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Heatwaves are social murder

Heatwaves are social murder

Heat kills.  We have known this for some time.  Whenever a heatwave occurs, an increase in excess deaths occurs. The European heatwaves of 2003 witnessed an excess of 75,000 deaths, with 15,000 of those occurring in France alone. The World... More…
The Launch of the Integrated Care Boards and the dismantling of universal healthcare

The Launch of the Integrated Care Boards and the dismantling of universal healthcare

On 1st July 2022 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) took over commissioning responsibility for the NHS. This followed the Health and Social Care Act receiving Royal Assent at the end of April and passing in to law.  Integrated Care Boards are... More…
How blue are you feeling? The social life of questionnaires in measuring depression

How blue are you feeling? The social life of questionnaires in measuring depression

Without tape measures and weighing scales, obesity research might look quite different. We need tape measures and scales to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is an essential variable in epidemiology research concerned with body weight and enables certain statistical... More…
The flailing PM is rewriting history to claim ‘COVID success’.

The flailing PM is rewriting history to claim ‘COVID success’.

Boris Johnson looks set to cling to ‘the vaccine rollout’ in an effort to stay afloat. In truth, he failed on COVID. Boris Johnson survived his no-confidence vote – just. But with over 40% of his MPs wanting him out... More…
The unaffordable cost of living

The unaffordable cost of living

Rishi-eat-out-to-help-out Sunak has been busy recently trying to address the snowballing cost of living crisis faced by millions of UK citizens. He announced new policies to help those who will find the ‘struggle is too hard and the risks too... More…
Un-care-able

Un-care-able

Stories of self-harm and the impossibility of care In 1987 renowned psychiatrist Armando Favazza, in his field-defining book on self-injury Bodies Under Siege, declared (with remarkable confidence) that “no one loves self-mutilators” (244). In fairness to Favazza, he makes the... More…
What is a patient?

What is a patient?

“Patient-ness” as a resource for neoliberal health systems to administer their own crisis What is a patient? An obvious, intuitive answer is that a patient is a person receiving healthcare. The patient exists as long as medical attention or treatment... More…
It’s time for sociology to take animal health seriously

It’s time for sociology to take animal health seriously

Why should the sociology of health be concerned with animal health? The sociology of health has helped to develop a better understanding of the ways in which social processes are related to mental and physical health. In the process social... More…
The Long COVID Report

The Long COVID Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report into Long COVID was released about a month ago. One important detail is that of the 14 members of the Group, from many different parties, and from both the House of Commons and Lords,... More…
Cancer during COVID

Cancer during COVID

How our research on antimicrobial resistance & health inequalities became more personal In 2019 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust grant. My project promised to look at the question of inequality and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from different perspectives in the... More…
Child custody, racism, conspiracies and Swedish Social Services

Child custody, racism, conspiracies and Swedish Social Services

Demonstrations against Swedish Social Services’ treatment of children from immigrant families outside parliament buildings in Stockholm are the visible aspect of a battle that is largely taking place on social media. Some of the demonstrators are parents campaigning to have... More…
Finding the publics to involve in public health research

Finding the publics to involve in public health research

Public involvement in research is essential.  However, when that research addresses public health issues, how best to do this is not straightforward.  Naïve processes of engagement risk tokenism, erosion of good faith, and frustration for all collaborators. The aims of... More…