News round up: Child trafficking into Britian accelerating

Child trafficking into Britian accelerating

Suspected victims of child trafficking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East are being smuggled through Britain’s leading ports and airports at an accelerating rate, new figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.

A total of 957 children, including more than 400 from Afghanistan and 200 from Africa, were picked up by local authorities in the eight months between April 2008 and the end of the year.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Kneejerk policies a strain on prison system, says charity

The government is failing to rehabilitate offenders, leaving charities to pick up the pieces and running the risk of further strain on the overstretched prison system, according to damning research published today.

Breaking the Cycle, a report from charity thinktank and consultancy New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), accuses the government of a kneejerk approach to policy on reoffending.
Read more on this story in The Guardian

Drug study offers hope for Alzheimer’s

A new approach to treating Alzheimer’s passed its first clinical test when a drug developed by scientists was shown to clear the brain of a damaging protein linked to the disease.

The drug completely removed a protein called SAP from the brains of five Alzheimer’s patients, suggesting that it may be a potential therapy for the incurable degenerative condition.

Read more on this story in The Times

Number of people treated for cannabis misuse doubles since downgrade

The number of patients receiving Health Service treatment for cannabis misuse doubled in the three years after Labour relaxed laws against the drug.
Among children the number of cases leapt by a third.
Read more on this story in The Daily Mail


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