CNN’s Humilated by Crowd Size for Jake Tapper’s Event

  • CNN’s Humilated by Crowd Size for Jake Tapper’s EventJake Tapper and CNN were humiliated at Politicon 2017 when they couldn’t bring out a big crowd even by offering free food and free books.An earlier CNN panel had around 8 people sitting at tables, as captured by journalist Mike Cernovich.CNN’s biggest star Jake Tapper couldn’t even draw 100 people by offering a massive buffet spread to hungry Politicon attendees.Meanwhile Charlie Kirk, Ann Coulter, and Tomi Lahren drew massive crowds.Ann Coulter was treated like a rock star, with fans greeting her adoringly.Mike Cernovich was handed some fan-made pop art and was also a big draw.Cernovich does not appear on panels because the conversations are boring.
  • Cernovich did accept a few interview requests.
  • — — —Mike Cernovich is a journalist, author, and filmmaker.

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Uddanam kidney disease: Harvard team visits Andhra region, hopes to find cure

Uddanam kidney disease: Harvard team visits Andhra region, hopes to find cure

  • A team of doctors led by Dr Joseph Bonventre from the Harvard Medical School visited the Borivanka village in Andhra’s Uddanam region in Srikakulam district on Saturday and met with victims of the kidney-disease that plagued the area.
  • According to The New Indian Express, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan will reach Visakhapatnam and meet the Harvard team at the ‘Medical symposium on Uddanam Chronic Kidney Disease’ programme to be held in Vizag on Sunday.
  • Pawan Kalyan had earlier met the victims of the kidney diseases and had also questioned the Andhra Pradesh government’s inaction on the issue.
  • Subsequently, in 2016, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) along with researchers of Harvard University,  Andhra Medical College, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and NTR University of Health Sciences began their study.
  • According to the World Health Organization, this is one of the three regions in the world with the highest concentration of chronic kidney diseases (CKD) after Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.

A team of doctors led by Dr Joseph Bonventre from the Harvard Medical School visited the Borivanka village in Andhra’s Uddanam region in Srikakulam district on Saturday and met with victims of the kidney-disease that plagued the area. Following an appeal made by Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan during his visit to the US, the team visited Srikakulam to study this wide-spread problem in the region. Before leaving to Borivanka, the team had met doctors from the Andhra Medical College, who had been studying the case.
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Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

  • Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said.Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services.The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21.
  • The government said an extra ÂŁ1bn already promised for mental health services in England would fund the scheme – part of a pot of ÂŁ1.3bn committed in 2016 to transform provision.Crisis careThese plans set out how some of that money will be spent – mostly on recruiting staff, with the main focus being on child and adolescent mental health services, therapists delivering talking therapies for adults and nurses working in crisis care.
  • The plans include: 2,000 more nurses, consultants and therapist posts in child and adolescent mental health services 2,900 additional therapists and health professionals supporting adult talking therapies 4,800 additional posts for nurses and therapists working in crisis care settings more mental health support for women around the time they give birth and early intervention teams working with people at risk of psychosis Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells Today his mental health targets will be “challenging to meet”But data published last week showed that even before this latest recruitment drive, many thousands of nursing posts remain unfilled.Mr Hunt said: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.
  • “Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England, said the plan was not just about numbers.
  • “It is clear the government will need to work hard just to get back to the number of specialist staff working in mental health services in 2010.

But the Royal College of Nursing said the plans did not add up, and more “hard cash” would be needed if the new staff were to be trained in time.
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Manchester Attack: Mental health support after arena blast

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    At least six children were killed in the blast including an eight-year-old girl, and a number of others were seriously injured

    A dedicated mental health service to help people affected by the Manchester Arena attack has been launched.Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.The Manchester Resilience Hub, run by the NHS, will focus solely on helping those directly affected including children and emergency responders.Clinical lead, Dr Alan Barrett, said it would target anyone across the UK “still struggling to cope”.

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    Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May

    “If by now people are still struggling to cope, they may benefit from some professional mental health support.

  • “The Hub will aim to provide a central point for mental health advice and support and will work with other agencies to develop packages of care.At least six children were killed in the blast, including an eight-year-old girl, and a number of others were seriously injured.Sara Barnes, operational lead for children and young people said: “Over time the majority of children and young people will be back in normal routines and coping better.
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    Parents are advised to give children reassurances that they are safe

    “Now the summer holidays are here, we need to make sure they still know that help and support is available.

  • “Dr Barrett stressed that it is a dedicated service for people who have been directly affected by the attack who are “experiencing high levels of distress”, but advised anyone struggling with a mental health issue to see their GP or call NHS 111.

The Manchester Resilience Hub will help people directly affected including children and emergency responders.
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HIV tests for new GP patients ‘can aid early diagnosis’

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    Offering HIV testing when people register with a new GP in areas of high prevalence is cost-effective and could prolong lives, a new study says.Patients at 40 GP surgeries in the London borough of Hackney were given finger-prick HIV testing when registering.The study, in the Lancet, found this raised the rate of diagnosis four-fold.

  • Public Health England already recommends that all GPs in areas where HIV prevalence is high, or extremely high, should offer testing to everyone who registers with the practice and has not previously been diagnosed with the virus.Around 86,000 patients in Hackney, which has a high HIV prevalence rate – eight in 1,000 people – were tested as part of the research.
  • ‘Exhausted and skinny’Alex Causton-Ronaldson, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2014, says more accessible testing in GP surgeries would have greatly benefited him.
  • “Investment callIn the UK around 13,500 people do not know that they have HIV, meaning they miss out on treatment, remain infectious to others and are more expensive to treat.Dr Werner Leber, from Queen Mary University of London, one of the study’s authors, said: “We’ve shown that HIV screening in UK primary care is cost-effective and potentially cost-saving, which is contrary to widespread belief.
  • “The researchers called on healthcare commissioners to invest in rolling out HIV screening to all 74 local authorities in England with high HIV prevalence.They said testing had fallen in some areas because of financial pressures on local-authority budgets.

Finger-prick testing for new patients in high-risk areas is effective and can cut costs, a study says.
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Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

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    Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said.Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services.The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21.

  • The government said an extra ÂŁ1bn already promised for mental health services in England would fund the scheme – part of a pot of ÂŁ1.3bn committed in 2016 to transform provision.Crisis careThese plans set out how some of that money will be spent – mostly on recruiting staff, with the main focus being on child and adolescent mental health services, therapists delivering talking therapies for adults and nurses working in crisis care.
  • However, data published last week showed that even before this latest recruitment drive, many thousands of nursing posts remain unfilled.The plans include:
    2,000 more nurses, consultants and therapist posts in child and adolescent mental health services
    2,900 additional therapists and health professionals supporting adult talking therapies
    4,800 additional posts for nurses and therapists working in crisis care settings
    more mental health support for women around the time they give birth and early intervention teams working with people at risk of psychosis
    Mr Hunt said: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.
  • “Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England, said the plan was not just about numbers.
  • “It is clear the government will need to work hard just to get back to the number of specialist staff working in mental health services in 2010.

More nurses, consultants and therapists will be among thousands recruited, says the health secretary.
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Genetics may have a role in Uddanam kidney disease, claim Harvard experts

  • A two-member committee from Harvard University has found that genetic predisposition and a strong genetic founder effect could be the reason for nephropathy (kidney disease) in Uddanam, according to a Times of India report.
  • The team led by Dr Joseph Bonventre from Harvard Medical School visited Borivanka village in Andhra’s Uddanam region in Srikakulam district on Saturday and met with victims of the kidney disease.
  • Following the visit on Sunday, the Harvard core team along with doctors from Andhra Medical College and King George Hospital addressed the medical symposium In Vizag, in which actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan was also present The Hans India reported.
  • Dr Joseph Bonventre, chief of renal division, Brigham Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, said, “The CCMB study revealed a high IBD (Identity-by-descent) score of AP, which shows they carry certain gene mutations responsible for diseases.
  • Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan also spoke in the meeting in which students of medical college and doctors were present and said he wants to pursue the solution to Uddanam problem.

A two-member committee from Harvard University has found that genetic predisposition and a strong genetic founder effect could be the reason for nephropathy (kidney disease) in Uddanam, according to a Times of India report.  The hypothesis is based on women who moved away from the region post marriage, after developing chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu).
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