Sadiq Khan tells government: Give me the power to limit number of cars

Share He warned the proposal could attract the attention of the competition watchdog as it would be likely to push up prices owing to the reduced availability of cars.Private hire has become a boom market for London.Companies such as Uber, Addison Lee and Green Tomato represent a large share of the market, while newcomers such as ViaVan and Lyft are steadily muscling in as rivals.Khan’s call comes just months after Transport for London granted Uber a 15-month probationary licence, having stripped it of its right to operate in the capital last year on the grounds it was not a “fit and proper” person to hold a licence.An Uber spokesperson said: “By competing with private cars, getting more people into fewer vehicles and investing in our clean air plan, we can be a part of the solution in London.” Alexandra Rogers whatsapp   Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has demanded new powers to bring in a controversial cap on the number of private hire vehicles (PHVs) operating in the capital, following a similar clampdown in New York.Last week New York became the first major American city to introduce the one-year cap on cars used by platforms such as Uber, in a move Khan’s counterpart Bill de Blasio said would control congestion and traffic and improve driver wages. In a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling today, Khan asked for the powers to help control what he said was an “unsustainable, huge increase” in PHV numbers.He said there were now more than 110,000 actively licensed drivers in London, an 83 per cent increase on seven years ago – numbers that some operators have disputed.Khan wrote: “Last week New York – which is facing similar problems with the significant increase in private hire vehicles on their roads – took the necessary step of instituting a year-long cap on app-based private hire companies. Unlike New York, I don’t have the power to cap the number of private hire vehicles in London.”Critics have hit out at the idea, with Richard Dilks, transport policy director at London First, saying the calls for a cap were “crude”, while Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, branded the plan “absolutely potty”.“This is good old-fashioned protectionism; there is absolutely no business case for this whatsoever,” Wright told City A.M. Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said companies such as Uber had brought down prices and that any restrictions would make it more difficult for consumers who rely on them.“Capping the number of PHVs in the capital puts us back on the road towards these services only being available to the wealthy. Surely we want to move in the opposite direction,” he said.However, general secretary of black cab lobby group the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, Steve McNamara, supported the proposed cap.“With the number of PHVs on London roads nearly doubling in recent years, Londoners have seen a rise in congestion and a negative impact on air quality,” he said. Wednesday 15 August 2018 11:59 pm Sadiq Khan tells government: Give me the power to limit number of cars whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGemBaby Has Never Eaten Sugar Or Carbs, Wait Till You See Her TodayHealthyGeminvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.commoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love read more

Red tape for Red Bull: The ban-happy nanny state is coming for energy drinks

Friday 31 August 2018 9:06 am I don’t remember the last time I saw a six-year-old queuing for a cappuccino in Pret.Nor have I ever noticed one standing in line, with their own cash, paying for their fizzy drink of choice over the counter at corner shop. That’s because realistically these instances cannot happen without the assistance of an adult, who supplies a child with the oversight and money.Read more: Politicians have abandoned economics for paternalismThis is true for any product – including energy drinks. If any young child is getting their hands on a can of Red Bull or Monster, it is because it has been handed to them by a parent, a friend’s parent, an older sibling, or a babysitter.In other words, it’s been gifted by someone who should know better than to give kids a dose of caffeine or sugar far beyond what they can handle.So why is the government using its time and resources to launch a consultation on the sale of energy drinks, which includes banning the product for under-18s? Banning the sale of energy drinks to six-year-olds is going to have no impact on the six-year-olds who are drinking them. That behaviour can only be curbed by increasing the onus of personal responsibility on adults, whose actions will make or break their children’s diets. Kate AndrewsKate Andrews is associate director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. whatsapp whatsapp While responsible parents wouldn’t want young kids downing a cup of instant coffee or a full bottle of coke, most would also think it ridiculous to stop teenagers from buying a bottle of lemonade or a slice of chocolate cake.Energy drinks are just the latest target of a nanny state that is growing increasingly confident in its ability to curb the freedoms of British people.In moderation, these drinks are no better or worse than your average treat or unhealthy snack. Yet the government is using the idea of them – or, the idea of your small child consuming them – to scare people into accepting a crackdown in a much wider context.There may be a case for some level of ban – we don’t want 11-year-olds wandering into a shop with pocket money to purchase a drink they’re not ready to handle. But by bringing teenagers one year below voting age into the mix, the state is threatening to overstep the mark and enter into draconian – and absurd – territory.This ban is by no means done and dusted. Let’s hope the consultation produces a reasoned and liberal outcome. But I won’t hold my breath that desire for state interference will de-escalate anytime soon. “Banning”, these days, is the name of the game.Read more: Jeremy Hunt takes aim at Google over ‘child abuse content’ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoPost FunDiana’s Butler Explains Why Harry Is With MeghanPost FunUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndo It is therefore clear that the intent of this campaign is not to influence kids who are so young they cannot leave their front door without some assistance, but rather to restrict teenagers – who by many legal standards are considered autonomous human beings – functioning in the real world.We accept that different privileges kick in at different ages. Film ratings are determined this way. At age 16, you can pay taxes, join the army, and even getting married (with parental permission). At 17, you can drive. Quite rightly, you need to wait until you’re 18 to access tobacco and alcohol products.But energy drinks are not beer. A blanket ban for anyone under 18 is obviously an overstep.After all, some MPs are calling for 16-year-olds to get the vote. In what world is someone old enough to weigh in on the future of the country, but not to have a sugary, caffeinated drink?And on the subject of ingredients, energy drinks don’t contain nearly the amount of sugar and caffeine as is being suggested. As my colleague Christopher Snowdon points out, “energy drinks have the same amount of caffeine in them as a cup of instant coffee… while most energy drinks have a similar amount of sugar in them as a regular soft drink and less sugar than a typical dessert”. Share Red tape for Red Bull: The ban-happy nanny state is coming for energy drinks read more

Excusez-moi: UK economy set to race ahead of French in decade to come

first_img Tags: Chinese economy Digital economy whatsapp James Silver Excusez-moi: UK set to surge past French economy in decade to come by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: “This Drink Is Like A Powerwash For Your Gut”Unify Health LabsZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen Herald Read more: Brexit deal lays groundwork for future negotiations on financial services The Brexit deal signed last week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson will allow the UK more flexibility on immigration rules, though free movement will end. Share Sunday 27 December 2020 12:08 pm whatsappcenter_img The Centre for Economics and Business Research’s annual tally of the world’s leading economies sees the UK retake fifth place from India. The report also sees the US kicked off top spot by China towards the end of this decade. Douglas McWilliams, Deputy Chair of the CEBR, pointed to the UK’s strengths in digital and creative services as evidence of the country’s future-proofed economic strength. Show Comments ▼ And by 2035, the researchers assess, Britain’s economy will be some 23 per cent larger than France. Advocates point to the advantages of a system which will allow the best and brightest to come here, though critics question the impact of preventing free market on the wider economy and on our global standing. “We have a huge competitive advantage in this tech0based sector which the pandemic has kicked forward. Most of this is pretty Brexit-proof provided the UK continues to attract talented people,” he said. The UK’s economy is set to remain the fifth largest in the world, according to a respected annual report, and to surge ahead of cross-channel rivals despite Brexit. Christopher Furlough / Getty (Getty Images) last_img read more

Legislature passes capital budget in one-day special session

first_imgEconomy | Energy & Mining | North Slope | Northwest | State Government | TransportationLegislature passes capital budget in one-day special sessionJuly 27, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Neil Foster, D-Nome, and Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, talk before the vote on the capital budget on Thursday. The House voted for the budget, 27-13. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)The Alaska Legislature passed the state’s capital budget today, allowing road projects and other construction to move forward.It was the only piece of business for the third special session, which lawmakers called themselves. It came and went in about six hours on Thursday.The capital budget is $1.4 billion, the lowest amount in 17 years. Most of the funding is from the federal government.Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster said the budget bill, Senate Bill 23, was a compromise.“We wanted to make sure that construction projects moved forward without delay this summer,” he said. “We wanted to bring in over a billion dollars in federal matching funds back to Alaska. And we wanted to see that thousands of Alaskans continue to work in good-paying construction jobs.”The budget included $20 million  for oil and gas tax credits, $8 million for community assistance and $7 million for a new school in Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic Borough.The community assistance allows every municipality and borough to receive at least as much from the state this year as it received last year. Anchorage Democratic Rep. Les Gara said this aid is important.“For a modest $8 million, we said let’s keep that at last year’s level and not keep doing damage to communities,” Gara said. “It’s a good thing for public safety. It’s a good thing for taxpayers.”Perhaps the most controversial piece of the capital budget was a decision to move half of the funding the state set aside for a Juneau road extension toward other projects.Anchorage Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt said funding projects like the road would contribute to ending the state’s recession.“That’s showing the business community, that’s showing the international community, that we are willing to pay our debts,” he said.Pruitt proposed an amendment to keep the money designated for the road. The proposal was defeated in a conference committee meeting.Some members of the Republican House minority caucus criticized the process that led to the capital budget. They said it didn’t allow for their input. The compromise bill was released Wednesday, and went through the entire process in Thursday’s one-day session.Share this story:last_img read more

Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare

first_imgUncategorizedTchaikovsky & ShakespeareBy Julia St. Pierre – March 23, 2011414ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItTchaikovsky’s genius came to light in the late 19th century as he turned to the works of William Shakespeare for inspiration.  In one sensational performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil and talented actors alternated between the two legends in an evening of music and prose. It was my first experience watching Gustavo Dudamel at work, and I held my breath in heavy anticipation as he walked to the podium to stand before the orchestra. I was slightly startled when, after the quiet moment before music typically begins, someone instead began to speak. Ah yes, the words of Shakespeare started to float through the hall as actor Matthew Rhys walked amongst the musicians beginning a monologue from Hamlet. In an eerie light outlined by the formidable pipe organ, Malcolm McDowell made the perfect ghost above us. And then, the music. The melancholy and sprawling emotion of Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet-based orchestral piece filled the hall in a brooding and beautiful way, seeming to tell the tragic story. In a second segment, McDowell’s clipped British accent gave voice to Prospero from The Tempest, and the LA Phil followed with a moving rendition of the sweeping orchestral version. Then, using the entire hall as a stage, climbing on walls and using a wooden ladder as access to the balcony, Orlando Bloom and Anika Noni Rose brought Romeo and Juliet back to life once more. The orchestra closed the evening with Tchaikovsky’s overture of the same name with its themes of struggle, love, and loss recognizable in richly familiar melodies.Dudamel was captivating in his role as leader, smoothly encouraging the musicians on during the quieter parts, his curly black hair flying as his body moved in a frenetic jerking motion during the more emotional ones. I was close enough to see fingers dancing on the ends of the violins—bows liquid in unison, as if floating on water.But to really take in the music, at times I found it better to close my eyes. Watching the instruments forever fascinates me, and therefore it distracts me a bit. Eyes closed, I took it all in as if Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare were telling their tragic tales only to me. TAGS2011L.A. CultureMarch 2011Previous articleWe’re Honored…Next articleRecent Discovery: Mariscos El JatoJulia St. Pierre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

High-Profile Pastor Carl Lentz Fired from Celebrity-Linked Megachurch Hillsong

first_imgEntertainment IndustryNews & PoliticsReligionHigh-Profile Pastor Carl Lentz Fired from Celebrity-Linked Megachurch HillsongChurch leaders accuse Lentz, former spiritual advisor to Justin Bieber and other stars, of “moral failures”By Brittany Martin – November 5, 2020779ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItUPDATE: 5:27 P.M. – In an Instagram post this afternoon, former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz appeared to shed light on the “revelation of moral failures” that lead to his dismissal from the high-profile megachurch.“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that,” Lentz wrote. “I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need.”Carl Lentz, the prominent pastor of Hillsong, a Christian megachurch popular with Hollywood celebrities, has been fired by senior church officials. In a statement, his firing was attributed to “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.” Lentz has been the subject of considerable media attention for his close relationships with celebrity congregants including Justin and Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez–and for his posh personal tastes, often sporting the same designer fashions favored by his A-list flock.A statement posted to the Hillsong website provides no specific information regarding the reasons for the firing, but does offer praise for Lentz and his wife, Laura, who also served as a pastor in the church.“They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church,” Hillsong Church Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston wrote. “In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here.”The New York Times reports that Lentz has been vocal in his support for the Black Lives Matter movement for a number of years, a fact that may have put him at odds with some in church leadership.In June, the lead pastor of Hillsong’s branch in London was criticized for comments that some perceived as dismissive and inappropriate. Houston responded to those criticisms with a statement that acknowledged the significance of racism, but as recently as September, Lentz posted an Instagram caption that appeared to suggest he felt attacked for his stance.In his lengthy missive, he wrote that “Black Lives Matter” is “Perfectly reasonable and logical to say, no matter how many people try to convince you that somehow saying this sentence makes you a Marxist endorsing, anti police, left leaning liberal loving, demonically powered and politically motivated activist pseudo warrior.”RELATED: Fire at a Historically Black Church in Venice Renews Community Cries for PreservationStay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook. TAGSmegachurchJustin BieberHillsongPrevious article#FreeBritney Fans Applaud New Details in Conservatorship Court FilingNext articleLos Angeles Firefighter Missing Since August Found Murdered in MexicoBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORJustin Bieber’s New Music Video Celebrates L.A. Women Overcoming the OddsPlease, for The Love of God, Break Down the Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun Drama for MeEllen Page Reminds Chris Pratt About His Church’s LGBTQ Issuelast_img read more

News / The last mile for Royal Mail? Amazon deal could be make or break for UK post giant

first_imgBy Alessandro Pasetti 02/12/2014 “I do know when to throw in the towel. There is no sense in going at it like a dog with a bone,” Moya Greene, the CEO of Royal Mail, told The Financial Times earlier this year.But is that time approaching for the largest provider of postal and delivery services in the UK?Amazon has enticed Royal Mail into a new partnership, it emerged last week. Under the terms of the deal thousands of post offices across the country, which act as mini-DCs for Royal Mail, will be used by Amazon’s customers to collect their parcels.Royal Mail is joining forces with a rival, and also its biggest client, which is stealing share in its most attractive market – the parcels delivery business.As Royal Mail acknowledges, its parcels unit is faced with stiff competition, particularly from Amazon. “The impact of Amazon delivering an increasing number of its own parcels using its own delivery network will reduce the annual rate of growth in our addressable market to 1-2%,” Royal Mail said in its half-year results last month. Things have not improved since.Where are the benefits?It is unclear what benefits, if any, the Amazon deal brings to Royal Mail and its shareholders. Royal Mail will presumably take a tiny cut on each collected item, but Amazon’s own delivery network will grow at a faster clip during the process, as it will become easier for Amazon to reach the consumer.And that process, of course, will erode the value of Royal Mail’s core parcels delivery business.Amazon already delivers parcels to newsagents and convenience stores, many of which are part of Collect+ network. Several pickup sites – Amazon Lockers – allow its customers to collect their goods at train stations, for instance. So, Royal Mail will essentially compete with Amazon and its trade partners – yet those trade partners are able to offer more flexible and longer pickup hours than Royal Mail.As part of its broader strategy, Royal Mail must keep a lid on costs.The Amazon-Royal Mail partnership may yield dividends, but Royal Mail will have to invest heavily in its current network – IT services, training, longer hours, and more staff don’t come cheap. Royal Mail is doing that already, but other operators, such as Collect+ have rapidly built up a vast network and are clearly ahead in the game – in the case of Collect+, its eyes are already turning to the possibility of extending this network to Europe.Meanwhile, Amazon continues to grow fast in the UK, and launched its first same-day delivery service via Connect Group last month. As opposed to Connect Group stock, which soared in mid-October when the Amazon deal was announced, the shares of Royal Mail lagged the broader market last week as investors appeared unimpressed with Royal Mail’s strategy.If Royal Mail were not Royal Mail, a fully-fledged break-up of the group would be an option to boost shareholder value. But Royal Mail is a company that acts as barometer of the psychological health of UK Plc, and a breakup would cause too much soul-searching.At 420p, its share price is still trading well above the IPO price, although it has lost 28% of value this year. Based on trading multiples and fundamentals, more downside is apparent.The growing importance of click and collectThe Royal Mail-Amazon tie-up also places the spotlight on “click and collect” services, which have become an increasingly important route to consumers for online and high street retailers.Competition to control the journey from a transport hub to a delivery address – the “last-mile” delivery – remains fierce, but the competitive landscape is also swiftly changing. Retailers must adapt and manage their supply chains in a more efficient manner, and more quickly.Consumers increasingly want the certainty that comes with picking up their items soon after their shopping experience, rather than waiting for the vagaries of home deliveries. Logistic companies such as Royal Mail, with their massive infrastructure, play a pivotal role in these supply chains and, as a result, online and high street retailers do not have to commit themselves to heavy investment that would dilute returns on invested capital.Trends for “click and collect” are incredibly promising. Some 35% of online shoppers already self-collect in the UK, according to research from Planet Retail, which expects this figure to soar to 76% within the next three years. The US and Germany lag far behind.The volume of UK non-food click and collect 2014 sales is expected to surge by 33m parcels, roughly in line with the volume growth for home delivery, according to OC&C, a strategy consultant. In 2015, the growth rate of click and collect sales is expected to outpace that of parcels for home delivery for the first time.One caveat is that retailers are under pressure not only to manage efficiently their stock and preserve thin operating margins, but also to guarantee high-quality services for the goods they sell. In this context, building strong relationships with logistic companies is of paramount importance, as long as these relationships are symmetric.“The last mile is becoming increasingly competitive and innovative,” Barclays pointed out in recent research, and said the total number of physical deliveries was “expected to increase by over 40% between 2013 and 2018.”The percentage of direct deliveries – those tied to the consumer’s address – will likely fall, however.Royal Mail’s reinventionInevitably, Royal Mail is looking at alternatives to re-invent itself, making an effort to target higher-growth areas, including clothing and footwear. If you think this is a sound strategy, you may well be wrong.As physical deliveries, including “click and collect” and Collect+, rise, clothing and footwear sales will continue to generate the largest online volumes until 2018, and will increase by “nearly 50%” between 2013 and 2018, according to Barclays’ research.But the cost of clothing returns, most of which is borne by retailers, is not small change.“The cost of clothing returns brought about by ordering unwanted items is estimated to have totalled nearly £100m in 2013,” Barclays suggested.That’s one of the reasons why retailers are in the driving seat when it comes to negotiating hard bargains with logistic companies – as Amazon’s deal with Royal Mail showed last week.last_img read more

I learned the hard way that colon cancer is on the rise among younger people

first_img Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Maia Dolphin-Krute Colorectal cancer mystery: Rising rates among millennials, Gen X Leave this field empty if you’re human: Colon cancer often grows slowly and causes vague or nonspecific symptoms like constipation, abdominal pain, and bleeding. It is not a leap to assume that many 20-somethings who see a doctor with symptoms like these are far more likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and aren’t screened for colorectal cancer. Young women are especially vulnerable to this kind of dismissal.Instead of waiting for colorectal cancer rates to rise further, and perhaps even before fully turning to investigating possible causes, the medical community must first address the inadequacies of current prevention and education practices. Colorectal cancer must be considered a possible diagnosis for a person with gastrointestinal symptoms, regardless of that person’s age. Colonoscopy — a brief, outpatient procedure — has proven extremely effective in lowering the rates of colorectal cancer in people who receive them routinely after the age of 50.Perhaps it is time to revise these screening recommendations. How many more people must develop seemingly impossible cancers before we institute safer practices?Maia Dolphin-Krute is a writer and artist based in Boston and the author of the forthcoming books “Ghostbodies: Towards a New Theory of Invalidism” (Intellect, 2017) and “Visceral: Essays on Illness Not as Metaphor” (punctum books, 2017). More information about her work can be found at www.ghostbodies.com. About the Author Reprints That experience prompted me to start searching for statistics about colorectal cancer and precancerous growths in my age group. I couldn’t find anything. The adenoma seemed to be nothing but an impossibility. A freak occurrence. First OpinionI learned the hard way that colon cancer is on the rise among younger people The cancer society report and coverage related to it — including a New York Times article with comments from a young woman whose cancerous growth was discovered when she was 22 — confirms that my experience, and that of untold numbers of other “young people,” is not a rarity.The change in colorectal cancer rates suggests that a profound and undeniable shift has exposed more people, at younger ages, to factors known to influence the development of colorectal cancer such as obesity; a high-fat, low-fiber diet with large amounts of red meat; lack of exercise; and others. The shift also suggests the need for new public health practices.Faced by a lack of information about how often adenomas or full-blown colorectal cancer occur in young women and a seeming wealth of information that colorectal cancer happens mainly to middle-aged or older people — especially middle-aged men — I could come to only one conclusion: As a young woman, I am not the “public” of public health.To base public health guidelines on the bodies of middle-aged men has profound implications for those of us not within that group. Current guidelines call for men and women to begin having regular colonoscopies at age 50. Had I not needed a colonoscopy at age 22 for something else, my adenoma would not have been detected and removed and, most likely, I would have had colon cancer by age 30. Even now, two years later, the significance of the fact that I underwent the procedure the day before Thanksgiving hasn’t been lost on me. APStock Related: Most people think of colorectal cancer as something that affects older folks. New research — and personal experience — shows that young people are affected, too.In November of 2015, at the age of 22, I had a colonoscopy as part of an extensive workup for a pancreatic condition I had been living with for almost five years. Much to my doctor’s surprise, the procedure turned up an adenoma, a precancerous growth in the lining of my large intestine. Had it not been for the colonoscopy, it would have grown undetected for years, and almost certainly turned into colon cancer.I didn’t have any context for understanding the presence of this growth. In a discussion of possible risks I had with my doctor before the colonoscopy, he told me that the procedure would never find cancerous growths in someone so young. When it did find the adenoma, I was told that “it looked benign.” It wasn’t.advertisement By Maia Dolphin-Krute March 9, 2017 Reprints @ghostbodies Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. Tags cancerdiagnosticspublic health Not so, says a new report from the American Cancer Society. It shows an ongoing and dramatic rise in the rate of colorectal cancer among people under the age of 50. Among adults between the ages of 20 and 39, colon cancer has increased by 1 percent to 2.4 percent a year since the mid-1980s. This rise has been so dramatic that those born in 1990 and afterward have rates of colon cancer not seen since 1890.advertisementlast_img read more

Pharmalittle: Drug-pricing plan stalls in India; pay cuts for Teva’s board

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Alex Hogan/STAT Log In | Learn More @DrewQJoseph GET STARTED Pharmalot Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Andrew Joseph here filling in for Pharmalot himself, and doing our best to channel the man, the myth, the legend. As we turn our sights to the weekend, we dream of prescription-free naps, simmering pots of soup, and relaxing quaffs of both the stimulatory and adult varieties. But for now, there’s news to catch up on. Many of you are kicking back after basking in the annual biopharma bacchanalia in San Francisco, but don’t forget those of us still burning the oil on this final day of the week. (Programming note: Pharmalittle will be off for the Monday holiday and will return Tuesday.)A plan in India to fight high drug prices is facing blowback from the country’s pharmaceutical industry, Bloomberg informs us. That’s left the Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, which was announced last summer, in limbo. The country’s Department of Pharmaceuticals was supposed to revise the proposal, but now it’s no longer expected to in the current government term. About the Author Reprintscenter_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags drug pricinglegalopioidspharmalittleSTAT+ Pharmalittle: Drug-pricing plan stalls in India; pay cuts for Teva’s board Andrew Joseph General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. By Andrew Joseph Jan. 12, 2018 Reprints What is it? What’s included?last_img read more

Washington state has the first comprehensive drug take-back program. Which state will be next?

first_img About the Author Reprints By Ed Silverman March 28, 2018 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. After years of skirmishes, the most comprehensive statewide drug take-back program in the nation became law late last week in Washington, potentially creating a new template for states to press the pharmaceutical industry to underwrite these efforts.The Washington law requires drug makers to fully finance and operate the program, which is designed to lower the threat of drug abuse stemming from medicines that linger in households and also reduce contamination in drinking water. Tags opioidspharmaceuticalsSTAT+ [email protected] GET STARTED What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Washington state has the first comprehensive drug take-back program. Which state will be next? center_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Pharmalot Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Keith Srakocic/AP Log In | Learn More @Pharmalot What’s included?last_img read more