Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

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Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide
Exclusive: Melbourne, Accra and Ulaanbaatar among cities to benefit from funding pledged by former New York mayor to tackle issues from air pollution to obesity Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire bte noire of both the sugar industry and the tobacco industry, famously fought for a ban on the sale of large-sized colas and other sweet drinks […]

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why do men suffer depression in silence?

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why do men suffer depression in silence?
When Kevin Braddock hit rockbottom, he had every intention of killing himself. He recounts what happened next and reveals why so few men ask for help It was a Monday when TV Tower: the gun, the noose, the blade, the pills, the bottle. The gun, the noose the mantra that would not stop. Since the […]

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?
US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is […]

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How the homophobic Muslim became a populist bogeyman | Moustafa Bayoumi

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How the homophobic Muslim became a populist bogeyman | Moustafa Bayoumi
US Muslims are now more tolerant than many Christian groups. If you listened to Trump, Le Pen and Anne Marie Waters, youd believe that was impossible, writes author and academic Moustafa Bayoumi Heres something you may not have thought likely. A majority of American Muslims now believes that its fine to be gay. The latest […]

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed
Widespread belief that disease was all but beaten may have bred complacency, specialists warn, amid fears that number of cases is 50% higher than reported Millions of new leprosy cases are going undiagnosed and untreated, 15 years after one of the worlds most feared and infamous diseases was declared to be virtually eliminated. Experts believe […]

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Yemen: more than one million children at risk of cholera – charity

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Yemen: more than one million children at risk of cholera – charity
Save The Children warning comes after UN calculated 20.7 million Yemenis are in need of assistance More than one million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned on Wednesday as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit […]

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty
How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded […]

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Is the world really better than ever?

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Is the world really better than ever?
The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to […]

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Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says

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Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says
Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors […]

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Cocktail of drugs could prevent 10,000 HIV deaths a year, claim scientists

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Cocktail of drugs could prevent 10,000 HIV deaths a year, claim scientists
As experts converge on Paris for major summit on HIV science, study highlights potential benefits of deploying low-cost drug combination in sub-Saharan Africa A package of low-cost drugs designed to prevent deadly infections among people who are starting HIV treatment late could save 10,000 lives a year across sub-Saharan Africa, scientists believe. About one in […]

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Is it always good to talk? How to help survivors of trauma

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Is it always good to talk? How to help survivors of trauma
A large number of counsellors have volunteered to be available for survivors and firefighters at Grenfell tower, but whats the evidence for talking therapy? There were a few weeks a month or so ago when I started to dread turning on the radio in the morning. London and then volunteered to be available for survivors […]

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We are all mutants now: the trouble with genetic testing

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We are all mutants now: the trouble with genetic testing
The long read: With so many unknowns in our DNA, using genetics in medical testing doesnt always bring the answers sometimes it brings only doubt AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the […]

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The real reason women freeze their eggs | Eva Wiseman

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The real reason women freeze their eggs | Eva Wiseman
Its often assumed women freeze their eggs to stop the ticking of their fertility clocks so they can crack on with their careers. The truth is rather different, says Eva Wiseman Theres a story that weve been told about why women freeze their eggs, which begins with ambition for a career and ends with them […]

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Big tobacco still sees big business in America’s poor

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Big tobacco still sees big business in America’s poor
The US is pegged as an exciting market, but this growth disproportionately affects the poor including the industrys growers and laborers Wheeling his oxygen tank in behind him, Leslie E Adams shuffled into the lung doctors exam room, and let out a long string of rattling coughs. He tried to catch his breath, and coughed […]

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Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump

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Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump
Top White House figures including the vice-president and health secretary have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one Tobacco companies have moved swiftly to strengthen their grip on Washington politics, ramping up lobbying efforts and securing significant regulatory wins in the first six months of the Trump era. series […]

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