All features (health and wellbeing)

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Saving on food, losing on health

A new ESRC-funded study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows we are saving on food costs by switching to cheaper calories - which usually means more sugary or fatty foods.

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Cutting the smoking habit

The annual NHS Stoptober campaign has been launched, helping smokers to quit through a month-long programme. Research shows the challenges of developing effective programmes to quit smoking, the links between smoking and low income, and secondary smoking motivations such as weight control.

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Free lunch improving school results

The ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies has participated in research which confirms that free school meals seem to increase attainment. The Government has recently announced that free school lunches will be introduced for all pupils at infant schools in England from next September.

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The pros and cons of legalising cannabis

Legalising cannabis would bring both benefits and disadvantages - but the current debate is much too limited, argues a report from the Institute for Social and Economic Research; there is a lack of hard evidence, and few of the most vocal participants take a sufficiently broad perspective.

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Lifelong impact from childhood bullying

Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.

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Children's brain power affected by bedtimes

Not having a set bedtime may disrupt healthy brain development in children, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which draws on ESRC-funded research.

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Missing people prefer to stay nearby

People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the ESRC-funded project Geographies of Missing People were presented at the 1st International Conference on Missing Children and Adults, held in Southampton this week.

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Preparing for motherhood

Considerable research on women's experiences of motherhood has been undertaken over the past 30 years, while women's lives and maternity services have changed dramatically. Several ESRC-funded studies have explored factors influencing modern motherhood.

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