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Thursday 3rd April 2014

Taxing times for the NHS

Taxing times for the NHS
Description
On his first day as Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens stated that the National Health Service was facing its biggest challenge to date because of the most sustained 'budget crunch in its 66-year history'. He argued it was time to 'chart a new course' in order to face the really big challenges – dementia, obesity, inequalities, mental health and wellbeing, personalisation, prevention and empowerment. Only by 'radically transforming services' would the NHS continue to thrive.
Date:
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Thursday 27th March 2014

Instruments of torture

Description
Recent reports of Ukrainian soldiers in a Crimean base blasting out songs by Cher to drown out amplified propaganda onslaughts by the besieging Russian army remind us again that playing music need be neither innocent nor benign. Of course, music and the sound of instruments have been used to military ends at least since Joshua's trumpets flattened the walls of Jericho; a modern parallel might be the US army's 2004 bombardment of Fallujah with high-volume songs by the heavy metal band Metallica.
Date:
Thursday 27th March 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 20th March 2014

Will limiting traffic access to Paris improve air quality?

Will limiting traffic access to Paris improve air quality?
Description
The French authorities are restricting individual vehicle use in Paris to alternate days in order to mitigate an air pollution episode caused by the recent anticyclonic weather which has given much of western Europe settled and sunny conditions over the past week.
Date:
Thursday 20th March 2014
Thursday 13th March 2014

A biomarker for Alzheimer's?

A biomarker for Alzheimer's?
Description
The media are always fascinated by medical 'breakthrough' stories: tales of hope that scientists have found cures for our most threatening diseases and tales of woe that our lifestyles are doing us harm. All too often these stories portray the underlying science as conclusive when at best, it is speculative.
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2014
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