Posts Tagged ‘health

The front page of yesterday’s Daily Mail proclaimed that a “health timebomb hits baby boomers”. On closer inspection it was based on an article in the American Journal of Public Health comparing disability of elderly American today with data from 10 years ago. The Mail also added embellishments of its own based on quotes from […]

A couple more examples of the trend to interpreting questions through the prism of climate change: * Some 18 of the world’s professional medical organisations argue that the failure to reach agreement at the climate change summit in Copenhagen will lead to a “global health catastrophe”. In this case health is not only being linked […]

This story from Research SEA seems to me to describe an incredible scientific and technological achievement but sadly one that has received relatively little attention: “Japanese scientists have grown teeth in mice. This research is expected to advance the development of “tooth regenerative therapy” which have the potential for replacing diseased or damaged teeth with […]

Spiked has published my review of Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The article looks at how the idea of equality has been redefined from political to therapeutic terms.

Kate Pickett, one of the co-authors of Spirit Level, has emailed me to say I misrepresented some of the book’s statistical arguments in my 5 March post. I did point out that the post makes clear it is based on a limited range of sources – I have not read the book yet. However, in […]

Unicef’s report on the State of the World’s Children 2009 provides a reminder of how far the world still is from being developed. Evidently more than 500,000 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and nearly 4 million newborns die within the first 28 days of life.

Genetic modification is more often associated with crops but evidently it is already being applied to animals with positive results. According to a report from the AP news agency: “In what would be a scientific first, an anti-clotting drug made from the milk of genetically engineered goats moved closer to government approval Wednesday after experts […]

Belatedly caught up with the BBC TV Horizon programme on Jimmy’s GM Food Fight (as I write there are still 23 days left to watch it on BBC iPlayer). It provided an unexpectedly good primer to the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops (or GMOs as they are known in America). The presenter was Jimmy […]

A couple of particularly interesting pieces in this week’s Economist (22 November): * An article on the creation of a Committee on Climate Change, chaired by the ubiquitous Adair Turner, modelled on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. In other words it will give Britain’s green pledges the force of law. They will be […]

Some genuinely excellent news. A European medical team has transplanted a windpipe made from a patient’s own stem cells. This avoids the greatest difficulty in relation to transplants – overcoming the problem of rejection. No doubt such techniques will take time to develop fully but they should not be held up by moralistic opposition to […]