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Thursday 14th January 2016

Mental health care is still awaiting its revolution

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This week David Cameron announced the government's intention to invest almost £1billion in mental health services in an attempt to revolutionise treatment. The pledge, though welcome for increasing mental health funding and keeping mental health on the political agenda, does not sound like the revolution we were expecting.
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Thursday 14th January 2016
Thursday 17th December 2015

The December 2015 regional elections in France: the far right Front National fails to win a single region

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In the first round of the French regional elections on 6 December, the far right Front National (FN) came first with 27.96 per cent of the votes, thereby leading in six out of 26 regions. As could be expected, this result caused panic among the two mainstream parties, the ruling centre-left Socialist Party and the centre-right Republicans.
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Thursday 17th December 2015
Thursday 3rd December 2015

Why does character really matter?

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It has become increasingly common of late to highlight the extrinsic benefits of personal character for school achievement. But why is that the case?
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Thursday 3rd December 2015
Thursday 26th November 2015

Is it sufficient to simply "recommend" exercise as part of type 2 diabetes treatment?

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Current exercise guidelines for type 2 diabetes patients offer no recommendations regarding goals for increasing fitness levels and are identical to recommendations given to all adults. Our current knowledge as to how to optimise the effect of exercise as part of an effective treatment approach for type 2 diabetes patients is sadly lacking. It is becoming increasingly clear that an individualised approach is necessary, but the only way to develop an evidence-based individualised approach is for further large-scale, randomised controlled trials to be conducted.
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Thursday 26th November 2015
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