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Public Health and the (New) Media

Public Health and the (New) Media

On industry, audiences and health messages Public health campaigners are increasingly focussing on models of media engagement due to the considerable and growing amount of evidence that media campaigns can change population health behaviours. New forms of media (that is... More…
Why private alternatives to the NHS are so much more expensive

Why private alternatives to the NHS are so much more expensive

The NHS has survived to the age of 70 and now costs the UK just over £120 billion per annum. Many advanced economies spend even more on healthcare per head of population. Why do fully paid-up capitalist nations persist with this Stalinist approach to... More…
Is it still paranoia if they’re really out to vet you? On Clarivate Analytics

Is it still paranoia if they’re really out to vet you? On Clarivate Analytics

As open access has increasingly been mandated, academic publishers have realized that there’s money to be made in tracking our ‘outputs Imagine that you’re out in public when a call of nature of the excretory variety strikes. At this point,... More…
Compulsory coupledom: in sickness and in health?

Compulsory coupledom: in sickness and in health?

Recent research has suggested that people who live together, including cohabiting unmarried and married couples, report better health than individuals who have never engaged in such relationships. Perhaps not surprising when we think about the poor health outcomes that can... More…
NHS staff discover they will get hundreds of pounds less than many thought

NHS staff discover they will get hundreds of pounds less than many thought

BREAKING NEWS: UPDATE 20:15, 25th July 2018: The head of the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies, has today taken the unprecedented step of writing to members to apologise that staff were given incorrect information about their pay deal voted... More…
Who really is Matt Hancock?

Who really is Matt Hancock?

It was back in September 2013 that we penned a post for Cost of Living entitled “We need to talk about Jeremy”. Way back then we were blissfully unaware of the possibilities of Brexit or Trump. Our major concern was... More…
Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

The War on Drugs: A New Era? The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old boy with life-threatening seizures, has again raised questions about the legal status of marijuana.  Billy has a form of epilepsy that causes uncontrollable and... More…
Extreme Waxing

Extreme Waxing

The Normalisation of Hair Free Female Bodies Talking to a beautician friend about hair removal and summer beautification regimes led to a discussion about fashions in bikini waxing and hair removal.  Interestingly she said she had noticed generational differences in... More…
The NHS at 70: For platinum-level care, it’s time for everyone to reaffirm their vows

The NHS at 70: For platinum-level care, it’s time for everyone to reaffirm their vows

Describing the care his mother received in an NHS hospital Russell Brand recently wrote, “The NHS is the very best of us, it is a living, breathing, healing mother goddess born of war and sacrifice sustained by love and dedication.”... More…
Cancer culture clash?

Cancer culture clash?

If we over-stress the need for cancer patients to be courageous fighters, are we running the risk of denying them the chance of a peaceful end to life? Cancer, in its many different forms, is rarely out of the news.... More…
The Mercy

The Mercy: Mental Health, Seafaring and Mythical Voyages

Mental Health, Seafaring and Mythical Voyages The recent UK cinema release of “The Mercy” revisits the tragic tale of Donald Crowhurst’s doomed entry into the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.  This was a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, held between... More…
Big Drinkers to get a Big Nudge

Big Drinkers to get a Big Nudge

Public Health England is putting all its efforts into alcohol unit pricing – but is it really the right thing to do? Last week, the Parliamentary Health Select Committee was listening to the views of Public Health experts on the... More…