1 in 10 American adults have food allergies, but nearly twice as many think they do

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(NEW YORK) —  At least one in 10 American adults have a food allergy, but almost twice that many think they have one, according to new research out today.

In a survey of over 40,000 people conducted between 2015 and 2016, 10.8 percent reported symptoms suggestive of a convincing food allergy. These results suggest that 26 million U.S. adults have a convincing food allergy but almost 50 million think they do.

The survey, compiled by an expert panel, had stringent criteria for labeling participants with a convincing food allergy. It looked at symptoms affecting the skin, airways and digestive and cardiovascular systems, such as hives, lips swelling, chest tightening, vomiting and feeling faint or lightheaded. Symptoms of food intolerance, like difficulty digesting particular foods, or oral allergy syndrome, which is the itchy mouth seen in adults with hay fever, were not included in the data.

Shellfish is the most common food allergy in adults, affecting over seven million Americans, followed closely by milk and peanuts. Nearly half of all food-allergic adults reported symptoms starting in adulthood and almost 40 percent had visited the emergency room for a severe reaction.

Food allergies were more commonly seen in women, people in their 30s and those of a non-white ethnic background. Pre-existing asthma and hay fever increased the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Less than one in four Americans with a food allergy had a prescription for an injectable epinephrine device, which they could use in case of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. This is an alarmingly low proportion of the food allergic population. Every single person with a food allergy should be carrying epinephrine auto-injector, as the severity of allergic reactions to food are unpredictable, and the next reaction could be severe.

One in five study participants thought they were food-allergic but only half had convincing symptoms.

Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author of the study and a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told ABC News that so many people might think they have allergies when they actually don’t because they’re confusing allergies with other conditions, such as food intolerance, oral allergy syndrome and celiac disease.

“Many primary care physicians did not receive… specialized training in food allergy diagnosis,” Gupta said. Until recently, there were patients undergoing “large food allergy panels, [measuring] allergic sensitization to a food, which is not the same as actually being allergic to that food.”

Going to see your family doctor or an allergist for an initial consultation is important, Gupta said.

“If a food allergy is suspected, an appointment with an allergist is essential for further testing, including a skin prick test and often oral food challenge testing to establish a diagnosis.”

If it turns out that a patient has an allergy, their doctor will be able to prescribe injectable epinephrine for emergencies.

There’s likely to be a rising number of Americans with food allergies over the coming years as the number of adult-onset allergies continues to rise along with the number of allergies seen in children.

Although some children with allergies may grow out of them, many will become adults with allergies. Gupta encouraged parents to teach their kids how to “read food labels, educate others about their allergy and treat a reaction if one occurs.” This will help them transition into adulthood and keep them safe and healthy for years to come.

Dr. Naomi Kaplan is a resident physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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German politicians’ personal information leaked on Twitter in mass cyberattack

WORLD NEWS German politicians' personal information leaked on Twitter in mass cyberattack  https://linewsradio.com/german-politicians-personal-information-leaked-on-twitter-in-mass-cyberattack/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

Mika Schmidt – Pool/Getty Images(BERLIN) — German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have become the victims of a mass cyberattack after hundreds of documents containing personal information were leaked to Twitter.

On Friday, German journalist Michael Götschenberg reported that members of all of Germany’s political parties, except for those from the far-right group AfD, had been the victims of a mass cyberattack a few days before Christmas, when a Twitter account leaked hundreds of data online.

“The people behind this want to damage confidence in our democracy and its institutions,” the country’s Justice Minister Katarina Barley told ABC News in a statement.

“The perpetrators must now be identified quickly and their potential political motives made clear,” said Barley, adding that the attack was serious.

Among the documents leaked are photo ID cards, letters, invoices, debit and credit card information, phone numbers and addresses. No “politically explosive” documents were published but the damage could come from the number of documents published online, according to Götschenberg.

Among the affected are hundreds of politicians from the left-wing party Die Linke, a spokesperson of the party confirmed to ABC News.

“We strongly condemn this criminal act. We are in close contact with the security authorities,” the spokesperson said.

The documents were first leaked a few days before Christmas by a Twitter account with more than 16,000 followers but they went mostly unnoticed until Thursday evening

It remains unclear who is behind the mass hack attack.

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) wrote on Twitter that they are “currently intensively examining the case in close cooperation with other federal authorities. The National Cyber Defense Center has taken over central coordination.”

The BSI also wrote that the government’s network is not currently affected

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

Lakers star LeBron James out at least one more week

Sports News Lakers star LeBron James out at least one more week https://linewsradio.com/lakers-star-lebron-james-out-at-least-one-more-week/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles forward LeBron James will miss at least three more games as he recovers from a groin strain.

In a statement, the team said James is receiving daily treatment and continues to progress with his recovery. The team added he will be re-evaluated in one week. 

The injury dates back to the team’s Christmas game against Golden State. James left in the third quarter of that game.

James will miss game’s against the Knicks, Timberwolves and the Mavericks. He could also miss the team’s game against the Pistons next Wednesday.

The Lakers have lost three of four games James has been out. They sit in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 21-17 record.

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

Golden Globes air Sunday: Will ‘Vice’, ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Green Book’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ or ‘The Favourite’ win big?

Entertainment News  Golden Globes air Sunday: Will 'Vice', 'A Star Is Born', 'Green Book', 'BlacKkKlansman' or 'The Favourite' win big? https://linewsradio.com/golden-globes-air-sunday-will-vice-a-star-is-born-green-book-blackkklansman-or-the-favourite-win-big/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

Matt Kennedy / © 2018 Annapurna Pictures, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Sunday night, we’ll find out if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a secret Vice. 

The dark comedy film, starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, has a leading six Golden Globe nominations going into Sunday night’s ceremony, including in the Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay categories.  Bale and co-star Sam Rockwell earned acting nods, while Adam McKay has earned Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations.

A Star Is Born, Green Book, BlacKkKlansman and the period comedy The Favourite all share the next-highest number of film nominations, with five each.  Also notable: first-time director Bradley Cooper earned a Best Director nod for A Star Is Born, as well as a Best Actor nomination for his co-starring role in the film.  Co-star Lady Gaga also earned an acting nomination, and one for Best Original Song, for “Shallow.”

On the TV side, FX’s latest American Crime Story installment, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, is the leading nominee with four nods, including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges will receive the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award Sunday for his “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Sandra Oh — herself nominated for her work in BBC America’s Killing Eve — and Andy Samberg will host the Golden Globes broadcast January 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Here are the nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Streat Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay, Vice
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry, HBO
The Good Place, (NBC
Kidding, Showtime
The Kominsky Method, Netflix
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon

Best Television Series – Drama
The Americans, FX
Bodyguard, Netflix
Homecoming
, Amazon
Killing Eve, BBC America
Pose, FX

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist, TNT
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
, FX
Escape
at Dannemora, Showtime
Sharp Objects, HBO
A Very English Scandal, Amazon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale
Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Vice
Claire Foy, First Man
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

Meteorologists dig way out of building through heavy snow in Poland

WORLD NEWS Meteorologists dig way out of building through heavy snow in Poland  https://linewsradio.com/meteorologists-dig-way-out-of-building-through-heavy-snow-in-poland/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — A few feet of snow in the weather forecast may be enough to keep many people inside, but a group of meteorologists dug through a snowdrift to escape a weather station in Poland and report the weather.

In a video that’s captured a lot of attention, one of the meteorologists can be seen opening the door to reveal fresh snow, while another one dressed in ski attire can be seen throwing a pair of skis and ski poles onto the top of the snow. That same meteorologist is then seen jumping and attempting to dig away at the snow, with much of the snow landing inside the station.

After digging away just enough snow, the meteorologist is eventually able to find his footing on a slightly-elevated level of snow and continue to dig the way out. The video also shows the same meteorologist later standing on top of the snow as heavy snowfall makes it difficult to see anything.

Not even a wall of snow could stop them from getting outside to report the weather!

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West Virginia hire’s Troy’s Neal Brown as next head coach

Sports News West Virginia hire's Troy's Neal Brown as next head coach https://linewsradio.com/west-virginia-hires-troys-neal-brown-as-next-head-coach/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) — West Virginia is has hired Troy Head Coach Neal Brown as their next head coach, sources tell ESPN.

The Mountaineer’s search for a new head coach only lasted two days after Dana Holgerson left for Houston.

Brown went 35-16 in his four season’s leading Troy and is one of only three coaches in the FBS to win at least 10 games each of the past three season’s.

Troy won the Sun Belt Conference title in 2017 and were co-Sun Belt East champion’s this past season.

West Virginia went 8-4 and finished 4th in the Big 12 in 2018.

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

Michael Shannon is a mystery man in new movie ‘State Like Sleep’

Entertainment News  Michael Shannon is a mystery man in new movie 'State Like Sleep' https://linewsradio.com/michael-shannon-is-a-mystery-man-in-new-movie-state-like-sleep/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — The noir murder mystery State Like Sleep hits theaters in limited release and everywhere on demand Friday.

The movie stars Alien: Covenant‘s Katherine Waterston as a widow who goes down many a dark alley — literally and figuratively — to try to discover what happened to her famous actor husband in the days and nights before his suicide in Belgium.

As her character tries to fit together the pieces of the tragic puzzle, Waterson’s character, also named Katherine, runs into a handful of shady characters.  One of these is a man named Edward, played by Michael Shannon — and of course, she ends up falling for him.

Shannon, who’s played everyone from Elvis Presley in Elvis and Nixon to Superman’s nemesis General Zod in Man of Steel, explains to ABC Radio what drew him to State Like Sleep, which is based on the director’s own experiences in Belgium.

“I don’t really get very charmed by style, or the possibility that something will make a lot of money,” Shannon explains. “I am very taken by filmmakers who are making something very personal to them…something that’s based on things that have happened in their life and that means a great deal to them in their heart and soul, you know?”

Shannon has earned a reputation as an actor’s actor — and his approach to his work shows why.

“I think honestly what’s more fascinating for me is the thought that all of these characters were in me to begin with,” he explains. “I mean I don’t have anything in common with Elvis at all. But there was something I could understand about the situation he was in.”

State Like Sleep also stars Game of Thrones‘ Michiel Huisman, and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Luke Evans.

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

Blood pressure medication recall: What you need to know

digicomphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — Over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration has recalled multiple blood pressure medications after discovering a potentially cancer-causing contaminant in some batches. It’s believed they became contaminated during the manufacturing process. The recalled medications include specific “lots” of losartan, irbesartan, valsartran and combination drugs with valsartran. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA continues to update the list of medications being recalled here.

Some of the recalled lots contain a combination of medications. Although neither amlodipine nor hydrochlorothiazide are currently under recall on their own, they are when combined with some other medications. For example, a combination of valsartan, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide is one product that has been recalled. The FDA website provides lists of valsartan products under recall, valsartan products not under recall, irbesartan products under recall and losartan medications under recall for patients, health care providers and pharmacists to accurately confirm which products are affected.

These voluntary recalls come after the discovery of the chemicals NDMA and NDEA at levels far above what the FDA considers an acceptable daily intake. NDEA is a naturally occurring chemical in some foods and it can be found in drinking water, but it’s also present in air pollution and industrial processes. NDMA is a chemical that forms in both industrial and natural processes. Both NDEA and NDMA are classified as probable human carcinogens, meaning they can increase the risk of cancer in humans. With that said, here are some things you should know if you’re taking these medications.

You shouldn’t stop taking the medication until you speak to your doctor first.

To date, none of the manufacturers have received any reports of people who use these medications becoming ill. If you’re taking a blood pressure medication that was recently recalled, do not stop taking it.

The FDA says that “the risk of harm to someone’s health may be higher if one of these medications is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.”

So, if you’re taking one of these medications, reach out to your pharmacist or physician to discuss alternative treatments.

These medications will lower your risk for heart disease.

These medications are for high blood pressure and fall in a drug class known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). They work by blocking the production of a natural hormone called angiotensin II, which narrow your arteries, raising blood pressure. High blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, causes stress on your heart and can contribute to heart disease.

High blood pressure affects 75 million American adults.

High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions. Blood pressure is a measure of how efficiently our hearts push blood through our arteries. If the pressure is too low, there is a risk that organs will not get enough blood. If the pressure is too high, there’s a risk that the heart will work too hard.

Normal blood pressure fluctuates.

Blood pressure measurements are actually two measurements: systolic, which is when the heart squeezes blood through the body, and diastolic, which is the pressure of blood when the heart is at rest.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is 130/80, the 130 would be systolic and the 80 would be diastolic.

While your target blood pressure is often determined by your age and medical conditions, most doctors recommend keeping it around 120/80.

There are several reasons people get high blood pressure and it’s normal for it to fluctuate.

It’s important to understand that your blood pressure measurement will vary throughout the day; it’s normal. High blood pressure can develop for several reasons, including having a family history, obesity, smoking, high-salt diets, diabetes, lack of exercise and underlying kidney disease. Often, it can be controlled with a combination of lifestyle modifications and a variety of medications.

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‘No timeline for US withdrawal from Syria’: State Dept. official

WORLD NEWS 'No timeline for US withdrawal from Syria': State Dept. official  https://linewsradio.com/no-timeline-for-us-withdrawal-from-syria-state-dept-official/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As of now, there’s “no timeline for military forces to withdraw” from Syria, a senior State Department official said Friday, adding to the repeatedly changing administration accounts concerning President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull all U.S. troops out of the war-ravaged country.

At the same time, officials reiterated the Trump administration “does not intend to have an indefinite military presence in Syria,” and that the president’s decision to withdraw was still intact.

The officials were briefing reporters ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to the Middle East starting Tuesday, visiting eight countries in seven days as he seeks to reassure Arab allies about the U.S. withdrawal and galvanize support to continue the administration’s campaigns against ISIS and Iran.

The officials said a Syria withdrawal would be done “in a deliberate, heavily coordinated way with allies and partners” in order to “maintain pressure on ISIS throughout and … not open any vacuums for terrorists to exploit.”

Trump originally said 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria would be leaving “now” and ABC News and other news organizations initially reported that the Pentagon was making plans for withdrawal that could happen within 30 days.

After withering criticism of his decision, including from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and others in his own party, Trump told troop in Iraq that the withdrawal would be “deliberate and orderly.”

The New York Times reported Dec. 31 that the latest pullout plan would take about four months, a timeline Trump denied having said on Wednesday.

Two U.S. officials told ABC News a few days earlier that the plan at that point called for a process that could take several months.

At the Friday briefing, the State Department officials pushed back on what they called the “narrative” that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Middle East, giving up on countering ISIS.

“The U.S. is not leaving the Middle East,” said one senior official, referring to “false reports around the Syria withdrawal.” “We’re not going anywhere,” the officials added.

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019

‘Snowflakes, your army needs you!’: UK targets millennials in latest army recruitment drive

WORLD NEWS 'Snowflakes, your army needs you!': UK targets millennials in latest army recruitment drive  https://linewsradio.com/snowflakes-your-army-needs-you-uk-targets-millennials-in-latest-army-recruitment-drive/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

Ministry of Defence(LONDON) — The British Army has launched a new recruitment campaign targeting a range of millennial stereotypes, including “snowflakes” and “selfie addicts.”

The campaign uses the template of a famous World War I propaganda poster to make its point. The classic poster featured then-British Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, with the text: “Britons: Lord Kitchener Wants You. Join Your Country’s Army! God save the King.”

The new posters and TV ads say the army needs the “drive” of “binge gamers,” the “focus” of “phone zombies,” the “self-belief” of the “me me me millennial” and the “compassion” of “snowflakes.” Millennials are generally defined as people born born between 1981 and 1996, according to the Pew Research Center.

One recruitment ad features a video of a young woman working in a supermarket, who is decried by her bosses as a “lazy millennial” but is able to use her “perfectionist” qualities as a member of the armed forces.

Another shows a video gamer staying up all night, which the army say is a sign of “stamina” and “dedication.”

The recruitment drive has garnered some mixed reactions on social media, however. Labour politician Sarah Hayward said that the British Army was “insulting young people,” describing it on Twitter as “an awful campaign.”

But Glenn Houghton, a senior British soldier, praised the campaign in a tweet, suggesting it was a sign that the military were adapting to the new realities of the 21st century.

“When I joined there were only 4 TV channels, I don’t remember any Army adverts. It was illegal to be gay and you couldn’t guard Buckingham Palace if you were black. Thank God times have changed, as has the Army and the audience they are targeting. Good job,” he wrote on Twitter.

The campaign follows a number of measures that have sought to improve the diversity of the British armed forces in recent years.

In October 2018, for example, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that all military roles would be open to women, which he said would “maximize the talents available to our military and further make the armed forces a more modern employer.”

But one recruitment tactic has proved especially controversial.

In June 2018, The Guardian reported that the British Army had advertised recruitment material on social media to 16-year-olds around the time they were finishing their national exams, a move that was criticized by some as exploiting their anxieties about the test results.

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Posted On 04 Jan 2019