In the news: Botox on the high-street and extreme temperatures

Date: 17/08/2018 Written by: Rosie 2 minutes to read.
News Review

Botox on the high-street, extreme temperates forecasted and school cuts. Below, we've given a brief overview of the news stories which have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks to save you the time of looking yourself!

Botox on the high-street as Superdrug offers in-store service

Senior medics have warned that the new in-store service from Superdrug could “lure vulnerable people into undergoing harmful treatments”. With prices less than a third of many private clinics, the high-street chain offers lip fillers and facial contouring Botox treatment.

Some have stated that this new service is “Crossing a dangerous line” amidst fears that the staff will not be trained to spot mental health conditions such as body image dysmorphia. Superdrug has refused to clarify reporters on whether their staff will be trained in mental health issues.

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Extreme temperatures ‘especially likely for next four years’

A recent study in the journal Nature Communications suggests that we see more “extreme temperatures” in the upcoming years as “natural warming reinforces manmade climate change”. It goes on to suggest there will be “little respite for the planet until at least 2022”.

This rise in temperature has prompted suggestions that Europe “will definitely have more heatwaves, the US more forest fires, South Africa more drought”. With the likelihood of these events set to “increase”, however cannot predict which part of the world will experience global warming repercussions.

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School cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education’

According to the latest analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, “Heads [teachers] have faced real term cut of 8% in per-pupil funding since 2010. This has meant that some teachers are devoting “hours of staff time applying for grants”.

Schools and teachers are also turning to fundraising efforts to help “prop up the budget” with activities such as quizzes, family camping trips and barbecues. One school in Kent managed to raise £213,078 last year. However, recent research into the finances of 306 Kent primary schools has shown that “94% of heads feel under pressure to increase fundraising, up from 66% in 2016.”

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