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Today The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Scientists warn of overwhelming costs of mental illness: ‘We will be overwhelmed by brain disorders.'”
The article’s author Kate Kelland writes:
Health systems could be “overwhelmed” by the costs of coping with mental illnesses such as dementia, depression and addiction if nothing is done now to boost investment in research, leading neuroscientists said on Thursday.
Publishing a study that put the estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone at more than 112 billion pounds ($172 billion) a year, they said mental illness research needed to attract the same funding levels as illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases to be able to reduce the burden.
“No group of chronic diseases costs the world more than brain disorders,” said Barbara Sahakian, a professor at Cambridge University and president of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
Yesterday Amnesty International published an article titled “Russian court leaves Pussy Riot singer behind bars.”
The article reads:
A Russian appeal court decision to refuse parole to Maria Alekhina, one of the Pussy Riot punk group singers jailed for singing a protest song in an Orthodox cathedral is a further travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today.
“This decision is a further confirmation that the Russian authorities are uncompromising in their suppression of freedom of expression,” said Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director.
According to the article, yesterday “the Perm Regional Court upheld a previous decision to refuse to grant parole to 24-year-old Alekhina.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Think Progress published an article titled “United States Deported Over 13,000 Unaccompanied Mexican Minors Last Year.”
The article’s author Esther Yu-Hsi Lee writes:
On Tuesday, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) released a report confirming that 13,454 unaccompanied Mexican minors under the age of 18 were deported from the U.S. in 2012, according to Animal Politico.
Last year, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 6,548 accompanied and 24,481 unaccompanied children, a total that includes Mexican minors. The rate of border-crossing minors tripled since 2008 to the point that in 2012, unaccompanied minors comprised 79 percent of all juvenile border crossers.
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