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Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.

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City Health international holds an annual international conference, in a different location each year, which examines current policy and practice in relation to public health and health behaviours in cities.

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  • A controversial new study claims patients in mental health units should be ALLOWED to self-harm

    Patients in mental health units should be allowed to harm and injure themselves to reduce their feelings of “powerlessness”, an expert has claimed. A controversial new paper, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, claims letting patients self-harm in such an environment would be less confrontational and distressing than stopping them completely. The author of the paper claims patients who are in no immediate danger should be given sterile cutting implements in mental health units and educated on how to self-injure more safely to avoid blood poisoning and infection.

    2017-02-15 |

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  • Our cities are full – we need new ones

    By 2050, the UN predicts that cities will somehow accommodate a massive 2.5 billion more people than the 4 billion that already live there. The big question is: Where are they all going to go? How do we make sure these places are fit for the continued influx of people? [...] People must live and work somewhere. Given ructions in the world economy, evidence shows that more people believe their best bet for a better life is in cities. This is especially true in developing countries. And they are right. According to the UN Habitat, urban areas generate 70% of global

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  • Poverty, high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults

    The research specifically showed that older adults who lived in neighborhoods with more homicide and a higher poverty rate experienced more depressive symptoms. In fact, neighborhood homicide rates accounted for almost a third of the effect of neighborhood poverty on older adult depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 120 million people worldwide. It is the third leading cause of global disease burden and it is projected that unipolar depressive disorders will become the leading cause of global disease burden by 2030.

    2017-02-14 |

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