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Thursday 17th April 2014

Taxing times for the NHS

Taxing times for the NHS
Description
On his first day as Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens stated that the National Health Service was facing its biggest challenge to date because of the most sustained 'budget crunch in its 66-year history'. He argued it was time to 'chart a new course' in order to face the really big challenges – dementia, obesity, inequalities, mental health and wellbeing, personalisation, prevention and empowerment. Only by 'radically transforming services' would the NHS continue to thrive.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014
Thursday 20th March 2014

Will limiting traffic access to Paris improve air quality?

Will limiting traffic access to Paris improve air quality?
Description
The French authorities are restricting individual vehicle use in Paris to alternate days in order to mitigate an air pollution episode caused by the recent anticyclonic weather which has given much of western Europe settled and sunny conditions over the past week.
Date:
Thursday 20th March 2014
Thursday 13th March 2014

A biomarker for Alzheimer's?

A biomarker for Alzheimer's?
Description
The media are always fascinated by medical 'breakthrough' stories: tales of hope that scientists have found cures for our most threatening diseases and tales of woe that our lifestyles are doing us harm. All too often these stories portray the underlying science as conclusive when at best, it is speculative.
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2014
Thursday 6th March 2014

Sochi Paralympics and Sport Politics

Sochi Paralympics and Sport Politics
Description
The founding fathers of the Paralympics must be turning in their graves. The Sochi Paralympics is the latest in a long list of sports events to be marred by politics.
Date:
Thursday 6th March 2014
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