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Thursday 8th September 2016

'Who knows best?' Older people's contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

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Until now, studies have paid little attention to the views of older people on the problems of emergency admissions. A new study by the Health Services Management Centre and Department of Social Policy and Social Work, at the University of Birmingham, has addressed this and presents some key findings.
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Thursday 8th September 2016
Thursday 1st September 2016

Strengthening particles in superalloys – how the small can have a big influence

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Who doesn't like a good holiday? Going abroad and discovering the world is an established part of today's jet-setting culture, is for many of us part of modern life. And as jet setters, getting to our holiday destination is not supposed to take up much of our well-earned holiday time.
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Thursday 1st September 2016
Thursday 25th August 2016

What does a rise in the minimum wage mean for the Mexican labour market?

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The idea of a minimum working wage has been a controversial topic within economics for many years. The basic goal of establishing a minimum level of earnings is to ensure that independently of the job performed, all workers can earn a salary that is high enough to satisfy their basic needs.
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Thursday 25th August 2016
Thursday 18th August 2016

How is pollen, pollution and climate change affecting our health?

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The impact of air pollution, weather and climate change on the environment and human health is a vital concern globally. The health hazard it causes includes severe allergic reactions and several medical conditions, especially in conjunction with pollen grains.
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Thursday 18th August 2016
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