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Predictive Genetics For All - Minister Hancock’s big idea

Predictive Genetics For All – Minister Hancock’s big idea

The future of the NHS is in prevention rather than cure. And the mass application of genetic profiling can bring that about say Health Minister Hancock and his new best friend…. There are big changes afoot in terms of the... More…
Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is reported to be concerned about the falling level of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination in the United Kingdom. The country has now lost its measles-free status, just three years after this was recognized... More…
Doctors as border police: what happened to ‘first, do no harm’?

Doctors as border police: what happened to ‘first, do no harm’?

Building trust and acting in the patient’s best interests are guiding principles of medical practice. This is especially true when caring for vulnerable and marginalised people, such as undocumented migrants. They often delay going to the doctor and find it... More…
Nudging behaviour is ineffective, naïve and unethical

Nudging behaviour is ineffective, naïve and unethical

Interventions to ‘nudge’ people into desirable behaviours have become popular with policy-makers internationally.  In the UK, the Behavioural Insights Team – established under former premier David Cameron – are prolific nudgers, designing (amongst many others) inputs to reduce meat consumption, protect... More…
Promoting health without promoting stigma?

Promoting health without promoting stigma?

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is again under fire for its campaigning on obesity.  There was a lot wrong with their most recent posters, which equated obesity with smoking as a cause of cancer.  The debates that followed highlighted the vital... More…
On the buses...

On the buses…

Last week, Boris Johnson’s claims about making model buses in his spare time, were met with some incredulity. It was widely reported, and the general reaction seemed to be it was yet another bizarre interview, with commentators arguing it once... More…
Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

“Our fight against right populism is needed in Europe” The quote above was the campaign slogan of the Center Party (Centerpartiet) in Sweden during the recent EU election, which clearly positioned the party as having an anti-right populist political stance at... More…
Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Magical thinking and multiple, complex needs in the UK In the UK at present, we appear to have an epidemic of magical thinking about the lives of the unhoused victims of universal credit (UC), the ‘20%’ with multiple and complex... More…
Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Recent legislative limitations placed on women’s rights to abortion in the US, similar to those in Northern Ireland, are a timely reminder of how certain aspects of society hate and want to control women, and the ways in which that... More…
We’ve Been Here Before…..

We’ve Been Here Before…..

Last week’s post by Lesley Henderson on the contemporary anti-vaccination movement’s use of social media, Charlie Davison takes a look at the history of the battle between Public Health and the ‘Anti-Vaxxers’, and finds that things haven’t changed much in over... More…
The limits of participation?

The limits of participation?

All policies which prioritise the need and value of public participation are underpinned by the idea of a democratic deficit. A democratic deficit can be defined as failings in the levels of accountability and transparency in the ongoing operation of... More…
‘Let them eat resilience’

"Let them eat resilience"

The genealogy of a vocabulary, and why it matters for public health Nothing about the title of this post is original. The main title imitates that of an essay by historical sociologist Margaret Somers called ‘Let them eat social capital’, which appeared... More…