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Last update: Friday 28th February
 
Firms are being urged to explain the level of executive pay after research suggested top bosses receive 117 times the annual wage of the average worker.
MoneyThe Sentinel , 6th January 2020
 
Comparison websites are adding hundreds of pounds to home insurance bills for some households, according to a new study. Consumer group Which? said households risk paying up to £414 more for home insurance because sites are not asking the right questions.

MoneyThe Sentinel, 30th December 2019
 
Telling people how much exercise they need to do to burn off food and drink could be more effective at encouraging healthier choices than simply listing the calories, a study at Loughborough University has claimed. Physical activity calorie equivalent or expenditure food labelling tells consumers how many minutes or miles of exercise they need to do to burn off the calories in a particular product.

Food and DrinkThe Sentinel, 11th December 2019
 
One in four drone users risks being fined £1,000 for not joining an online register, new figures show. Anyone who owns a drone weighing more than 250g must obtain an operator ID before their gadget is flown outdoors. Operators are also required to get a separate flyer ID by passing a theory test.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 26th December 2019
 
Taking selfies is more popular than ever, with the average person in the UK now snapping more than 450 such photos each year, according to research. A survey by Chinese smartphone firm Honor found that 85% of people believe they are taking more pictures of themselves than ever before, with men taking more than women.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 19th December 2019
 
Nearly a third of people aged 80 and over collectively provide 23m hours of unpaid care a week, according to a new analysis by Age UK. The charity said the figure adds up to 1.2bn hours of unpaid care work each year, saving the health and care system £23bn annually.

The ElderlyThe Sentinel, 19th December 2019
 
UK unemployment dropped to its lowest level in 44 years in the three months to October 2019, as the number of unemployed women hit a record low. However, the reduction in unemployment came as wage growth stalled over the period and the number of job vacancies also shrank.

Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, 18th December 2019
 
The proportion of people falling ill with flu in England are rising as figures show more than two-thirds of toddlers have not had their vaccine. The number of flu cases confirmed in hospitals in the two weeks to December 8 was 472, up from 330 the week before. There were 124 new admissions to intensive care or high dependency units for flu, up from 80 the week before.

HealthThe Sentinel, 13th December 2019
 
The number of homeless people in England has risen to 280,000, an increase of 23,000 since 2016. Analysis of official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures, along with social services records, by the charity Shelter showed that one in every 200 people is now without a home.

HousingThe Sentinel, 18th December 2019
 
Boys born with lower-than-average weight are at higher risk of having fertility problems in later life, according to research. Danish scientists have found that men who were born small for gestational age with birth weights in the bottom 10% had a 55% increased risk of infertility compared to those born in the normal weight range.
HealthThe Sentinel, 13th December 2019
 
Attendances of homeless patients at A&E have at least tripled in eight years, with hundreds stuck in hospitals for a long time, figures show. There were at least 36,000 emergency department attendances by people of no fixed abode in 2018-19, according to figures obtained by the British Medical Association.
HealthThe Sentinel, 12th December 2019
 
Public service workers including police officers, nurses and teachers are among thousands of people caught up in pension scams which have seen their retirement pots plundered.
MoneyThe Sentinel, 2nd January 2020
 
There has been a 37% rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders in just two years, new figures show. NHS Digital data for the PA news agency shows a rise across all age groups, including for teenage girls with anorexia.
HealthThe Sentinel, 2nd January 2020
 
Two thirds of universities and colleges have seen an increase in the proportion of students dropping out in the last five years, official figures show. A PA news agency analysis shows that in some cases, non-continuation rates have risen by more than five percentage points.
EducationThe Sentinel, 3rd January 2020
 
Drinking tea more than three times a week could be linked with a longer and healthier life, scientists say. According to new research "habitual" consumption of the drink is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 10th January 2020
 
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