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Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.

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City Health international holds an annual international conference, in a different location each year, which examines current policy and practice in relation to public health and health behaviours in cities.

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  • Self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16 rose by 68% in three years, UK study finds

    Self-harm reported to GPs among teenage girls under the age of 17 in the UK increased by 68% over just three years, research has revealed. The study also found that self-harm among young people aged 10-19 was three times more common among girls than boys, with those who self-harmed at much greater risk of suicide than those who did not. “One of the big messages here is that self-harm is complex – it is about schools, it is about families, it [...]

    2017-10-20 |


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    Welfare reform and austerity in the UK has led to reductions in public spending on services that support older people. Age UK has highlighted how nearly one million older people have unmet social care needs. This is of particular concern as the winter months approach. In ongoing research on food insecurity in older age, my colleagues and I have analysed survey data and interviewed older people who use foodbanks. We’re finding that many of  [...]

    2017-10-19 |


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  • Slight improvement in poverty rate in the EU but still too high

    Figures published today by Eurostat, EU’s statistics office, on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, show that 117.5 million people, or 23.4% of the population in EU, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2016. The proportion has continuously decreased since 2012 when it reached almost 25 %. The at-risk-of-poverty rate is the share of people whose total household income that is available (after social [...]

    2017-10-18 |


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  • Drug decriminalization in Ireland, a step forward or a step back?

    The problem of drugs in Ireland is not going away, and the reality is that under the government’s current strategy the issue is getting worse. According to an All Ireland Drug Survey, between 2010 and 2015 use of ecstasy went up from 0.9% to 4.4%, with the overall use of any illegal drug among the general population increasing from 7% to 8.9% over the same time period. Apart from the damage done to drug user’s health, the crime that is [...]

    2017-10-17 |


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  • The Pros and Cons of a Heroin Shortage

     "Interdiction is critically important to increase the cost and reduce accessibility of opioids," write former Centers for Disease Control chief Thomas R. Frieden and Brandeis University's Andrew Kolodny in a new paper for the Journal of the American Medical Association. "As with tobacco and alcohol, if heroin and illicitly produced synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are more expensive and more difficult to obtain, use should decrease." But we [...]

    2017-10-16 |

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  • Standards key in drive to create smart cities

    The world is projected to have 41 megacities with more than 10 inhabitants each by 2030. According to the United Nations, urban areas are also expected to house 60 per cent of people globally and one in every three people will live in cities. In 2016, an estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements. The United Nations Development Programme says more than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By [...]

    2017-10-15 |


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