Health

07.05.2019

Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford for The Conversation A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nonspecific pain and anxiety. After 20 minutes of questions, the students wrote seven pages of notes… »

10.04.2019

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

A report published by Science Daily states that “Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research. New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing… »

10.04.2019

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency.  My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my body. Now… »

30.03.2019

Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

Tom Solomon, University of Liverpool for The Conversation Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County in New York State, authorities there have declared a state of emergency, with unvaccinated children barred from public spaces, raising important questions about the responsibilities of the state and of individuals when… »

29.03.2019

‘Verdict Is In’: Monsanto Found Liable for Man’s Cancer, Ordered to Pay $80 Million in Damages

‘Verdict Is In’: Monsanto Found Liable for Man’s Cancer, Ordered to Pay $80 Million in Damages

“The jury resoundingly held Monsanto accountable for its 40 years of corporate malfeasance.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams In a victory for consumers and yet another massive blow to Monsanto, a federal jury on Wednesday found the company liable for causing a California man’s… »

17.03.2019

Brexit Britain’s weakness exposed in US trade deal documents

Brexit Britain’s weakness exposed in US trade deal documents

Michael Plouffe, UCL for The Conversation The US has published its objectives for a proposed trade agreement with the UK – and its thinking highlights just how weak Britain’s bargaining position will be in the post-Brexit global economy. The US trade representative outlines many of the usual… »

16.03.2019

The kids got it right: Climate Change, pollution and the system

The kids got it right: Climate Change, pollution and the system

Somehow for years vested interests had managed to keep a split between the two most damaging effects of burning fossil fuels: climate change leading to disaster in particular to the poorest areas of the planet and the millions of deaths and illnesses caused by pollution, also being the less well… »

31.01.2019

Padayatra by Thousands of Women March to Demand a Liqour Ban

Padayatra by Thousands of Women March to Demand a Liqour Ban

The Madhya Nisheda Andolana-Karnataka is a Padayatra (nonviolent march), the largest of its kind. More than 4000 women from twenty-three districts of the Karnataka State, India, embarked on a twelve-day walk of 210 kilometers from Chitradurga to Bengaluru, protesting against the State’s policy of legal liquor sales. The march was held… »

25.01.2019

On the edge of a collective trauma: the forgotten hotspot of Moria

On the edge of a collective trauma: the forgotten hotspot of Moria

The hotspot of Moria, on the island of Lesbos. A year has passed since I was on Lesbos – a beautiful island, but a paradise that disguises a hell. With the support of Doctors without Borders, I was there to document the living conditions of the migrants who had arrived… »

09.01.2019

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people… »

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