<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/health/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ New integrated gambling support services launches in Leeds ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-integrated-gambling-support-services-launches-in-leeds-1f43a925451c4a735572075942209583 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-integrated-gambling-support-services-launches-in-leeds-1f43a925451c4a735572075942209583 Wednesday 18 September, 2019

A new, fully integrated support service for people with gambling problems is launching in Leeds.


The Leeds Community Gambling Service is the first gambling support service of its kind and involves an ambitious collaboration between leading gambling support charity GamCare, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Leeds City Council.


The new integrated service in Leeds is being funded by national charity GambleAware, and will form part of the wider NHS Northern Gambling Service funded by NHS England.


The NHS Northern Gambling Service will provide care for those with severe addictions, and provide treatment and support for people with additional and complex mental health conditions, impaired social functioning, and those who may present with more risk - such as a risk of suicide. Services will also support family and friends who have been impacted by gambling harms.


In Leeds local residents will benefit from additional prevention, education and treatment for gambling harm provided by GamCare. They will deliver training, outreach and prevention work across the Leeds area to ensure that other local services are aware of how gambling problems may impact their clients, as well as how they can seamlessly refer into dedicated support services. Training will also benefit local primary care and local authority staff in identifying people in need of help and support at all stages – be it before entering treatment, during or after.


GamCare and LYPFT have taken a unified approach to make sure people across the whole spectrum of need are able to access the necessary help and support quickly and easily. The variety of services available will also provide organisations with much-needed insight to help continuously improve treatment for gambling problems elsewhere across the UK.


Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware says:


“Our aim is to prevent people getting into problems with their gambling, all the while making sure that those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. We are delighted to be commissioning this new integrated service, delivered by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with GamCare. These new services will play a vital role in making sure those with more serious and complex needs linked to gambling, will have quick access to free, fast and effective treatment, wherever they may be. We very much look forward to seeing this clinic open and we would welcome the opportunity to potentially replicate this approach in other areas of the UK in the future”


Anna Hemmings, CEO at GamCare, says:


“A wide range of needs arise from gambling-related harms, which can impact on mental health and wellbeing and often creates a sense of isolation for those affected. The range of services we provide can significantly improve quality of life and reduce the adverse impacts of gambling.


For those affected by disordered gambling, our treatment services can offer valuable support and we’d encourage people to get in touch as early as possible, not to let problems build up and get to crisis point.


GamCare is delighted to work in partnership with the NHS to deliver these services so that we can collectively have greater impact and reduce the harms caused through gambling.”


Matt Gaskell, Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead for Addictions, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trusts, says:


“Through my work in mental health and addictions treatment over the years I’ve seen the harms that problem gambling can inflict on people. I’m proud to be involved in this much needed service. It is vital that we work together to provide a range of accessible and effective services to reduce these harms.


Our services in Leeds and across the North of England will provide specialist addiction support and treatment to people affected by gambling addiction or disorder, as well as those with more complex mental health problems such as depression and suicidal feelings.”


Local GamCare treatment partner NECA and Leeds City Council championed and showed strong leadership and enthusiasm for the new treatment service to be housed in the city. This interest, plus the commitment to work collaboratively with the NHS and voluntary sectors to deliver support, raise awareness and develop more referral routes into treatment, heavily influenced the decision to host the service in the area.


Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council Deputy Leader and executive member for communities, says:


“Research shows that 10,000 people in Leeds are affected by problem gambling. We know that problem gambling is now a public health issue which can damage people’s lives, significantly affect their health and have a huge impact on families, loved ones, and communities.


“Leeds prides itself on being a compassionate city. As a council we recognise the importance of taking a partnership approach to developing services which support vulnerable people and improve the health of the poorest the fastest. These innovative gambling support services are an important step forward in providing the education, training and support which is so desperately needed.”


Leeds was selected as a suitable central hub location for gambling support services across the North of England as it will complement the existing GambleAware funded NHS National Gambling Treatment Service in London.


To find help and support across Leeds now, visit www.gamcare.org.uk/leeds, or call the National Gambling HelpLine on Freephone 0808 80 20 133.



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Contact:
Catherine Sweetcatherine.sweet@gamcare.org.uk020 7801 7028


NOTES


About GambleAware:


GambleAware is an independent charity (Charity No. England & Wales 1093910, Scotland SC049433) that champions a public health approach to preventing gambling harms – see http://about.gambleaware.org/
GambleAware is a commissioner of integrated prevention, education and treatment services on a national scale, with over £40 million of grant funding under active management. In partnership with gambling treatment providers, GambleAware has spent several years methodically building structures for commissioning a coherent system of brief intervention and treatment services, with clearly defined care pathways and established referral routes to and from the NHS – a National Gambling Treatment Service.
The National Gambling Treatment Service brings together a National Gambling Helpline and a network of locally-based providers across Great Britain that works with partner agencies and people with lived experience to design and deliver a system, which meets the needs of individuals. This system delivers a range of treatment services, including brief intervention, counselling (delivered either face-to-face or online), residential programmes and psychiatrist-led care.
In the 12 months to 31 March 2019, provisional figures show that the National Gambling Treatment Service treated 10,000 people and this is projected to rise to 24,000 people a year by 2021. Helpline activity is currently running at about 30,000 calls and on-line chats per annum. GambleAware also runs the website BeGambleAware.org which helps 2.7 million visitors a year, and signposts to a wide range of support services.
GambleAware produces public health campaigns including Bet Regret. A Safer Gambling Board, including representatives from Public Health England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and GambleAware, is responsible for the design and delivery of a campaign based on best practice in public health education. The Bet Regret campaign is being funded through specific, additional donations to the charity, in line with a commitment given to the government by the broadcasting, advertising and gambling industries.See https://about.gambleaware.org/prevention/safer-gambling-campaign/.


About GamCare:


GamCare operates the National Gambling HelpLine on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat at www.gamcare.org.uk, providing information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling, funded by GambleAware. Currently available 8am – Midnight every day, Advisers will be available 24 hours a day from 1st
October 2019.GamCare also provides a range of free treatment (face to face, online or over the phone) for anyone affected by problem gambling across England, Scotland and Wales, funded by GambleAware, as well as Forum and daily chatrooms so that people can speak to others experiencing similar issues and seek support.GamCare’s organisational strategy is available to download at: www.gamcare.org.uk/publications, along with their latest Annual Review and Statistics.

About Leeds Community Gambling Service:


The Leeds Community Gambling Service offers a range of support which can be provided face-to-face, online or over the phone. The service can support you if you are a gambler, or if you are affected by the gambling behaviour of a family member or friend. All of our services are free of charge and completely confidential.Merrion House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8LX | 0113 388 6466 | www.gamcare.org.uk/leeds | Mon – Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pmTo contact the service regarding training or outreach, please email Leedscommunitygamblingservice@gamcare.org.uk

More about the NHS Northern Gambling Service


This service is run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It covers theNorth East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber and counties in the north Midlands. Its first base has opened in Leeds alongside the Leeds Community Gambling Service and there are plans for further bases in Manchester and Sunderland to open in the next six months.


Find out more about the NHS Northern Gambling Service at
www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/northern-gambling-service



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18 Sep 2019 07:16:37 GMT
<![CDATA[ Haag-Streit Academy host a successful ‘Gold Standard’ Perimetry Course ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/haag-streit-academy-host-a-successful-gold-standard-perimetry-course-8552939f5d40e10a9d6e94b76b43ed90 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/haag-streit-academy-host-a-successful-gold-standard-perimetry-course-8552939f5d40e10a9d6e94b76b43ed90 Friday 13 September, 2019

Harlow, UK – 13th September 2019 – Haag-Streit Academy hosted a successful ‘Gold Standard’ Perimetry Course on 10th September 2019. The education event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds, was extremely well-received, with excellent feedback from delegates.

The ‘Gold Standard’ Perimetry Course provided attendees with expert advice and a detailed overview of how to get the most out of their perimeter. The day included lectures and demonstrations delivered by perimetry specialist Prof. Fiona Rowe, Professor in Orthoptics & Health Services at the University of Liverpool.


Professor Rowe covered topics including; ‘System & test set-up’, ‘Static & kinetic examination’, ‘Test evaluation cluster’ and ‘Polar & trend analysis’. Other members of the faculty delivered a series of talks on the practicalities of using the Haag-Streit Octopus 900, the true successor to the Goldmann perimeter. They shared practical advice on how to use the instrument to achieve superior results in both kinetic and static perimetry.


In addition, delegates participated in hands-on sessions and test simulations facilitated by the Haag-Streit Academy team. The one day programme offered 6 CPD points.


Grant Duncan, HS-UK Clinical Training Manager, said, “We are very pleased with the success of the latest ‘Gold Standard’ Perimetry course. The practical workshops always receive excellent feedback and we chose to recruit a smaller group for this course, to ensure delegates could really benefit from the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art Octopus 900
perimetry system.”


Grant continued, “The smaller group size was a great success and as a result, we will certainly look to host a greater number of smaller, more focussed courses in the future.”


For further information on any of the future Haag-Streit Academy courses, please visit https://hsuk.co/eventbrite or email academy@haag-streit-uk.com



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13 Sep 2019 10:20:06 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Public Access Defibrillator - Alderbook, Crowborough ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-public-access-defibrillator-alderbook-crowborough-21843465f74f9eb5d9865d33dece14b5 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-public-access-defibrillator-alderbook-crowborough-21843465f74f9eb5d9865d33dece14b5 Thursday 12 September, 2019

The Alderbrook Community Association, Crowborough have worked with Wealden District Council Housing and Property Services and Crowborough Community First Responders to provide an emergency defibrillator unit for the Alderbrook estate. The Association successfully applied to the WDC Housing and Property Services Community & Environmental Budget for funding, with the Crowborough First Responders giving expert advice on the location, installation and specification of the unit. The nearest alternative defibrillator is located too far from the estate to have been used in a medical emergency. Thanks to everyone involved in this project for their work and time in providing this potentially lifesaving equipment for the local community.


The defibrillator unit is secured with an alarm and keypad lock to ensure that no-one can gain access without good need. If someone is calling 999 for any relevant incident, this will trigger the dispatch system to look for public access defibrillators within a defined area. The South East Coast Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre will then release the code to access the unit. If someone is stood next to the cabinet and calls, then the same applies and the code will be released.



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12 Sep 2019 21:00:14 GMT
<![CDATA[ Tinnitus charity expert comes to Birmingham tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-expert-comes-to-birmingham-tinnitus-support-group-2a00c0c9aede09a89726d0a172a5dd87 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-expert-comes-to-birmingham-tinnitus-support-group-2a00c0c9aede09a89726d0a172a5dd87 Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 An expert from the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) will be speaking at the next meeting of the Birmingham and District tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place 10.30am – 12 noon Tuesday 8 October, at the offices of Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham B2 5DB.


The volunteer led group enables people with tinnitus to meet others with the condition, hear useful tips on coping methods, find out what help is available and hear about the latest research.


Colette Bunker, BTA Volunteer and Support Group Manager will be discussing the latest research looking at ways to manage tinnitus, and talking about the work the BTA does to support those who experience the condition.


Colette comments: “I look forward to coming to Birmingham and speaking with the support group. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational. I feel I learn something every time I attend a group meeting. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Around one in eight people experience persistent tinnitus. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


Colette adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact Lorna Mills on 0121 352 0671 or Eileen Hewitson on 01384 831032 for more details or email info@tinnitusbham.org.uk


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Editors Notes


The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.  The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via Not">www.tinnitus.org.uk/donateNot">... an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information



Nic Wray, Communications Manager


nic@tinnitus.org.uk


0114 250 9933



Emily Ducker, Volunteering and Engagement Support 0114 250 9933


EmilyD@tinnitus.org.uk


British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB



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12 Sep 2019 13:14:58 GMT
<![CDATA[ Tinnitus charity chief comes to Warwick tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-chief-comes-to-warwick-tinnitus-support-group-6071ce46ce98e3feb732f528b135b56b https://pressat.co.uk/releases/tinnitus-charity-chief-comes-to-warwick-tinnitus-support-group-6071ce46ce98e3feb732f528b135b56b Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) Chief Executive David Stockdale will be talking about the latest developments in tinnitus research at the next meeting of the Warwick tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place at 2.00pm – 4.00pm Friday 18 October, in Room 5, John Turner Building, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW.


The group, organised by the Audiology Department at Warwick Hospital allows people with tinnitus to come together in a friendly environment and share their experiences.


David comments: “I look forward to coming to Gloucester and speaking with the support group and sharing the latest news about tinnitus research and the search for a cure. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


David adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact the Audiology department 01926 482 668 or visit our website https://www.swft.nhs.uk/our-services/adult-hospital-services/audiology-hearing


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Editors Notes


The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.  The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via Not">www.tinnitus.org.uk/donateNot">... an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information



Nic Wray, Communications Manager


nic@tinnitus.org.uk


0114 250 9933



British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB



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12 Sep 2019 11:44:32 GMT
<![CDATA[ Charity chief comes to Gloucester tinnitus support group ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-chief-comes-to-gloucester-tinnitus-support-group-2990b9aa0a585a27f13c55da5d7ec111 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/charity-chief-comes-to-gloucester-tinnitus-support-group-2990b9aa0a585a27f13c55da5d7ec111 Thursday 12 September, 2019

12 September 2019 The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) Chief Executive David Stockdale will be talking at the next meeting of the Gloucester tinnitus support group. The meeting will take place at 2.00pm – 4.00pm Tuesday 1 October, at Gloucestershire Deaf Association, Colin Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JL.


The group, organised by Gloucestershire Deaf Association allows people with tinnitus to come together in a friendly environment and share their experiences.


David Stockdale, Chief Executive of the BTA will be discussing how to manage tinnitus, and talking about the work the BTA does to support people with the condition as well as talking about the latest research news.


David comments: “I look forward to coming to Gloucester and speaking with the support group. Being among people who have tinnitus, listening to their experiences and how they manage it, can be inspirational. I feel I learn something every time I attend a group meeting. It is amazing seeing the difference it makes to people, especially those who have recently been diagnosed.”


Tinnitus is defined as the experience of sounds with no external source, most commonly ringing or buzzing, but sometimes experienced as whooshing, clicking or even music. Many people aren’t troubled by sounds they hear, but for around 10%, the condition has a significant impact on their quality of life, often linked to stress, anxiety or sometimes depression.


David adds: “Tinnitus can be an isolating condition, and we’re keen to spread the word that there are management techniques which can help a person lead the best life they can, and to reduce the burden of living with this condition.”


If you would like to find out more, please contact the Gloucestershire Deaf Association on 01452 372999 or admin@gda.org.uk


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Editors Notes


The BTA is an independent charity which supports over 1 million people per year who experience tinnitus and advises medical professionals from across the world. It is the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK.  The BTA needs to raise £975,000 each year to continue their UK wide support. Donations can be made via Not">www.tinnitus.org.uk/donateNot">... an illness or disease, tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound. The noise can have virtually any quality. Ringing, whistling, and buzzing are common, but more complex sounds may also be reported.

For more information



Nic Wray, Communications Manager


nic@tinnitus.org.uk


0114 250 9933



British Tinnitus Association
Ground Floor Unit 5 Acorn Business Park
Woodseats Close
Sheffield, S8 0TB



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12 Sep 2019 10:48:18 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Study Finds SkinVision Detects 95% of Skin Cancer ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-study-finds-skinvision-detects-95-of-skin-cancer-470250379fb3c4519381e9a167d762d8 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/new-study-finds-skinvision-detects-95-of-skin-cancer-470250379fb3c4519381e9a167d762d8 Thursday 12 September, 2019

An international group of researchers working with Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in the Netherlands determined that SkinVision – the first CE-marked skin cancer application based on extensive clinical trials – has a sensitivity of 95.1% in detecting the most common forms of skin cancer. 


The research published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (JEADV) evaluated the accuracy of the application for triaging skin lesions. The researchers found that the SkinVision algorithm has high sensitivity to detect skin cancer and can be a valuable tool for early skin cancer detection.


Early Recognition of Skin Cancer 


Skin cancer is a growing problem, with currently between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occurring each year globally. In fact, one in three cancers diagnosed is skin cancer. The good news is that 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if caught at an early stage.


As healthcare systems are adopting more innovative technology, there is increasing evidence that mobile health apps can help to save lives. SkinVision empowers individuals to take their skin health into their own hands by transforming their smartphone into a medical device for skin cancer risk assessment. So far, SkinVision has assisted in the finding of more than 35,000 skin cancer cases globally and managed to direct those people to a healthcare professional for further examination.


The service has the potential to triage those in need of treatment and could help to decrease both the average cost of treatment and the number of unnecessary doctor visits. The company has built up a customer portfolio of 1,200,000 users globally and a database of 3.5 million pictures of suspicious and benign skin spots.


‘The field of mHealth apps for the risk assessment of skin cancer is undergoing rapid evolution. It is clear from this and other recent studies based on clinical images that the application of machine learning in large image databases leads to a high sensitivity to distinguish between malignant and benign skin cancer cases,’ said Tiago M. C. D. Marques, postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus MC, and one of the study authors.


To evaluate the sensitivity of the algorithm, researchers used 285 histopathologically validated skin cancer cases from two previously published clinical studies and the smartphone application user database. The specificity was computed on a separate set from the user base, which contained 6,000 clinically-validated cases.


‘Providing the layperson with a highly sensitive, robust and easy-to-use method to check skin lesions for cancer has been the SkinVision research team’s goal for the past seven years,' said Andreea Udrea, a Ph.D. researcher at SkinVision, associate professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest and the lead author of the study. ‘I’m confident to say that SkinVision users benefit from the latest technological advancements that have been incorporated in a rigorous and clinically tested mHealth app.’


In terms of specificity, Erasmus MC is currently preparing a prospective study for further clinical validation, which will be performed at the Outpatient Dermatology Department during the coming months.


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About SkinVision


SkinVision is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. SkinVision was founded in 2012 and is an awareness and tracking solution that supports individuals with the early recognition of skin cancer. Research shows the app has a sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 78%, well above that of a GP, with a sensitivity of 60%. 


SkinVision has partnerships with leading health insurers, skin cancer clinics, and research universities in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand. SkinVision is a part of the NHS Innovation Accelerator in England and the Digital.Health London Accelerator working to spread innovation and save lives from skin cancer while relieving high pressure on health services. The SkinVision app is commercially available worldwide except for the United States and Canada.


For more information: SkinVision Press: Abigail Blackburn, abigail.blackburn@skinvision.com, M: +31 615 895 099


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12 Sep 2019 08:03:30 GMT
<![CDATA[ Campaigners hail government plans to ban gambling in games ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a https://pressat.co.uk/releases/campaigners-hail-government-plans-to-ban-gambling-in-games-0b3459068e40e3bc50d6550daa0dc72a Thursday 12 September, 2019

Today MPs have argued that so-called 'loot boxes' in video games for children should be regulated under gambling law and banned from children. 

The feature, which allows players to stake real money for better weapons, player upgrades and gaming add-ons, has been dubbed as simulated gambling by campaigners which is fuelling a hidden epidemic of child gambling addicts.

Research from the GambleAware charity suggests that 55,000 children aged under 18 are addicted to gambling and the Safer Online Gambling Group's survey from August 2019 suggests that loot boxes and in-game purchases are costing Britain over £270m each year.

A report published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today urges the Government to crack down on these gaming features which MPs call lucrative games of chance. 

Adam Bradford, director of the Safer Online Gambling Group welcomed today's news. He said: "It is high time video games companies took responsibility for the highly addictive content they are putting in front of children. Our research this summer showed that this area is of serious concern to parents, with the average spend per young person estimated at £500-600 per year on these games, these practices are bankrupting young people before they become young adults. After my father's gambling addiction spiralled out of control and led him to jail several years ago, we are passionate about protecting the next generation from the harms of gambling addiction and that is why we have raised the alarm on this issue - we are delighted the Government has seen sense on this important issue." 

The report today challenges the Government to prove why loot boxes should be regarded in a different way to any other gambling product. 

Committee chair Damian Collins MP pointed the finger at game companies and social networking sites for their "relentless battle to capture ever more of people's attention, time and money".




He said: "Their business models are built on this, but it's time for them to be more responsible in dealing with the harms these technologies can cause for some users.




"Loot boxes are particularly lucrative for games companies but come at a high cost, particularly for problem gamblers, while exposing children to potential harm.




"Buying a loot box is playing a game of chance and it is high time the gambling laws caught up.

The report says it "struggled to get clear answers and useful information from companies across the games industry", describing them as "wilfully obtuse", but hopes the inquiry will focus minds on the potential harms.







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12 Sep 2019 07:21:08 GMT
<![CDATA[ CP12 Energy Are Supporting Gas Safety Week 2019 With Daily Gas Safety Tips ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cp12-energy-are-supporting-gas-safety-week-2019-with-daily-gas-safety-tips-5224f75ca7294bd987e153293799c432 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cp12-energy-are-supporting-gas-safety-week-2019-with-daily-gas-safety-tips-5224f75ca7294bd987e153293799c432 Wednesday 11 September, 2019

In support of National Gas Safety Week by the Gas Safe Register (16-22 September 2019), local Gas Safe registered engineers from CP12 Energy in Newcastle, are creating daily informational articles, to inform landlords and the public of gas safety issues and to remind everyone of the importance of having an annual gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer.


This Gas Safety Week we are informing the public of a wide range of gas safety matters throughout the week. This includes how to stay Gas Safe all year round, what landlords need to know about Gas Safety, and what renters should expect from their landlords when it comes to Gas Safety in their home.


Gas appliances that have not properly been maintained can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see, smell or taste it. Therefore, it is highly important to have your gas appliances checked by an engineer who is on the Gas Safe Register.


Shainy Moscovitch, director of CP12 Energy said: “It is our job to make sure that people’s gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently. We have found that the Gas Safety checks performed by other gas companies can be complicated for landlords so we have made a simple process with great customer service that has helped us win regional awards and be shortlisted nationally. As people do not know the signs and symptoms of faulty gas appliances and carbon monoxide poisoning, we are supporting Gas Safety Week for the second year in order to alert the landlords and the public of the seriousness of unsafe gas appliances and how they can keep themselves and their tenants safe.”


Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “Unsafe gas appliances can be fatal, and not being aware of these dangers can cause you and your family harm. This Gas Safety Week we have the support of CP12 Energy and by working together we can keep the public informed of gas safety and help reduce the risk of dangerous gas appliances across the UK.”


A Taster Of What’s To Come From CP12 Energy this Gas Safety Week: 


We will offer tenant information on what you should expect from your landlords


Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.Through Gas Safety Week 2019 we will be educating landlords on everything they need to know on Gas Safety. We are also offering the chance to sign up to our FREE guide: Landlord Gas Safety To Cover Your BackDon’t cut corners – we share some tragic tales to demonstrate why you should get your boiler serviced and only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. To get a head start on Gas Safety Week 2019 we will be uploading fun resources for kids to our website. They will be word searches and colouring in to keep the little ones occupied as summer comes to a close.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in the North East by visiting our website at www.cp12energy.co.uk or by calling on 0191 440 6274.


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<![CDATA[ YOU ARE AWESOME! A BIG, YELLOW THANK YOU TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/you-are-awesome-a-big-yellow-thank-you-to-the-emergency-services-18afeb60401bd7d171219fc6c3da6d25 Monday 9 September, 2019

Friday 20th
September 2019, London, UK: An open-topped, double-decker, bright yellow bus will be driven all around London stopping at Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts to say thank you to the awesome men and women of the Emergency Services.


20th
September 2019, will be a day to remember for all of the amazing people who protect us and save lives every day. The mission of the day is to permanently cement respect and gratitude from the public in the form of continuous kind gestures to the Emergency Services; like buying someone a coffee, a donut, or some other way of saying thank you. The more sporadic and unexpected the gestures are, the more special they will feel.


Michael Howard, Founder of The Awesome Movement said, “Following a BBC News article in September 2018 of notes being left on an Ambulance berating paramedics for parking over a drive whilst on an emergency call, I was shocked, but also made a realisation, we don’t show our appreciation enough. Almost immediately I created a group of like-minded individuals to help change the way that we as a country think about our awesome Emergency Services teams throughout the country going out and risking their lives to protect and save ours.”


Shocking facts:



Around eight paramedics are subjected to a serious attack every day, including stabbings, assaults and verbal abuse.
Recorded attacks on Firefighters have soared to a whopping 900 per year.
Over 15% of nursing staff have experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or members of the public.

Michael and his team of Awesome Appreciators will be driving an open-topped bright yellow bus all around London to shout about the amazing work that these brave men and women do every single day. Starting at 0630am at London Ambulance HQ, Waterloo Road, SE1, they will be visiting Ambulance Stations, Fire Stations, Police Stations and Hospitals giving out coffee, donuts and gifts.


Michael says, “Putting yourself in danger, saving someone’s life and dealing with harrowing events every day is unbelievable and worthy of our huge appreciation and gratitude. Our goal is to have a National Awesome Day every year, but more importantly we want the public to show their appreciation continually. For example; when you see someone from the emergency services, say thank you, buy them a coffee, make them feel appreciated.”


The Awesome Movement was founded in 2018 in London, UK by Michael Howard as a response to the horrific statistics relating to how Emergency Services staff are treated.


Instagram: @awesome_movement


Facebook: @awesomemovement


Web: www.awesomemovement.co.uk



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