‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

One pupil said: ‘I will never forgive the government for compromising students’ health so seriously.’ Photograph: Alamy Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. About half a million 16-year-olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G. As GCSEs drew to a close this week, many who sat them responded to a…

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Parkinson’s disease, this new virus could be the reason behind it

Parkinson’s disease, this new virus could be the reason behind it

According to the study conducted by the American Society for Microbiology, bacteriophages play a certain role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The researchers, led by George Tetz, showed that the abundance of lytic Lactococcus phages was higher in PD patients when compared to healthy individuals. This abundance led to a 10-fold reduction in neurotransmitter-producing Lactococcus, suggesting the possible role of phages in neurodegeneration. Comparative analysis of the bacterial component also revealed significant decreases in Streptococcus spp. and Lactobacillus spp. in PD. Lactococcus are regulators of gut permeability and…

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Extreme heat and cold could be the reason for increasing workplace accidents

Extreme heat and cold could be the reason for increasing workplace accidents

Turns out, hot and cold weather has a major impact on your injuries at the workplace. According to a study conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, moderate and extreme ambient temperatures increase the risk of occupational accidents. The study analysed data on nearly 16 million occupational injuries that occurred in Spain over a 20-year period. Heat and cold are believed to be associated with a higher risk of occupational injury, but the existing scientific evidence consists of only a handful of studies with a small number of cases…

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Los Angeles Is (Finally) the Fifth Fashion Capital

Los Angeles Is (Finally) the Fifth Fashion Capital

LOS ANGELES, United States — A few weeks ago, Tom Ford ran a classified advertisement in the Los Angeles Times seeking a “senior research designer.” The key elements of the job description? Develop and maintain the fashion library. Coordinate designer concepts. Analyse market trends. Who knows whether or not prospects read the fine print. (Yes, it ran in print.) But while Ford may have chosen an old fashioned — if entirely charming — recruitment method to get the word out, there’s nothing retro about the operation he set up in Los Angeles in early 2017….

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Launch your career on the right trajectory

Launch your career on the right trajectory

Careers unfold over a lifetime. Unexpected opportunities and obstacles arise—at work and at home—that affect how a career progresses, especially for women. The same job that may eventually lead one person into the c-suite may end in a stalled career for another. There are multiple paths and no guarantees. It’s all part of the journey. But we do know that certain choices, especially early in one’s career, can set people on trajectories that increase the likelihood of long-term career success. So, a key question for gaining more gender equality in…

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What the happiest two-career couples are doing differently

What the happiest two-career couples are doing differently

Image: Shutterstock  The currently prevailing pessimism about the viability of dual-career couples may dishearten the romantic in us, but it has some basis in reality. Even for single people and sole breadwinners, work-life balance can sometimes feel like an impossibility. Two people staggering in search of their own equilibrium can easily step on each other’s toes, if not knock each other down. On the other hand, they could theoretically help each other find more solid footing than either could achieve alone. The optimistic quest for a shared, equal foothold helps…

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The Cruise Liner Career Checklist

The Cruise Liner Career Checklist

One of the most sought after job opportunities for a section of the youth with an interest in the hospitality industry are positions onboard cruise liners. The demand for such jobs has obviously created a supply of academies and institutes which train youngsters for the rigors and demands which are required to occupy such positions onboard the luxury ships. If you are gearing up for a career onboard a cruise liner, it is imperative that you check the credentials of such institutes to ensure that the training and certification which…

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Brussels is gorgeous. Here are the 6 best places to visit

Brussels is gorgeous. Here are the 6 best places to visit

If you want to experience Mother Nature in all her glory, Brussels is where you need to be. Sunbeams pierce the sky while birds chirp, spring has arrived in Flanders. The capital in particular comes alive with floral beauty. Here are six of the best locations to discover Brussels: Meise Botanical Garden Just outside of the capital, you can find a green patchwork of plants 18,000 of them to be precise. In the spring, the budding flowers in Brussels’ Meise Botanical Garden provide a colourful spectacle. Stroll through this ‘green…

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Is MBA + Engineering the key to success? Experts bust common myths

Is MBA + Engineering the key to success? Experts bust common myths

Myths surrounding MBA and engineering, placements and studying abroad, decoded by career counsellors and students ‘An engineering degree should always be followed by an MBA’. ‘Good grades guarantee a good job’. ‘Admission into a top B-school means you have a secure future’. Career counsellors and education consultants say these are some of the most common myths that need busting, as students prepare to step out of college and look beyond. “There are so many options today, and so much has changed, that parents and students start out very confused,” says…

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Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Sarah Marshall takes an expert-led tour of Florence and finds its artistic spirit still aflame CREDIT:TIMARBAEV/TIMARBAEV Exploding in shades of magenta, mauve and violet, unfurling iris blooms dance on the breezy slopes of Viale dei Colli, one of the few green areas in this stone-built Tuscan city. Each spring, locals meander along stone paths shaded by olive trees, admiring entrants to the Concorso Internazionale dell’Iris, a competition celebrating the city’s emblematic giaggiolo flower. “This is one of my favourite places,” enthuses author Kamin Mohammadi. “It’s only open for two weeks of…

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