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Thursday 9th February 2017

Tackling obesity and diabetes in diverse communities: why food matters

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The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes is a major global public health concern. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes currently affects 422 million people worldwide, with the prevalence almost doubling from 4.7 per cent in 1980 to 8.5 per cent in 2014. Similar trends are occurring in the UK, with cases of type 2 diabetes rising from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996, and this is projected to rise to 5 million by 2025.
Date:
Thursday 9th February 2017
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day and Denial: Auschwitz in a post-truth age?

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In January 2000 the libel trial David Irving vs Penguin Books and Professor Deborah Lipstadt began in London. In April Mr Justice Gray delivered his judgement: Irving had 'deliberately falsified and distorted the historical evidence because he was an apologist for and a partisan of Hitler and on that account is intent on exonerating him.' Shortly after the trial started the government announced that from 2001, 27 January (the date of the liberation of Auschwitz) would be Britain's Holocaust Memorial Day.
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Thursday 2nd February 2017
Thursday 12th January 2017

Does the PM want hard or soft parity for mental health?

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In recent years mental health has moved from the margins to the heart of government thinking. The discourse has matured, reflecting a growing awareness that mental distress is not an issue that impacts a few – it affects us all.
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Thursday 12th January 2017
Thursday 5th January 2017

Is the humble fridge the key to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals?

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The clock is ticking on the most ambitious set of international development targets ever conceived. By 2030, the UN's Global Development Goals ('Global Goals') promise to banish hunger, poverty and inequality; ensure universal access to safe water, education, health care, clean energy and decent work; and secure peace, justice, economic growth and sustainability. Achieving all this and in the timeframe set will be a monumental challenge. What is not yet widely recognised is that one critical factor will be the development of clean cooling.
Date:
Thursday 5th January 2017
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