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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ 2017: The Year In Health Policy

This has been quite a year in health policy. In 2017, the Affordable Care Act survived numerous GOP efforts to repeal and replace it, although the year-end tax bill will eliminate fines for failing to obtain health insurance in 2019. And, ironically, the more Republicans talked the health law down, the more popular it got. Meanwhile, Congress may have passed the tax bill, but lawmakers are still scrambling to finish legislation needed to keep the government open after Dec. 22. On the line in that bill is the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides coverage to 9 million kids...

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MP’s aide Samuel Armstrong cleared of Westminster rape

MP’s aide Samuel Armstrong cleared of Westminster rape 21 December 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSamuel Armstrong said his life had been “turned upside down” by allegations A Conservative MP’s chief of staff has been cleared of raping a woman after they had sex in the MP’s Westminster office. Samuel Armstrong, aide to South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, said he and the woman had consensual sex after drinking in the Houses of Parliament. He was found not guilty of two counts of rape and two of sexual assault at Southwark Crown Court. The jury returned...

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Rolling Stone magazine bought by Penske Media

Rolling Stone magazine bought by Penske Media 21 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Rolling Stone magazine is getting a new majority owner. Media investor Jay Penske said his firm Penske Media was buying a 51% stake in the publication from New York-based Wenner Media. The 50 year old magazine is best known for covering music and popular culture, but also features political journalism and commentary. Founder Jan Wenner started the magazine in San Francisco in 1967 with music critic Ralph Gleason. It has remained under the control of his company, Wenner Media, since then. Singapore-based BandLab Technologies also...

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Community singing ‘improves mental health and helps recovery’

Community singing ‘improves mental health and helps recovery’ 21 December 2017 Image copyright SYHO Image caption Everyone is welcome to the singing workshops and no-one asks about mental health issues Singing in groups can help people recover from mental illness, making them feel valued and increasing their confidence, according to research. A University of East Anglia study of singers involved in free weekly workshops in Norfolk found benefits to mood and social skills. Researchers said the Sing Your Heart Out project had stopped some people from relapsing. They urged other areas to consider running community singing groups. The Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) initiative started in 2005 at a psychiatric hospital in Norwich, before branching out into the community. It is aimed at people with mental health conditions as well as the general public, and regularly attracts hundreds of people to four weekly sing-alongs. One of them is Penny Holden, 67, who has lived with bipolar disorder all her life. She credits the singing group with turning her life around 13 years ago, when she was at her lowest. Image copyright SYHO Image caption Penny was first taken along to a singing workshop by a support worker She said singing in harmony had been a wonderful tonic. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s such a nurturing environment, where we look out for each other and help each...

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