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Thursday 10th August 2017

Funding, the NHS and the challenge of setting service limits

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Reader in Health Policy and Managemennt, Iestyn Williams discusses issues of funding and service limit challenges faced by the NHS.
Date:
Thursday 10th August 2017
Thursday 6th July 2017

Defibrillators: strengthening the chain of survival

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Phone boxes used to be a fixture of the British urban landscape, but as more people reach for their smartphone rather than a handful of loose change, increasing numbers of villages have been turning these iconic landmarks into defibrillation points.
Date:
Thursday 6th July 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017

Research breakthrough in hypertension: Birmingham leads pan-European effort

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often goes unnoticed, but if left untreated can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Studies estimate that one in four adults suffer from hypertension and in ten per cent of these adults, it is due to the overproduction of the adrenal hormone aldosterone, a condition known as primary aldosteronism or Conn syndrome.
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Thursday 1st June 2017
Thursday 15th December 2016

Why do we love or hate Christmas?

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Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and love for many across the world. However, these feelings are not universally shared, and like a festive Marmite others find the obligatory decorations, mulled wine and mince pies a bit of a humbug! So, what might lead to such different opinions? We can perhaps provide an explanation based upon learned experiences that change how much we like and want something.
Date:
Thursday 15th December 2016
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