Young people in state care will soon have a right to stay in or return to care until they turn 21.
(ed:..this has long been an obscenity – how children in state care when they turned 17 were shown the door – thrown out onto the street to survive on their own – so it is ‘praiseworthy’ that tolley/this government is now committing to extend that care until age 21..)
The decision – which the Herald understands will be announced today – aims to give young people in state care the same kind of ongoing support from foster parents that other young people get from their real parents.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said it would cost ‘millions’ but would save even more in the long term if it helps young people to get good qualifications – then move into good jobs and acquire the life skills they will need to live independently.
‘Just as a parent – you know yourself that you don’t just send an 18-year-old off and say ‘You’re going to university and you’re on your own’ she said.
‘There is always a place for them to come back to in the holidays.
I have children in their 40s and I still have some of their furniture at home’.
The number of young people in state care has risen in the past three years from 4960 in June 2013 to 5312 in June this year – and the proportion who are Maori has risen from 54.7 per cent to 60.4 per cent.
(ed:..i don’t think most people knew that these children who have had a tough start – are just cut loose and told they are on their own – at age 17 – with the expected disasterous outcomes –
– and it is no credit to the clark labour government that they did nothing to rectify this in nine years of/in power..eh.?
i mean – they could hardly claim to be like the rest of us – and just ‘not know’..could they..?..)
Doctor House is going electronic.
Medics charged with diagnosing the kind of extremely rare diseases that Hugh Laurie’s consultant routinely spots in TV drama House have found that artificial intelligence can do a similar job – but in seconds rather than days or weeks.
From December doctors at the University Hospital of Marburg’s Centre for Undiagnosed and Rare Diseases (known as ZusE in German) will start using IBM’s Watson to speed up their diagnoses.
In 2011 Watson famously won the gameshow Jeopardy! after being trained on 200 million pages of general knowledge data.
Doctors are now training it on peer-reviewed rare disease literature to help them spot unusual illnesses.
In House life-saving diagnostic decisions are often based on a deep probing of patients’ backgrounds.
The show’s scripts are informed by authentic medical literature and endocrinologist Jürgen Schäfer at ZusE says he once diagnosed one of his own patient’s debilitating fever – related to cobalt contamination from hip implants – after watching an episode of the show.
Safe and Sound Radio Show and Podcast
In this issue of Safe and Sound – Sarah Oliver interviews long-term animal rights advocate and vegan of 38 years – Butterflies Katz.
US-born Butterflies is based in Kaitaia at the ‘Gentle World’ educational centre (there is another one in Hawaii), where visitors from all over the world are invited to participate in their live-in vegan education programs.
Butterflies talks to Sarah about veganic (vegan and organic) agriculture and Gentle World’s mission to show that we can live ‘non-violently – without intentionally harming anyone who is feeling and conscious….. It’s the next step for humanity…. Take the leap!’
Listen to the podcast here:
Gentle World Website
Sanders took the company to task on social media for raising prices on luekemia treatments and the markets noticed.
With a single tweet, Sen. Bernie Sanders has cost Ariad Pharmaceuticals $387 million.The article retweeted by Sanders was from Stat – a publication that specializes in covering health and medical news.It reported that since the beginning of the year Ariad has raised the price of its Iclusig chronic myeloid leukemia treatment by 27 percent.The drug now has a pre-rebate list price of $16,560 a month or almost $199,000 a year.Even worse for Ariad’s image (to say nothing of consumers) this isn’t the first time they raised the price on that drug – having done so twice last year.
As a result of Sanders’ tweet Ariad stock ended the day down by 14.8 percent – falling to $11.14 a share.
In a statement – Ariad argued that ‘our pricing reflects our significant investment in R&D – our commitment to the very small – ultra orphan cancer patient populations that we serve and the associated risk with research and development’.This isn’t the first time a Democratic presidential hopeful has hurt Big Pharma’s bottom line by criticizing unfair practices.(cont..)
Cutting-edge breakthroughs are still vital in medicine but we have many ways to prevent and cure cancer that aren’t globally accessible – but should be.
(ed:..gee..!..i wonder if craft-beer enthusiast/pot-prohibitionist andrew little knows these (following) facts about his favourite drug..?..eh..?..
..and if he knows that cannabis doesn’t cause that raft of cancers..?
..maybe someone should tell him..eh..?.. –
‘cos if he knew the true picture – i’m sure he would change his pot-prohibitionist views..eh..?..
..he seems to be an intelligent man – able to take on new information – and amend his/any wrong attitudes accordingly..eh..?
one would hope..?..)
Hepatitis C causes about a quarter of liver cancer deaths worldwide.
Curative therapies like the new drug Sovaldi may be another tool to prevent liver cancer.
Researchers think that curing patients of their hepatitis C infection will prevent them from going on to develop liver cancer.
But the current cost of these drugs is a substantial barrier to their use in both lower-income countries and in the US.
However in Egypt public-private partnerships have made the drugs available at less than 1/100th of their price in the United States.
A vigorous international effort to use these new drugs to lower the number of infections would have a substantial impact on liver cancers caused by hepatitis C.
Heavier alcohol drinking also increases the risk of liver cancer (as well as cancers of the breast – esophagus – pancreas – colon and rectum).
According to the World Health Organization consumption has been increasing in the two most populous countries, India and China.
(‘cos..y’see andrew – pot doesn’t cause that raft/suite of cancers – eh..?..
i’m sure if it did the alcohol-pushers/prohibitionists would be screaming those facts from the roof-tops – wouldn’t they..?
..but we do know that alcohol does cause those cancers – don’t we..?…we know those facts are irrefutable..don’t we..?
so why would you – an intelligent man – you have a law degree don’t you? – why are you – as one trained in dealing with assessing ‘facts’ – why are you on the side of the devil/alcohol-pushers in/on this one..eh..?..)