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Friday 17th January 2014

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham
Description
Remarkable progress in the treatment of human disease was made in the 20th century but much remains to be done.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 22nd August 2013

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?
Description
Animal studies have shown that high-fat and high-sugar foods have similar effects on the brain as do substances more usually associated with addiction, such as alcohol or drugs. The research also suggests these foods can cause similar problems, such as withdrawal symptoms or going to great lengths to obtain the food. Yet, the existence of food addiction in humans remains extremely controversial within the scientific community.
Date:
Thursday 22nd August 2013
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 12th May 2011

Regulating the complementary health professions: is the government doing enough?

Description
About half of the UK population use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during their lifetimes. Yet despite this, successive governments have appeared remarkably reluctant to engage with the regulation of these therapeutic practices, despite its stated commitment to responsive and appropriate regulation of the health sector.
Date:
Thursday 12th May 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Friday 8th April 2011

What does Additional Parental Leave mean for fathers?

Description
Fathers of children born after 3 April 2011 are entitled to take Additional Parental Leave (APL), in addition to two weeks statutory paternity leave. By allowing both (qualifying) parents to share paid parental leave, APL seemingly demonstrates a commitment to giving fathers a genuine opportunity to parent their children in the first year of life. In fact, it is not obvious that APL will make a significant difference.
Date:
Friday 8th April 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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