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Bitcoin explained: What is bitcoin and how does it work?

The cryptocurrency craze has surged in recent months, prompted in part by attention from high-profile billionaires like Elon Musk. Some claim to have gotten rich from investing in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, trading experts warn that many can miss out when investing in bitcoin as there are high risks involved in this type of trading.

What is bitcoin and how does it work?

Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency, which is a digital asset.

Paddy Osborn, Managing Director and Academic Dean at London Academy of Trading, told Express.co.uk: “Bitcoin is essentially an electronic currency. Individuals can exchange FIAT currencies (such as British Pounds) for bitcoins and these are stored in a “digital wallet”.

“You can buy and sell bitcoins (or a fraction of a bitcoin) or send them to other people.

“The value of bitcoin fluctuates in a similar way to other ‘real world’ currencies, although the fluctuations in the price of bitcoin can be extremely volatile.”

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“Yet, for many, these hot stocks and cryptocurrencies seemed like a sure bet.

“While bull runs in unregulated instruments like cryptocurrencies might be tempting, they are still risky.

“When it seems like everyone around you is profiting on a trend, assets like these can lure investors – particularly novice investors – into a false sense of security.

“For all the winners of the novel ‘casino approach’ to investing, there are also losers – and lots of them.

“More often than not, they are novice investors, who don’t yet have an understanding of the fundamentals of investing, and get caught up in the buzz of free trading apps looking to capitalise on the public’s enthusiasm to make a quick buck.”

Rather than investing in cryptocurrencies with the hope of making money quickly, experts suggest there are better ways to make money that are longer-term.

Mr Crookall added: “For all the talk about returns, investors should equally consider risk.

“Is their portfolio prepared for the next crash? Taking a diversified, long-term approach to investing — in assets that are appropriate for them — should be the first step for any investor, rather than risky single-stock speculation. It will certainly help you sleep easier at night.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Roaccutane for acne: Should I go on Roaccutane? Does it work?

Roaccutane is used by about 30,000 people in the UK each year to effectively treat spots and acne, but it is known for a few nasty side effects. Acne can cause poor mental health and seriously impact your life – it’s more than just a few breakouts. Roaccutane is the route doctors offer in those cases, but some people suggest the side effects are too severe to risk it. Should I go on Roaccutane?
Isotretinoin capsules, also known by brand names Roaccutane and Rizuderm, are a very effective treatment for severe acne but can have serious side effects.

The medication must be prescribed and supervised by a specialist doctor and you’ll need to have a blood test before you start taking them, and several more on a regular basis during the treatment.

The pills will normally start to work after a week to 10 days of taking it and an impressive four in five people who use them have clear skin in just four months… but is it worth the side effects?

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You also shouldn’t take the capsules if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to isotretinoin, soya (the capsules contain soya) or any other medicines in the past
  • have an inherited digestive disorder called fructose intolerance (the capsules contain sorbitol)
  • To make sure isotretinoin capsules are safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
  • have had a mental health illness like depression
  • are pregnant or think you could be, or you’re breastfeeding
  • have ever had an allergic reaction to isotretinoin or any other medicine
  • have liver or kidney disease
  • have high levels of cholesterol or other fats in your blood
  • have high levels of vitamin A
  • have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before beginning treatment with isotretinoin capsules. You may need extra monitoring while you take isotretinoin capsules as this medicine can cause a rise in blood sugar levels.

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Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than one in 1,000 people, and it is recommended that you stop taking isotretinoin capsules and call a doctor straight away if you get them. They are:

  • anxiety, aggression and violence, changes in mood, or suicidal thoughts – these can be signs of depression or other mental health problems
  • severe pain in your stomach with or without diarrhoea, feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) – these can be signs of a serious problem called pancreatitis
  • bloody diarrhoea – this may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • a serious skin rash that peels or has blisters – the skin rash may come with eye infections, ulcers, a fever, and headaches
  • difficulty moving your arms or legs, and painful, swollen or bruised areas of the body, or dark pee – these can be signs of muscle weakness
  • yellow skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow, difficulty peeing, or feeling very tired – these are signs of liver or kidney problems
  • a bad headache that doesn’t go away and makes you feel sick or be sick
  • sudden changes in eyesight, including not seeing as well at night
  • It’s very rare, but isotretinoin capsules can sometimes cause depression or make it worse, and even make people feel suicidal.

Samaritans (116 123) or email [email protected] operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year

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DWP update: 13,000 Britons back in work through Government scheme – could you apply?

Elliot Dock, 33, from Eastbourne, stated he benefitted as a result of the JETS scheme after struggling to find work during the pandemic, despite his experience of working on a farm.

Now working for an agricultural firm based in West Sussex, he expressed his delight with the scheme.

Elliot said: “My experience of JETS has been outstanding. 

“I’m so grateful for all the help in finding work, and not only any old job, but something I’m actually interested in, at a place where I can build a career.”

Alongside the JETS scheme, the DWP has recruited 13,500 Work Coaches to help get people back into work.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Does the Moderna vaccine work against the India variant?

Earlier this month, European regulators announced they were “pretty confident” vaccines employing this method could prevent B.1.617 incursions.

In a press conference on May 12, Marco Cavaleri, EMA vaccine strategy manager, said both mRNA and adenovirus-based candidates could prevent infection.

He said: “So far, overall, we are pretty confident that the vaccines will be effective against this variant.”

An additional note from the agency via Twitter said “promising evidence” points towards its success.

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Early retirement 'unwelcome drama' for nearly half of early retirees forced out of work

Nearly half of early retirees were forced out of work by poor health or redundancy, new research from retirement specialist Just Group has found. While early retirement may be a desire for some, the survey, of 1,043 UK retired and semi-retired adults aged 55+, found for nearly half (48 percent) of people who stopped working earlier than they had planned, doing so was more of an “unwelcome drama”.
The research found that among retired people aged 55+ who said they had stopped working earlier than they expected, one-third (33 percent) did so due to poor health or physical problems.

Meanwhile, 15 percent said they had lost their job and were unable to find another.

In contrast, a quarter of those asked (25 percent) said they stopped working because they felt their pensions and savings were enough that they could afford to retire.

The main reason for eight percent of those asked was so they could provide care for a family member.

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A further two percent said they gave up work due to an inheritance.

Another two percent stopped because they no longer needed the income because their partner was still working.

Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, said: “Nearly half (47 percent) of retired over-55s said they had stopped working earlier than they had expected compared to 43 percent who said they retired when they expected and nine percent who retired later.

“Going forward it will be interesting to track whether COVID-19 has forced more people out of the workforce prematurely or whether the economic insecurity has led to people putting off their retirements for longer.”


Mr Lowe went on to suggest the research has important implications for later life planning and for policymakers considering future rises in the state pension age.

“People don’t necessarily have the luxury of choosing the point they exit the labour market and many do so knowing their pensions and savings will not be sufficient,” he said.

“This reinforces the importance of using Pension Wise guidance – the free, impartial and independent Government-backed service offered to the over-50s considering how best to use their pensions – to ensure people understand their pension options but are also aware of state benefits which may help them plug a financial gap if they have to leave work earlier than expected.”

A Pension Wise appointment offers specialist pension guidance, and it should last between 45 and 60 minutes.

It can be over the phone or local to the person, Pension Wise explains.

The service explains it may be able to help if a person is aged 50 or over and has a personal or workplace pension, and they’re wanting to make sense of their options.

In the UK there is no longer a set retirement age, meaning it’s possible to work for as long as one likes.

There is a state pension age though, and this is the point when a person becomes eligible to receive the UK state pension.

In the past, the state pension age was 60 for women and 65 for men.

However, changes have meant state pension age parity between men and women has now been reached.

Furthermore, further increases have taken place, meaning some will need to wait longer than they would have done in the past to get the UK state pension.

It’s possible to check what a person’s state pension age is online via the “Check your state pension age” tool on the Government website.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Great British Railways: How will new state-owned train system work?

Jim McMahon, the shadow transport secretary, said: “With fare hikes, £1bn cuts to Network Rail and broken promises to communities across the country, it’s yet another example of ministers talking a good game, with very little substance underneath.”

Unions echoed the concerns. The TSSA general secretary, Manuel Cortes, said the plans were “papering over the cracks” of privatisation.

The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said it was “a missed opportunity to make a clean break”.

He added: “The government talk about ending a generation of fragmentation but then leave the same private companies in place to extract fees that could be invested in building a truly integrated national rail network.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Why should Americans go back to work when they can get free government money? – Max Keiser

The continuing printing of money by the US Federal Reserve and government handouts of free cash are now causing a severe worker shortage in the United States, says Max Keiser of RT’s Keiser Report.

According to him, the US government transfer payments are now equivalent to more than $ 16 an hour, double the minimum wage.

Max asks David Morgan of TheMorganReport.com why anyone should go back to work if they continue to get this free money.

Morgan says there’s a direct correlation between the debasement of the currency and the debasement of the moral structure of society.

“Who would want to work for eight dollars an hour when you’re getting paid sixteen dollars [an hour] not to work?”, he asks.

“It has to do with the morality of the money supply itself – Is the money legit or isn’t it? And I’m going to suck off of whomever is printing this stuff until it fails.”

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Vaccine passports launched in Scotland – how do they work?

Scotland has launched its own ‘vaccine passport’ for international travel as the country gears up for travelling abroad. The passport will give travellers from Scotland proof of their vaccination status in the form of a letter.

How does Scotland’s vaccine passport work?

A “vaccination status letter” can be downloaded online from the NHS Inform patient portal, or requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

The service is open to those planning to travel to a country where a proof of vaccination status is required.

At present, there are no countries that require proof of vaccination from Scottish travellers, but the situation is likely to change as more countries open up.

The service has been brought in to take the pressure off GP practices having to issue letters to patients individually.

The system differs from the English one, where an NHS app – separate from its contact tracing app – can show vaccine status if enabled by a GP.

As more people are vaccinated, the system will be replaced by digital Covid status certificates – which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel.

Chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith said people should be cautious and only travel if necessary.

What are the travel rules for Scotland?

International travel is now permitted for Scots, using the same traffic light lists as England.

Green list countries currently include:

• Australia

• Brunei

• Falkland Islands

• Faroe Islands

• Gibraltar

• Iceland

• Israel and Jerusalem

• New Zealand

• Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)

• Singapore

• South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

• St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Free Radical Is Back, Will Begin Work On A New TimeSplitters Game In The “Coming Months”

Timesplitters Future Perfect

Publisher Deep Silver has announced the return of Free Radical Design – which will be responsible for reviving the much-loved TimeSplitters IP. The developer will be made up of key members of the original Free Radical team, including the founders and former Rareware employees, Steve Ellis and David Doak.

Free Radical Design will begin development on the next entry in the TimeSplitters series in the coming months, and positions will be advertised in due course. The new UK studio will be located in the Nottingham area.

More information about this project will be shared in the future, according to Ellis (the studio’s development director):

“To finally be able to confirm that the studio has been formed and that we have a plan for the next TimeSplitters game is incredible. While we cannot tell you anything more at the moment, we look forward to sharing information in the future.”

The first TimeSplitters was released in the year 2000 and was followed up by two future iterations loaded with pop culture and more. Are you looking forward to the return of this time travelling first-person shooter series? Leave a comment down below.

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ACC Survey: 44% of Cardiologists Report a Hostile Work Environment

In a survey of cardiologists from around the world, 44% of respondents reported experiencing a hostile work environment at some point in their careers.

A key finding was that of those who reported a hostile work environment, 62% said it had some effect and 13% said it had a significant impact on their professional activities with colleagues.

Almost half of those who reported such an environment, 46%, said the behavior affected patient care.

“Perceived emotional harassment or discrimination — and it may be small micro-invalidations, microaggression against women or people of color, or it could even by these little insults like being interrupted constantly or not introduced as a doctor — these things are very damaging and impact not just professional advancement and satisfaction, but they can also impact patient care,” said lead author Garima Sharma, MD, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Higher rates of reported hostile work environment (HWE) were found among women cardiologists (68% vs 37% for men), Black cardiologists (53% vs 43% for Whites), and North American cardiologists (54% vs 38% for South Americans).

As part of an American College of Cardiology effort to better understand the workplace experienced by their 54,000+ members and beyond, an anonymous online survey was sent to 71,022 cardiologists, of whom 8% or 5931 (77% men; 23% women) responded.

The results were published in the May 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Both ACC members and non-members listed in the ACC database were eligible for participation. Medical students and nonphysicians were excluded.

“This is really just scratching the surface, but I think it’s important to note that no other subspecialty in medicine has been able to do a survey like this at this scale,” said Sharma.

Emotional harassment was reported by 29% of respondents (43% of women vs 26% of men). Sexual harassment was reported by 4% overall (12% of women and 1% of men).

Discrimination in some form was reported by 30% overall, 56% of women and 21% of men. Gender was the most frequent cause of discrimination (44%), followed by age (37%), race (24%), religion (15%), and sexual orientation (5%).

In this 50-item online survey conducted by the American College of Cardiology, HWE was defined as emotional harassment, discrimination, or sexual harassment.

In an interview with theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology, Sharma readily acknowledged that their survey was designed with a North American lens.

“What someone might find offensive or inappropriate is so variable and cultural, but I think the larger message here is that 44% of respondents felt harassment of some kind — whether it was sexual, emotional, based on age or gender or sexual orientation, or something else — that hindered their ability to practice medicine.”

On multivariate analysis, women had the highest odds of experiencing HWE (OR, 3.39; P < .001) as were cardiologists early in their career (OR, 1.27; P < .001).

Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, and Ileana L. Piña, MD, Central Michigan University, Midlands, Michigan, authored an editorial comment published alongside the paper. They called the results “disturbing, to say the least.”

They noted some concern regarding the low response rate and the possibility of “responder bias,” but ultimately decided that “even if one were to assume that most of the cardiologists who did not respond to the survey actually felt that hostile work environment is not an issue, this is not a reason to ignore the results of this survey and not address the concern of the individuals who did.”

Regardless, strong action is needed. “For egregious infractions, there should be a zero-tolerance policy,” they write, with “strict legal and human resource interventions” used as a deterrent against, for example, forced sexual behavior and reviews of complaints by “nonconflicted, diverse third parties” to calm fears of internal ramifications.

Important to understand better, they write, is whether this is an issue in some way more pertinent to the cardiology world, or more generalized to the medical field?

Sharma feels that cardiology may be a more hostile environment to women and minorities than some other subspecialties. “While the face of medicine is more diverse, cardiology is still predominantly a field of White men, which is partly why the ACC is working so hard to better understand these issues and affect change,” said Sharma.

“We’ve moved the needle somewhat, but women are still only 21% of the cardiology workforce, while, for example, 50% of internal medicine graduates are women. In cardiology, it’s still a leaky pipeline where women just get worn out from the discrimination and harassment and hostility, and it’s perceived by trainees as being a really difficult subspecialty for women.”

The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

J Am Coll Cardiol. Published in the May 18, 2021 edition. Abstract, Editorial

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