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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Nursing an open wound – Healthcare demand and nursing supply

This extended blog explores recent trends in the demand for healthcare and the supply of nurses, before reflecting on how government policy changes are impacting on the ability of the nursing sector to meet rising needs. We argue that with nursing shortages gripping the NHS, it is time to evaluate how recent policy has failed to get to grips with the problem, and develop a new strategic framework to improve the participation of nurses in the health service.  Continue reading

Guest Blog: Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University – Where you live can kill you

In 1842, the English social reformer Edwin Chadwick documented a 30-year discrepancy between the life expectancy of men in the poorest social classes and the gentry. He also found a North-South health divide with people from all social classes faring better in the rural South than in the industrial North. Continue reading