• 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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  • City of Langley to test outdoor disposal bins for used needles

    The City of Langley is taking a step towards getting used needles off the ground. City council has given the go-ahead to look into a pilot program that would involve setting up outdoor disposal bins for addicts to properly discard their needles, rather than dropping them in public spaces. Councillor Nathan Pachal, who heads the Crime Prevention Task Group in charge of investigating the program along with Fraser Health, said bins would make a [...]

    2017-10-13 |


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  • Banning e-cigarette flavors could boost cigarette sales

     Smoking costs the American economy over $300 million annually, according to government figures. Each year, cigarettes kill almost half a million people prematurely; another 40,000 die from exposure to second-hand smoke. So e-cigarettes might be cause for celebration. From a harm-reduction perspective, “vape pens,” as they’re also known, may be a good alternative to what researchers call “combustible cigarettes.” They do not emit second-hand smoke [...]

    2017-10-12 |

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  • Club drugs are getting more powerful - so do police and the industry need to do more to prevent deaths?

    It's time for an adult conversation about drugs and the people who use them. At least, that seemed to be the consensus of the clubbers, policy makers and night time industry figures who gathered in a city centre bar on a Monday night. Last year, a total of 63 people died after taking ecstasy in the UK - more than almost any other time. Several were from or had been Manchester, which for better or worse, will retains the label as a 24 Hour Party [...]

    2017-10-11 |


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  • New app supports a plan to cope and a strategy for suicide prevention

    The University of South Australia has released a new mobile application designed to help people cope with stress on a day-to-day basis. The new app, ‘My Coping Plan,’ developed by UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman, allows users to create, store and update a personalised coping plan on their mobile device. Dr Stallman says the benefit of the new app is that it allows people to stick to a personalised coping plan. “We all cope. However, in [...]

    2017-10-10 |


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  • Scots 'heaviest since 2003' as public health challenges highlighted by Scottish Health Survey

    Scotland's unhealthy lifestyle choices have persisted despite attempts to improve the nation's health, the results of the Scottish Health Survey has revealed. Levels of obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption have plateaued in recent years, and the average BMI is its highest level since 2003. Two thirds of Scots remain overweight or obese, with children are more likely to eat food high in fat and sugar. As many as 85 per cent of men aged 65-74 [...]

    2017-10-09 |


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  • Tobacco Smokers Could Gain 86 Million Years Of Life If Switch To Vaping

    Up to 6.6 million cigarette smokers will live substantially longer if cigarette smoking is replaced by vaping over a ten-year period, calculates a research team led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center. In all, cigarette smokers who switch to e-cigarettes could live 86.7 million more years with policies that encourage cigarette smokers to switch completely to e-cigarettes. Published in the journal Tobacco Control, the first [...]

    2017-10-04 |


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