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Seeing Things

Seeing Things

When people experience anxiety and become hyper-vigilant, mass psychogenic phenomena may become more common. The Gatwick drone drama of Christmas 2018 is a candidate. On the day that drones were spotted flying over Gatwick airport, we all wondered what was... More…
The Rise of Veganism?

The rise of veganism?

Sausage Rolls, Flexitarians and the Fight for Sustainability The beginning of a new year offers the chance for renewal (“new year, new you?”). Increasing numbers of people are subscribing to (orchestrated) campaigns to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. Giving up drinking... More…
Explainer: What is Resignation Syndrome and Why is it Affecting Refugee Children?

What is Resignation Syndrome

Reports from Nauru are raising concerns about an outbreak of a severe trauma-related mental disorder known as traumatic withdrawal syndrome, or resignation syndrome. Recent legal action resulted in urgent medical evacuation of a child in an unconscious state following a progressive social withdrawal... More…
White fluff

White fluff

Despite extensive awareness and evidence of the dangers of working with asbestos, it continues to feature in domestic and international decision making. The ramifications of its use are felt at an individual level in the experiences of people with asbestos... More…
Barriers to impact? On research in the ‘real world’

Barriers to impact? On research in the ‘real world’

These days academic research is expected to have some degree of impact ‘out there’, in the ‘real world’, away from the academy. This is not a bad thing, but the ways in which impact has played out in practice assumes... More…
Does it matter who funds public health?

Does it matter who funds public health?

Public health researchers and practitioners are divided on the ethics of taking money from ‘harmful commodity’ industries.  Ethical debates about collusion with specific industries are important, but they risk ignoring the wider consequences of the increasing privatisation of public health.... More…
Hygiene for all?

Hygiene for all?

The Guardian this week reported on new kinds of outreach work for homeless people, with mobile laundries and shower units, reported in Australia, New Zealand and Greece as well as my own city of Brighton, England. A Christian charity in... More…
Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people

Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people

As the UK government continues to roll out its flagship new benefit system, Universal Credit, it has been beset with difficulties and delays. Now, documents leaked to the BBC show that its full rollout is not expected to be complete... More…
From Period Poverty to Menstrual Cups

From Period Poverty to Menstrual Cups

(via the tampon tax and a brief trip to the Amex stadium) Way back in the 1980’s I wrote to my then local MP Sir Archie Hamilton to ask why tampons were taxed as a luxury item when it was... More…
Matt Hancock- another victim of Perpetual NHS Shock Syndrome (PNSS)

Matt Hancock- another victim of Perpetual NHS Shock Syndrome (PNSS)

This week, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, called for radical change in the NHS workforce in order to support doctors and nurses who experience trauma in their daily work. Indeed Mr Hancock went so... More…
Chubby Boozers with Ageing Hearts

Chubby Boozers with Ageing Hearts

What will the person in the street make of recent public health scare tactics? As the politics of austerity continues to bite into NHS and other public budgets, Britain’s top health promotion brains have decided that precious future health resources... More…
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…