100 years on from the Spanish Flu. Protecting ourselves from infectious diseases

2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of Spanish Flu. The deadly influenza (flu) pandemic infected some 500 million people and resulted in deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. 17 million people may have died in India and half a million Americans lost their lives. Spanish Flu probably killed more people than the Black Death and more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.

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Not-so-Young Offenders: Older people and the criminal justice system – Part Two: The path to prison

Part One of this mini-series discussed the ageing of our prison population, and the implications of this over the coming years. Part Two explores the interesting, but little-discussed, recent trend of increased sentencing of older people, coupled with the reverse trend for younger age groups.

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Not-so-Young Offenders: Older people and the criminal justice system – Part One: Demographic change behind bars

It is well-established that the UK’s prison population is ageing, but there is more to be said about changing demographic trends across the whole length of the criminal justice system, from charge through to rehabilitation. In this blog mini-series, Sally Bowell explores age-related trends in offending and discusses their implications.

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The NHS funding deal risks just being absorbed into firefighting social care

Ahead of the NHS turning 70 later this year, this week Theresa May announced a big sum cash injection into NHS England to the tune of £20.5bn by 2030. Although it falls slightly short of the 4% increase asked for by NHS England Chief Simon Stevens (the new deal works out as 3.4%), the Government hopes that the extra funding will support a long-term plan for financial sustainability in the NHS. The funding plan in isolation however risks being nothing more than plastering over the cracks without policy interventions to support other areas of health.

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Health and wealth

Will an increase in health spending, at the expense of other forms of social expenditure adversely affect health? New ILC-UK analysis shows that social spending is positively associated with increase life expectancy and curtailing investment may undermine efforts to improve the nation’s health.

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