Financial problems, marital difficulties, job loss and personal illness can trigger episodes of bipolar depression and mania, according to new research findings.
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More than a quarter of young people are growing up in families that face multiple challenges - with potentially damaging effects on children's development.
A new report by the all-party Parliamentary group on social mobility has identified seven 'key truths' about social mobility, drawing on ESRC-funded research.
An economic stimulus or financial disaster? Building casinos provokes strong feelings and opinions, and ESRC-funded research is providing much–needed evidence on the pros and cons of gambling.
Professor Carol Propper of the ESRC Centre for Market and Public Organisation assesses the impact of competition between suppliers on the healthcare system
Professor Carol Propper: Research evidence suggests that more competition and patient choice has the power to improve outcomes for patients.
An ESRC-funded study investigating the long-term outcomes of babies being fed on schedule versus on demand has revealed that babies who are fed on demand perform academically better during childhood than their schedule-fed peers.
Taxing unhealthy foods in a bid to persuade people to eat a better diet would be an ineffective way of tackling obesity. A study of inequalities in diet and health concludes that a so-called 'fat tax' would hit the poor hardest while failing to produce any significant health benefits.
Teenagers who read gossip magazines are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviours such as binge eating, skipping meals or making themselves sick after meals, according to an ESRC-funded study.
Public health policies have been hampered by the lack of good research evidence to design and implement effective initiatives. Research by the ESRC-funded Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement has examined health policy initiatives in Wales.