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ippr US West Coast Green Alliances learning exchange


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ippr US West Coast Green Alliances learning exchange

A learning exchange on the US West Coast for organisations involved in the Green Jobs agenda.In the United States, the achievements of broad-based alliances between trade unions, green industry, environmental NGOs and a range of other community-based organisations have been vital for stimulating the creation of good quality, local jobs. They have helped to build the transition to a low carbon economy as well as creating new, entry-level jobs in emerging green sectors. .


By E Genis, UK.


Health Policy Resource.

Social factors and autism


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Social factors and autism

Social factors can play a key role in whether or not a child is diagnosed as autistic, a new study has found. Boys were more likely to receive a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) than girls, even when symptoms were equally severe, according to a paper co-authored by Egenis researcher Ginny Russell and colleagues at the University of Bristol. .


By E Genis, UK.


Health Policy Resource.

Genes, context and ADHD


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Genes, context and ADHD

Research published in The Lancet linking Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to genetic variation provoked widespread media coverage (writes Egenis researcher Ginny Russell). The researchers from the University of Cardiff compared the DNA of 366 children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and 1,047 control subjects not known to have the condition. They found that 14 per cent of children with ADHD had large, rare variations in their DNA that were present in only 7 per cent of controls. This case-control study looked at whether large deletions and duplications within DNA (called copy number variants or CNVs) might be more common in people with ADHD. Rare CNVs have been found to be associated with conditions such as autism, intellectual disability and schizophrenia, so the researchers wanted to determine whether they might also be associated with ADHD. They were particularly interested in whether ADHD, autism and schizophrenia might all be linked to specific CNVs. .


By E Genis, UK.


Health Policy Resource.