Description : This book will help those involved in health policy making to understand the various successes and failures of health policies around Europe and the complex choices that confront the health systems of Europe.
Description : During the last 25 years, life expectancy at age 50 in the United States has been rising, but at a slower pace than in many other high-income countries, such as Japan and Australia. This difference is particularly notable given that the United States spends more on health care than any other nation. Concerned about this divergence, the National Institute on Aging asked the National Research Council to examine evidence on its possible causes. According to Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries, the nation's history of heavy smoking is a major reason why lifespans in the United States fall short of those in many other high-income nations. Evidence suggests that current obesity levels play a substantial part as well. The book reports that lack of universal access to health care in the U.S. also has increased mortality and reduced life expectancy, though this is a less significant factor for those over age 65 because of Medicare access. For the main causes of death at older ages -- cancer and cardiovascular disease -- available indicators do not suggest that the U.S. health care system is failing to prevent deaths that would be averted elsewhere. In fact, cancer detection and survival appear to be better in the U.S. than in most other high-income nations, and survival rates following a heart attack also are favorable. Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries identifies many gaps in research. For instance, while lung cancer deaths are a reliable marker of the damage from smoking, no clear-cut marker exists for obesity, physical inactivity, social integration, or other risks considered in this book. Moreover, evaluation of these risk factors is based on observational studies, which -- unlike randomized controlled trials -- are subject to many biases.
Description : This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers. Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language. One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous. And don't miss The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth's powerful sequel to the bestselling Carve the Mark!
Description : #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth retells a pivotal Divergent scene (chapter 13) from Tobias's point of view. This thirteen-page scene reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.
Description : Designed to further the debate on the future of EU policies for the Black Sea region, this book is an essential resource for students and researchers in search for a coherent picture of the inter-relationship of EU initiatives and policies in the region.
Description : The Divergent Companion takes fans deeper into the post-apocalyptic Divergent world created by Veronica Roth: a dystopian Chicago in which society is split into five factions; each with its own core value to uphold. At the age of sixteen, like every other citizen, Beatrice Prior must choose to which faction she will devote her life . . . with devastating consequences. The Divergent Companion includes fascinating background facts, a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the trilogy's major themes and features. A must have-read and a terrific gift for the millions of Divergent fans both young and old. This book is not authorized by Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, or anyone involved in the Divergent film.
Description : Changes in access to higher education: from worldwide constraints to common patterns of reform? / Gaële Goastellec -- World university rankings / David Turner -- Corruption in higher education / John C. Weidman and Adiya Enkhjargal -- Women's studies as a global innovation / Christine Min Wotipka and Francisco O. Ramirez -- The research university in context: the examples of Brazil and Germany / Karin Amos, Lúcia Bruno and Marcelo Parreira do Amaral -- Historical legacies of Soviet higher education and the transformation of higher education systems in post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia / Mark S. Johnson -- The World Bank and higher education in the developing world: the cases of Uganda and Thailand / Christopher S. Collins and Robert A. Rhoads -- Rapid expansion of higher education in South Korea: political economy of education fever / Sunwoong Kim -- China's move to mass higher education: an analysis of policy making from a rational framework / Jun Li and Jing Lin -- The impact of neo-liberalism on Taiwanese higher education / Chuing Prudence Chou -- America in the world: higher education and the global marketplace / Philip G. Altbach and Patti McGill Peterson.