National / International News

Practical skills 'needs more focus'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:39
Too much attention has been paid to increasing the number of young people gaining a degree at the expense of vocational education, a report claims.

VIDEO: Bonham Carter: 'Tarantula bit my friend'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:38
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet talk about their latest film The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet and why they want to work with each other again

VIDEO: The bike that 'teaches you to ride'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:38
Can this machine really teach you to cycle in a few hours?

Exam subject range set to be cut back

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:38
Exam reforms in England will see tougher qualifications for some subjects - while others could be scrapped as GCSEs and A-levels.

Fatal probe sees busy road closed

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:34
Part of a busy Aberdeen road will be closed to allow further investigations into the death of a woman who was hit by a lorry.

Koalas hug trees to lose heat

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:33
Hugging trees helps koalas to keep cool, a study using thermal imaging cameras reveals.

BT signs £300m wind farm energy deal

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:29
BT agrees a £300m deal to buy enough energy to meet the needs of all its Scottish operations from a wind farm in the Borders.

The man who prepared France for D-Day

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:24
The man who told ordinary French people what to do on D-Day

Independence fiscal forecast updated

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:22
An independent Scotland could face bigger spending cuts and higher tax rises than previously predicted, according to latest update from the IFS.

People 'more negative about Russia'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:07
People's views of Russia have strongly deteriorated since last year, the latest 24-country poll conducted for the BBC World Service suggests.

Lessons on dying, to be learned from doctors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:07

A New England pediatrician – writing under the pseudonym Russell Saunders – wrote an article in the Daily Beast today about a new study that confirms something we’ve known for years: Physicians do not want to prolong the end of their lives unnecessarily.

An overwhelming number of them (88 percent) said they would want an “advance directive that would stipulate ‘do not resuscitate’ (or DNR) status at the ends of their lives,” Saunders wrote, something I, too, learned as I wrote an article for Marketplace and the New York Times last fall:

“When it comes to dying, doctors, of course, are ultimately no different from the rest of us. And their emotional and physical struggles are surely every bit as wrenching. But they have a clear advantage over many of us. They have seen death up close. They understand their choices, and they have access to the best that medicine has to offer.” 

Examining the choices doctors make about their own final days can help the rest of us. While most people want to die at home, Medicare data shows that more than 50 percent of patients spend their final days in the hospital or a nursing home.

Part of the problem is most patients don’t know when the game is up. Simply, it’s hard for someone who lacks medical training to know whether there’s a chance to throw that Hail Mary and still win the game. Doctors know better.

The question is how to get our physicians to do a better job giving us the kind of information they have, thanks to their training and exposure to life-and-death situations. One obvious answer is to pay doctors to sit down and have these conversations with their patients.

It’s clear talking about death is difficult, sometimes near impossible. That’s true for some physicians, too. But as this new study suggests, doctors are arguably more thoughtful than the general public. And that gives doctors a chance to consider carefully whether the next procedure they order for their dying patient is a procedure they would order for themselves.

Can you lose your language?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:07
Is it possible to forget one's native tongue?

VIDEO: Berners-Lee: An unlikely fraud victim

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:06
Mary Berners-Lee, the mother of the man who invented the world wide web, tells BBC Watchdog how she fell victim to courier fraud.

VIDEO: Why koalas hug trees on hot days

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:05
Hugging trees helps koalas to keep cool, a study using thermal imaging cameras reveals.

US online courses open up to Iran

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:00
The US online college cleared to take Iranian students

Driving ex-soldiers back to work

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:00
The chauffeur company getting ex-soldiers back to work

The cheapest places to buy citizenship

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:00
Where is the cheapest place to buy a passport?

VIDEO: Game not over: Tetris turns 30

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:00
One of the world's most popular and enduring video games, Tetris, celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

VIDEO: China's post Tiananmen generation

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 14:49
The BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie has been back to Beijing to find out what young people today think 25 years after Tiananmen Square.

Best yet to come - Johnson-Thompson

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 14:42
Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson vows there's more to come after winning the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria.

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