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Thursday 15th October 2015

Humanitarian crisis in Calais refugee camp needs urgent political attention

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The European refugee crisis, including the attempts of people to reach Britain from Calais, has dominated the news for several months, with the main focus being on security concerns and border controls.However, there is another humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais, where around 3,000 people are living in conditions detrimental to their health, and which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
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Thursday 15th October 2015
Thursday 24th September 2015

Clarifying the link between diet and cancer

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Does diet influence cancer? The answer to this question is not simple.The relationship between nutrition and disease is a complex one, but there is a tendency to simplify things to provide easily comprehensible information to the public.
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Thursday 24th September 2015
Thursday 17th September 2015

Making the rugby pitch a safer place

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With the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicking off in England and Wales this week, the issue of concussion is likely to be high on the agenda.
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Thursday 17th September 2015
Thursday 3rd September 2015

Mexican poverty crisis: we must not suppress the voice of the people

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Every year, the Mexican government ploughs more money into fighting poverty. Yet every year, poverty in Mexico increases.
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Thursday 3rd September 2015
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