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Ubble test predicts your death, elderly carers impossible to recruit, and 'archaic' abortion rules prevent new pill innovation

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Today’s big health story is that a short self-assessed survey of physical health, called Ubble, is a better predictor of death in the next five years than physical measurements including blood pressure and heart rate, a study published in the Lancet has found.

Researchers have found that, for men aged 40 to 70, self –assessed health, determined through a short survey asking how briskly they walk, or how they would rate their own physical fitness, is the strongest risk factor for dying in the next five years – while for women, a cancer diagnosis is a stronger factor.

It is becoming ‘virtually impossible’ to recruit care workers for the elderly as the result of five years of budget cuts and efficiency drives means many workers would be better paid stacking shelves.

The Telegraph reports that local council care bosses have warned that the cuts are now threatening to drive private care agencies and care homes out of business – despite attempts to shield private providers from the full cost of the cuts.

A survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) on councils’ care budgets found 45% thought they had mitigated the cuts’ impact on care, but just 7% thought this could continue in future.

And finally the Mail reports half of British women would consider using a once a month contraceptive pill, that scientists are prohibited from developing because of the UK’s ‘archaic’ abortion laws.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service surveyed women and found just 25% would oppose the treatment, which could work by detaching any fertilised egg from the lining of the womb, but innovation is being stifled by the 1967 abortion act which makes ending a pregnancy a criminal offence.

Ann Furedi, BPAS chief executive, said: ‘Women need new ways to plan their families that fit in with their lives in the 21st Century.’

Readers' comments (3)

  • ‘Women need new ways to plan their families that fit in with their lives in the 21st Century.’

    Not those on benefits they don't........!!!! They just reproduce for the sake of the money, what a sad liberal/liberated society we have become!!!

    The "poverty" cycle will never end whilst we keep paying young women/girls to have baby's that they don't really want and thus end up becoming feral and the next generation of criminals and illegitimate baby makers!!

    So so sad.

    No doubt I'll be castigated as a bigot on here...!!

    No one is allowed to speak the truth anymore because no one really wants to hear it nor accept it.

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  • I think the first posters comments are what many people thinks is sometimes the case. I dont really understand child benefit. have them if you can afford them dont if you dont. free school meals for kids from low income families would be a better way to support those that have kids without incentivising kids for cash

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  • Cannon fodder for Capitalist Profit still needed - But who in their right mind would bring children into this rotten place

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