The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) supports families of UK Service leavers as they transition to civilian life. To help the FiMT, more research is needed in the areas of family engagement, family breakdown, housing and spousal employment.
A review of the National Trading Standards Scams Team pilot finds that it delivers significant value for money, saving up to £27 per £1 invested by identifying victims of mass marketing fraud and reducing future victimisation.
Illegal drug transactions on cryptomarkets have tripled since 2013, with revenues doubling. But at $12-21 (€10.5-18.5) million a month, this is clearly a niche market compared to the traditional offline market, estimated at $2.3 (€2) billion a month in Europe alone.
An effort to map mental health research funding identified such opportunities as increasing collaboration, developing shared definitions, capitalising on government priorities, developing a key role for non-governmental funders and the advance of technology.
Many common infections are becoming resistant to the antimicrobial medicines used to treat them, resulting in longer illnesses and more deaths. The fact that world leaders are using the UN as a forum for discussions about antimicrobial resistance is a promising move toward developing a coordinated global plan.
Vendors in the Netherlands have developed a fairly successful international trade of ecstasy-type drugs and stimulants from online markets, but it appears that most countries are selling illicit drugs within their own borders.
Any policy solution for extending maternity leave must strike a balance between protecting infant health through extended breastfeeding and mitigating any potentially negative impact on the mother's career progression or increased costs to business.
The marking of firearms and ammunition supports effective tracing by enabling identification and efficient record keeping. But currently there are no mandatory, globally accepted standards that regulate firearms marking.
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