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£122m to find dementia cure

The goal of finding a treatment to cure or halt dementia by 2025 is "within our grasp", Prime Minister David Cameron has said, as he announced a doubling in UK funding for research into the disease.

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Why do you feel like you're falling when you go to sleep?

Why do you feel like you're falling when you go to sleep? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
You may have to blame you
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This article has been written by ESRC-funded Jason Ellis.

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Bingo! Game gives researchers lessons on how to control gambling

Bingo! Game gives researchers lessons on how to control gambling | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Academics explore how the seemingly sedate game of housey-housey has attracted many different kinds of government intervention
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Thanet, Dr Bedford secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for three years’ research, which has just been published as The Bingo Project: Rethinking Gambling Regulation.

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DEBATE: Are the Olympics an economic noose?

DEBATE: Are the Olympics an economic noose? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Are they a waste of money? David Goldstone and Dr Will Jennings have their say
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"The Economic and Social Research Council Impact Study confirms multiple benefits from the Games including social exclusion rates in east London falling since 2012 and the investment in transport benefitting the area for decades to come", says David Goldstone, chief executive of London Legacy Development Corporation.

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Don’t repay your children’s student loans 

Don’t repay your children’s student loans  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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More than two-thirds of graduates who left university last year will never repay the full amount as they simply won’t earn enough, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Unusual Condition Lets People See Sign Language in Colors

Unusual Condition Lets People See Sign Language in Colors | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People who use sign language can experience synesthesia, a condition that mixes the senses, for example, allowing some to see letters as colours.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre

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IFS Seeks Productivity Policy For 'New Poor'

IFS Seeks Productivity Policy  For 'New Poor' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Record employment means low income problems are increasingly associated with working households, a report finds.
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The ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says there is a challenge ahead to raise incomes for the "new poor" - increasingly households with at least one person working.

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Young suffer as pensioners continue to prosper, says IFS

Young suffer as pensioners continue to prosper, says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Young people have suffered a drop in income since the financial crisis, but pensioners have enjoyed a significant rise, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
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This study was completed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which is funded by the ESRC.  

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UK can’t expect good Brexit deal from EU, says Menon

UK can’t expect good Brexit deal from EU, says Menon | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The 27 countries staying in the European Union will give the UK a poor deal for fear that other members will leave too if the terms look too attractive, the CIPFA conference was told.
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Warning came from Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London and director of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe research project.

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Boys should be treated 'more like girls' to stop them falling behind at school

Boys should be treated 'more like girls' to stop them falling behind at school | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Boys should be treated more like girls to stop them falling behind at school, a study into the gender gap in education has shown.
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The study, which drew on official data and analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study, calculated that those who are not reaching the expected level at age five are four times more likely to be lagging behind in reading by the end of primary school.

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And what treatment is it that girls are getting that boys aren't? -Lon

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Rise of old-age loneliness is dismissed as just a myth

Rise of old-age loneliness is dismissed as just a myth | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Older people in the UK are no lonelier today than they were in the 1940s, according to a study. Isolation among the elderly is often portrayed as an epidemic that can be as damaging fo
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This study was funded by the ESRC.

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The one group of people who've seen their benefits RISE

The one group of people who've seen their benefits RISE | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The benefits system has become more generous over the past 20 years - but only to a very specific group of people
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The proportion of middle-income children living in an owner-occupied home has fallen from 69% to 50% since 1994-95, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found.

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Making sense of data

Making sense of data | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Local Data Company are working in partnership with University College London and their Consumer Data Research Centre in the project to measure live footfall in 81 towns and cities. The locations have been chosen in order to offer a wide geographical spread, differing demographic profiles and a range of town centre profiles based on health and occupancy.

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Article regarding capturing high street data study funded by the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre and the Local Data Company

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Fruit and veg give you the feel-good factor

Fruit and veg give you the feel-good factor | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
University of Warwick research indicates that eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people's later happiness levels. Published in the prestigious American Journal of Public Health, the study is one of the first major scientific attempts to explore psychological well-being beyond the traditional finding that fruit and vegetables can reduce risk of cancer and heart attacks.
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Andrew Oswald PhD is Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, University of Warwick, UK. He is also a member of the University's Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). Established in January 2010, CAGE is a research centre in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), CAGE is carrying out a 10 year programme of innovative research.

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The Chilcot report: who is equal to this epic?

The Chilcot report: who is equal to this epic? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The gargantuan report with its scholarly focus raises questions over who will digest its intellectual arguments
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This story is based on the book funded as part of the ESRC grant The Political Impact of Evaluations of the Humanitarian Situation in Iraq.

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Performing beyond the gendered zombie economy

Contemporary performance can
provide a way of understanding as well as re-imagining what inclusive economies
look like, particularly during crises. Performances of the economy are critical in urgent times. 
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This contribution was part of the Beyond the Zombie Economy conference hosted by the Political Economy Research Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London, and funded by the ESRC, for more details visit perc.org.uk

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Jaywing unveils two property expansions and university tie-up

Jaywing unveils two property expansions and university tie-up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Marketing specialists Jaywing has unveiled a large-scale commitment to Yorkshire with two large property announcements and a significant partnership with the University of Leeds.
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Run by the University of Leeds Business School and the ESRC-funded  Consumer Data Research Centre, the MSc course will see Jaywing providing guest lectures about the latest analytical techniques in a commercial environment.

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Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If the government wants people to be healthy, they're going to need to make varied diets more affordable.
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Co authors Pablo Monsivais and Annalijn Conklin  are ESRC funded.

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How young people are facing a shocking life of poverty

How young people are facing a shocking  life of poverty | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The poorest people in the country are in work and almost a fifth of young people in the South West believe they will never be able to afford their own home. These are two of the shockin
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Two-thirds of children classified as living in “absolute poverty" now have at least one parent who is in work, according to a study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which is funded by the ESRC.

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Low wages mean most of Britain's poor families are in working households

Low wages mean most of Britain's poor families are in working households | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Two thirds of children living in absolute poverty have at least one parent in a job, says a study.

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This study was done by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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The link between Brexit and the death penalty 

The link between Brexit and the death penalty  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Research suggests that a person's views on the death penalty and public whipping are a far better indicator of their views on Brexit than their social class and income.
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Figures in the piece come from the British Election Study, in which around 24,000 people were asked about their voting intentions in the EU referendum.

 

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Why silver is worse than bronze in the Olympics according to new study

Why silver is worse than bronze in the Olympics according to new study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The study was based on the perceived happiness of the winners at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Volunteers were asked to look at the facial expression of athletes.
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The results of the study was published in June this year as part of a paper from the Centre for Economic Performance  (funded by the ESRC) based at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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UK to set up independent patient data taskforce

UK to set up independent patient data taskforce | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The research charity Wellcome Trust is to host a taskforce formed in response to new recommendations on the use of patient data.
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The taskforce will be hosted by Wellcome, with support from the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and UK Clinical Research Collaboration partners. Nicola Perrin, Wellcome’s Head of Policy, will lead the taskforce, which is expected to start its work in the autumn.

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Half of middle-class children now being raised in rented accommodation

Half of middle-class children now being raised in rented accommodation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Half of middle-class children are now being brought up in rented housing as rising property prices mean couples are being forced to start families before they can afford to buy their first home.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies 

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Report identifies ways to boost children's quality of life through outdoor learning

Report identifies ways to boost children's quality of life through outdoor learning | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Outdoor learning can have a significant and positive impact on children’s quality of life but needs to be introduced more formally into global school curricula in order for its potential benefits to be fully realised, a new report suggests.

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Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling has been produced by Plymouth University and Western Sydney University, following a conference organised in collaboration with the University of East London and Natural England, and with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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