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Thursday 20th November 2014

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure
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On 21 November 1974, Birmingham experienced a terrible tragedy. Bombs exploded in two city centre pubs killing 21 people and injuring 182 more. The violent Troubles of Northern Ireland – during which more than 3,000 people died and around 50,000 were wounded – were being taken to England by the Provisional IRA.
Date:
Thursday 20th November 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 13th November 2014

Deciphering Obama's letter to the Supreme Leader

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Earlier this week, it was reported by The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama had sent a secret letter to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to accept the terms of a comprehensive agreement with the United States and other major world powers on the issue of Iran's nuclear programme.
Date:
Thursday 13th November 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 6th November 2014

Weight loss surgery: a cure for the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

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A study published on Monday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal reports that weight loss surgery, such as the fitting of a gastric band, can reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 80%. This confirms findings from a previous study conducted in Sweden but expands what we know about the effectiveness of the various types of surgical procedures used in the UK. The study highlights the possibility of using obesity surgery as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes in those who are at highest risk of the disease – a possibility that has attracted a great deal of media attention and controversy.
Date:
Thursday 6th November 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 30th October 2014

Education and awareness needed to combat 'global epidemic' of liver disease

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Despite significant advances in our knowledge of how to diagnose and treat chronic liver disease, we are currently experiencing a global epidemic in cases. In Europe alone, 29 million people suffer from chronic liver disease, and this rapid upward trend is reproduced in England, where liver disease is one of the leading causes of premature mortality.
Date:
Thursday 30th October 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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