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Thursday 5th June 2014

Piketty and the Vicious Circle of Inequality

Piketty and the Vicious Circle of Inequality
Description
The academic book of the moment (perhaps the decade) is Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty First Century. It is hard to think of a public commentator who has not weighed in on the book, from serious examinations of the underlying economic model involved and the difficulties of collecting historical data on investment returns, to less serious thoughts the book's length or the author's looks.
Date:
Thursday 5th June 2014
Thursday 29th May 2014

Race against time to prevent deadly spread of polio

Description
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'
Description
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
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