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Scandal of dehydration in care homes

The Times, 16/01/2015, p.1, Rosemary Bennett and Kat Lay

Thousands of elderly care-home residents are being admitted to hospital suffering from dehydration, according to a new study co-authored by an Oxford University researcher. One in eight patients admitted from residential care had high sodium levels from lack of fluids, the study showed. The figure was five times higher than for those who were hospitalised from their own homes. The results have raised questions about whether care home staff are deliberately overlooking the problem of dehydration or are being careless. Co-author David Stuckler, professor of political economy at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Further research is needed to understand why this is occurring. Are care home residents choosing to drink less than they should? Or, as has been speculated, are care home staff not offering enough water to reduce incontinence and the amount of assistance their residents require?’ The study, of 20,000 patients aged over 65, also involved researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Free Hospital.

Read more on The Times website (opens new window, paywall)

Lives of care home patients put at risk through lack of water
Daily Mail, 16/01/2015, p.6, Steve Doughty; Sophie Borland

Pensioners in care homes are dehydrated
The Daily Telegraph, 16/01/2015, p.2, Sarah Knapton

Radio: Up All Night, BBC Radio 5
16/01/2015, 04:17
Radio: News Briefing, BBC Radio 4
16/01/2015, 05:35
Newspaper reviews mentions the dehydration story in The Times.


Don’t make yourself at home

The Economist, p.57, 17/01/2015 edition

Uighurs and Tibetans feel left out of China’s economic boom and ethnic discrimination is not helping. Article highlights that Reza Hasmath of Oxford University has found that minority candidates in Beijing, for example, were better educated on average than their Han counterparts, but got worse-paying jobs

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TV: Newsnight, BBC 2
15/01/2015, 22:56
Danny Dorling from the University of Oxford is interviewed about the wealth of the UK and how our living standards currently compare with other countries following a pledge by the Chancellor, George Osborne, to make Britain the world’s richest economy by the 2030s.
Go to the BBC iplayer site
(Around 22:04 on the clock)


Only Muslims can stop more terror attacks

The Spectator online, 15/01/2015, Paul Collier

Comment piece by Professor Paul Collier of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University on combating terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks: ‘…European Islam has at its disposal a very effective social network of mosques and religious leaders. Nobody converts without going to a mosque. Parents can better police the networks of their teenagers. This is the responsibility that can legitimately be placed on Europe’s Muslims. Neither they nor their religion stand accused. But nor can they stand aside. They cannot in good conscience say ‘It’s nothing to do with me.’ By failing to act unprompted with sufficient vigour to suppress the norms and narratives of violence that circulate on the fringes, Muslims have allowed their culture to be twisted. For all our sakes they must make it manifest to all young wannabe warriors that modern Islam is as distant from providing an alibi for violence as is modern Christianity…’

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Policies to feed the nation

New Statesman, 16/01/2015, p.4

Discussion piece on the policies the farming and agri-tech business would like to see in the Labour Party’s 2015 manifesto includes the views of Professor Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at Oxford University who argues for greater leadership on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.


Let there be light

The Economist (Special Report), p.3, 17/01/2015 edition

Article on how energy is becoming cleaner and more plentiful includes comment from Dieter Helm of Oxford University.

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