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Thursday 29th May 2014

Race against time to prevent deadly spread of polio

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Poliomyelitis is a devastating, highly infectious viral disease. It is spread from person to person or through poor sanitary conditions. It can kill those infected or result in permanent paralysis to the limbs and chest. The best 'treatment' is prevention, and the best available means of prevention is vaccination.
Date:
Thursday 29th May 2014
Thursday 22nd May 2014

A drop in the ocean! Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'

A drop in the ocean! Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
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Recent reports in the national press have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
Thursday 22nd May 2014
Thursday 15th May 2014

Safe staffing - better care: NICE guidance for today's nurses

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On 12 May, International Nurses' Day, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – the body that is responsible for promoting improvement in the health service – released draft guidelines on safe staffing levels for nursing on adult in-patient wards in acute hospitals.
Date:
Thursday 15th May 2014
Thursday 8th May 2014

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle
Description
During the recent upheavals in Ukraine, the global media has reported periodically on street protests that focus on statues in public spaces. By March 2014, news outlets were noting that an interactive map produced by protesters had recorded the toppling of more than 100 statues of Lenin across the country.
Date:
Thursday 8th May 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
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