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Immigrants suffer higher rates of psychosis – here’s how to start helping them

Psychosis, sometimes called schizophrenia, is a psychological state characterised by symptoms such as paranoia and hallucinations. In England, one person in every 100 will be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder at some point in their lives. Disturbingly, evidence gathered from Western nations…
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Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’

The fact that Naomi Klein predicted the forces that explain the rise to power of Donald Trump gives her no pleasure at all. It is 17 years since Klein, then aged 30, published her first book, No Logo – a seductive rage against the branding of public life by globalising corporations – and made…
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The rainbow of religious belief: why extremist thinking doesn’t work

SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY. GET OVER IT.’ That slogan was posted on London buses in 2012. It was aimed at some Christian groups who understood human sexuality not as a spectrum of many shades but as a stark choice between right and wrong, the permitted and the forbidden...
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Transgender children: the parents and doctors on the frontline

In 1989, when the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) at London’s Tavistock Clinic opened, it received two referrals in its first year of operation. As Dr Polly Carmichael, current director of the service, observes, it was considered a career-limiting option for a clinical psychologist to…
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Why government innovation starts with people, not technology

When it comes to Nesta’s work on government innovation, one of the core challenges that occupies our thoughts is how to help governments and the wider public sector respond to rising demand for services in the face of ever tighter budgets. We tend to think about potential solutions in terms of…
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