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Proportion of deaths in 35+ group estimated to be caused by smoking fell from 19% in 2003 to 17% in 2013, but hospital admissions linked to habit rose slightlyFewer people 35 and over are dying in England because of their smoking habit, figures suggest, although hospital admissions linked to tobacco[...]
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Terence Smith, 18, newly-elected Labour councillor for Goole town council – and the UK’s youngest deputy mayor - explains what motivated himI became interested in politics in 2010, around the time of the last general election, partly because of the rise in tuition fees, and also after realising [...]
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The newly honoured former minister fought tirelessly to block, delay and reduce funding for the building of affordable homes in the UKArise Sir Eric. Former communities secretary Eric Pickles is to be knighted for his service as an MP we learned this week. In a letter informing him of the honour, Da[...]
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Our expert panel discussed the issues people with dementia face when accessing health and social care services

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George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs, Alzheimer’s Society: Every day we hear about the struggle people with dementia have getting a[...]
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As an outreach worker I support sex workers in Swindon, many of whom are on the streets to fund a crack cocaine addictionIf the weather is good, I start the day with a cuppa in my garden, checking my phone. Anything could have happened overnight and I need to catch up with the vice liaison officer ([...]
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Dr Maureen Baker of the Royal College of GPs hits out at David Cameron’s NHS pledge and warns that many GP surgeries are already ‘teetering on the brink’Plans for seven-day GP surgeries have been described as coming from “cloud cuckoo land” by one of the UK’s most senior doctors.Dr Maure[...]
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United Nations plan to reduce premature mortality would render the over-70s ‘second-class citizens’, academics tell the LancetA plan to reduce deaths from a range of diseases is “highly unethical” because it discriminates against people aged 70 and over, according to leading medical experts.[...]
HealthHealth and Care
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An estimated 3.4 million people aged 45 to 64 regularly[...]
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David Nutt, former government chief drugs adviser, says banning of legal highs has already been destructive to Parkinson’s and anti-smoking researchDrug researchers have warned that a bill to ban the sale of all psychoactive substances will be disastrous for brain research in the UK.
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Mental Health
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From SNP to Ukip, this election was a decisive vote against the metropolitan liberalism of London, the Labour party’s new heartlandWhen Labour loses an election there is a tendency on the left to first indulge in the wisdom of hindsight, and then to project the party’s failures eternally into th[...]

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Does religious engagement act as a deterrent for anti-social behavior in young people? If so, what are the implications for social work? A growing body of literature suggests that religious engagement may protect youths from involvement in nonviolent and violent antisocial behavior. However, despite[...]