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E. coli baby deaths report findings

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:07
A failure in preventing infections was the most likely cause of an E. coli outbreak at a hospital where two premature babies died after contracting the bug, a health watchdog finds.

Mitchell had 'history of aggression'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:05
Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell had "form or history" in relation to "verbal aggression" against police, the High Court hears.

Diabetes' new frontier: China

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:04

It was last September when doctors realized how bad China’s diabetes epidemic really was. The most comprehensive survey ever conducted in China, published by the American Medical Association, revealed 114 million Chinese – a population the size of Mexico’s – now has the disease.

Paul Zimmet, honorary president of the International Diabetes Federation, says the sheer number of diabetics in China is catastrophic. It’s forced him to frame the global epidemic in a new way. "We’re now saying that if diabetes was a country, it would be third, actually, after China and India as a country," says Zimmet, "because we’re now seeing something like 380 million people worldwide with diabetes."

1 in every 3 of them now lives in China.

They’re people like Ye Bin, a 35 year-old salesman who meets me for lunch near his Shanghai office. Before the food arrives, he arranges a handful of pills beside his chopsticks – medicine to treat type 2 diabetes. He places the pills in his mouth, one by one. “It’s been a year since I was diagnosed," says Ye Bin between gulps of water. "Now I try not to eat anything with sugar. I used to drink soft drinks all the time. I can’t do that anymore.”

Ye grew up as an only child. He belongs to a generation defined by China’s one-child policy -- a hundred million individuals nicknamed ‘Little Emperors.’ Ye admits his parents –business types who became rich off of China’s growth– spoiled him. They grew up surrounded by famine and violent political campaigns. Like many Chinese parents in the 1980s, they wanted an easier life for their only son.

“When I was young, we ate out three or four times a week," remembers Ye. "At home, my parents always fed me Ferrero Rocher chocolates. We had lots of those at home. They were a sign of wealth back then.”

Another sign you made it was dining out at the increasing number of American fast food restaurants in China.

In one of many McDonald's ads on Chinese television, a girl screams “I’ve got a magic box!” She holds up her Happy Meal and smiles as her friends cheer. The commercial is a reminder of how the diabetes epidemic began in the United States.

Video of McDonalds Happy Meal TVC - via Mumbrella Asia

But in China, say experts, the conditions seem even more ripe: globalization, urbanization, and - in terms of exercise - stagnation.

"Fewer people ride bicycles in China these days, fewer people walk," says Xu Zhangrong, deputy secretary of the China Diabetes Society. "More people are driving cars. And think of the environmental factors - the air is often smoggy, so fewer people go outside to exercise."

In 1980, less than 1 percent of Chinese adults had diabetes – now it’s at least 10 percent. Zhang says 1 in 4 Chinese have abnormal blood sugar levels – a precursor to the disease. Doctor Xu says the sudden rise of diabetes in China is not only a health threat, but an economic one. He says it could bankrupt the country’s healthcare system.

“It’s a big problem – about 80 percent of the expenditures on diabetes treatment in China goes to treating complications, the most expensive type of treatment," says Zhang. "But because many Chinese can’t afford proper healthcare, they’re forced to wait until they experience complications.”

In the waiting room of a diabetes clinic in Shanghai, it's standing-room only. More than a hundred people take a number and wait for an automated voice to direct them to an available doctor. With plans to move 100 million people to the city in the next five years, Doctor Xu says waiting times in China will only become longer.

But Xu says one thing can’t wait: China needs to shift its focus from treating diabetes to preventing it.

Adams asks lawyer to contact police

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:03
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams asks his solicitor to contact the police to check if they want to interview him about the murder of Jean McConville.

HS2 'will not link to Eurostar'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 09:02
The HS2 rail route will not be linked to the Eurostar train line, confirms Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

VIDEO: Close-up: Taiwan's chair barricade

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:51
Students broke into the legislature late on Tuesday and have since defied police efforts to evict them, using barricades made of furniture.

Selfie Day: Who do we think we are?

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:28
Send us a selfie that shows us who you really are

U.S. Sending More Troops To Hunt For Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:25

The leader of the tiny Lord's Resistance Army is wanted for turning young captives into soldiers and for brutality that stretches across several nations. Social media helped spread the word about him.

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Widow guilty of fiance's murder

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:13
A widow and her son's friend are found guilty of killing her new fiance after realising he had "blown" a £40,000 inheritance.

Which Artwork Is A Metaphor For The Current Global Condition?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:12

President Obama took a moment from his European tour to stroll through Amsterdam's spectacular Rijksmuseum. That got NPR's Ari Shapiro wondering about which painting captures the current global mood.

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VIDEO: Death hospital errors made public

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 08:00
A hospital where a girl bled to death reveals its 43 errors, weeks after withholding them for fear of putting staff under "more stress".

Woman 'kicked Clifford between legs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:57
A woman who was an extra in a James Bond film tells a court she kicked Max Clifford "between the legs" after he pushed her on to a sofa and tried to kiss her.

VIDEO: Watson 'can't wait' to graduate

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:45
Actress Emma Watson talks about her upcoming film Noah which also stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Dutch hit record low score in SL loss

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:39
Sri Lanka dismiss the Netherlands for 39, the lowest score in Twenty20 international history, as they cruise to a Group One victory.

Fugitive paedophile priest jailed

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:38
A priest who sexually assaulted seven children before spending more than two decades on the run in Spain is jailed.

Egyptian Court Sentences More Than 500 Morsi Supporters To Die

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:37

The court found 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters guilty of killing one police officer in a riot last year. It is being described as the country's largest-ever mass sentencing.

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UK army in Germany 'rethink' urged

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:35
The Army should increase troop numbers in light of the Ukraine and Syria crises and retain 3,000 soldiers in Germany, says a former chief of staff.

Grab your coat, we're going to the frozen food aisle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:34

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Monday's gossip column

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:30
Spurs want Salzburg winger Sadio Mane, Salomon Kalou turned down Arsenal, Neil Warnock in for Billy Davies at Forest, plus more

AUDIO: Deep sea mining 'worth £150bn' to UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-24 07:22
Deep sea mining could provide the UK economy with a "great deal" of mineral resources and wealth, a marine biologist claims.

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