and a new various kinds of dietary fiber that helps maintain blood sugar and healthy weight, teff is poised to be the next superfood.
Not a new problem, but an annoying one: The federal tax code promotes companies to provide free parking to their employees by exempting the fringe benefit from taxation. That means the government is subsidizing passengers to drive themselves to work instead of carpooling or taking mass transit or stroll or biking or running from home.
The tax break promotes traffic congestion and fees up parking space. It’s worth the most to the people in the highest tax brackets. And it’s worth the most in places where parking is the costliest–that is, the places where congestion is the biggest problem.
Plus, of course, the tax break is money that the governmental forces doesn’t collect that could have been used to reduce other taxes or money other programs.
A new report from TransitCenter, a foundation that tells it” works to improve urban mobility ,” calculates that the parking benefit is worth up to $1,000 a year for passengers who are in high taxation brackets and work in big cities. Collectively, it calculates, the infringe expenses $7.3 billion a year in lost tax revenue.
True, there’s also a tax benefit for mass-transit commuters that costs the government about $1.3 billion a year. TransitCenter says that while it’s good as far as it goes,” it is overshadowed by the parking tax benefit’s much larger adverse impact .”
If “youre working in” a place where there’s lots of free parking in plenties or on the street you don’t benefit from the tax break. That’s because in such places the employee parking lot isn’t an economically valuable fringe benefit; you could have parked for free even if it didn’t exist. The break is merely valuable for people who work in crowded regions. So two-thirds of American workers are in effect transferring money to the other one-third.
One obvious alternative is simply to eliminate the tax break.” Nations such as Australia, Ireland, Austria, and Sweden have established systems for taxing the value of employer-provided parking that could serve as a model for the United States ,” tells the TransitCenter report.
But the organization seems to recognize that outright elimination of the breaking is a political long shot. The last time it was seriously attempted was the 1970 s, and there was ” serious pushback ,” research reports says, referring readers to this 2014 survey for the gory details.( They’re in Appendix B .)
So it lays out a variety of other options, which are important but regrettably wonky. They include such things as expanding benefits for other ways and means of get to work. It’s all in the report,” Who Pays for Parking ?”
One last think: Treating free parking like any other taxable fringe benefit could even, curiously, benefit some passengers by getting them out from behind the wheel. Tells TransitCenter:” A growing body of proof suggests that, compared to drive-alone commuting, workers who stroll, motorcycle, carpool, or ride transit to work arrive energized and refreshed, and experience lower rates of mental health issues .”
The presidential candidate blames everyone but herself for her shock defeat to Trump in this hubristic memoir
In common with everyone who is likely to read this review, I mourned when Hillary Clinton lost the election last November. Now there is an extra reason for unhappines: with time on her hands, the woman who was so qualified to be an able, diligent, clear-headed chairwoman has hurriedly written- or presided over the the time of writing of- an unreflective book that in its combining of number-crunching wonkery and strenuously pious uplift reveals more than she might have intended about why she lost. Her bewilderment is easy to understand, but couldn’t she have waited before monetising failing and relaunching her brand with a nationwide book tour?
Bill Clinton’s mantra was ” I feel your pain”, a phrase he uttered not at the site of a inundation or a earthquake but in a Manhattan nightclub, where he was heckled by an Aids activist. Hillary’s equivalent is not an offer of empathy but a demand for sympathy: she wants us to feel her ache- the numbing shock of election night, the distres of having to face a hostile mob at Trump’s inauguration and listen to him rant about social bloodbath in a speech that George W Bush described as” some weird shit “.
Public figures like to claim that they’re selflessly serving us- the little people, their voters and customers- and Clinton presents this therapeutic exercising as if she had our emotional health in intellect rather than her own.” Perhaps it’ll help you too ,” she says when describing how she mended her sadnes with Chardonnay, alternate nostril breathing, and a daily devotional text emailed by her clergyman( whose anthology of these missives has just been pulped, since some of his feelgood smarminess was plagiarised ). Then she glimpses herself in the mirror and adds:” I doubt that many people reading this will ever lose a general elections .” All commiseration dries up: it’s as self-regarding a statement as Trump’s” I’m the president and you’re not”, or his smugness when he’s devoted two scoops of ice-cream while guests get only one.
This is a classic tale of hubris( nowadays called ” entitlement “). Clinton packaged herself as America personified, wearing successive pantsuits- styled by Ralph Lauren- in red, white and blue for her three debates with Trump, and on election night she intended to declare victory on a stage shaped like a cut-out US map. Her garment bag that evening included the purple suit she planned to wear” on my first trip-up to Washington as president elect “; she had already bought the house next door in suburban New York as overspill accommodation for her travelling troupe of White House aides. Not since Agamemnon swaggered on to the red carpet in the tragedy by Aeschylus has anyone so vaingloriously asked for a comeuppance.
All this triumphalism is recalled with no twinge of compunction. Instead, others are blamed- James Comey for creating the alarm about her emails, Bernie Sanders for splitting the progressive vote, the “odious” Julian Assange for WikiLeaking, and those best buddies Putin and Trump for the Darth Vader-like” dark energy” they conjured up. Everyone who opposed her accuses of doing so out of misogyny: is Assange’s dumping of scurrilous information about the Democratic party genuinely explained by the fact that he” was charged with rape in Sweden “? Despite these accusations, her postmortem on her campaign’s” data analytic platform” and” word-of-mouth favourability metric” discloses why the masses didn’t warm to her. She erroneously assumed that American politics is about policy, whereas Trump considered that it is now an extension of showbiz.
Instead of recuperating, Clinton has opted for a re-enactment of a remote past. Her book grows fat on rosy reminiscences about her childhood baseball games, her first date with Bill, and Chelsea’s breech birth, with victory laps to celebrate her achievements as a “lady lawyer” in Arkansas, a” hometown senator’ in New York( where “shes never” actually lived when she ran for office ), and a secretary of state who travelled” almost a million miles “. She has reason to be proud, but does any of that help explain what happened on 8 November? When the reckoning arrives, she diverges into fantasies about alternative solutions future. She gives details of the legislation she would now be advancing, and even prints( or, as she sets it, “shares”) the oration she” never got a chance to deliver that night”, which ends by announced today that” America is the greatest country in the world” and promising that” we will construct America even greater”- lines that might have dribbled from the mouth of Trump.
It’s all very well to repeat” I love America”, as she ritualistically does: mustn’t she also dislike at the least half of it for rejecting her? Here her immense self-possession comes to her assist. She recollects Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered the worshippers in a church in Charleston, being told by relatives of his victims” I forgive you “. Then she asks herself what she feels about Trump voters, the so-called ” deplorables “. She answers: “It’s complicated”, but the preceding anecdote speaks for her. She forgives them: like the ragtag of crucifiers, they knew not what they did.
A brief, embarrassed including references to earlier periods is inadvertently telling: Bill and Hillary were guests at Trump’s wedding to Melania( and, as the titanically petty bridegroom still recollects, they didn’t bring a present ).” We weren’t friends ,” says Hillary defensively. Then why run? It turns out Bill was ” speaking in the area that weekend”, so they ran for a laugh; Hillary calculates that Trump wanted them for their “star power”. The comment reflects as badly on the Clintons as it does on Trump: they remind me of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who subsidised their residence at the Waldorf Astoria by charging a fee for attendance at Manhattan cocktail parties.
There is one wrenchingly perceptive insight about Trump, who seems, she says, as if he” didn’t even want to be president at all”- unlike Clinton, who wanted it almost more than life itself. Yes, he now relives the election as obsessively as she does, and with similar qualms. He thought it would be the award handed out in the season finale of The Apprentice ; it didn’t occur to him that four years- if we’re unlucky- of tedious office work lay ahead. Maddened by the false stance he procures himself in, the captive of a reality that is not at all like reality Tv, he’s therefore concentrating on finding a way to get himself fired. Despite Clinton’s appeal for sympathy, it’s Trump that her book built “i m feeling” momentarily sorry for.
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It acts on opioid receptors, hence the panic. But since some heroin users take it to ease withdrawal, its proscription could have some very harmful effects indeed
Just this morning I got an email from a head shop Id dropped into on my last trip-up to San Francisco. I didnt recall leaving my email address, but I surely recollected the shop, festooned with fascinating herbs in colorful packets, unfamiliar plants, water pipe like octopi, merging aesthetics with efficiency. Sunshine streaming through the windows and the aroma of incense, scarcely noticeable but enchanting as always.
I was visiting the haunts of my hippy days, the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury, and of course everything appeared so much cleaner, more commercial, and, well, more legal, than it had back then. But what to buy? I dont normally take medications anymore, legal or not, but I distinguished the name kratom on several vividly coloured pockets on display behind the counter.
Kratom( Mitragyna speciosa) is sold as the crushed-up leaf of the kratom plant, grown in jungles throughout southeast Asia. You can construct kratom tea or dissolve it in juice to experience its effects, and its become increasingly popular all over the Western world( though its been around for centuries ). You can buy it at head stores, hundreds of internet site, and now at kratom bars popping up in Los Angeles and other happening places. Obviously some people enjoy this legal high.
Kratom was indeed the topic of the email, and the tone of the message was urgent 😛 TAGEND
Important Info Regarding the Future of Kratom
In case you havent heard, theres a very important development considering your access to this safe and incredibly helpful herb!
On August 30 the DEA announced their intention to place Kratom on the Schedule I list of substances starting September 30.
You can read all about this remarkable decision by the medication police. Theres a tidy article in Forbes, theres plenties on YouTube, and the DEA sitesuccinctly states their rationale 😛 TAGEND
The Drug Enforcement Administration( DEA) today announced its intention to place the active materials in the kratom plant into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.
The first thing you should know is that Schedule I medications most famously heroin, and somewhat embarrassingly marijuana and LSD call for the most severe controls and punishments.( Meth and cocaine are nearby on Schedule II ). So the kratom user may end up cell-mates with meth and heroin addicts.
The second issue is why? Whats the imminent hazard to public safety?
I wasnt well informed any hazard when I asked the pierced young woman behind the counter what type of kratom I should try. I had taken kratom with a friend in the Netherlands where I live. Here its fully legal and sold in shops, as it is in most( but not all) Western countries. Kratom happens to be illegal in Thailand, apparently because it undercuts the lucrative opium industry.
I hadnt felt much the first time Id taken kratom and wanted to give it another try. So I asked the young woman what she recommended and she brought out a menu card. Midnight Blue is the most relaxing, Sunrise is sort of stimulating but melloweds you out at the same day. Starshine only helps you feel … centered. Each concoction was touted to profer a slightly different buzz. So I bought a couple of packs for about $20 and got a little … high?
High is a strong term for what kratom actually offers. This plant is just one of a list of age-old plants and herbal extracts that attain people feel a bit peppier, a little bit happier, a bit more relaxed. A list that includes St Johns Wort, ginseng, wild lettuce, coffee( yes, coffee ), kava, lavender, valerian, betel nut the list goes on and on. The term medicinal is sometimes use. But high? That would be stretching it.
You can read all about kratom on the web, but perhaps one reason the DEA considers it an imminent hazard is because part of its consequence comes from inducing opioid receptors. You know, those receptors that get you smashed when you shoot heroin. Anything that stimulates opioid receptors and induces “youre feeling” pleasant must be very dangerous, so we shouldnt take any opportunities. In fact, lets ban alcohol( martinis owe much of their buzz to opioid receptors ), lets ban jogging( that notorious athletes high a long, gale road to the gutter ). And while were at it, lets ban breast milk, which helps newborns feel relaxed because it too induces opioid receptors.
But kratom is not an opiate. The molecule isnt even vaguely related to morphine or heroin. Its only an herb. Its impossible to overdose on kratom. Youre likely to get a headache if you take too much. The roughly 20 demises attributed to kratom in recent history are thought to be caused by other narcotics: the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that commercial forms of kratom are sometimes laced with other compounds that have caused demises. And considering the 88, 000 deaths per year linked to alcohol and the 28, 000 overdose deaths from opiates( heroin and analgesics) in the US alone, it seems someone isnt doing their math.
Is kratom addictive? Maybe a little. But not as much as coffee and cigarettes or Q-tips, tattoos, and Pokemon Go. And if you take it daily, guess what? It loses its effect.
Ive constructed the DEAs announcement sound silly, even stupid. There they go again, banning whatever bothers them until voters in Colorado or somewhere start to object. But theres a terribly tragic outcome to be expected if kratom is banned. Because kratom attaches to opioid receptors, its an ideal route for heroin junkies to get off heroin with minimal withdrawal symptoms a harmless, herbal methadone replace. This folk-wisdom is splashed all over the net and freely shared among drug users. If kratom is banned in the US, many heroin junkies who want to quit will go back to heroin instead, and many, many more people will die.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced that his nations scientists have developed an effective anti-Ebola treatment.The legality of this claim, however, remains in doubt since he has not any further details, scientific publishings, or even stated if this is a therapy or vaccine.
State-operated news agency RIA Novosti quoted Putin as saying we have good news as he revealed that we have registered a drug against Ebola, which after the corresponding tests has been shown to be highly effective, more effective than the medications utilized worldwide up to now.
The brevity of this statement creates a number of questions, and until more is known about the nature of this supposed possible vaccine, as well as how clinical trials were conducted, many will have their doubts about Putins surprising assertion.
His claims came as the World Health Organization( WHO) proclaimed the Ebola crisis in West Africa over, after no new infections were reported in the past 42 days. However, several countries in the region, including Liberia and Sierra Leone, had already been reached this milestone, merely for the virus to afterward reappear. Therefore, while the news is undoubtedly positive, it is worth bearing in intellect that the affected countries are not fully out of the woods just yet.
The Ebola crisis has claimed the lives of over 11,300 people in West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. Several attempts to develop a vaccine have been documented over the past two years, with some presenting potential during clinical trials, although none have been approved as an effective treatment for the virus.
Among the most promising of these was a vaccine thatappeared to offer 100 percent protection against infection, yet scientists have yet to develop a technique for actually curing those who have already contracted the disease. Most recently, the first surveys employing the blood of Ebola survivors to treat sufferers yielded disappointing results.
As such, there remains a need for an effective vaccine for the virus, andif Putin’s claim turns out to be legitimate, efforts to ensure Ebola does not return to West Africa could receive a significant boost.
Every day millions of internet users ask Google some of lifes most difficult questions, big and small. Our novelists answer some of the more common queries
The nose job. Such an inoffensive, even cheerful, euphemism. An unwanted bump is straightened or the long nose sweetly bobbed.
The nose is simply fixed. Matter-of-factly, we tell friends and family: I dont like my snout, so Im having it done. Once the province of celebrities and the affluent, the nose job has become one of the most popular and accessible procedures. Theres something nearly coy about the term, playing conceal and seek as it does with its stern medical equivalent rhinoplasty, the word the plastic surgeon will use during the consultation.
While rhinoplasty remains a popular cosmetic surgery in both the USand the UK, plastic surgeons admit that it has low patient gratification rates compared to other aesthetic procedures. Many surgeons blame poor patient selection by which they entail patients with unrealistic expectations. Others acknowledge that rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging cosmetic surgeries and thus prone to more botched results.