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UK study: Problems with statin drugs caused by a 'nocebo effect'

The UK study has found that debilitating problems thought to be caused by statins are seldom caused by the actual drug.

It points to a 'nocebo effect' which is causing the problems, with users believing that the drug will make them sick. The study found a stark 90% of cases may be caused by the 'nocebo effect'.

The British Heart Foundation has said the results are undeniable.

Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with nearly 8 million prescriptions.

Business • Economy
New World's largest trades bloc created

15 countries have formed the world's largest trading bloc.

It is named 'RCEP', short for 'Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership'. The countries involved include 10 Southeastern Asian companies, South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The long road to this point started back in 2012. The US was excluded from the deal after pulling out of a rival Asia-Pacific deal in 2017.

The deal was confirmed by each individual country signing copies of the trade agreement, and then showing it to a camera in a virtual ceremony.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump admits Joe Biden won the US election, claims later he won
Trump admits Joe Biden won the US election, claims later he won
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Donald Trump admitted Joe Biden won the election - albeit in a strange manner.

President Trump took to Twitter to say "He won because the Election was Rigged,". An hour later he again confirmed he would not be conceding the election.

All of Mr Trump's current lawsuits against his unsubstantiated claims have so far been unsuccessful.

Later he tweeted "I won the Election!" contradicting his previous Tweet that Biden had won.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Boris Johnson self isolates after meeting with MP
Boris Johnson self isolates after meeting with MP
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The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is starting a period of self-isolating tonight (15/11/20) after meeting with Ashfield MP Lee Anderson who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Boris, who was hospitalised by COVID-19 in April 2020, is said to not be showing any symptoms currently.

The NHS Track & Trace system - that has faced backlash for not working fast enough in recent times - contacted the PM with the news he must self isolate.

UK first country within Europe to surpass 50,000 COVID-19 related deaths
UK first country within Europe to surpass 50,000 COVID-19 related deaths
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According to the latest Government figures, the UK has become the first country within Europe to pass the bleak mark of 50,000 deaths related to the coronavirus.

Passing this mark, the UK joins as the 5th member of the 'over 50,000' club with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico.

Since the coronavirus began, there have been over 1.2 million confirmed cases within the UK and more than 185,000 hospital admissions.

Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "we are not out of the woods". "Every death is a tragedy," he added, "I do think we have got now to a different phase in the way that we treat it."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Georgia announces recount of all votes by hand
Georgia announces recount of all votes by hand
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Georgia's Secretary Brad Raffensperger has announced that all votes within the state will be hand recounted.

While Joe Biden currently sits approximately 14,000 votes ahead of Donald Trump, Secretary Raffensperger said "It's an audit, recanvass and recount all in one. It'll be a process that gets it all." He went on to say that he 'understood the national significance of this', and "We're doing this because it's really what makes the most sense... We have to run a statewide audit."

At the time of writing, currently projected President-elect Biden leads the popular votes by over 5 million. (JB: 77,320,00 / DT: 72,220,000)

Regional News • Europe
Swedish Government agrees to supplementary provisions on British Citizen's rights after Brexit
Swedish Government agrees to supplementary provisions on British Citizen's rights after Brexit
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As reported yesterday, today the Swedish Government ('Riksdag') debated and voted on bill 2020/21: SfU5 that was put forward by The Social Insurance Committee.

Confirming the decision, the Swedish Migration Agency ('Migrationsverket') detail that it will be called 'residence status', and will be available to obtain between 01 December 2020 and 30 September 2021.

The new residence status will be treated as any other residence permit, expiring after 5 years, where residents will be able to apply to renew it, or if they meet requirements, apply for permanent residence.

When applying, the agency suggest making the application online where it is easiest as the system will ask all questions required to ensure you get the application correct first time.

The Swedish Migration Agency will detail more information regarding the new status on their website in due course.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Collins Dictionary Names Word of the Year 2020
Sign with the word "Lockdown"
Sign with the word "Lockdown" Credit: unsplash.com / Go to Matt Seymour's profile Matt Seymour

Collins Dictionary has revealed its word of the year for 2020, and you guessed it, it's coronavirus related!

The dictionary printer has named "Lockdown" as word of the year is they've seen a 6,000% increase in its use. Compared to 2019 where there were only 4,000 recorded instances of the word being used, 2020 has seen it already soar past the quarter of a million mark - and still with the rest of November and December to go.

Danish Government admit mink cull 'had no legal basis'
Danish Government admit mink cull 'had no legal basis'
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In news that has angered many Animal activists, the Government of Denmark have admitted that their mink cull had no legal basis.

Denmark's Prime Minister, Mette Fredericksen, admitted to the Danish Parliament on Tuesday "Even if we were in a rush, it should have been completely clear to us that new legislation was required, and it was not. I apologise for that,".

With this news, the Government shall be putting forward legislation of their own to create the necessary legal basis to continue and 'back up' the mink culling.

The cull is expected to affect the mink fur market, with Denmark being the biggest producer of mink fur in the world.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Apple unveils their new M1 chip, and the first devices to use it
Apple unveils their new M1 chip, and the first devices to use it
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At 10AM (PST) today, 10 November, Apple unveiled their newest chip for their Mac products. Called the M1, this chip is the first to be designed by the Silicon Valley company.

In the video, introduced by Tim Cook, members of staff go in to detail about how the chip is formed, and which out of their Mac lineup will be the first to use the chip.

The 3 products announced as using the M1 chip are:

• Apple MacBook Air 13in (which also no longer has a fan inside)

• Apple Mac Mini - the company's desktop computer

• Apple MacBook Pro 13in

All devices come with impressive new optimisations in the battery and speed departments. The new devices are available to pre-order now, and will be delivered starting 17 November.

They also announced that the newest software update for their Macs (macOS Big Sur) will finally launch on 12 November, after what some people say has been one of the longest times between announcement and launch.