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Appeal of UKIP much stronger in England than it is in Scotland

Appeal of UKIP much stronger in England than it is in Scotland | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
In Scotland, one in ten of those asked said they would vote UKIP in European elections compared with England where they are challenging to first place.
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The survey that features in this article  was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  A total of 695 people in England were questioned for the research features in this article  as well as 1,014 in Scotland and 1,027 people in Wales.

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Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

Teenage boys who become very obese may double their risk of getting bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s, The Guardian reports. A Swedish study found a strong association between teenage obesity and bowel cancer risk in later adulthood.   

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The study cited in this article was funded by ESRC, the National Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health and Örebro University.

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Nearly half disability benefit claimants have a mental illness

Nearly half disability benefit claimants have a mental illness | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights the 'dramatic' rise in the number of people claiming disability benefit because they have a mental illness
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The article cites analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Switching to public transport or cycling/walking to get to work might help shed the pounds

Switching from driving to work to using public transport, walking, or cycling might help commuters shed weight within a couple of years, suggests research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 

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The findings discussed in this article were based on responses from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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Call for Northern Ireland to be better prepared for ageing

Call for Northern Ireland to be better prepared for ageing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Commissioner for Older People, Claire Keatinge, has hosted a seminar with a leading expert on ageing for politicians and policy makers on how Northern Ireland can be better prepared for ageing.

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The article quotes Professor Alan Walker, Director of the ESRC-funded New Dynamics of Ageing Programme.

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The worlds happiest countries

The World Happiness Report 2015 which ranks happiest countries is seen as a source for world leaders as they set to adopt Sustainable Development Goals.

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The report cited in the article was co-edited by Professor Richard Layard who is director of the Wellbeing programme at the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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Could spending pounds on better infrastructure shave Ibs of the nation's waistline?

Switching from public transport to travelling to work by car is associated with an average weight gain of one kilo per person.

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The findings in the study are based on responses to the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).

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'I feel cold fear. I want to stay repressed': What it's like to go to sex-therapy

'I feel cold fear. I want to stay repressed': What it's like to go to sex-therapy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When Anna Maxted spent a weekend at a sex-therapy workshop, she was stunned to find herself go from terrified sceptic to self-help convert

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Article cites the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)

Article originally published 26 April 2015

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UK population is becoming overweight and obese at younger ages

Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research.

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The study cited in the article was conducted by ESRC-funded Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER). This project is part of a collaborative research programme entitled "Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources" (CLOSER) (grant reference ES/K000357/1)

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Free nursery places 'make no academic difference'

Free nursery places 'make no academic difference' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Free nursery places for three-year olds have helped mothers back to work, but have made "no difference" to academic performance later on, researchers claim.
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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A year since UK's first same-sex marriages, there's a long way still to go

A year since UK's first same-sex marriages, there's a long way still to go | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Marriage is a big step forward for the UK's gay, lesbian and bisexual people – but there's plenty more to be done to improve their lives.
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Mike Thomas, the author of this article, receives funding from the ESRC.

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This one childhood trait could predict your future job success

This one childhood trait could predict your future job success | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Whether or not you ace that job interview depends on a lot of things. But, a new study suggests that one personality trait in childhood may be especially important for your job success.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded British Cohort Study and the British National Child Development Study

Article originally published 15 April 2015

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Poorer children fall behind in literacy and earn less in later life, study says

Poorer children fall behind in literacy and earn less in later life, study says | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Campaigners call for all nurseries to have an early-years trained graduate as children from disadvantaged families often fall behind at an early age

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies, using data from the British Cohort Study, also funded by the ESRC.

Article originally published 9 April 2015

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Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories?

Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Five years into the job, Marc Bolland cannot afford to disappoint again. If the latest uptick proves another false start he’ll be out on his ear.

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Article cites analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Figures show immigration surge as illegal working bill unveiled

Figures show immigration surge as illegal working bill unveiled | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Net migration to UK reached 318,000 in 2014, just below all-time peak in 2005, with immigration from outside Europe rising strongly
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The article quotes Madeleine Sumption, director of the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Experimental e-Cigarette use in youth on the rise

Experimental e-Cigarette use in youth on the rise | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
E-cigarette use has been linked to current smoking, but low prevalence of regular use suggests a contribution to nicotine addiction is unlikely.
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions (DECIPHer).(Access to article requires registration (free)).

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The Climate Post: States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits

The Climate Post: States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If world carbon emissions continue to rise on their current trajectory, one in six species will be gone or on the road to extinction by century's end, according to a study published in Science magazine.
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The article cites new analysis from the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Is 10 per cent of the population really gay?

Is 10 per cent of the population really gay? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Alfred Kinsey’s claim that 10 per cent of adults were homosexual was flawed. But recent surveys suggest that, in terms of behaviour, his statistic may be roughly true.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal).

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Eight reasons why adopting a healthy lifestyle can be a walk in the park

Eight reasons why adopting a healthy lifestyle can be a walk in the park | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
On National Take a Walk in the Park Day, we look at why you should be taking a stroll through nature every day
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What Britons really get up to in the bedroom

What Britons really get up to in the bedroom | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
How often do you have sex? How long for? Where and when, and do threesomes figure? Meet the man who has studied our sex lives in intimate detail - and has now written an eye-popping new book
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The article cites the ESRC-funded National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).

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Sharp fall in number of foreigners winning British passports

Sharp fall in number of foreigners winning British passports | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Foreign nationals awarded British citizenship declined by 40 per cent last year as Coalition policies took effect
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The cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Teen girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers study finds

Teen girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Teen girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers study finds
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The researcher cited in the article, Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, is based at the ESRC-funded Institute for Social and Economic Research. The research is based on the ESRC-funded Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).

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The researcher cited in the article, Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, is based at the ESRC-funded Institute for Social and Economic Research. The research is based on the ESRC-funded Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).

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Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less

Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Survey responses from people in 18 European countries, including the UK, showed that 'the notion that big welfare states are associated with widespread cultures of dependency, or other adverse consequences of poor short term incentives to work, receives little support.'

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The article cites the ESRC-funded European Social Survey (ESS).

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Impact of domestic violence on women's mental health

In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms.
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The research cited in this article was jointly funded by the ESRC, MRC and United State National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Mental Health

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Twitter makes tweaks to limit abuse and abusers

Twitter makes tweaks to limit abuse and abusers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Twitter has announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform.

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This article cites the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

Article originally published 21 April 2015

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The academic case for banning cell phones at school

The academic case for banning cell phones at school | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often the media fails to show the whole picture.

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Article cites findings published by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance

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