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  • New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty

    For years, policymakers have relied upon surveys and census data to track and respond to extreme poverty. While effective, assembling this information is costly and time-consuming, and it often lacks detail that aid organizations and governments need in order to best deploy their resources. That could soon change. A new mapping technique, described in the Nov. 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, shows how [...]

    2017-12-13 | eurekalert.org

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  • Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

    When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners – Portugal was in a state of panic. Álvaro Pereira was working as a family doctor in Olhão in southern Portugal. “People were injecting themselves in the street, in public squares, in gardens,” he told me. “At that time, not a day passed when there [...]

    2017-12-12 | theguardian.com

     

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  • Homelessness in High-Cost U.S. Cities Is Driving a Nationwide Increase

    On a single night in January 2017, 553,742 were homeless across the U.S. For the first time in seven years, this number has grown. In the past year, the nation has seen a one-percent increase in the nation’s homeless population. That’s 3,814 more homeless people since January 2016. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report—the report to Congress that analyzes the results [...]

    2017-12-11 | citylab.com

     

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  • Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

     

    When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners – Portugal was in a state of panic. Álvaro Pereira was working as a family doctor in Olhão in southern Portugal. “People were injecting themselves in the street, in public squares, in gardens,” he told me. “At that time, not a day passed when there [...]

    2017-12-08 | theguardian.com

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  • Life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – why?

    Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation. On average, people in the UK are now projected to live shorter lives than previously thought. In their projections, published in October 2017, statisticians at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that by 2041, life expectancy for women would be 86.2 years and 83.4 years for men. In both [...]

    2017-12-06 | theconversation.com

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  • Figures show over 45,000 students in Scotland sought counselling over last five years

    Student mental health must be treated as a priority, the Liberal Democrats said after figures showed more than 45,000 people have used university counselling services in Scotland over the last five years. Statistics compiled by the party showed that over the last five academic years, 45,724 students have sought help. The universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow reported the highest demand, with 8,105 and 9,308 students respectively seeking help [...]

    2017-12-05 | independent.co.uk

     

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  • Children in poor areas exposed to five times as many fast food takeaways

    Increasing numbers of fast food take­aways are springing up close to schools in England, with pupils in the most socially deprived areas exposed to five times as many outlets as their richest peers. Data provided to the Guardian by Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (Cedar) shows more than 400 schools across England have 20 or more fast food takeaways within a 400-metre radius, while a further 1,400 have between 10 and [...]

    2017-12-03 | theguardian.com

     

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  • ONE IN FIVE BRITS WOULD ‘FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE’ WEARING A RED RIBBON FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

    One in five Brits would feel uncomfortable wearing a red ribbon for World AIDS Day, a survey has found. The survey, conducted by YouGov, questioned over 2,000 British adults and found that 20% would feel uncomfortable wearing the red ribbon which is used to show support for HIV and AIDS patients. Of the people who claimed they wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing the ribbon, 34% said they wouldn’t want others to think they had HIV or AIDS. The [...]

    2017-12-01 | attitude.co.uk

     

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  • Glasgow has highest mortality rate in the UK

    Glasgow has topped the list of places with the highest mortality rate in the UK, new data has revealed. The city recorded 1,389.1 deaths per 100,000 people last year, against a UK average of 982.5. The Scottish council areas of West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire also ranked high up the list, with 1,300.9 and 1,300.6 deaths per 100,000 respectively. The data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed that Blackpool had [...]

    2017-11-30 | scotsman.com

     

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  • ‘Boys’ for rent in Tokyo: Sex, lies and vulnerable young lives

     At a glance, First Dash is just a regular Tokyo bar. Customers laugh and drink, their animated chatter competing with the monotonous beat of techno thumping through speakers hovering somewhere above dimmed, orange-tinted lights. When a customer enters, however, a row of eight fresh-faced young men who had previously been gathered around the bar counter glued to their smartphones suddenly rise to their feet and in unison bark out a well-rehearsed [...]

    2017-11-29 | japantimes.co.jp

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  • Six in ten food adverts during family TV shows push junk food, new study reveals

    A new report, based on research conducted at the University of Liverpool, shows that almost six in ten food and drink adverts shown during family programmes in the UK popular with children are for 'junk food' such as fast food, takeaways and confectionery. The same adverts would be banned from children's TV under UK regulations which prohibit the advertising of food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) during programmes aimed at children [...]

    2017-11-28 | medicalxpress.com

     

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  • Women's health has worsened while men's health has improved, trends since 1990 show

    Researchers at Umeå University and Region Norrbotten in Sweden have studied health trends among women and men aged 25-34 from 1990-2014. In 1990, 8.5 percent of women self-rated their health as being worse than peers in their own age group. At 2014, this trend had increased to 20 per cent of women. In contrast, a bigger part of the men self-rated their health as better at the end of the study period compared to the start. This according to a study [...]

    2017-11-27 | sciencedaily.com

     

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