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The Glasgow Effect - Do Poverty, Inequality or Crime Explain the High Mortality Rate?

Friday, August 24, 2012

What is it about living in Glasgow that means people there die significantly younger than elsewhere in the UK?

This feature in the Economist - “No City for Old Men” - explores the fact that Glaswegians die younger than other Britons, but nobody seems to really understand why.

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The Rich Get Healthier…and the Poor Get Poorly?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Is there a direct, causal link between social class and poor health? This article in the Guardian reports on the findings of a new survey by the King’s Fund health thinktank which suggests that there is a clear and widening gap in the health of people in England as measured by their social class.

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Population statistics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I’ve seen a number of interesting stories and programmes exploring ideas relating to population levels.  The most recent was this morning on the BBC, asking if the number of people alive today (about 7 billion) outnumbers the number of people that have ever lived on earth.  Most of these debates centre on the fear that at some point there will be too many people for the world to handle.

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Media and Image

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This is a fantastic commentary of the images of women portrayed by the media, commenting on how they project an impossibly flawless ideal.  Jean Kilbourne argues, not just that this image leads to increasing eating disorders and mental health issues among teenage girls, but that the objectification of women’s bodies contributes to a growth in violence against women.

Watch the video and see if you agree.

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Health - animated lecture

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Great animated video about research into the benefits of exercise.  Watch it here.


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Useful article about the impact of the introduction of the contraceptive pill.

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