Society

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Is the world really better than ever?

The long read: The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism is holding us back By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to

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Are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault?

Reports of rape and other attacks are on the rise but, from grassroots groups to industry efforts, measures are being undertaken to keep attendees safe Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry which attracts millions of attendees each year and convicted of attacking two

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Is it always good to talk? How to help survivors of trauma

A large number of counsellors have volunteered to be available for survivors and firefighters at Grenfell tower, but whats the evidence for talking therapy? There were a few weeks a month or so ago when I started to dread turning on the radio in the morning. London and then volunteered to be available for survivors

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We are all mutants now: the trouble with genetic testing

The long read: With so many unknowns in our DNA, using genetics in medical testing doesnt always bring the answers sometimes it brings only doubt AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the

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The real reason women freeze their eggs | Eva Wiseman

Its often assumed women freeze their eggs to stop the ticking of their fertility clocks so they can crack on with their careers. The truth is rather different, says Eva Wiseman Theres a story that weve been told about why women freeze their eggs, which begins with ambition for a career and ends with them

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Big tobacco still sees big business in America's poor

The US is pegged as an exciting market, but this growth disproportionately affects the poor including the industrys growers and laborers Wheeling his oxygen tank in behind him, Leslie E Adams shuffled into the lung doctors exam room, and let out a long string of rattling coughs. He tried to catch his breath, and coughed