Guess who’s working on a health data-slurping digital tool. Bzzt! Nope, it’s the UK Department for Work and Pensions

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is drawing up plans for an internal service that allows it to automate slurps of medical data on claimants to dole out health-related benefits. In an ad posted on the UK’s Digital Marketplace, DWP said the work was currently in alpha and it now wanted a supplier to deliver a technical proof of concept to expose NHS data to the department’s systems. The aim, it said, is to cut down the time and cost involved in gathering information the department needs to make a…

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Letters: working together on mental health

 Claire Murdoch: ‘Mental health is everyone’s responsibility.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian As a mental health nurse since 1984, stories like this never get easier to read (“Suicidal children face long delays for mental health care”, News). One delay is one too many but context is vital too. Your article was based on a small audit from a single London hospital, using outdated information going back four years. There was precious little explanation about how mental health services are improving or what is driving demand for care. In London alone, the…

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Do you put off exercise? Here are 5 surprising reasons to take up working out now

The aversion to exercising is so strong among so many people, that scientists are even working on a pill that mimics the positive health benefits of exercise without actually requiring to break a sweat. But until that happens, our daily routine must include one thing: Working out. While we’ve all heard that regular exercise can improve heart health, reduce risk of diabetes, and strengthen muscles, it can also enhance the quality of your life in a number of ways. Here are five such benefits, as reported by CNN, which may surprise you. 1)…

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Indian Railways working on technology to achieve Mission 41 K; know what it is

Indian Railways is working on technologies that will enable 40% substitution of diesel by compressed natural gas (CNG) in locomotives and nine-zoned solar panels on diesel electric multiple units (DEMUs). The move will help railways achieve its ‘Mission 41K’ target and reduce carbon footprint. The development comes close on the heels of railways flagging off a solar-powered DEMU, a six-coach rake, which is expected to save 21,000 litre of diesel annually, translating to savings of Rs 12 lakh, and also cut carbon emission by 9 tonne per year. Such initiatives are…

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Working for More Than 40 Hours in a Week May Harm Your Health!

Have you been working over time? Or think you still got room to expand your work shift? This new report advises you to think again. Long working hours, sitting most of the day and staring at the computer screen – if this is life for you there’s bad news. This kind of a lifestyle may often lead to a dinky stress on the shoulders or a minute neck-ache at most but a new research from The Australian National University will change your perception completely. This new study shows that the…

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Government Working to Make People Aware of Stress: Nadda

In a bid to tackle stress among people and improve productivity, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday said that the government is working on “Catch them Young” programme to make people aware of stress-related problems. “There is a heightened focus on preventive health along with curative health now. Awareness is very important to keep away non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” he said after launching the “No More Tension” mobile app and the release of the “Healthy India Initiative/Swastha Bharat-ek pehal” magazine here. “People suffer from stress related problems due to…

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