• Why Birmingham's Homelessness Problem Is More Than A Simple Maths Equation

    It’s fair to say that Birmingham is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. If you live or work in the city you cannot fail to have noticed the increase over the last few years. Yet, we constantly hear of the many hostel spaces that remain unused. Surely this is nothing more than basic maths? Here are a few of the many reasons why the problem is far more complex than it may appear on first glance: A roof over your head doesn’t automatically make [...]

    2018-07-16 |

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  • Japan sees number of trained dementia care volunteers top 10 million

    The number of people who have received training to assist people with dementia has surpassed 10 million in Japan, a support group for dementia sufferers has said. As it is estimated that some 7 million people, or 1 in 5 elderly Japanese, may suffer from dementia by 2025, the government is eyeing the development of 12 million dementia care helpers by the end of fiscal 2020 as part of a national strategy to build supportive communities [...]

    2018-07-12 |


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  • Ireland must finally address the real causes of poverty

    The early 1990s was a period of significant change for Ireland. The economy grew at a rapid pace and unemployment fell dramatically, but poverty was still very high by international standards. In April 1997, the then government launched Ireland’s first anti-poverty strategy. The foreword, signed by the three leaders of the rainbow coalition – John Bruton, Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa – signalled that poverty would be at the top of the [...]

    2018-07-09 |


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  • Melbourne's first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and 'will save lives'

    Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria's first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days. The Victorian Government committed to a two-year trial at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, after three separate coroners called for a supervised space. Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said it would save lives. "I look forward to speaking to less families who have been subject to the trauma and [...]

    2018-07-06 |


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  • The number of rough sleepers is down in London for the first time in a decade

    For the first time in more than ten years, the amount of people sleeping rough in England’s capital has fallen. The figures – from St Mungo’s Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) – found that 7,484 people were seen by outreachers in London in the past year compared to 8,108 in 2016/2017 – a drop of eight per cent. But this has not come without substantial investment – £8.45 million has been spent on services in the city past year [...]

    2018-07-05 |


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  • UK population growth is slowest in 14 years as migration from EU falls

     The UK population is growing at its slowest rate in 14 years because Brexit means fewer EU migrants are arriving here without a job, ONS figures show. The data shows that the population hit 66 million for the first time in mid-2017 but is growing at a rate of 0.6 per cent, the lowest since mid-2004. While the number of people coming to the UK to take on a job they have already secured has remained stable, the number immigrating to look for [...]

    2018-07-04 |

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  • Misunderstanding of mental health means millions of employees delay seeking help

    Almost 60 percent of UK employees are unable to identify key symptoms of the most common mental health conditions resulting in treatment delays for millions of workers. A new study from Bupa examined employees’ understanding of key psychological and behavioural symptoms of six of the most prevalent conditions in the UK, as well as identifying widely-held misconceptions. The research reveals that inaccurate assumptions have caused almost seven [...]

    2018-07-03 |

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  • Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

    123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 – an increase of nearly 80% since 2011. The number of homeless children and older people in temporary accommodation has reached the highest level since the global financial crisis in 2007, government figures show. A total of 123,130 children were housed in temporary accommodation in England in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of nearly 80% since 2011. The number of [...]

    2018-07-02 |



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  • Artificial intelligence’s greatest contribution may be in health care, and China is leading the way

    Andy Chun says China’s early investments in hi-tech medical services are likely to pay off in meeting the health care needs of its massive population, especially as society ages. The greatest contribution that artificial intelligence could make to humanity might be in health care. According to the consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, AI has the potential to improve medical treatment outcomes by 30-40 per cent and reduce costs by as much as 50 per cent [...]

    2018-07-01 |

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  • How vaping helps even hardened smokers quit

    Vaping helps people stop smoking - even when they don't want to, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A study published today shows that smokers who switch to vaping may be better able to stay smoke-free in the long term. And that even people who didn't want to stop smoking, have eventually quit because they found vaping more enjoyable. Lead researcher Dr Caitlin Notley from UEA's Norwich Medical School said: "E-cigarettes [...]

    2018-06-29 |


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  • ‘Shocking’ level of homelessness in Scotland, campaigners warn

    Homelessness in Scotland is getting worse with a growing number of children forced to live in temporary accommodation, a leading housing charity has warned. Official statistics published today revealed the 32 local authorities north of the Border received a total of 34,972 applications for homelessness assistance between April 1, 2017 and March 31 2018, one per cent higher than the same period during 2016/17. There were 10,933 households in [...]

    2018-06-28 |


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  • Children in England have already reached this year's sugar limit, warn experts

     Public Health England urges parents to cut back on drinks and snacks related to obesity and tooth decay, with sugar intake at twice recommended rate. Children in England have already eaten and drunk more than a whole year’s worth of sugar in the six months since January, says Public Health England (PHE).Too much sugar is blamed for high obesity rates in children and dental decay. The Department for Health agency is urging parents to try to cut [...]

    2018-06-27 |

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