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3 hours ago
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey found guilty in NashvilleJury rejects argument binge-drinking culture was to blameA jury convicted two former Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college cult[...]
Education
4 hours ago
Scientists say impact of bringing forward girl’s first period by 2.7 months is likely to be modestSugary drinks may be causing girls to start menstruating earlier, research suggests. A study of girls aged nine to 14 found that those averaging more than 1.5 sugar-sweetened beverages a day had their[...]
WomenHealth
7 hours ago
Alan Milburn and other critics say Labour leader needs to do more to address economyEd Miliband is facing a backlash by Tony Blair supporters who have warned that his plans for the NHS risk playing into Tory hands and could lead to repeating the campaign mistakes of 1992 when Labour lost the general[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
7 hours ago
Twitter-shaming those who drop rubbish is simply more smug middle-class morality dressed up as ‘common sense’Last Friday morning, Kirstie Allsopp thought she saw someone throwing litter from a car. Most of us would feel momentarily irritated, but Allsopp was downright furious and decided to[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and Care
8 hours ago
Citizen’s income – an unconditional income for every individual – would not work as hoped unless means-tested, say researchersThe Green party’s flagship economic policy, the £72 a week “citizen’s income”, would hit the poorest hardest unless it was made more complicated by includ[...]
Housing and Pove
8 hours ago
Andy Burnham’s done some hard thinking but he skates over some big questionsA speech on health policy from a Labour shadow minister a hundred days out from a general election that the party is not confident of winning is much more than a speech on the NHS. Ever since vesting day in 1948 the NHS ha[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
8 hours ago
In rare public comments the Church of the Latter-Day Saints endorsed Utah anti-discrimination laws but said religious people had a right to views based on faithThe Mormon church has spoken out about the “erosion of religious liberties” in the US as a result of what it sees as a rising tide of in[...]
Womens Issues
8 hours ago
I read with surprise Christina Patterson’s claim (Opinion, 23 January) that Sidney Bernstein’s documentary on the Belsen concentration camp was long shelved and that people did not get a chance to see it. Now, she says, a new documentary, Night Will Fall, will rectify this situation. Bernstein[...]
8 hours ago
It was inspiring to hear about the strength and courage of the Congolese women involved in improving the domestic situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Report, 22 January). Each year at Freedom from Torture we provide treatment to dozens of Congolese women, the majority of whom have been im[...]
Criminal JusticeWomens Issues
8 hours ago
Hilary Osborne’s article (26 January) on Centre Point, with its infamous history of speculators using it to extract land value, shows how skewed our economy is. Without London’s roads, Tube, railways, buses, cycle lanes and footpaths, the new flats being developed in Centre Point would sell at a[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
10 hours ago
Freedom means the right to watch as many lame films as I want, and that’s the most American thing I’ve ever doneCan you wait to see The Interview? I only ask because the film is finally being released in UK cinemas next week, and because less than a month ago it was, like, the biggest deal ever.[...]
Children
10 hours ago
Unions call off scheduled industrial action in England and Northern Ireland after fresh pay offer from Department of HealthPlanned strikes by health workers in a dispute over pay have been suspended after a breakthrough in talks.Members of Unison, the GMB and Unite were due to walk out in England an[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
10 hours ago
The country is one of the world’s fattest nations, but can making people do 10 squats in exchange for a metro ride be anything more than a gimmick?In 2013, Mexico squeezed past the United States to become one of the fattest nations on the planet – with 32.8% of the population classified as obese[...]
10 hours ago
Far from helping people into work, lowering the cap to £23,000 will only bring more stress and misery to those least able to copeThere are few policies the Conservatives love more than the benefit cap “crackdown”. They rejoice in its apparent public popularity, its supposed commonsense simplici[...]
Children and ParentingHousing and Poverty
10 hours ago
Labour pledge for the health service sounds promising but practitioners worry about how the changes will be funded
The Labour party has launched its pivotal election pledge on the NHS, promising 36,000 more staff and the repeal of privatisation laws.It also promises to make progress in achieving [...]
PolicyHealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
11 hours ago
Discovery gives scientists hope of developing a therapy that could slowdown the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementiaPeople who carry a mutated gene linked to longer lifespan have extra tissue in part of the brain that seems to protect them against mental decline in old ag[...]
HealthHealth and Care
11 hours ago
Questions raised over how patient info is shared after Richard Jones, who had pyschosis, died before he could be helpedA coroner will raise concerns with the health secretary about the case of a soldier who was suffering from psychosis but did not see a mental health professional before dying of an [...]
Health and CareMental Health
11 hours ago
Disabled and ill people unable to get to hospital and forced out of their homes as personal independence payments (PIP) come under scrutiny by MPsMark Harper, the minister for disabled people, will appear in front of the work and pensions select committee on Wednesday today to defend the government[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
12 hours ago
We need to get much better at using the information we have to predict the impact of changes in primary care, social care and community services, as well as in underlying patterns of diseaseIt has come as some surprise to me, as an operations director in an acute hospital, that even the more technic[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
12 hours ago
Party’s former health secretary issues warning on day that Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham intensified Labour’s pivotal election pledgeLabour is running a “pale imitation” of its losing 1992 general election campaign as it retreats to its “comfort zone” on the NHS, the former health secreta[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
13 hours ago
Sarah Wollaston says she doesn’t support scrapping housing benefit for 18-to-21-year-oldsDavid Cameron’s plans to target benefit cuts at the young and vulnerable have come under fire from within his own party.Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chair of the health committee, said she did not suppo[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
13 hours ago
A centre that has helped hundreds of ‘untreatable’ people get their lives on track and cut hospital admissions is now set to close as funding is pulledFor a decade the Haven project in Essex has won plaudits for its pioneering work with people with personality disorder. The service, based in a s[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
14 hours ago
Edited extracts of written evidence to a recent House of Commons work and pensions select committee on the impact of benefit sanctionsI have been sanctioned on three occasions. On the first, I cancelled a jobcentre appointment to go to a job interview. It was short notice, but I phoned the jobcentre[...]
Health and CareMental Health
15 hours ago
In light of possible link to some sleeping pills and antihistamines, it makes sense for people to consider what they are takingThe possibility that some very common over-the-counter sleeping pills such as Nytol and hayfever tablets like Piriton could trigger dementia is highly alarming for those who[...]
Health
15 hours ago
Concern grows about health risks to children amid parents’ fears that allowing them to play outside will expose them to radiationChildren from Fukushima are the most obese in Japan, due in part to fears among parents that allowing them to play outside will expose them to harmful levels of radiati[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and Care

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5 days ago
FROM PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON – The John A. Hartford Foundation has awarded the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation a $1 million, three-year grant that will be used to launch a program through NASW chapters in New York City, Maryland, Illinois and Florida to improve the deliv[...]