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Fox in the Snow Mittens pattern by Patons

<b>NOTE:</b> to access the colourwork chart the PDF file has to be downloaded.<p>Using the soft variegation of Patons Kroy Socks FX, fair isle a skulk of foxes …

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Science Weekly podcast: the problem with drugs for mental illness

The Guardian's Science Weekly<p>Psychology<p><b>Dr Joanna Moncrieff</b> argues that drugs for depression and schizophrenia are not getting to the root of these conditions<p>Subscribe via Apple Podcasts<br>• Download MP3<br>• Podcast feed URL<p>Presented by Alok Jha and produced by Jason Phipps with Nicola Davis and Robin …

Germany adopts third gender law

Germany has become Europe's first country to introduce a third gender by allowing babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.<p>The new law gives parents an option of leaving gender section blank on birth certificate, creating a category in public …

Patient feedback to drive change across the health service

Changes to the NHS must be driven by the patients and consumers that use its services, health leaders have heard.<p>Steven Dorrell MP, chair of the health select committee, told a meeting of policymakers and healthcare professionals that the NHS must respond to the priorities and wishes of patients. …

Why the NHS needs a blend of private and public sector managers

In March this year, the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, launched an initiative to attract managers from the private sector into the NHS, amid fears that health managers have become too institutionalised. This initiative was, and still is, met with some criticism – with many critics …

Does Mark Britnell have the solution to the NHS 'crisis'?

The Foundation Trust Network has been gathering in Liverpool for its annual conference against a background of drift and crisis in the NHS. Like soothsayers in the dying days of a crumbling empire, the service is beset by reports and speeches predicting collapse. Harder to find are leadership and …

GPs condemn David Cameron's open-all-hours surgery plans

Senior doctors have condemned the prime minister's pledge that GP surgeries will open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week as unrealistic and unachievable, as a Guardian analysis of existing opening times showed that just 1% of practices see patients on both weekend days and three-quarters are shut …

What are the real challenges of NHS finances?

Over the last year, there have been a quarter of a million more A&E attendances to deal with, translating into a total of five million emergency admissions. Nine million 999 calls have been answered; and an estimated 150million different patient interactions delivered by community services.<p>Over a …

Glossary of healthcare jargon and acronyms

<b>111</b>: the new non-emergency number for health in England, replacing NHS Direct's telephone advice line (although NHS Direct hopes to run it in many locations) and out of hours GP helplines, and already live in County Durham and Darlington, Nottingham City, Lincolnshire and Luton. The government …

The homeless aren't 'negative impacts' – they are living victims of policy

Homelessness is not a problem. Homelessness is many problems woven together into a human calamity and a social catastrophe: lack of housing; lack of jobs; lack of money; lack of social support; lack of mental health care; but above all, lack of compassion where it matters.<p>The past week has vividly …

The sex worker stigma: How the law perpetuates our hatred (and fear) of prostitutes

<b>A worker in prostitution who goes by the name "Violet," in downtown San Francisco. (AP/Darryl Bush)</b><p>Our society turns a blind eye to the murder of sex workers, deeming them less than human. Why is that?<p>Laura Agustin<p>August 17, 2013 11:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin.<p>It doesn’t …

Food bank inquiries soar as further working class families slide into poverty

An "alarming" 78% rise in food bank inquiries has taken place over the last six months, as people with jobs start using them to provide emergency supplies until their next pay day.<p>The figures from Citizens Advice will raise serious concerns that more people are sliding towards the poverty line and …

What picketing taught me about feminism

<b>Workers and labor activists march for a higher minimum wage for fast food workers in Detroit, May 2013. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook)</b><p>Mainstream feminists could learn a lot about solidarity from the collective action of a picket line<p>Julia Carrie Wong<p>August 16, 2013 1:58pm (UTC)<p>The first time I walked a …

Idea: Photograph Your City Skyline in the Reflection of a Lens

Here’s a neat photo idea: capture a city’s skyline in the reflection on the front of a camera lens. Photographer Christopher Anderson recently shot …

Charity helps former prisoners adjust to life after jail

Alfred Ekpenyong knows first hand how tough it can be to find a secure foothold in mainstream society after leaving prison. "There are so many barriers when you get out of prison and you are trying to establish yourself. Just having a criminal record creates problems with finding work."<p>It was so …

'Too much reassurance is dangerous for the NHS'

I have been trying to fathom what, deep down, has caused the many disasters that have beset the NHS in the past few years. I know there are many surface causes, such as underfunding, under-staffing, the chasing after targets, the continuous shift of government policies, the paperwork, the …

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers

A psychiatrist who once "treated" me used to recite this rueful little mantra: "They say failed doctors become psychiatrists, and that failed psychiatrists specialise in drugs." By drugs this psychiatrist meant drugs of addiction – and his "treatment" of me consisted of prescribing Temgesic, a …