Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research

Worst-off areas have lost six times as much funding to tackle health problems such as obesity as best-off areas, finds analysis. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA England’s poorest communities have borne the brunt of almost £900m of cuts to public health spending, despite them having higher rates of disease, research has revealed. Places with high levels of deprivation such as Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham have lost much more of their budgets to prevent problems such obesity and smoking than better-off areas. One pound in every £7 of the £871.6m that has been…

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Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

What a week it’s been for education news. Let’s begin NPR Ed’s weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday … DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump’s long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn’t happen. Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children’s National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy. “It’s fitting that we’re in Indiana, one of the states that is providing real…

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A Diet That Lowers BP and Cuts Risk of Kidney Disease Too

A diet high in nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages and sodium may not only lower blood pressure but also reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, says a study. This diet, known as DASH for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was designed primarily to reduce blood pressure. “In addition to offering other health benefits, consuming a DASH-style diet could help reduce the risk of developing kidney disease,” said study leader Casey Rebholz, Assistant Professor at…

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Early bedtime for preschoolers cuts obesity risk later

  Preschoolers who are regularly in bed by 8 p.m., are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the night, a new research has found. According to the research published in the Journal of Pediatrics, bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the likelihood of obesity later in life. “For parents, this reinforces the importance of establishing a bedtime routine,” said Sarah Anderson, associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Public Health. Obesity can set kids up for a…

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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers Cuts Obesity Risk Later

PhotoCredit:istock Preschoolers who are regularly in bed by 8 p.m., are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the night, a new research has found. According to the research published in the Journal of Pediatrics, bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the likelihood of obesity later in life. “For parents, this reinforces the importance of establishing a bedtime routine,” said Sarah Anderson, associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Public Health. Obesity can set kids up for a…

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