News story: Chief Medical Officer calls for unified approach to revolutionise health by 2040


first_img A more equal, healthier society is within our grasp but we need to be brave, bold and seize the moment. Health is our main asset as a nation – a healthier population translates to a healthier economy. By repositioning health and reshaping our environment, we can make it easier to live well for longer and reduce the gap in health inequalities between the richest and poorest in our society. We can and should make our environment fairer and healthier for all. Professor Dame Sally Davies has said that we can look toward to the next 2 decades with optimism. The environment we live in must be improved to make it easier for health to be a priority for everyone. Healthy behaviours should be normalised, with healthy choices becoming the easy choice.Her latest annual report examines how a unified approach can contribute to a healthier future and reduce inequalities. Supported by ground-breaking technology and research, this can dramatically improve self-management of long-term conditions and the delivery of healthcare across the country.The Chief Medical Officer states that we must establish clear rules to liberate technology to deliver safe, quick and significant changes to patients across England. This will ensure that everyone benefits from innovative technology.Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, said:last_img read more

Iraq Is Expected to Ask U.S. Troops to Remain


first_img The man nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Pentagon said that he expects that Iraq will ask to extend the presence of U.S. troops in the country beyond the deadline of the end of 2011. If that occurs, the United States should say yes, outgoing CIA chief Leon Panetta told a Senate committee considering his nomination for the post of secretary of defense. “It is clear to me that Iraq is considering the possibility of making a request for some kind of (troop) presence to remain there,” he said. Panetta said that he believes that the request will come “at some point.” The Shiite-dominated governing coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is debating whether to ask Washington to leave some of its 47,000 soldiers in Iraq, perhaps as instructors and advisers. At least one group in Maliki’s coalition, however, the Sadr bloc led by anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, is energetically opposed to a continuing presence by Washington’s troops beyond 2011, the date set for the soldiers’ withdrawal under a bilateral security agreement. U.S. and Iraqi military commanders fear that the Iraqi armed forces are not fully prepared to defend the country. Washington has noted deficiencies in Iraqi air defenses, intelligence fusion, and logistics, among other areas. Violence has decreased considerably since the most intense period of the war in Iraq, but security remains precarious. Five U.S. soldiers died Monday in a rocket attack, the worst incident for U.S. forces in at least two years. Panetta said that he believes that there are still one thousand Al Qaeda militants in Iraq. “It, too, continues to be a fragile situation, and I believe that we should take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that we protect whatever progress we have made there,” he said. Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates has publicly suggested that Iran is another reason to maintain U.S. forces in Iraq. Washington has accused Iran of supporting Shiite militias, an accusation that Teheran denies, and Iraqi Sunnis view Iran’s intentions with enormous mistrust. Gates said last month that a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq would be “reassuring” to the states of the Persian Gulf. He also said that it would not be reassuring to neighboring Iran, and “that’s a good thing.” By Dialogo June 13, 2011last_img read more

Saudi diplomat dies as overspeeding bike crashes


first_imgGurgaon, Apr 30 (PTI) A 38-year-old Saudi Arabian diplomat died today after his motorcycle skidded off the road while he was racing with four of his friends here, police said.”Salman Jebi died this evening after his overspeeding mobike lost balance and skidded while he was on his way to Surajkund area in Faridabad,” said Hawa Singh, PRO of Gurgaon police.”Jebi died on the spot as his bike collided with a grill beside the road and turned turtle, tossed in the air a few metres from the accident scene,” Singh said.His friends immediately informed the police and called for an ambulance but Jebi was declared brought dead by doctors at a private hospital, Singh said, adding, the four were racing and high speed of the motorcycle was the reason for the accident.He was wearing helmet and knee pads, a police official said.”Jebi was working in the Saudi embassy in Delhi as a senior counsellor for the last couple of years and came to Gurgaon with his friends who were driving different sports bikes to Gurgaon expressway and Faridabads Surajkund road,” Singh added. PTI CORR DEY RCB ZMN RCBlast_img read more