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22 March 2019, Liverpool, UK >> see more

David's blog #30

   Health and Happiness

Like many, I have spent the last two weeks demonstrating a casual disregard for the advice provided by health organisations in terms of food and alcohol consumption. My levels of physical activity have not been all they should have been either, although I am full of good intentions for the coming year and have started to make my overfed body walk more.

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  • Study reveals how soda industry influence helped shape obesity policy in China

    A complex network of research funding, institutional ties and personal influence has allowed the Coca-Cola Company, through its connections with a nonprofit group, to exert substantial influence over obesity science and policy solutions in China, and as a result government policy aligns with the company's corporate interests, a Harvard study has found. The study, conducted by Susan Greenhalgh, the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research [...]

    2019-01-16 |

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  • Drug Reform series ­- The politics of drug decriminalisation

    Policies around drug decriminalisation should be evidence based, recognise the need for a nuanced rather than fundamentalist approach and take account of the advances made in the field of harm reduction, not just law enforcement.  Reform measures should be premised on a mix of rights, health and community safety principles and reflect the views of a broad cross­section of society [...]

    Drug Reform series ­- The politics of drug decriminalisation

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  • Dementia incidence increased 117% globally from 1990 to 2016

    The incidence of dementia increased by 117% between 1990 and 2016, according to data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016. In addition, the data showed that the number of dementia-related deaths increased by 148% in this 26-year period, making dementia the fifth-largest cause of death in 2016. “The capacity of [Global Burden of Diseases Study] to examine patterns across countries creates a unique opportunity [...]

    2018-12-24 |


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  • A mountain of evidence on air pollution's harms to children

     A new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children's health. The paper in the journal Environmental Research is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in children in the context of assessing the benefits of air pollution and climate [...]

    2018-12-21 |

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  • Your postal code may influence your health: study

    Where you live in Canada may play a role in your risk of major diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, and the promotion, or lack thereof, of healthy foods [...].

    2018-12-20 |


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  • 10 of the most important things we learned about mental health this year

    Approximately one in five adults in the US — 43.8 million — experiences mental illness in a given year, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness. That being said, it's no surprise that each and every year researchers put time and enormous amounts of money into tackling the growing mental health crisis. It seems in 2018, much of their hard work paid off — around the world researchers crumbled myths and opened new doors as they aimed [...]

    2018-12-12 |


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