For the first time in 40 years, emissions data indicates that the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US comes from transportation. The previous heavyweight was electricity production, but now planes, trains, and automobiles (to name a few) have taken the lead. This isn’t necessarily bad news. The change comes as US electricity generation relies less on fossil fuels and more on renewables and cheap natural gas. But the automotive sector is lagging behind. More than 50 percent of urban pollution can be attributed to motor vehicles. The US Energy Information Administration indicates that carbon dioxide emissions emitted in 2016 by transportation increased by 1.9Read More →

U.S. life expectancy fell to an average of 78.6 years in 2016, dropping 0.1 for the second year in a row, according to the CDC report. The slide was driven by higher death rates among young and middle-aged Americans, with those aged 25-34 experiencing the largest increase. The death rate among Americans aged 65 and older actually inched downward between 2015 and 2016. “The drug overdose deaths seem to be driving what we’re seeing,” said Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “It’s certainly a key factor in the decline over the past two years.” Although theRead More →

This group had higher body fat composition from consuming too many calories, and lower levels of vitamins and minerals than children who ate food cooked at home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Set clear rules for teenagers and booze, experts say In the survey, 14-year-olds themselves were asked whether they had ever tried more than a few sips of alcohol, with almost half saying yes. When they were 11, about 14% had done so. Katherine Brown, chief executive of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said an alcohol-free childhood was best and this advice may not be getting to parents. “We need to see betterRead More →

In its report, the CQC highlighted: Staffing shortages with vacancy rates in the NHS rising by 16% over the last two years despite an increase in staff of 4% Bed shortages in hospitals with occupancy levels being consistently above recommended levels since April 2012 Falling numbers of nursing homes beds – down by 4,000 in two years at a time when more are needed Rising numbers of people not getting support for their social care needs with the numbers hitting 1.2m, up 18% in a year Number of detentions under the Mental Health Act up by a fifth in two years to more than 63,000Read More →