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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…
Solving the Problem of Plastic Pollution: Beyond the natural sciences?

Solving the Problem of Plastic Pollution: Beyond the natural sciences?

Concerns about the issue of plastic pollution and the health and environmental dangers of microplastics are now firmly in the spotlight. So far, the emphasis has largely been on introducing greater regulation at an international and national level but what... More…
Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Dear Readers, Thanks for reading our posts and for following us on Twitter. Also thanks to the many guest authors who have blogged for us over the last year. We hope you all have a merry break over Christmas and... More…
Risk and danger -  time to change systems, not humans?

Risk and danger – time to change systems, not humans?

In June this year, the Mayor of London committed to delivering  ‘Vision Zero’ for road injuries.  This initiative aims that deaths and serious injuries on the roads should be eliminated in London by 2041.  That’s a bold aim: despite falling... More…
The Doctors’ Trial: 70 years on from the Nuremberg Code

The Doctors’ Trial: 70 years on from the Nuremberg Code

While many of us, on occasion complain about having to get ethical approval, it is important to be aware of the history behind these obligations. This is especially true with the recent resurgence of the far-right and Neo-Nazis leading to... More…
A Shared Love for the Beautiful Game

A Shared Love for the Beautiful Game

Sitting in the stands last Sunday watching Brighton and Hove Albion take on Everton there was a palpable energy in the air.  From the cheers and chants for home players to the booing of opposing players and officials, the atmosphere... More…