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10 hours ago
Researchers say they have found a strong association between consuming higher levels of sugar and depression in men – a link not mirrored in womenMen who consume a lot of added sugar in drinks, cakes and confectionery run an increased risk of depression, according to a new study.Researchers from U[...]
EducationHealth and CareMental HealthWomens Issues
11 hours ago
People in the United States have been reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the country’s military. Protests were held in cities including New York and San Francisco on Wednesday and transgender veterans have condemned the move as a step backwards for[...]
13 hours ago
A change to the law means carers are owed £400m in back pay. The government’s solution? Deny them their money

• Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnistAt this time of year, journalists need to keep a sharp eye out for government statements sneaked out after parliament has gone home. But I[...]
CharitiesHealth and Care
15 hours ago
Official figures reveal a record 71 convicted criminals or suspects were mistakenly freed in England and WalesDozens of prisoners have been released by mistake, official figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have revealed, and prison violence has surged to a new high.In 2016-17, 71 convicted cr[...]
Criminal Justice
16 hours ago
There is a gaping hole in public, and clinical, awareness of the condition. Information about sepsis needs to be put into parents’ handsMy son Sam should be 10 years old. I say “should” because on 23 December 2010 he died suddenly and avoidably from sepsis. When he came down with flu-like symp[...]
PolicyHealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
16 hours ago
Time is running out to tackle the crisis over pay for sleep-in shifts, which will cause problems for providers, their staff and the people who rely on careDerek Lewis is chairman of the Royal Mencap SocietyAfter months of unsuccessful efforts to get the government to take the issue of sleep-in shift[...]
Policy
19 hours ago
Research shows that younger workers in part-time or temporary work are more likely to be anxious or depressed. We’d like you to share your experiencesMillennials in part-time and temporary work are more likely to experience poor mental health, a leading thinktank has said.A new report from the Ins[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental Health
19 hours ago
Report warns that the payments represent a ‘stealth tax’ and care system ‘seems to be riddled with hidden unfairness’Top-up fees are being paid by the families of one in four care home residents whose place is supposed to be free, according to a new report by a charity.Almost a quarter of ol[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 day ago
In Kind Direct charity warns of ‘hidden crisis’ facing thousands after it distributes £20.2m of hygiene products in one yearGrowing numbers of people are facing hygiene poverty, where they are unable to afford essential products such as shampoo and deodorant, and are having to choose between ea[...]
PovertyHealthCharities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
MS Society says there is sufficient evidence of drug’s effectiveness to relax ban for patients with no other optionsTen thousand people with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the dis[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescriptionTelling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule l[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
Vanessa Sheridan, a transgender air force veteran – who is now director of transgender relations and community engagement at the Center on Halsted in Chicago – says she is disappointed with Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the US military. Sheridan said she was concerned that the mo[...]
1 day ago
Our readers respond to news that doctors have urged the government to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol as research reveals the extent of liver diseaseYour article (Doctors warn of soaring UK alcohol deaths, 24 July) did not refer to an important element in the question of “soaring alcohol[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
1 day ago
Almost all the information given to residents has come from the group protesting against the redevelopment rather than the council, writes Susan Smith. Plus Mick Larkin says he had bad experiences with developer Lendlease in south LondonI live on the Northumberland Park Estate and would like to refu[...]
Housing
1 day ago
Representative Joe Kennedy criticizes Donald Trump’s decision to not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity. Speaking on Wednesday, the chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force said: ‘Today, the president of the United States looked American soldiers in the[...]
1 day ago
Pioneering paediatric radiologist and authority on the x-ray diagnosis of child abuseWhen Helen Carty was appointed in 1975 as a specialist in paediatric radiology at the Royal Liverpool Children’s hospital in Alder Hey, Merseyside, x-rays were just about the only tool available to diagnose many d[...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
1 day ago
UK Charity Commission says victims in Manchester New Moston congregation were ‘badly let down’ by trusteesA Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester has been criticised by the Charity Commission over its handling of allegations of child sex abuse by a senior member.Victims of a convicted p[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismGerontology
1 day ago
Former Hillsborough panel chair Right Rev James Jones asked to break stalemate by talking to victims boycotting proceedings The former bishop of Liverpool who chaired the Hillsborough panel has been drafted in to help save the contaminated blood inquiry, which is being boycotted by hundreds of victi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Research shows that a growing number of men and boys are being assessed for eating disorders. If you have been affected, we would like to hear from you
The number of men and boys experiencing eating disorders has risen across the UK, according to new research.A Panorama investigation, aired this [...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
1 day ago
City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorwaysHomeless people putting their possessions in shop doorways in Oxford have been threatened with fines of up to £2,500.Legal notices have been pinned on to bags belonging to rough sleepers, warning that [...]
HousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Takeaway outlets are proliferating and life expectancy has stalled. This clear correlation is the sign of a society at a tipping point

• Faiza Shaheen is the director of the Centre of Labour and Social StudiesThere’s something fishy going on. In the last 10 days we’ve heard that lif[...]
PovertyCriminal Justice
1 day ago
The savings are clear, but pressure on budgets is restricting opportunities for disabled young people and their familiesLuke Clements is Cerebra professor of law and social justice at Leeds UniversityMary* is remarkable. Her meagre rented flat is not. She works several menial jobs, bringing in just [...]
PolicyChildrenChildrenChildren and ParentingE
1 day ago
Benefits put a roof over my head when I was 17, says shadow housing minister Melanie Onn. But it’s not so easy nowMelanie Onn, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby and new shadow housing minister, grew up in the town she has represented in parliament since 2015. Onn, who worked in Labour’s compliance[...]
HousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Although specialist Admiral nurses can prevent hospital admissions and save money, there are only 200 in the UK and many counties have none at allKate and Jon Henderson have devoted the past decade to looking after their 67-year-old mother, Sally, who has dementia. At first the siblings, who, until [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
1 day ago
Samsung, Google and Saga have millions of employees sitting at desks, but realise the value of getting them up and walking on a daily basisFriedrich Nietzsche once declared that “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” This is backed up by studies by Stanford University which have[...]
HealthEducationHealth and Care
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