‘Dramatic’ plunge in London air pollution since 2016, report finds

Air pollution in London has plunged since Sadiq Khan became mayor, with a 94% reduction in the number of people living in areas with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide. The number of schools in such areas has fallen by 97%, from 455 in 2016 to 14 in 2019.

the tower of the city: Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Experts described the reductions as dramatic and said they showed the air pollution crisis was not intractable. More than 9,000 people in the capital were dying early each year due to dirty air in 2015.

The report from the mayor of London, reviewed by scientists, shows that more than 2 million people in the capital lived with polluted air in 2016, but this fell to 119,000 in 2019. The report, which does not include the further falls in pollution seen after the Covid-19 lockdown began in March, shows levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2

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Hospital launches online therapy in response to ‘dramatic increase’ in referral of patients with mental health issues

Saint John of God Hospital has launched a new online therapy programme for people struggling with their mental health due to a “dramatic increase” in admissions and referrals since the start of the pandemic.

The hospital recently revealed that it has seen a dramatic increase in admissions and referrals from new and existing patients who are struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, addictions and issues relating to severe social isolation and relationship tensions.

Up to 50pc of admissions and referrals since May 2020 related to COVID-19 anxiety and restrictions, the Stillorgan psychiatric hospital has said.

Acute work-related stress has also seen a number of healthcare workers being admitted to the hospital.

Living Well in the New Normal is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy based programme which has been designed and written by Dr Keith Gaynor, Senior Clinical Psychologist, author and academic. Speaking about the programme, Dr Gaynor said, “Normally, anxiety management

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Ontrak Reports Dramatic Increase in Mental Health Issues With a Multiplier Effect on Healthcare Costs – Press Release

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Ontrak, Inc. (NASDAQ: OTRK) (“Ontrak” or the “Company”), a leading AI-powered and telehealth enabled, virtualized outpatient healthcare treatment company, today announced that the volume of evidence now pointing to a surge in mental health conditions may still understate the severity of the mental health crisis.

A recent Milliman Research Report commissioned on behalf of The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use by the Mental Health Treatment and Research Institute found that the commercial “high cost behavioral group” accounted for only 5.7% of the population but 44% of total spend. This study was based on claims data from well before the pandemic and did not include Medicaid and the ageing Medicare members who typically have even higher medical expenditure.

Time Magazine Health has just reported that three times as many Americans met criteria for a depression diagnosis during the pandemic than before it and depression

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